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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The continuing demand for electricity in the summer's unrelenting heat wave is pushing New York's power grid hard. On Monday, the forecast demand was so high that Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the state government to turn off lights and limit air conditioning to ease demand.

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The shaded areas of North Buffalo's Shoshone Park are not going to be shaded for much longer, as the invasive emerald ash borer has taken its toll on most of the trees in the park. 


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Democrats are in Philadelphia today, ready to make it official that their national ticket is Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. They also hope the traditionally fractious party does not blow open, as not all the supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders seem ready to back the ticket.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is complaining about a plan by Washington, D.C. to bail out Polish apple growers. The issue is that the apples would come into the United States without inspection.

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The NFTA might get two dozen new, clean buses under a new federal grant program, if Sen. Charles Schumer has his way.

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Senator Charles Schumer says he's trying to get more federal money to help update local water and sewer projects,. His comments follow a major water line breaking in Amherst this week.


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Imagine a giant television screen glaring down upon the boaters and kayakers on Buffalo's waterfront. The opposition are making their voices heard.

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City Hall is taking another look at the future of the concrete medians on Main Street in North Buffalo.  Removing the barriers, however, would be a costly effort.


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Buffalo Common Councilmembers drive thousands of miles a year for the job and are now looking for some cash to pay car costs.

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While harsh words have become a standard feature of Buffalo school board meetings, Tuesday's session featured an unusually harsh attack on Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash.


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Proponents believe an increase in Erie County's hotel bed tax could go a long way toward cleaning up the region's problematic wastewater overflows. Opponents argue the proposal would hamper the area's competitiveness in the tourism industry.


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With a focus on the methods of local law enforcement, the Western New York Peace Center began a series of public meetings Monday night in the Gloria J. Parks Community Center in the University District.


Buffalo's planned Green Code is still locked in the back rooms of the Common Council, as members study what is in it and what changes might be made. Council President Darius Pridgen says it is likely to emerge after the August recess.

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The center of the Republican world is in Cleveland today, as the party's national convention kicks off.  Several local GOP heavyweights are heading to Ohio, hoping to make history.


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For the first time since before the Erie County fiscal collapse of the Red/Green Budget, the county is scheduling another master plan for the county's 38 pieces of parkland.


The Erie County Legislature has voted its approval of the lowest-bid contractor to begin construction on a new STEM Building at ECC's North Campus. Despite lawsuits and some loud opposition over its location, the STEM Building is expected to be open for class in January 2018.

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Protestors packed a conference room in the Central Library Downtown Thursday night to complain about the mysterious death of India Cummings after nearly three weeks in the Holding Center.


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A Black Lives Matter rally was held on Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo's Elmwood Village Wednesday evening.

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What looked like a fairly routine confirmation of a new Erie County commissioner of Central Police Services changed Wednesday. Legal paper work surfaced showing the nominee had been punished in 1999 for sexually-blatant language directed to a female employee of the Lackawanna Police Department.


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Buffalo police are issuing a lot of speeding tickets after Common Council members complained there wasn't enough being done to nail speeders and those who run stop signs.

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People did something very different in Niagara Square Tuesday night—they put away their cell phones and talked to each other. The idea was to work on solving problems through conversations after a recent spate of national violence.


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The Buffalo Planning Board Monday cleared the way for a $5 million major medical office building just off Niagara Street on the West Side. However, a well-known developer is concerned it might interfere with his plans just across Seventh Street.

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Another development fight is evolving, this time over a proposed site at Elmwood and Forest. Supporters and opponents packed a public meeting Monday night at Buffalo Seminary.


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It was one of those perfect summer days Sunday, with lots of blue skies, a breeze and lots of hot and cold food along Delaware Avenue and around Niagara Square, as the Taste of Buffalo finished another run.


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A group of local ministers held a vigil Sunday afternoon at Mount Olive Baptist Church on East Delavan. The event focused on last week's violence in which two black men were shot by police officers and  five police officers in Dallas were shot and killed.


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Local law enforcement are sending their collective condolences to Dallas, where snipers ambushed and killed five officers Thursday night.

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Some of the city of Buffalo's most violent residents are going to have notification sessions in their futures, courtesy of nearly $2 million in state cash coming here for crime-fighting. It is part of a renewal of a program called the Gun Involved Violence Elimination grant from the State Division of Criminal Justice Services. 

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Planning is moving forward to turn the Scajaquada Expressway into an urban boulevard.

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It was sidewalks, curbs, trees, bad housing and law enforcement issues during a discussion of quality of life problems in Buffalo, sponsored by Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) in the Merriweather Library.

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The Stratford Festival isn't only doing Shakespeare this year, it is doing a play about Shakespeare: a new stage adaptation of the hit movie "Shakespeare in Love."  WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with actor Luke Humphrey, who plays William Shakespeare in the production.

 

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