State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says Industrial Development Agencies, or IDAs, are doing a better job of using incentives to create and retain jobs in New York. But the state's fiscal watchdog has some concerns about accountability and transparency when it comes to tax exemptions.
There is good news for local school districts in the state budget being finalized in Albany. The agreement hammered out between Gov. Cuomo and lawmakers provides more than $21 billion in aid to education, an increase of nearly $1 billion.
Classical guitarist Julia Crowe still remembers her first guitar. It was given to her by a guest who stayed at a rooming house run by her grandmother. In her new book "My First Guitar," Crowe tells the stories of 70 legendary musicians, including Elvis, Jimmy Page, Les Paul, Carlos Santana and Sharon Isbin.
The Buffalo Sabres are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs Thursday night and for the first time in 16 years, Lindy Ruff will not be behind the bench. WBFO's Jim Ranney talked with Steve Manson of Western New York Hockey Magazine about Ruff's firing and where the team goes from here.
Hundreds attended a rally outside the state Capitol Tuesday in opposition to the state's new gun laws. Buffalo developer and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino led the crowd in chants criticizing Governor Cuomo for pushing the law through.
The ban on assault weapons and large ammunition clips passed by state lawmakers and signed into law earlier this week has the support of 73 percent of New York voters, according to the latest poll by the Siena Research Institute.
The Niagara County Sheriff says a propane leak caused the deadly explosion of a house in the Town of Wilson that killed a 14-year-old girl Tuesday morning.
Officials said they don't know where the spark that ignited the gas came from. Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour said the house was supplied by a large, exterior propane tank, common in rural areas.
Hundreds of motorcyclist escorted a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the Town of Eden Tuesday.
A police motorcade and members of the Vietnam Riders and Patriot Riders motorcycle groups traveled with a truck and trailer carrying the wall to the Newell-Faulkner Post 880 American Legion Hall off Route 62.
It will be open for public viewing from noon Thursday through Sunday at the Legion grounds off Main Street in Eden.
The wall contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans killed or missing in the Vietnam War.
The B-17 "Flying Fortress," which belongs to the Liberty Foundation, is on a national tour of more than 40 cities in what it calls a Salute to Veterans.
This particular plane was built toward the end of World War II and never saw any combat, but has been painted in the colors of the original Memphis Belle that flew countless missions with the 91st bomb group of the 8th Airforce. It was the first B-17 to complete 25 missions, something pilot Bob Hill says was unheard of.
Many of the planes and thousands of crew members were lost during the war.
Debate continues in Washington and locally over extension of the so-called Bush-era tax cuts.
Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Hochul called Monday for extension of the tax cuts for everyone making less than $250,000 a year. But Republican congressional candidate Chris Collins says the tax cuts should be extended for everyone.
Collins talked about it with WBFO & AM-970's Jim Ranney.
Erie County is kicking off a new program designed to provide a safe way home for drunk drivers.
The Designated Driver Program is privately funded and will run through the county's Stop DWI office. It provides two designated drivers; one to take the intoxicated driver home in their vehicle, and one to follow.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz calls it a smart way to remove drunk drivers from the road.