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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A nationally-recognized building in Downtown Buffalo is being recommended as the site for the city's new hospitality school. Not all school board members were pleased to hear that the C. W. Miller Livery Building site on Huron will be home for the Buffalo High School for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management.


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Erie County is still repairing the fire-damaged Board of Elections office space. The final cost for repair is expected to approach $1 million.


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Tapestry Charter School is turning to the Industrial Land Development Corporation as the school seeks financing for its planned expansion along Great Arrow. The ILC, part of the county Industrial Development Agency, will review a complex application that totals $35 million.


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Buffalo State College broke ground Tuesday on its new LoRusso Alumni & Visitor Center. The center, located on Rockwell Road near Grant Street, is scheduled to open a year from now.


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Law enforcement in Niagara County is getting nearly $700,000 to fight violent crime.

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The fight is continuing between Congressman Brian Higgins and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, as the agency says it will move forward on its 2013 master plan.

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A section of North Buffalo will be very different if a massive new apartment complex is built. The property at the corner of Main  Street and Hertel Avenue is working through the city's regulatory process.

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Friends turned out Sunday to give Susan Tanner a musical sendoff in Babeville, where she worked for years with Righteous Babe Records.

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Two different local audiences were told this weekend of the national divide, as seen by two great newspapers.

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Buffalo has two more historic landmark buildings, as the city looks at creating more historic neighborhoods.

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Expect some changes for this summer's concert series on Buffalo's waterfront: a $5 entry fee and a new name.

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The public had a chance to look at renderings of the proposed $30 million sports complex in Hamburg last night. The plan has drawn great reaction, not all of which has been positive.


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A local state senator wants New York's constitution amended to guarantee the rights of residents to hunt and fish, joining 21 other states to enshrine those outdoor rights in their state charters.

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The Buffalo School Board rejected a multi-million dollar computer equipment purchase Wednesday night, rejecting assurances from Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash and some of his top aides that the proposal was above board.

City residents and some elected officials are pushing hard for Buffalo's new Green Code to be enforced on a number of massive projects developing in the Elmwood Village.

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Buffalo Common Councilmembers made minimal changes, as they approved Mayor Byron Brown's half-billion-dollar city budget proposal Tuesday, which holds the line on taxes.

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Somewhere locally are two young men who need to meet with Buffalo Common Council President and True Bethel Baptist Church Bishop Darius Pridgen.

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There has been another sudden surge in apparent drug overdoses in Erie County and in the surrounding counties: eleven cases between Saturday afternoon and Monday afternoon.

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Niagara Falls is continuing its quest to keep people in the Cataract City for an extra hour, an extra day or even on those winter days when its frozen natural wonder of the world is a spectacle.

Developer Stuart Alexander

Not only are millennials moving into important positions in our society and our economy, a prominent local developer says his newest project reflects millennial views on how to live.

Environment New York Research & Policy Center

A new study finds there is still plenty of dirty air around Western New York.


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Buffalo Public Schools are changing the way the district hires teachers, planning to do it much earlier when the talent pool is larger. The district is starting earlier so schools and principals know how they stand in preparing for fall classes.

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A crowd interested in a new Hertel Avenue supermarket proposal filled North Park Lutheran Church to hear what is planned. Dash's Market will be tearing down its old building in North Buffalo to erect a brand new store.

Without debate or discussion Thursday, Erie County legislators recognized county fiscal realities and voted unanimously to ask Albany to extend much of the county's sales tax authority.

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Dozens of people were in a Lancaster park Thursday, protesting Congressman Chris Collins' vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Buffalo School Board was told Wednesday night that the district wants to spend $6 million upgrading its computer system. However, that brought up the question of prior multi-million-dollar purchases from the spouse of a former board member.

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The Buffalo Public Schools have been hit with a lawsuit claiming the administration of McKinley High School actively blocked the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance at the school and the district is not doing anything about the discrimination.

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The visitors to some wineries in Niagara County Wednesday will be a little different from the usual. They are workers from other tourist attractions around the county.

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The state attorney general has taken over the investigation of a Sunday afternoon incident that left a suspect dead and a Buffalo Police officer wounded.

Erie County Sheriff's Department

With the Erie County Sheriff's Department and Seneca Nation marshals working together, a three-time convicted drug dealer was busted Monday and charged with supplying residents of the nation's Cattaraugus Territory.

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