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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West Seneca is getting another acre of land for Fireman's Park and losing a building it won't miss.

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Development is continuing to move along Buffalo's Niagara Street. After years of neglect, the city has put millions into improving the street and landscape. That investment appears to be paying off.


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The Buffalo Board of Education and the Buffalo Teachers Federation reached a tentative contract deal late Sunday.  The school board is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a tentative contract finally sealed close to midnight Sunday evening. It would be the first labor agreement between the two sides since the last one expired 12 years ago.

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The Sabres hosted a packed and happy Party on the Plaza Thursday night. That mood shifted considerably after the home team lost its opening game to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1.


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The labor talks between the Buffalo school system and the Buffalo Teachers Federation are apparently making progress.


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Carl Paladino is back as the target of people who want him removed from the Buffalo School Board and are circulating a petition to demand he be gone.

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Developers of a proposed seven-unit complex at Delaware Avenue and Bedford Avenue in North Buffalo have agreed to take another look at the project, reflecting neighborhood concern about parking and potential snow removal.

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It's been two years since a section of Tonawanda Creek Road in Clarence was shut because the creek washed the road away. One county legislator is vowing to remedy that situation.


Across New York, thousands of residents are getting pistol permits, with the applications rising rapidly statewide.

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Distinguished Professor Jo Freudenheim, former chair of the Epidemiology and Environmental Health Department at the University at Buffalo, is returning to that post. The department is part of the larger School of Public Health and Health Professions, a vast operation covering treatment and research.

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It was standing room only at Depew High School Thursday night. Residents came to a community meeting for answers to the question: What happens if they vote to dissolve the village? Answer: It will not be simple.

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New York State agencies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to get rid of the toll booths on roads, bridges and tunnels around New York City, while increasing security. Local leaders say, if they can do it there, why not here?


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Public education supporters are back on their campaign to force Albany to provide the money called for in a court victory a decade ago. On Wednesday, some of those supporters rallied on the steps of City Hall.

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U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. has put in his retirement papers and will leave his high-profile position in three weeks.

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Common Councilmembers were backing the Masten District's Ulysees Wingo Tuesday, as he again refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and extended his arm with a clenched fist. He then read the names of seven Black men killed by police in the last year.

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The pace of bargaining between Buffalo schools and the teachers union has picked up. Bargaining teams met Tuesday and are planning to meet again on Friday afternoon.


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The possibility of trucks carrying highly radioactive nuclear waste across the Peace Bridge has been pushed back until at least February, as supporters and opponents duel in a federal court.

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While it has been talked about for some time, city officials are now pushing hard for some mandatory affordable housing in new developments in the city.


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Two centuries after the British and United States squared off at the War of 1812 Battle of Queenston Heights, the Native American allies of the two sides were remembered Sunday as the Landscape of Nations was unveiled in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Mike Desmond was there for the first viewings of the Six Nations and Native Allies Commemorative Memorial.


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What's now an old industrial building on Chandler Street, filled with debris and old oil and with a roof which burned off years ago, is slated to be a home for software developers by July. It's developer Rocco Termini's latest project in his Pierce Arrow neighborhood along the railroad Belt Line in North Buffalo.


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Three top Erie County leaders put away their political hatchets and, instead, put together a package of major changes in the county charter.

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Buffalo's tallest building has a new owner today, with Washington-based Douglas Development closing a deal to spend just over $12 million for the vacant 38-story One Seneca Tower.

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City teachers held a mass rally Wednesday after years of little movement in talks between the Buffalo School Board and the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

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A Niagara Falls police officer has been placed on administrative leave following a shooting during a drug raid Wednesday night. An occupant of the raided house was taken to ECMC for treatment of a bullet wound.


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With cash in hand years earlier than expected, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is moving ahead on the public process of designing its new space.

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Buffalo's Green Code - to control future land use and development issues - came before the Common Council's Legislation Committee Tuesday, when members were told there are serious problems to be addressed.

Some of Buffalo's oldest buildings will be getting new lives under a plan starting to fall into place.

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The presidential debate drew a good crowd to the North Park Theatre Monday night. Judging by those who were willing to talk afterwards, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the debate.


Buffalo is closer than it has been for decades to having a new code to control zoning and planning.


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"Pure, old fashioned, graft and corruption." That's how Assemblyman Sean Ryan summarized the indictments handed down in connection with the development of Buffalo's SolarCity project. Nonetheless, Ryan maintains the controversial project holds great value for the region.


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