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 the harsh reality of the opioid abuse continues to emerge, more communities are gathering in a search for solutions. Last night's forum at Bennett High School examined how the abuse problem is interconnected with mental health issues.


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The Erie County Legislature Wednesday passed an amended version of spending from last year's surplus. Money was allocated for programs combating lead poisoning and the opiate abuse epidemic and for staff buyouts at Erie Community College.


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While Buffalo School Board meetings often devolve into rants, targeting blame for the many troubles inside the city's educational system, Wednesday night's session took a moment to highlight success. Two students have won college scholarships through the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

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With a series of high-profile incidents sparking controversy around the country, the use of force by police has become a hot topic. The issue was addressed during a Wednesday panel discussion in the Central Library sponsored by the Erie County Bar Association.


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The Buffalo School Board still hasn't decided what to do about major problems in the admissions process for the city's criteria schools, most visibly City Honors.


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Some big changes in local community gardens, from buying land to merging Buffalo and Niagara Falls organizations, are blossoming at the new Grassroots Gardens Western New York.

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For years, the knock on doing something about the Central Terminal was that fixing it up would take a lot of money. Now, an Ontario-based developer is willing to spend $100 million on redeveloping the terminal -- and another $100 million to  build a residential complex on a mostly-vacant parcel next door.

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Nearly 200 Shoreline Apartment tenants have been told they must be out by November. That's after years of Norstar Development telling them a new construction plan would allow them to move around and into new units.


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Another sure sign of the weather gradually turning from spring to summer is the 18th Parkside Tour of Homes in North Buffalo. It's a chance for the neighborhood to show off its varied housing on the edge of Delaware Park, with much of that housing surrounding the landmark Darwin Martin House on Jewett Parkway.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown today will receive a big promotion to a part-time position. With the backing of Governor Cuomo, he's slated to be elected chair of the State Democratic Committee during a party meeting in Saratoga.


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Improvements are coming to a section of Buffalo's Schiller Park, courtesy of a $298,000 allocation from the Common Council.


Buffalo native Lauren Belfer is heading back to the best-seller charts with her new novel "And After The Fire." It's a look at the music of Bach, anti-semitism and family. Belfer talked to WBFO's Mike Desmond about the book.


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County legislators today will receive the recommendations from the Charter Revision Commission. The commission voted on several proposals Thursday night, including one that would extend legislative terms to four years.


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The Buffalo School Board couldn't come to a budget agreement Wednesday evening. That decision will be delayed until next week, at the earliest.


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KeyBank Chairman and CEO Beth Mooney says First Niagara's Larkinville complex will be Key's Northeast Regional Headquarters once the two banks merge. The new name of the downtown arena will be KeyBank Center, taking over First Niagara's sponsorship.


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A proposed boost in college aid for New York State students has come to a halt in an Assembly committee. The development has drawn the ire of the legislation's co-sponsor, Amherst Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter.

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Fruit Belt residents and unions representing workers at the adjacent Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus still can't come to an agreement on solving the parking problem.


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The Common Council is again pushing Albany to move the school board elections to November instead of May. The spring date has been blamed for a voter turnout that averages around ten percent.


People from the community and people who have just finished courses in Buffalo public schools Adult Education Division are being invited to attend a job fair Wednesday in the Career Collegiate Institute in North Buffalo.


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A long-closed and seemingly vandalized church at Bird and Hoyt will be turned into apartments under plans starting the process through the City Planning Board.


While the sinking Canadian dollar is hurting many businesses on the U.S. side of the border, some in Canada are enjoying a boost from American spending. The trend is providing a positive business impact to the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.


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Erie County is looking at plans to require every athletic event to have someone on hand who is trained in concussion protocol.


Property taxes are based on an assessment of that property. On this week's previously-aired edition of...You and the Law, Mike Desmond talks with attorney Peter Alan Weinman about challenging that tax assessment.

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Operating on a tight timetable nearing its end, Erie County's Charter Revision Commission is rushing to put a package of proposals together to send to the Erie County Legislature. Eventually, something will be on the ballot in November for the voters to decide. 

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It was a small house Thursday night, as the Buffalo Common Council held a budget hearing on Mayor Byron Brown's proposed $494 million spending plan.

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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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