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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Erie County will see this spring if a major sewer project in the South Towns will alleviate sewage-based pollution flowing through Woodlawn Beach.


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The pushback against the Trump Administration continued Sunday in a protest against new policy regarding transgender youths and the use of school bathrooms. The issues prompted many to rally on a cold and windy afternoon at Niagara Square.


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Members of Allentown's LGBTQ community met behind closed doors Thursday night to talk about solutions to the apparent gay-bashing incident early Saturday morning in Allentown that left several people hurt outside a popular pizza business.

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A small number of citizens turned out to ask real questions of real cops about how policing works in Buffalo, during a meeting sponsored by Masten District Common Councilmember Ulysees Wingo.

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Kiarre Harris of Buffalo is making a federal case out of home-schooling her two children.

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Exactly how do you evaluate the superintendent of an urban school system? The Buffalo School Board grappled with that issue Wednesday night.

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A year after India Cummings died at Erie County Medical Center, protestors were at the door of the Erie County Holding Center protesting her death and demanding changes. The lawyer for her family says the cause of death after 17 days in the Holding Center are now clear.

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Western New York's largest taxi operator is pushing back against the push in Albany for ride-hailing, saying the public could pay the price.

Opposition is brewing on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border about plans to move dozens of shipments of nuclear waste from a plant in Chalk River, Ontario, to a plant in South Carolina.

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There is a sort of public battle over whether New Yorkers should approve a ballot question in November about holding a Constitutional Convention to re-work the state's elaborately detailed Constitution. Lawyers say this could be an opportunity to re-structure the state's court system.

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Under heavy security, Mayor Byron Brown made it official Monday—he is on the campaign trail seeking a fourth term.


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While the unseasonably mild weather may provide welcome relief to many in Western New York, the trend is reason for concern for area fruit farmers.


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Early Saturday morning, there was a burst of violence outside a busy pizza restaurant at Allen and Elmwood. Some are speculating that a hate crime may have occurred.


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Governor Cuomo is targeting property taxes as he moves to force local governments to spend less money by making them more efficient and consolidated. The Governor outlined his plans Thursday at The Meeting House in Williamsville.


Ontario Power Generation

There are giant artificial lakes on both sides of the Niagara Gorge, just downstream for Niagara Falls. Both are essentially giant batteries, ready to generate electricity when needed.


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Another large crowd turned out last night in Buffalo Seminary for a discussion of development at Elmwood and Forest.  They were there to see Assemblyman Sean Ryan's his alternative to Chason Affinity's plan for the highly visible corner.


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Buffalo School Board sessions often turn contentious, with voices raised and accusations hurled. Last night's meeting, however, reached new levels as protesters created an uproar that prompted security to take action.


New York State has established a $20 million competition for local governments to come up with ideas for consolidation, efficiency and shared services. The only grant to Western New York in the first round went to Chautauqua County.


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The historic and decaying Our Lady of Lourdes Church is getting a new neighbor, six stories of retail and office space geared to the nearby Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.


Buffalo Planning Board agenda

The plan is to start construction on the Explore and More Children's Museum at Canalside next month. The schedule and the associated construction details received recommended approval Monday.


The only thing left now is purchasing the building permits, as the city Planning Board yesterday approved the first phase of the vast project to turn Buffalo's tallest building, now known as Seneca One Tower, into a mix of housing, retail and commercial space.


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Democratic Erie County Elections Commissioner Len Lenihan is stepping down next month. He's expected to be replaced by Democratic County Chairman Jeremy Zellner.


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Buffalo schools are expanding the programs for kids who don't succeed in traditional classrooms.


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Supporters of medical marijuana have long argued pot can help alleviate many medical and health problems. However, pinpointing the exact benefits of marijuana has been elusive. A new UB study looks to answer those questions.


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In a day of complicated maneuvering, Erie County legislators killed a plan to refinance the debt of Erie County Medical Center, then sent back to committee a separate plan to borrow $100 million for the hospital using the county's credit rating. It was a day of attacks - some personal - and so much parliamentary maneuvering regarding the entangled finances of Erie County and ECMC even legislators were sometimes lost.

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About 70 protestors gathered Thursday night in front of Buffalo's B District Police Station  at Main and Tupper streets to voice concerns over the death of Wardel "Meech" Davis. The 20-year-old man died Tuesday night while in police custody.

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As a parent, how would you react if your child received a "D" or an "F" on their report card? In the first half of this school year, half of students in Buffalo Public Schools received one of those two grades.

Buffalo is trying something different to deal with the terrible parking situation on the city's West Side.

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Across Buffalo, a state agency is looking at extending the Metro Rail, another state agency is looking at re-doing the Scajaquada, another group is looking at finding a new Amtrak station and Congressman Brian Higgins is advocating removal of the Skyway. Buffalo's Common Council wants to put together a working group to look at the effect of all of these on the city.


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The Buffalo Public Schools system is looking into a claim that a Buffalo mom lost custody of her two children because of paperwork lost in City Hall.

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