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.

Ways to Connect

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Huntley power station in the Town of Tonawanda is now shuttered and Albany is giving the town some help to make up for the loss of tax revenue. However, that will run out over seven years, so residents are trying to figure out how to mitigate the loss.

Overwhelmed by the material from nearly three hours of public hearing yesterday, the city's Zoning Board of Appeals tabled a decision on the planned Chason Affinity project at Elmwood and Forest.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

With ride-hailing slated to start in a week, Lyft was in the Employment and Training Center Tuesday interviewing potential drivers.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

More legal bills await the Buffalo School Board in the continuing saga of Carl Paladino's role as a member of the board.

Sahlen's

Football fans in Miami Gardens' Hard Rock Stadium may be eating hot dogs from Buffalo next year. Sahlen's has completed a major deal with the Publix supermarket chain to sell their red hots.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The protest group Just Resisting is demanding changes in the way Martin Luther King Park's casino is used. It is part of a larger fight for a smaller police force and more community input in city activities.

Mike Desmond/WBFO

It's a preservation effort that looks to restore some of Buffalo's industrial heritage. The Colonel Ward Steam Engine Society wants to save two giant pumps and get one back in service. 


Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The annual Juneteenth Festival in Martin Luther King Park enjoyed two good days of hot, steamy weather, though Sunday's rain did wash out some of the program. The wet burst did little to dampen the enthusiasm of festival organizers.


dabc.org

The state's Board for Historic Preservation is recommending a series of additions to State and National Historic Registers of buildings and properties. Among those earning designations are Springville's First Baptist Church, Delaware Avenue Baptist Church and the Linde Air Products factory.


Grassroots Buffalo.com

A series of state and federal raids yesterday targeted the Grassroots political club and its founder, Maurice Garner. The group is best known for developing the careers of Mayor Byron Brown and State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A big food fight on Hertel Avenue is looming, with the Lexington Co-op's new store a month away from opening and Dash's Market a football field away and in the late stages of getting permission for a new store complex.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

With a week to go before a removal hearing in Albany, Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino is fighting back with a federal lawsuit saying the board and its governing majority is violating his First Amendment Constitutional rights.

WBFO File Photo

Niagara Falls officials are cutting back on spending, as the potential end to revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino looms. The first casualty is summer road paving.

Mike Desmond/WBFO

Imagine keeping track of thousands of questions and requests for action to city agencies and city-affiliated agencies. It is routine for Buffalo's Common Council, but it now is setting up a new system to keep track of those queries.

Next spring, New York's students will spend two days on standardized math and English tests instead of three. The State Board of Regents has approved the change and will vote Tuesday to make it official.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A year to the day after 49 lives were lost in an act of terrorism in Orlando's Pulse nightclub, their lives were recognized in a church memorial service Monday night.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

When Peg Overdorf bought land along Ohio Street in 2006 for a park, there were a lot of people who thought she was crazy because everyone knew if Ohio Street was going anywhere, it was continuing downhill. However, public money has helped turn it around.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

All you had to do this weekend was be in the vicinity of Delaware Avenue and Utica Street and hear the music on the breeze and you knew the summer festival season has begun in Buffalo.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

One of the most distinctive homes in Allentown is getting a major rehab, approved Thursday by the Buffalo Preservation Board.

WBFO's Michael Mroziak

Buffalonians could worry less about sewer pipe overflows if storm water never gets into the sewer system. The city is spending millions on green infrastructure to do exactly that.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Re-use of the second floor of the old DL&W train terminal at the foot of Main Street could be delayed for a long time under budget plans from President Trump to slash transportation projects spending.


The Krog Group

The historic Trico plant on the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has a new owner, with the Krog Group already starting to clean up and renovate the seven buildings that make up the complex.

Facebook

It was a small, but emotional audience that turned out Tuesday evening for a public hearing on Ruthie's Law, the proposed Erie County regulation of nursing homes prompted by the beating death of Ruth Murray by another patient in a Buffalo nursing home.

Albany is putting another $10 million into Jamestown's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The plan encompasses 10 projects chosen through the Regional Economic Development Council system.


SA+A Development

Building a development can seem relatively simple: find a piece of land, find an architect to provide a design, then build. In reality, it is far more complicated and why a major development on Broadway on the edge of downtown Buffalo will not be underway until early next year.

University at Buffalo / NIAID

There is a serious problem around the world - and it is growing. A University at Buffalo research team is taking a new approach to combat the problem with old antibiotics.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Erie County is asking Albany for some help in dealing with the problem of zombie homes. Officials believe the county is home to 800 zombie properties, vacant homes allowed to deteriorate as the foreclosure process grinds to a conclusion.


Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Environmental advocates joined the push to remove the Grand Island Bridge toll barriers. While previous efforts focused on the excessive financial burdens cast upon residents and commuters, new concerns are being raised over the damage done to area air quality.


Mike Desmond/WBFO News

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.


WBFO File Photo

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


Pages