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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Uber and Lyft could be coming to upstate New York under legislation passed by the state Senate. However, this is only the first-part of a three-way fight among the Senate, Assembly and governor.

A Delaware Avenue building described by an architect as the eyesore of Mansion Row is getting a new life and some significant visual updating.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Despite the cold and windy weather, a large crowd turned out Sunday to Buffalo's Columbus Park in the latest protest against the Trump Administration and its attempt to stall immigration, especially from seven Muslim-majority countries.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

It's almost ready. The $24 million adaptive re-use of an office building into a high-end boutique hotel, with the high-end-sounding, historic name bar: the Chez Ami. Hospitality entrepreneur Mark Croce showed off his soon-to-open Curtiss Hotel during a Preservation Buffalo Niagara tour Thursday evening.

As the death toll from opioid overdoses continues to rise, Erie County is hitting back with a lawsuit against pharmaceutical makers and doctors who prescribe the drugs. The suit alleges they helped fuel the opioids epidemic, by spreading the falsehood that the medications aren't addictive and potentially lethal.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Eight murders in January alone and gunfire in broad daylight at Main and Utica in Buffalo is another sign that street violence won't go away. That was the topic of a panel discussion Wednesday night in St. Joseph University Church.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The decades of fighting over development in the Elmwood Village haveoften  involved a group objecting to the plan of a developer for a particular piece of property. A new strategy, led by New York State Assemblymember Sean Ryan, proposes an alternative to Chason Affinity's plan for Elmwood and Forest avenues.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Speaking Tuesday night at Niagara University, a daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called on America to build bridges, and not walls, to end national divisiveness.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to go ahead with cleaning up Eighteen Mile Creek in Lockport, but it will not be soon. It also is not clear the money to pay for the cleanup will be there.


Jeffrey Bochiechio

There's another proposal for new housing at Delaware and Bedford, after an earlier plan floundered under fire from neighbors.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

In a mosque on Buffalo's West Side filled with immigrants - many recent immigrants - there is concern about what President Trump's executive order on immigration will do to them, their dreams and their families.

rendering from Ciminelli Real Estate

Ciminelli Real Estate has pulled back part of its ambitious $40 million development near Elmwood and Bidwell. The developer, however, remains committed to building its Reverie project at Elmwood and Potomac.


Eileen Elibol / WBFO News

With Congress and the government re-opening in Washington today, there may be some clarity about immigration which has been tangled all weekend.

City of Buffalo

There is a covered bridge between the Rath Building and Main Place Mall that makes walking back and forth between the two buildings easy, especially in bad weather. However, it is also a security dilemma.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

An offshoot of the fight over Ciminelli Real Estate's shrinking plan for developments around Elmwood and Bidwell spilled over into some shouting and screaming during Thursday's Preservation Board meeting.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The State Department of Transportation wants to start awarding construction contracts late this year to turn the Scajaquada Expressway into Scajaquada Boulevard. However, a packed house Wednesday night suggested the plan still is not right, after 15 years of studies and a toddler's death.


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That towering brown tower at the foot of Main Street in downtown Buffalo may look just as it has for the past few years, but owner Douglas Jemal says change is on the way soon for the troubled landmark


Catholic Health

Children wielding plastic hammers knocked down a Styrofoam block wall as Sisters of Charity Hospital "broke ground" on its $8.8 million expanded 40-bed neonatal intensive care unit on Wednesday. All the children had been treated in Sisters' NICU as newborns.


Merani Hotel Group

Across Niagara Falls, there are projects suggesting the tourism boom - and development that feeds off tourists - are here to stay for the long haul.

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What carries the bureaucratic name of the Independent Licensing Hearing Board is actually an attempt to do something about quality of life problems in the City of Buffalo.

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A new Peace Bridge has apparently made the Trump Administration's national priority list for infrastructure projects.


National Public Radio

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo talked about his plan for free tuition for most SUNY and CUNY students during his visit to Niagara Falls Monday, Niagara University's President sat in the front row, listening. He wanted details about what the plan does and what effect it might have on private schools like his, but there weren't any.

Tracy Bramwell

It's one of the most poverty-stricken places on earth, with weather, earthquakes and politics making bad things worse. Several local organizations work in Haiti, especially in the southern peninsula, hammered by Hurricane Matthew in October.

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During his Monday visit to Niagara Falls to cut the ribbon on another hotel, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaimed that the best is yet to come for the Cataract City.


WBFO's Eileen Buckley

While Buffalo schools are looking for millions of dollars more from Albany in the annual school aid budget fight, the district is diving into the intricacies of its spending and hoping to knock millions off its costs.

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If this winter has seemed windy, the National Weather Service says you're right - and there's more to come.

WBFO File Photo

Today's Martin Luther King Day brings a protest against school board member and developer Carl Paladino.


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With the Erie County Legislature on the ballot this fall, the political year is starting with a fight over membership on the county Board of Ethics.

Visit Buffalo Niagara

It's that time of the year for the advocacy agenda from a phalanx of local governments and businesses, working with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

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Even with little notice of a plan for massive building demolitions in the Elmwood Village, the Buffalo Preservation Board's relatively small conference room overflowed into the hallways Thursday with opponents of the plan. In the end, the board needed to delay a final decision for two weeks for legal reasons.


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