Mike Desmond

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For many taxpayers across New York State, the worst nuisances on their blocks are the decaying buildings which no one appears to own. The  buildings are often referred to as "Zombie houses."


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As you move around the area and see company and construction signs, it's not uncommon to see the letters LLC. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Andrew Olek talks about what those letters mean.

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The U.S. ambassador to Canada says the two countries are getting along well, in North America and around the world. Ambassador Bruce Heyman was at Niagara University last night to speak to the graduate commencement.


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What's probably going to be a very long fight over the financing system for New York charter schools went into State Supreme Court Thursday.


The Buffalo school board kept busy Wednesday night, fighting through rancor and angry disputes to pass a budget while continuing the battle over how to find a new superintendent.


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With Paramount Pictures spending millions of dollars here on the making of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 a lot of money is being spent, providing a business surge for some local companies.


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After 36 years as president of D'Youville College, Sister Denise Roche announced her retirement, saying it's time for her to figure out what to do with the rest of her life.


Buffalo has several firehouses which are well over a century old. Councilmember Chris Scanlon is arguing 14 out of 20 fire houses don't have the facilities for the increasing number of women in the Fire Department.


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New State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan may be from Long Island but two local senators say he has been a frequent visitor to Western New York.


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The annual fight over who will do the borrowing for Erie County is surfacing again, as the county plans to sell tens of millions of dollars in bonds.


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After nights of the Kensington Expressway being filled with the vehicles and road traffic for filming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, action shifted to the air.


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The question in Albany is, will Dean Skelos still be Senate majority leader by noon Monday? Republicans are meeting at 11 a.m. to decide his fate.


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The Buffalo Public School District and the District Parent Coordinating Council agree that student suspensions remain a problem in city schools.


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As Buffalo Police District Chief Brian Patterson talked to a group in the West Side Community Center yesterday, he stopped frequently to allow interpreters in both Karen and Burmese to speak. The moment showed the growing influence of immigrants in the city.


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Members of the public and of the Common Council had a chance to sound off Thursday night about perceived problems in the city school system and in the proposed budget for next school year.


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Buffalo School Board members decided Wednesday night on a quick national search for a new superintendent, expecting there may be yet another interim superintendent with current Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie leaving June 30.


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The Niagara Falls High School football team practiced and played in mud last year. On Thursday, football players and athletes from all of the other teams at the school came out for the formal dedication of the new $18 million sports complex.


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From one expert's point of view, parks are an essential part of a city, serving people across the age and income categories, and there are great opportunities in Buffalo's parks.


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The Buffalo school system's largest parents group says the proposed budget fails. During a meeting in Makowski School, the District Parent Coordinating Council voted "no confidence" regarding the budget slated to be approved a week from today.

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Hundreds of people interested in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 found out Monday night movie making can be an exercise in boredom if you aren't involved. 

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Fruit Belt residents say they want to stay where they are living and not be pushed out by the expanding Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).

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While the court system is just starting to work through the corruption charges filed against Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, calls for his resignation are already emerging. 

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For decades, the focus of rowing activity has been on the Black Rock Channel along the Niagara River. That has changed with the arrival of the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association on the relatively sheltered Buffalo River.

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports that's becoming an increasingly busy river for floating objects of all sizes.


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Members  of the Buffalo School Board's majority haven't given up on Emerson Principal James Weimer taking the superintendent's position. Meanwhile, the board's minority faction is still pushing for a wider search for a superintendent, possibly even a long-term national hunt. 

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Property taxes are based on a property assessment. On this week's edition of You & The Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney Peter Alan Weinmann about challenging that tax assessment.

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Local politicians and business leaders had a chance Thursday to look inside Yahoo's burgeoning complex in the Town of Lockport. So far, the Silicon Valley giant has spent around a half-billion dollars on two data centers and a corporate call center, with the latest expansion adding more than 100 jobs

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Buffalo does not yet have a new school superintendent, but interim superintendent Donald Ogilvie might be leaving earlier than the June 30 date his resignation takes effect.

Punk icon Patti Smith has been an important figure for decades as a musician, poet, and cultural observer. She is also the author of Just Kids, a book about her life and her relationship with the late artist Robert Mapplethorpe. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with Smith during her recent visit to Just Buffalo's Babel series.

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Buffalo police officer Robert Eloff Jr. has been arrested and charged with three counts of civil rights violations. Eloff was one of the off-duty officers present at Molly's Pub last May on the night airman William Sager Jr. was pushed down a flight of stairs, leading to a fatal head injury.

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Council President Darius Pridgen is likely to visit Baltimore to get a personal look at what's happening and what lessons might be brought back here.

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