Chris Caya

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Peace Bridge
8:46 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Peace Bridge plaza plans open for public review

Plans for improving traffic flow on the Peace Bridge plaza in Buffalo continue moving forward.

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Local
5:17 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Study finds job, education influence car insurance rates

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A new statewide study reveals the high cost of being of poor. According to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, big auto insurers charge less educated and lower-tier workers higher rates.

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Local
5:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

New state budget includes financial aid boost

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

College students and businesses have something to gain from the recently enacted state budget. One area lawmaker says the local economy should benefit, as well. 

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Buffalo Bills
7:35 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Stadium group meets for first time

Bills President Russ Brandon with County Executive Mark Poloncarz
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The New Stadium Working Group met for the first time in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Tuesday afternoon. The panel is made up of representatives from the state, Erie County and the Buffalo Bills.

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Local
1:36 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Reconstructed Ohio Street seen as bridge between harbors

State Sen. Tim Kennedy, Mayor Byron Brown, Rep. Brian Higgins and Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak kicked off the Ohio Street Reconstruction Project Tuesday.
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More improvements are underway along Buffalo's waterfront. On Tuesday morning, elected leaders kicked off the reconstruction of Ohio Street.

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Local
10:22 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Effort to refurbish blighted parcels up and running

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The effort to rebuild and revitalize local communities has taken another step forward. Funding is in place and a leader has been hired for the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Bank.

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Local
8:18 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Officials delay ice boom removal

Ice along the Lake Erie shoreline in downtown Buffalo.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Northern Erie County through Saturday morning over concerns of ice jam flooding. On Lake Erie, however, it's another story where there's so much ice cover the removal of the ice boom has been delayed. 

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Health
3:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Nursing home workers protest new operator's demands

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Picket lines went up outside the Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Delaware and Utica in Buffalo Thursday. Dozens of workers carried signs and chanted slogans protesting concessions being sought by the facility's new owner.

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Local
3:16 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Medical community lauds Wilson's philanthropic legacy

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Along with founding and owning the Buffalo Bills, Ralph Wilson Jr. was also a philanthropist whose contributions often came without fanfare.

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Local
7:51 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Local officials pay respects to Ralph Wilson

Flags at county buildings will be at half staff in honor of Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has ordered that flags at all county buildings be flown at half staff  in honor of Ralph Wilson Jr.

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Environment
3:19 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

EPA grant earmarked for Niagara Street infrastructure

EPA Great Lakes Administrator Cameron Davis, Rep. Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown, and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Executive Director Jill Jedlicka attended Monday's announcement.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The reconstruction of Niagara Street this year will include green infrastructure to prevent stormwater runoff and improve the quality of the Great Lakes.

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Local
10:23 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Brewery's choice typifies growth of Larkinville

Larkin Square at 745 Seneca Street is the heart of the area that has become known as Larkinville.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Flying Bison Brewing Company is the latest addition to the growing Buffalo neighborhood known as Larkinville.

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Local
2:57 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Flying Bison breaks ground on new Larkinville brewery

Brewery operators and elected officials broke ground on the new Flying Bison brewery Friday morning.
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Work kicked off today on Buffalo's newest brewery. Flying Bison Brewing Company broke ground on its new home at 840 Seneca Street in the city's Larkinville neighborhood.

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Local
8:39 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Higgins raises Homeland Security concerns

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A magazine linked to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula cites Buffalo-Niagara in a new article about America's "failing and fruitless" war against terror.

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Local
3:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Schumer asks Army Corps to develop flood plan for Buffalo Creek

Sen. Charles Schumer says action is needed to prevent flooding along Buffalo Creek.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Flooding along the Buffalo Creek in West Seneca could be a thing of the past if the federal government answers Sen. Charles Schumer's call for help.

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Local
9:58 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Lockport soldier posthumously awarded Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor recipient William F. Leonard of Lockport fought bravely during WWII.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A local man is among two dozen veterans scheduled to be honored today at the Pentagon after receiving the nation's highest award at the White House Tuesday for combat valor.

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Local
3:16 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Congressional candidate calls for marijuana legalization

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Congressional candidate Emin "Eddie" Egriu is demanding an end to the "war on weed."

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Local
4:49 am
Tue March 18, 2014

AG Schneiderman seeks end to pharmacy tobacco sales

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says pharmacies should be "curing illness, not causing it."
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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Attorneys General from more than two dozen states and U.S. territories are pushing pharmacies to end cigarette sales nationwide.

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Breaking
4:42 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Concord standoff subject identified, charged with attempted murder

A bullet hole on the hood of an Erie County Sheriff's car.
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A standoff described as an 'active shooting' in the Town of Concord ended Monday morning after a gunman fired shots at authorities responding to a domestic call on home Brown Hill Road Road Sunday night.

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Focus on Education
8:56 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Advocates launch effort to transfer more students out of failing city schools

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A campaign is getting underway to encourage parents to transfer their children out of failing Buffalo Public Schools.

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Local
12:12 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

County implements paperless property transactions

Real Property Director Joe Maciejewski says the new system will be more efficient and cost-effective.
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A new streamlined system is in place to speed up property transactions and save taxpayer dollars. Municipalities in Erie County can now receive Real Property transfer reports and deeds electronically.

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Local
2:30 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Legislator suggests loans rather than free college for inmates

Legislator Betty Jean Grant is proposing an alternative to free college for prison inmates.
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A local lawmaker is proposing an alternative to Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give prison inmates a free college education.

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Local
10:54 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Digging out from March Blizzard 2014

Tonawanda resident snow blows heaving snow fall from blizzard Thursday morning.
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The March Blizzard that moved through the area Wednesday brought the season's snow total to more than 120.5 inches - which is about two-feet more than average. The storm also broke a few records. 

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Local
9:09 am
Tue March 11, 2014

County's Social Services Department undegoes reorganization

Carol Dankert-Maurer, Commissioner of Social Services
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the reorganization of the Department of Social Services is complete. The goal is to make the county's largest department more flexible and proactive.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Egriu challenging Higgins in congressional primary

Eddi Egrui announces his Congressional campaign in Buffalo.
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Another candidate has entered this fall's congressional race in New York's 26th District. Buffalo businessman Emin "Eddie" Egriu announced his campaign on the City's East Side Monday afternoon.

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Local
7:26 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Man dies in auto repair shop fire

An automobile mechanic is dead after a car he was working on burst into flames Friday afternoon.

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Local
3:48 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Hamburg homeowner says protest sign is free speech right

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The Hamburg man facing charges for posting a sign opposing the state's gun control law will get another day in court after a second town judge recused himself in the case.

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Local
5:50 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Common Core supporters could pay political price

State Senator Tim Kennedy says he is seeking new members for the Board of Regents.
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Lawmakers dissatisfied with the rollout of the Common Core plan to "shake up" the State Education Department. Speculation is mounting that some members of the Board of Regents could lose their seats.

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Local
2:05 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Bevy of potholes stirs call for increased road funding

Motorists have been dealing with more potholes than usual this winter.
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With drivers hitting more and more potholes lately, local highway superintendents and state legislators are calling for more road funding.

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Focus on Education
3:48 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Brown says Guinn's hiring wasn't 'underhanded'

Mary Guinn says she is aware of the controversy surrounding her hiring.
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Superintendent Pamela Brown says there was "nothing underhanded" about the hiring of Mary Guinn, Buffalo's new interim deputy schools superintendent.

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