Mike Desmond

Reporter

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. He also hosts “You and the Law,” a popular segment that involves interviews with local lawyers. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.

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As part of a national survey, 12,000 Buffalo Public School students were queried about life as they see it, in school and in their home neighborhoods. The results may be surprising.


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The latest fight between the Buffalo Teachers Federation and Buffalo Public Schools is heating up, this time over incentives like ice cream socials to persuade kids to take state-mandated tests and threats of punishment for those who don't.

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A name from Buffalo's past is in the planning for a Greenway project in downtown Buffalo aimed at improving access to the waterfront.

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This time, the public meeting was at Maryvale High School, but the topic was the long, slow slog against the social damage and deaths of the continuing opioids crisis.

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Buffalo Public Schools' fiscal picture has brightened a little due to some cost-cutting, as final versions of the district's four-year plan and budget for next year are prepared.

Sinatra Co. and Ellicott Development

Developers shaved one floor off their plan for a mixed-use building at Elmwood Avenue and Bryant Street in Buffalo and received key variances from the city Zoning Board of Appeals for the project Wednesday. A final go-ahead is probable at Monday's city Planning Board meeting.

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The proposal to turn an old and long-closed elevated railroad line into an elongated park and urban connector drew a packed house Tuesday night at Buffalo's Saturn Club.

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If you want something from the City of Buffalo, like a license, a contract or approval for a development project, you better have your taxes paid.

Looney Tunes Wiki

With another round of snow in the forecast for what is supposed to be spring, this weather can get to you, right? It isn't just highway crews who have to be prepared for the effects of spring storms.

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Albany is putting a new Amtrak Exchange Street Station for Buffalo on a fast track, with work slated to start late this year. 


Sen. Catherine Young

The state budget process can be very complicated and the higher ranked a legislator is, the better that legislator's district can wind up when the final budget is adopted.

Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo Public Schools were hoping for a substantial increase in state school aid for the upcoming school year, but did not get as much as hoped. In fact, it received the smallest increase of any of the state's Big Five school districts. That means the district is looking at a projected deficit of $16 million, which includes $20 million already taken from reserves.

Buffalo Preservation Board

When the new Public Safety Building opens in downtown Buffalo, there will be a colorful concrete sculpture in front, with colors to represent police, fire and the historic use of the Michael J. Dillon Building as a courthouse.

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It is back to federal court for the Seneca Nation and New York State, this time over three miles of state Thruway running across the Cattaraugus Territory.


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Sisters of Charity Hospital has unveiled its new and expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for the sickest newborns. It is a multi-million-dollar effort to deal with the rising ranks of children who need neonatology care.

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Thousands of New York State students had a tough time taking state-issued English Language Arts tests on Wednesday.

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One of Buffalo's toniest addresses, Mayfair Lane, is in the midst of a civil war. The Common Council has been called in to settle the fight.

Empire State Development Corp.

Think "Blueway." It is a word you are going to hear a lot in the next year or two, as Buffalo Billion II helps fund a water highway between South Buffalo Charter School and Broderick Park: the historic and industrial Buffalo waterfront.

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The future of the Fort Erie Race Track may hinge on the outcome of the upcoming Ontario provincial election.

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Construction on 105 apartments in the former Pierce Arrow office complex along Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo could start within a month, with final approval Monday from the city Planning Board.

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Iconic restaurateur Russ Salvatore celebrated his 85th birthday with a party Sunday at Seneca Niagara Casino.

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It is a common topic of conversation, to say some building is a landmark. That may be, but many are not legally landmarks. That is why the Buffalo Preservation Board has a special subcommittee looking to change that.

Buffalo Preservation Board

A historic district designation in the Broadway-Fillmore community took another stop forward Thursday, as the Buffalo Preservation Board recommended the Common Council approve creating the district.

New York State Board of Elections / YouTube.com

When Albany created the post of Chief Enforcement Counsel to the New York State Board of Elections, it was supposed to be a breakthrough toward dealing with corruption in the state's often opaque Election Law. Since then, however, federal and state prosecutors have found systemic corruption in state government, especially the Legislature.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have completely understood. First church and then a march, with many wearing signs proclaiming, "I Am A Man."

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The table was filled with round pieces of vinyl, familiar to older generations of music listeners and a mystery to others. Those "45s" are now a major display by the Black Radio History Collective and WUFO-AM 1080.

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Buffalo's Common Council president is raising questions about land deals by an agency City Hall is trying to dissolve.

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the surrounding neighborhoods have their problems. Now the campus is putting some cash into 17 community organizations meeting an array of needs and opportunities.

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It was another glorious ethnic party in Buffalo Monday, as Dyngus Day and its parade rolled through historic Polonia. The East Side party continued well into the night, with lots of Polish beer, red and white, pussy willows and water pistols.

In 2007, Anthony Capozzi was cleared after 22 years in prison because long-stored DNA showed he was not the Delaware Park Rapist; it was Altemio Sanchez. The new state budget mandates DNA samples in potential criminal cases be stored for at least 20 years.

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