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As is the case in most police departments, Buffalo's Internal Affairs unit reviews complaints against its officers. Beyond that, however, the type of independent oversight found in many communities is lacking in Buffalo. As Daniela Porat of Investigative Post outlines on WBFO's Press Pass, a citizens review commission has been rendered ineffective and city lawmakers appear to have little political appetite for the issue.


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While federal authorities acknowledge the activity of the Mafia in this region has come to a virtual halt, the Mafia holds a storied past in Western New York. Reporter Dan Herbeck, who has covered local crime for over four decades, reviewed some of the area's notorious mob-related crimes in a two-part series in the Buffalo News.


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Much of the area is dealing with over a foot of snow that has been steadily falling over recent days. Once again, many school districts across the region closed Wednesday because of the winter storm.   

For the sixth time since 2000, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament comes to Buffalo this week. The experience has helped tourism officials better plan for the crush of visitors, says Jim Fink of Business First. During WBFO's Press Pass, Fink talks about the tournament and the many development projects that are emerging in some long-forgotten parts of Buffalo.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Thousands in Western New York remain without electricity Thursday morning and many schools are closed as the region recovers from Wednesday's stormy conditions which produced winds in excess of 70 miles per hour. 

Sean Murphy

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins' strong support for the policies of President Donald Trump is not sitting well with some community members. Around 200 people reportedly gathered outside  the congressman's Williamsville office yesterday to renew calls for Collins to hold a town hall meeting.


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A large contingent is expected to rally today outside the Williamsville office of Congressman Chris Collins as calls increase for the Western New York representative to hold a town hall meeting.

McKenna Moran

As demand for his landscape paintings continues to grow, it’s becoming clear that collectors are connecting with Thomas Paquette’s vision of the American vista. “It moves beyond even the representation of this beautiful landscape,” said Sharon Ewing of Philadelphia’s Gross McCleaf Gallery. “He's actually on a mission to make sure that we preserve it.”  It's a mission that is facing challenging times.

Investigative Post

The presence of radioactive waste in Niagara County may be more widespread than originally thought. That's the concern uncovered by Dan Telvock of Investigative Post. On WBFO's Press Pass, Telvock shares findings that highlight the troubling reality that property owners may be unaware of the presence of the radioactive waste.


Two development projects proposed for the Elmwood Village have faced intense criticism from nearby residents. Jim Fink, who covers development issues for Business First, acknowledges the pride that residents have for their Elmwood Avenue neighborhood. But during WBFO's Press Pass, Fink defends the developers, arguing that they have adapted their plans in response to local concerns.

While snow in January is typical for Western New York, the duration of this weekend's Lake Effect Snow Warning is unusually long. The warning, which began Thursday afternoon, continues through 7pm Sunday for Southern Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Wyoming Counties. A Lake Effect Snow Watch has been issued for Northern Erie and Genesee Counties for most of Saturday.


With a prize of $5,000 on the line, organizers of the UberPITCH contest are seeking entrepreneurs who are ready to present their startup ideas today. Co-sponsors 43North and Uber NY teamed up for the contest to bring "innovation and creativity to the Western New York community," said John Gavigan, Executive Director of 43North.

Investigative Post

Through her reporting for Investigative Post, Daniela Porat has brought into question the training provided to members of the Buffalo Police Department, which in some cases is well below professional standards. During WBFO's Press Pass, Porat reflects on the recent incident in which a Buffalo Police SUV ran down a man wielding a knife at officers and how better deescalation training could have produced a different outcome.


WBFO's Marian Hetherly

A house fire lit up the West Side sky early Monday morning, calling Buffalo firefighters into action in frigid weather.

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Dozens of elementary students In West Seneca had to remain in their schools for hours after classes ended when Lake Effect storms dumped more than two feet of snow on the area Thursday.

It's been debated and revised for nearly seven years, but Jim Fink of Business First says Buffalo's new Green Code was "worth it." During WBFO's Press Pass, Fink says the city "needed to get into the 21st century from a planning, zoning, development standpoint."


It may have been a lifeless, 30-10, loss to the New York Jets, but analyst Matt Sabuda says the season-ending game does produce a positive development: the Bills improved their draft position to tenth overall. However, Sabuda continues to doubt if the organization will make the changes necessary for future success.


It appeared most Buffalo Bills fans were in favor of dismissing head coach Rex Ryan. That move, analyst Matt Sabuda points out, did little to satisfy the team's followers who are calling for more change in an organization that has failed to make the playoffs for 17 consecutive seasons.


A Lake Effect Snow Warning has been issued for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. Steve Welch of the National Weather Service says some locales could see more than a foot of snowfall by Friday night.


With Saturday's overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills will miss the playoffs for the 17th consecutive season. Analyst Matt Sabuda examines what went wrong for the Bills and wonders about the changes that may be in store for the franchise.


It will likely take more than a holiday miracle, but the Buffalo Bills could still make the playoffs this year. According to analyst Matt Sabuda, there is a one percent chance of the Bills sneaking into the postseason. While the convoluted scenario involves several unlikely results, it begins with the Bills beating the Miami Dolphins on Saturday at New Era Field.


Several questions about the future swirl around the Buffalo Bills as they prepare to meet the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at New Era Field. With the team on the verge of missing the playoffs again, many are calling for changes. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes those changes should start at the quarterback position.


Lake effect snow is expected to return to Buffalo today, though it is not likely to cripple traffic as was the case during the Wednesday afternoon commute. Jeff Wood of the National Weather Service believes the city will see another inch to three inches of snow, with heavier snowfall hitting parts of Niagara and Orleans Counties.


A Lake Effect Snow Warning has been issued for Erie and Genesee Counties, from 1 p.m. today through 1 a.m. Thursday. Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service expects heavy snow and strong winds will make for a difficult afternoon commute.


Le'Veon Bell rushed for a franchise-record 236 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Buffalo Bills, 27-20, on Sunday at New Era Field. Analyst Matt Sabuda says the final score does not reflect how the Steelers dominated the contest.

While this morning's mix of precipitation could complicate the commute, the day will comparatively mild to what is coming later this week. Meteorologist Dave Thomas of the National Weather Service expects lake effect snow on Wednesday. On Thursday, wind chills may dip into the negative numbers.


Winners of three consecutive games, the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at New Era Field. Both teams remain in contention for the post-season, but, as analyst Matt Sabuda points out, a loss on Sunday would end the the Bills' hopes for the playoffs.


The region's residents know very well the possibilities of lake effect snow, which can pile up quickly in some areas while other locales receive very little precipitation.  Dave Thomas of the National Weather Service says that will be the case in the coming days. As three feet of snow hits areas to the south, Buffalo and its northern suburbs should see only a dusting of snow.


Through his reporting at Investigative Post, Dan Telvock has prompted some legitimate concerns over how the Erie County Water Authority tests its water supply for the presence of lead. Authority officials have displayed surprising resistance to the reporter's work. Telvock shared his findings on WBFO's Press Pass.


With Sunday's 38-24 loss at Oakland, the Buffalo Bills appear destined to miss the playoffs for the 17th consecutive season. Analyst Matt Sabuda sees the loss as another sign that the organization needs to make drastic changes.


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