Mike Desmond


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 Community College broke ground Wednesday for its nanotechnology building.

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Buffalo schools need to cut $4 million more from a planned $856 million spending plan to make it balance.

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Expect a panoply of music on the waterfront this summer, as Canalside has announced its summer free concert series.

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The Buffalo School Board majority has been knocked out by voters in Tuesday night’s election, with brand new members ready to take on education.

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Buffalo schools are planning to convert 13 buildings to community schools, open from early morning until well into the evening and Saturday classes for students and parents.

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Economic development is continuing around the Solar City project in South Buffalo. The city Planning Board learned Monday about another spinoff project.

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While the planned Green Code is supposed to do away with special zoning districts, City Hall is in the midst of starting a new one. This zoning district would be the site of the former Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle.

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It's not really clear what Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is probing in his look into Governor Cuomo's inner circle but there is certainly some concern about the effect of the investigation of the Buffalo Billion on projects paid by that fund.

This is a time of year for an annual scam, posing as the Internal Revenue Service and and asking for money over the phone. Attorney Nicole Parshall says the real IRS puts it in writing. She's our guest this week on You & The Law, talking about scams on seniors.

Election 2016: Buffalo School Board

Apr 29, 2016
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The Buffalo School Board elections will be held Tuesday, May 3. Six board seats will be decided by eligible city voters.

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Across Erie County, local governments and activists are convening town meetings to talk about drug problems. New figures project 570 fatal drug overdoses will occur this year in the county.

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A backroom fight over the budget for Erie Community College is turning into a major public fight between two of the area's most visible public figures, County Executive Mark Poloncarz and college president Jack Quinn.

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With less than two weeks before the Buffalo school board is slated to vote on its budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, it's under pressure to spend millions to put aides on every school bus.

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Buffalo Common Council members aren't happy about plans for a major expansion of the drug treatment program in Hispanics United on Virginia Street.

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The largest collection of Buffalo Bills memorabilia is now at the Buffalo History Museum, following the donation of Greg Tranter's personal collection.

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As rural roads and bridges continue to crumble, local officials seek ways to fund much-needed projects.

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Saying that it has too many bases, the Pentagon is suggesting that some should be closed. However, there is pressure in Congress against closing any bases, like the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

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With the rising death toll from drug overdoses, researchers and doctors are looking for different ways to get people to kick the drug habit. Some are reporting short-term success with a new drug treatment that is blocking the high of drugs like heroin.

After years of fighting, more money is in the state budget for Western New York roads and bridges.

This week's edition of You & The Law looks at an obscure corner of the legal system: Good Samaritan Laws and how Albany had to pass laws allowing people to help others in difficult situations. Our guest is attorney Kevin Mahoney.

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Buffalo voters go to the polls May 3 to pick the district members of the school board. However, in many cases, they still do not know who will be the candidates in particular districts because the process continues.

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Erie County's Pawn Shop Law is moving into implementation, as law enforcers seek to use the new law to control sales of stolen merchandise to support drug habits or crime habits.

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It was 4/20 Wednesday, bringing supporters of legalized marijuana out to Delaware Park's Hoyt Lake for a pro-cannabis event.

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Hillary Clinton struggled to win the local vote, but the former New York senator ended up winning big across most of the state in Tuesday's primary.  After some tense moments, when the vote tallies appeared decided, Democratic headquarters was filled with excitement from party leaders who strongly supported Clinton.

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With more and more older buildings being converted to housing, adaptive reuse of structures originally built as factories, warehouses or electrical substations, architects have to deal with noise issues.

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump spoke in front of 11,400 people at Buffalo's First Niagara Center Monday night, in a large rally on the eve of New York's primary election.

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Computers and the web have become integral in the modern school classroom. For Buffalo students, the problem is that many don't have computers and don't have web access at home.

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On the eve of the New York primary, presidential campaigns continue to make their way to Buffalo.

Some times the goal in winning a lawsuit isn't just to get money but also to create change in society or in life or even on the job. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Nicholas Romano talks about lawsuits for change.

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Just as the busy travel season begins, two big bridges have major construction underway. The Peace Bridge continues building ramps to the Niagara section of  the Thruway while work gets underway at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.