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 Buffalo school board voted last night during an acrimonious meeting to slash its monthly meetings schedule. That change begins next month.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Another forlorn Buffalo building - an unusual structure - will likely be bursting with residents early in 2018.

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The Common Council's Legislation Committee approved the latest version of the Green Code Tuesday and sent it for full Council approval on Tuesday. The matter moved through committee though several speakers raised concerns over a variety of issues.


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The city Planning Board last night delayed for two weeks a decision on the proposed Queen City Landing project on the city's Outer Harbor.


Remember Election Day? For Republicans, it is history. The focus now is Election Day November 2017.

A brief ceremony Monday morning in the Village of Lewiston will remember a cold day of war in the long years of the War of 1812.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Calling 48-year-old Ronald Epps a "cold, calculating murderer," Federal District Judge Richard Arcara on Thursday sentenced him to 60 years in a federal prison for a series of violent crimes around his execution-style murder of onetime girlfriend Angela Moss in August 2009.

Niagara Falls Police Department

A Niagara Falls patrol officer has resigned, as she faced being fired for her suspected involvement in a Cataract City drug ring.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Most Western New Yorkers were warm in their homes as winter weather blew through the region. Nadia Pizarro was in a Matt Urban Hope Center white van looking for the homeless, as a Code Blue prompted efforts to persuade the homeless to come inside, stay warm and get a hot meal.

Whether you've lived in Western New York all your life, arrived recently, or only visit for the holidays, there's probably something for you in Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology. The book takes a wide-ranging look at the community and the good and bad of its past. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with Jody Biehl, director of UB's Journalism Program and the editor of the new anthology.


Solar Liberty

State taxpayers may be putting $750 million into the SolarCity plant in South Buffalo, but Buffalo Common Councilmembers say the company is not trying very hard to hire city residents, especially city residents living around the plant.

Associated Press

There was joy in the air Tuesday, as State Republican Chair Ed Cox and Erie County Republican Chair Nick Langworthy reflected on what they called a great election year for the GOP and an opportunity to change politics - in New York and nationally under President-Elect Donald Trump.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

It has been more than 70 years since the end of World War II, but that does not mean debris of the war's industrial production has gone away.

Patrick Kaleta's twitter account

Discussions are reportedly ongoing regarding two separate plans to develop ice rinks in the town of Hamburg. While one involving former Buffalo Sabres player Patrick Kaleta is drawing great speculation, the town board is not officially dealing with that project at this time.


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With the dramatic drop in pollution coming out of the Tonawanda Coke plant because of repairs and renovations, the expectation was fewer contaminants in the neighborhood. However, state air monitors are finding that is not quite true.

Bennett High School

Bennett High School may have won the Section VI Class A high school championship, but will not have a chance to repeat next season. The school will not have a varsity football team - a casualty of reorganizing the school.

New York State Governor's Office

Western New York is getting $62 million for approved projects in the latest round of state spending from the regional economic development councils. The projects benefiting range from rebuilding a section of Niagara Street to a culinary arts training program in Cattaraugus County.

Rio Vista Golf Course

A historic golf course in Fort Erie may soon be replaced by a massive mixed-use housing development with nearly 800 housing units, from single homes to apartment buildings.

WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond.

Buffalo Public Schools are rushing to extend the Kaleida Health contract that provides nurses for all regular public, private, parochial and charter schools. WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

A speedy passage of Erie County's budget for next year temporarily stalled Tuesday over $100,000 to help Visit Buffalo Niagara's efforts to legalize use of ride-sharing services, like Uber and Lyft, Upstate.

WBFO File Photo

The air coming off the Tonawanda Coke plant is considerably cleaner than it was. That was the message two state officials delivered to a public meeting in the Town of Tonawanda Tuesday night.

Erie County

Erie County wants to know: How good is your internet service? It is looking to find out where it is good and where it needs help or might be non-existent.

Carmina, Woods, Morris, DPC

The Elmwood Village appears to be splitting over yet another proposal for a massive development at Elmwood and Forest. The Chason Affinity project would replace 12 aging structures with a five-story housing and retail complex.


Erie County

Tuesday's budget session of the Erie County Legislature may go very swiftly, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle appear united.

BOCES

Erie One BOCES is expanding its welding training program in the Town of Tonawanda—another sign of increasing interest in vocational education or what is currently called career and technical education.

Town of Evans

The financial roof has fallen in on the Town of Evans, without money to pay bills and desperately borrowing to meet payroll.

Ciminelli Real Estate

A downtown parking lot is being turned into a sizeable mixed-use complex that will include 200 housing units and a Tops market.

Richard Smith

Allegany County is rural and thinly populated. Few have high-speed broadband internet service that is common in much of the rest of New York State. So the county is setting up its own wireless system as an alternative.

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Winter may be here but the struggle over the eventual design of Buffalo's Outer Harbor certainly isn't going into winter hibernation. The subject drew a large crowd Wednesday night to the Buffalo Irish Center for a meeting sponsored by a new advocacy group, Our Outer Harbor.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Carefully avoiding saying the words "Donald Trump," education activists Tuesday night said they are standing up for all children, no matter their race, origin, gender or national origin. The event was at Lafayette High School, where leaders reaffirmed safety, acceptance and diversity.

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