Jay Moran

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11:36 am
Mon January 13, 2014

McCarthy: Gabryszak exit leaves district unrepresented in Assembly

Gabryszak's former Assembly desk in Albany, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

From initial public allegations to Sunday's resignation, the story of Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's fall from public office covered less than a month.

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11:02 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Brown says no discussions on Lt. Governor job, but 'never say never'

Mayor & his wife celebrated his reelection in November 2013.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was among the elected officials from across New York who made the trip to Albany for Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address. Considering the City is still digging out from a major storm, could Brown's decision to travel to Albany be a hint of things to come?

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

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8:01 am
Tue December 31, 2013

First Day Hikes give NYers chance to start new year on the right foot

Credit nysparks.com

WBFO's Jay Moran on New York's First Day Hikes

New Yorkers resolved to having a healthier new year could get a step ahead Wednesday with a special hiking program at some of the region's state parks. Guided First Day Hikes are planned at 23 state parks and historic sites, including Letchworth, Allegany and Fort Niagara.

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12:43 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

UB student wins esteemed Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships are awarded to no more than 40 American college students each year. Recently, a University at Buffalo student became just the second in UB's history to win the prestigious award. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with both.

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9:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Press Pass: No end in sight for development tax breaks

WBFO'S Jay Moran & Jim Fink in studio.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The tax breaks issued for Uniland's plan for a mixed-use complex at Delaware and Chippewa has touched off a community debate over the issue. While some legislators are clamoring for an end to development tax abatements, Business First's Jim Fink doesn't see that happening anytime soon.

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10:47 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Sabres fire Regier, Rolston; bring back LaFontaine, Nolan

Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan will attempt to guide the team out of the NHL basement.
Credit Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres announced major organizational changes Wednesday, bringing back former Sabre Pat LaFontaine to serve as president of hockey operations and Ted Nolan to be interim head coach. Former coach Ron Rolston and longtime General Manager Darcy Regier have been fired.

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11:16 am
Tue November 5, 2013

McCarthy says low turnout may fuel election upsets

As an "off year" election, voting is likely to be sparse today, with some predicting a turnout level as low as 30 percent. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, some local candidates view the low totals as an opportunity.

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10:28 am
Tue October 22, 2013

McCarthy looks at county comptroller's race

Though the candidates may lack the "proper credentials" to serve as Erie County Comptroller, Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy believes Democrat Kevin Gaughan and Republican incumbent Stefan Mychajliw enjoy the high name recognition sought by every political candidate


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11:20 am
Tue October 15, 2013

McCarthy: A WNYer at Cuomo's side?

Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy

Though Election Day is fast approaching, much of the political news that revolves around speculation on a race for next year: the governor's race. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy talked with WBFO Tuesday morning about the latest political developments and rumors about the lieutenant governor's post.

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11:10 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Writer/producer Tom Fontana returns to Buffalo

Buffalo's Tom Fontana, the producer/writer connected to such well-known works as St.Elsewhere, Oz and Homicide: Life on the Street, says he hasn't been back to Buffalo recently, but that will change this Columbus Day weekend when he appears at a series of events.

Tom Fontana shares some thoughts about his current projects, his award-winning work and his return to Buffalo this weekend.

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8:26 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Democratic Party leaders tussle as Election Day nears

As Election Day approaches, local Democratic Party officials continue to offer a fractured front, says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy.

In his weekly conversation with WBFO News, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy discusses the troubles of the Erie County Democratic Party and the dwindling treasury funds for Sergio Rodriguez.

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10:51 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Martin Short highlights weekend of events in Jamestown

Comedian Martin Short

While planning events for Columbus Day weekend, organizers in Jamestown sought "to promote a healthy lifestyle, a fun lifestyle and a few laughs," said Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy. Those plans have produced the Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K, and a performance by comedian Martin Short.

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11:52 am
Thu October 3, 2013

JRT presents Mamet's "A Life in the Theatre"

To open its 2013-2014 season, the Jewish Repertory Theatre has chosen "A Life in the Theatre," written by David Mamet. "His writing, even in this play with a lot of humor, doesn't pull any punches," director Greg Natale said during a conversation with WBFO News.

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9:57 am
Tue October 1, 2013

McCarthy previews November elections

With Election Day only a month away, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says he believes Republican Mayoral candidate Sergio Rodriguez needs to raise some money "to get his word out" if he is to upset Mayor Byron Brown.

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10:57 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Jazz host Wallack heads to Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Al Wallack hosted WEBR's "Jazz in the Nighttime for nearly two decades.

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association welcomes former WNED-AM Program Director Al Wallack into its Hall of Fame. A 45-year veteran of local radio, Wallack earned a national reputation for his many years hosting "Jazz in the Nighttime" on Buffalo's WEBR-AM.

"I enjoyed my time learning in all those other formats, but I revere my time in jazz because I got to actually work on the radio, every night, presenting a bona fide art form. Not many people can say that," Wallack said.  

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11:12 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Competition highlights Southern Tier artists

With a significant financial boost from the F. Donald Kenney Foundation, the Southern Tier Biennial offers artists a level of support not found often in juried art competitions, let alone those based in small cities like Jamestown and Olean.

Listen to some of the artists who entered their works in the 2013 Southern Tier Biennial.

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7:26 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Scholars@Hallwalls series begins Friday

Promoted as both social and intellectual, the Scholars@Hallwalls lecture series begins this week, once again offering audiences a chance to engage with experts on a wide variety of subjects.

Dr. Elizabeth Otto, Executive Director at UB's Humanities Institute, discussed the lineup for the Scholars@Hallwalls series of lectures.

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9:18 am
Wed September 11, 2013

McCarthy reflects on 'dismal' voter turnout

Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy
Credit WBFO News photo

With 68 percent of the vote, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown easily won the Democratic Primary against Bernie Tolbert. But, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy points out, only 20 percent of voters cast their ballots on Primary Day.

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7:57 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Press Pass: Car traffic should boost Main Street business

Work along Main Street downtown to return traffic
Credit WBFO News file photo

"Bringing cars back to Main Street is an absolute must," Business First's Jim Fink said on WBFO's Press Pass. Fink follows the view that believes a mistake was made decades ago when car traffic was routed off Main Street, allowing for the installation of city's rapid transit system.

On WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink also offers perspective on development projects on Delaware Avenue and in Niagara Falls.

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8:55 am
Wed August 28, 2013

McCarthy offers post-debate analysis

Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy, WGRZ-TV's Claudine Ewing, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley on mayoral debate panel.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Elibol, WNED/WBFO

"No knockout punch was thrown," says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, though he says he believes the three candidates performed well in Tuesday night's mayoral debate at the studios of WNED-TV.

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10:03 am
Tue August 27, 2013

McCarthy previews mayoral debate

With polls showing incumbent Byron Brown with a sizable lead in the race for Buffalo Mayor, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes tonight's debate on WBFO and WNED-TV could produce some surprises.

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10:39 am
Fri August 23, 2013

'Motion Picture' showing this weekend at Silo City

Silo City event in Buffalo
Credit WBFO News photos provided William J. Ingalls

Much of Buffalo, it seems, is falling in love with its grain elevators. That passion will be on display again  this weekend at Silo City when Torn Space Theater presents its performance installation "Motion Picture."

A preview of "Motion Picture," the performance installation produced for Silo City by Torn Space Theater.

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6:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Student scientists spend summer researching in Buffalo

Maidelisse Olivieri-Betancourt, right, researched for UB' SURE Program. She lives in Puerto Rico.
Credit Dr. Terry Connell, UB

Once again, students from across North America worked through the summer months conducting research in Buffalo biomedical labs. In early August, their work was displayed for review at Biomedical Research Day.

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12:40 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Walk strides to raise food allergy awareness

EpiPen used for sever allergic reactions
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

It is believed one in 13 children has a food allergy, a ratio that is on the rise. The FARE Walk for Food Allergy at Delaware Park on Saturday morning is looking to raise awareness to the problem.  

WBFO's Jay Moran reports on the walk for food allergies.

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9:22 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Park picnic honors late actor, benefits the arts

Neil E. Garvey
Credit Photo from Neil E. Garvey Foundation for the Arts Website

Organizers are hoping a for a repeat success at the second annual "A Midsummer Night's Picnic," the Friday event at Delaware Park that benefits the Neil E. Garvey Foundation for the Arts.

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9:38 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Saul Elkin reflects on Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Saul Elkin in Shakespeare in Delaware Park.
Credit Photo from Shakespeare in Delaware Park Website

Shakespeare in Delaware Park continues its 38th season Friday evening when "Measure for Measure" opens at 7:30 p.m. It is the second production of the season, following the presentation of "Hamlet," which brought large crowds to the park.  WBFO's Jay Moran sat down with Saul Elkin, Founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Delaware Park, to talk about the productions and the history of the summer tradition.

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9:17 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Press Pass: Planting the seeds for a new convention center

WBFO's Jay Moran and Business First's Jim Fink
Credit File photo

With the current Buffalo Niagara Convention Center approaching its fourth decade of operation, a move is afoot to improve, or perhaps replace, the aging facility.  In WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First says the upgrade has been a priority for County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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1:21 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

New movie 'Copperhead' features work of local screenwriter

Director Ron Maxwell, producer Susan Bishop and screenwriter Bill Kauffman teamed to make "Copperhead."
Credit phot from film website

While Western New York has enjoyed several connections to the film industry, Friday's national release of the film "Copperhead" surely will be the first time a movie features a screenplay from a resident of the Genesee County town of Elba.

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10:04 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Could Buffalo voters decide future city school budgets?

Buffalo Board of Education voting in May 2013 on the school district budget
Credit WBFO News file photo

State Senator Mark Grisanti says he hopes to spark change in the Buffalo School District at a critical time. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a bill, introduced by Grisanti, that would allow city residents to vote on the school budget.

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School Budgets
11:32 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Clarence voters reject budget, so do voters in handful of districts

Voters in six area school districts rejected spending plans on Tuesday.  The margin of defeat was decisive in Clarence where 58-percent voted against a plan to increase taxes by nearly ten percent.

WBFO'S Jay Moran interviews Tim Kremer, Executive Director of the New York State School Boards Association for a review of school district voting.

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