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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Local developers have been watching Washington carefully, as Republicans in the two houses put together their tax bill, with potentially devastating effects on local development.

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It may have been colder inside Buffalo Central Terminal Monday than it was outside the towering landmark of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. That cold was the focus of a news conference by two state legislators calling on Albany to put $5 million from the $400 million Buffalo Billion II into the complex.

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Buffalo Public Schools administrators are telling the School Board they want to turn School 66 in North Buffalo into a community school, starting in the fall of 2018.

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One of Western New York's most powerful business and civic leaders has died. Robert G. Wilmers, the CEO and chairman of M&T Bank, died unexpectedly Saturday night in New York City.

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The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to end rules making the internet open to all - what is called net neutrality - and by the end of the day, New York State Attorney General Erie Schneiderman said, "See you in court."

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The Hebrew prayer from Chabad House Rabbi Moshe Gurary echoed across Canalside Thursday night, as a delegation prepared to light three flames on the menorah towering over the ice rink.

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A nationally recognized expert on livable transportation says the Scajaquada Expressway is a small part of a larger need for land-use planning in this area. Ian Lockwood visited at the invitation of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to look at the park road, as the state Department of Transportation deadline for comment approaches.

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An investigation into the death of a Buffalo man who died while in police custody has resulted in no criminal charges against the two city police officers involved. The decision brought out protesters to Buffalo Police headquarters, who said they were marching for justice.

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Not feeling well? Maybe with a fever and a tummy that doesn't feel good? You may have joined this year's early flu season.

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The Erie County Board of Elections is starting to move back into its offices in downtown Buffalo, well over a year after a fire roared through its West Eagle Street building.

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Buffalo residents are anxiously awaiting word from the state Attorney General's Office. The AG is expected to release its findings into the death of Wardel "Meech" Davis Wednesday.

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Williamsville is getting a new mayor in the new year. He says he plans to stay the course, but also has some new ideas.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board voted Monday night to raise rates, saying it has turned around an organization that desperately needed change.

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The job market is opening up for nurses again. The difficulty is expanding nursing programs to meet that need, at a time when there is a shortage of the teachers with doctorates essential to the programs.

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DeRutte Alley is hidden in the center of Allentown, little known to many, even perhaps in that neighborhood. However, a worn garage on DeRutte has turned into a city Preservation Board issue.

Regulation of electronic signs and a church's desire to spread its message collided Thursday before the Buffalo Preservation Board.

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Without debate or discussion, Erie County legislators Thursday unanimously approved a budget for next year.

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After years of sitting idle, a Chautauqua County ski resort has been sold. The Cockaigne Ski Area in Cherry Creek plans to re-open for the ski season next year.

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Financially struggling Canisius College is now dealing with very public labor problems.

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What began as a fight over the Buffalo Police Department traffic checkpoints is turning into a major probe of the police department by the state attorney general's office.

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Some Buffalo Common Councilmembers say they are trying to clean up mistakes in the city's new Green Code, thousands of pages of minutiae about neighborhoods, almost down to every house.

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For at least 20 years, the Buffalo Public Schools system and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority have had what amounts to a handshake deal to carry the city's high school students. However, the district wants better return for its $8 million a year and might look for competitors.

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Plans for a major affordable housing project are going ahead after approval by the Buffalo Planning Board Monday. However, developers are watching Washington closely, where the new tax bill might cripple the financing.

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The Caledonia bagpipers were on the Central Wharf Monday for the official reception to the harbor for LCS-9, with the name "Little Rock" just barely visible on the stern. The U.S. Navy's newest ship is finally docked at Canalside, readying for a first-of-its-type commissioning, next to its much larger predecessor.

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While it may seem as if there is a lot of vacant land around Western New York for potential industrial development, the experts say Erie County is developing a shortage.

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Housing prices in Buffalo are rising to the point prices are going up in some neighborhoods with traditionally lower prices. Council member Richard Fontana is seeing that in his Lovejoy district, where he's the elected representative and a longtime realtor.


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Question: Do the students and parents of Buffalo Public Schools talk to administrators? Does it matter?

If you are near Canalside today, look for the American flag and the evergreen tree on top of the structural steel for the new Explore & More Children's Museum. The construction industry mark signals the topping off of the $27 million project.

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Starting in July, Niagara Falls, ON and many tourism centers across the province will have an additional item to buy: marijuana.

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The journalism world these days is filled with allegations of fake news, confusion about what constitutes news, confusion about the First Amendment and those reporters who do responsible jobs. The news was the topic of a panel discussion before a packed house at the Buffalo History Museum Wednesday night.

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