The greening of the downtown waterfront is about to be enhanced thanks to the Buffalo Sabres.
Mayor Byron Brown met with reporters at Main Street and Marine Drive beneath the Skyway Tuesday to announce that the Sabres organization is picking up the $120,000 tab for enhancements and landscaping at unfinished parcels at the Central Wharf, near First Niagara Center.
The project will include the installation 90,000 square feet of new sod. The land is already being cleared and cleaned and existing fences and barriers will be removed to allow for greater public access.
A University at Buffalo Shale Institute study of hydrofracking will no doubt raise eyebrows, especially in those organizations that have been most outspoken against the controversial method of extracting natural gas.
The study, which its co-authors say was funded entirely by UB, looked at the environmental impacts during Marcellus Shale drilling in Pennsylvania from January 2008 to August 2011.
Congressman Brian Higgins and two members of the Western New York State Legislature delegation have sent a strongly-worded letter to the NFTA, calling on the Authority to relinquish control of the Outer Harbor.
Meeting with reporters on the windswept boardwalk by Gallagher Beach Friday, Higgins, State Senator Timothy Kennedy, and State Assemblyman Sean Ryan appealed to the NFTA to turn the title of 300 acres of prime waterfront real estate over to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, an agency whose sole mission is waterfront development.
East Aurora-based Explore & More Children's Museum has been given the go-ahead to start studies on developing a children's experience at Canalside. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation's Board of Directors gave its unanimous approval to the 25,000 square-foot project today.
Explore & More Director Barbara Park Leggett says her organization already has plans for the site and has submitted a preliminary plan to the board that includes exhibits and programs.
The University at Buffalo introduced Daniel White as its new director of athletics today. White succeeds Warde Manuel, who left UB in February to take the AD job at the University of Connecticut.
White, 32, is a native of New Orleans who played basketball at Notre Dame. He comes to UB from The University of Mississippi, where he is Executive Director of the school's fundraising arm. He has previously worked as a coach and administrator at Ohio University and Fresno State.
Buffalo's $137 million U.S. District Courthouse on Niagara Square was formally dedicated today. The 10-story, 261,00 square-foot building opened last November after years of delay.
Many federal judges were in attendance, as were upwards of 250 invited guests, including Senator Charles Schumer, Representatives Kathy Hochul and Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard.
Among the speakers was Judge Richard Arcara who, along with Chief U.S. District Judge William Skretny, was a driving force to see the project through from beginning to end.
The President of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation addressed a lunch hour crowd at the Central Library Wednesday.
Thomas Dee capsulized where downtown waterfront development stands and where the multi-million dollar project is headed.
"Buffalo's greatest resource is water," said Dee.
Congressman Brian Higgins was pivotal in making the wake-up call. More than three years later, you can see the results when you drive the lakeshore complex or visit what's come to be known as Canalside.
About a dozen representatives of Citizen Action, The Sierra Club, and several other public advocacy groups gathered in front of the Mahoney State Office Building in downtown Buffalo Monday to reiterate their strong opposition to hydrofracking in New York.
Speakers said the natural gas industry holds far too much sway over local and state politicians with their campaign contributions. They said as a result, leaders are turning a deaf ear to the concerns of health and environmental advocates who contend that fracking ruins the groundwater supply.
This Saturday is the 4th annual National Take Back Initiative. It's a time when you can rid yourself of prescription drugs you no longer need or want.
This nationwide DEA campaign has worked well in recent years, with over 500 tons of unwanted prescription drugs turned in, including 10 tons in Western New York.
Speaking at the West Seneca Senior Center today, U.S. Attorney William Hochul urged citizens not to dispose of the drugs themselves, but rather to turn them in at any one of 33 venues sprinkled across the region for proper disposal, no questions asked.
Dog lovers gathered at The Barkyard dog park on Buffalo's west side Tuesday to lend their support to State Senator Mark Grisanti's bill to create a central animal abuse registry
With The Barkyard dog park on Buffalo's west side as the setting, State Senator Mark Grisanti told more than a dozen chilly supporters Tuesday that he is introducing a bill in Albany to establish an animal abuse central registry.
The NFTA has decided to put on hold, for now, deciding the future of the Small Boat Harbor and Gallagher Beach.
A private developer has made an offer, but that has run into a snag because of environmental concerns.
In the meantime, some are wondering aloud about the wisdom of selling a valuable piece of waterfront property to private interests.
"The board thought it would just make sense to take a 'time out,' let the issue settle out with the proposed purchaser and see if there are any public agencies (who may want the property)," said NFTA Acting Chair Henry Sloma.
Sexually transmitted diseases are exploding among Erie County’s young people.
County Health Commissioner Doctor Gale Burstein notes that although young people make up about 25 percent of the sexually-experienced population in the county, nearly half of new STD cases occur in persons ages 15 through 24.
The young, according to Burstein, are the most vulnerable to these infections.
Republican Newt Gingrich may be down and out with respect to his poll numbers and campaign war chest, but there was no sign of it while stumping in Buffalo Friday.
Gingrich appeared during the noon hour at the Ellicott Square Building. Buffalo businessman, lawyer and former republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino warmed up the estimated 250 to 300 in attendance.
When the former congressman from George, former Speaker of the House, stepped to the podium, he immediately paid homage to the late Western New York Congressman Jack Kemp.
Forty of America's best young hockey talent will have the opportunity to display their skills on the ice in Buffalo early next fall.
First Niagara Center has been chosen as the venue for the first-ever All American Hockey Prospects Game on September 29. The announcement was made at the arena Monday afternoon by Dave Ogrean, Executive Director of Colorado-based USA Hockey.
"It is a real showcase of stars for the future, some of whom may very well end up wearing Sabre uniforms at some time," Ogrean said.
A proposal to give the 107th Airlift Wing at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station another mission has been rejected by the Air Force. The proposal was in response to a Defense Department plan that cuts the mission of the 107th, threatening 845 jobs at the air base.
Merrell Lane, Chair of the Niagara Military Affairs Council, insists it is not the end of the story.
Rick Santorum's announcement today that he is suspending his Republican presidential campaign leaves only frontrunner Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul in the GOP sweepstakes. Gingrich and Paul are no longer considered factors in the race for the nomination.
University at Buffalo political scientist James Campbell told WBFO News he was not surprised at today's announcement.
One of Wall Street's premiere bond rating agencies has upgraded Buffalo's bond rating to A1.
City Comptroller Mark Schroeder says Moody's decision follows a complimentary report it wrote about Buffalo's diversifying economy and a meeting he and top financial officials in the Brown Administration and City School District had with the "big three" bond ratings agencies in New York City a month ago.
Schroeder told WBFO News he thinks the upgrade reflects Moody's view that Buffalo is finally ready to "move forward."
An estimated 250 guests, politicians from both sides of the isle, and a hoard of local media were on hand late Wednesday morning at the Burchfield Penney Art Center for Governor Andrew Cuomo's Buffalo visit.
The Governor was eager to share his administrations accomplishments.
"We reduced the property taxes with a property tax cap that now limits property tax increases to 2%," said Governor Cuomo. "We reduce the burden on local government by passing real mandate relief that has the state reduce the number of mandates," said Cuomo.