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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With rapid development combining with the traditional high speeds on Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg, newer residents are demanding changes.

Now that the fight over the Canterbury Woods senior housing on Gates Circle appears to be resolved, the possibility of other fights revolve around other buildings on the former Millard Fillmore Hospital land.

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There's been a big expansion of the county's agricultural districts, including on Grand Island.

Washington and Albany have changed some of the rules on estates and people can decide to give away more of their assets.

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Erie County legislators on Thursday refused to allow a vote on a proposal to cut back the county's drinking hours.

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The Lewiston Senior Center was packed Thursday night as the Western New York Land Conservancy showed off its plans for the Stella Niagara Preserve on the Niagara River.

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The city's Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday rejected construction of a large apartment building in the midst of a historic Elmwood Village neighborhood.

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Local supporters of expanded public transit are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, with increasing support for extending the Metro Rail.

Minority workers in the Buffalo-Niagara region make around 70 cents for each dollar earned by white workers, according to new report from the Partnership for the Public Good.

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The Chautauqua Institution is keeping a landmark in house. The institution has purchased the cottage of Lewis Miller from descendants of the first president and cultural center co-founder.

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For those involved in politics, this is a very busy year, not just because this is a presidential election year, but also because there is a presidential primary vote April 19.

Commuters on Bailey Avenue know very well the condition of the bridges that carry travelers across Buffalo and Cazenovia creeks. That situation may be changing, though the solution is not simple.

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During a recent meeting in Amherst, many in attendance seemed startled by the death toll in their town from overdoses of heroin and prescription drugs. Western New York’s state legislators are saying Albany has to deal with the scourge of drugs.

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Developers continue to explore the list of the city's older buildings, as they look for more possible adaptive re-uses. 

Everyone who purchases a home remembers worrying about the mortgage, worrying about the closing date and worrying about all the checks to be written to pay for the whole process. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney John Delmonte says it's getting even more complicated.

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With increasing concern about the rising number of heroin overdoses, Albany has cut a deal with CVS pharmacies to make the heroin antidote Naloxone available over-the-counter.

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The Erie County Legislature committee session on Thursday heard from a police officer, doctor and county health commissioner. Then, it heard from two moms who buried sons and a suburban teacher who has attended 15 wakes for former students.

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Some members of the region's state delegation disagree over Governor Cuomo's $145 billion budget, though the reactions are generally mixed along party lines.

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Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash has started major structural changes in the system. Some of the initiatives include more online education and plans for more community schools.

NYS Assembly Robin Schimminger website

When Governor Cuomo delivers his State of the State message today, he will be talking about the great issues of ethics, finances and infrastructure. Some, though, will be more concerned about district issues like vital tax bases back home.

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President Obama's last State of the Union speech didn't draw a lot of support from Western New York's two Republican members of Congress.

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Motorists can look forward to a slow afternoon commute home, with another winter blast coming in.

Downtown development is spreading ever wider and that's why a local businessman says his proposed store and gas station at Broadway and Jefferson will work.

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After months of infighting and a series of often-contentious public meetings, the city Planning Board Monday approved construction of the Canterbury Woods senior housing project on Gates Circle.

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Nine power outages are being reported by National Grid as the Buffalo metro area experiences the beginning of its first major snowstorm of the season.

Buffalo schools are expanding the optical fiber internet system which connects schools and other buildings.

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Construction work on Parkside next to Delaware Park is in sight, in the long-running fight over what to do about traffic and traffic speed.

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There may soon be solar panels on some Erie County buildings.

There's been big change in the financial piece of many divorces.

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Erie County Legislature Democrats have a new leader, as members chose Amherst member Thomas Loughran as minority leader. Betty Jean Grant says she just couldn't get the votes for another year as party leader.