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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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.


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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.

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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.

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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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To the best of the knowledge of Buffalo schools sports leaders, in 2016 three city athletes won scholarships to Division One or Division Two schools. They say the low number is the result of weak academic rules, bad facilities and a shortage of high-quality coaches.

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The Buffalo school board is coming to grips with violence in parts of the district. Much of Wednesday's board session focused on the issue which seems to have no easy solution.


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With the Buffalo Preservation Board meeting Thursday to listen to a request for massive demolitions in the Elmwood and Bidwell area, opponents are demonstrating Wednesday against the plan.

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For generations, there have been complaints around Western New York that minority and women businesses don't get their share of the pie, especially the construction pie. There's a meeting Wednesday afternoon to make some changes in that.

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At least one person in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts did not agree Monday when Governor Cuomo's State of the State message included a full-throated pitch for ridesharing, like Uber and Lyft.  Todd Vaarwerk, director of advocacy and public policy for the Western New York Independent Living Center, does not agree with the pitch, saying ridesharing companies do not allow access for people like him, the state's disabled community.


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As he delivered his State of the State message in Amherst on Monday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled details for his proposed "Buffalo Billion Squared," the next phase of Western New York development. Among the ideas drawing cheers was a proposal to expand the Buffalo Metro Rail.


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It's the next phase of state investment in Western New York and, although it amounts to $500 million, is being called "Buffalo Billion Squared." Governor Andrew Cuomo provided hints of the additional development it would fund during his State of the State address Monday afternoon in Amherst.


Albany is apparently seeing a growing problem with gambling addiction and is allowing the state's public addiction treatment centers to provide more beds for problem gamblers.

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The State of the State is coming to Buffalo Monday afternoon, as Governor Cuomo has moved the Constitutionally-mandated message and speech from Albany to six sites around the state. Monday morning he will deliver the address in Manhattan before flying to Buffalo for an appearance at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts.


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The Buffalo Billion has given a giant boost to economic development around here, from renovations at Parkside Candy to the SolarCity plant in South Buffalo. Governor Cuomo is coming to town on Monday for the local version of his traveling State of the State message and is likely to announce Buffalo Billion Two.

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The Buffalo School Board moved again Wednesday for the removal of Park Board Member Carl Paladino. The Board approved the hiring of Syracuse-area lawyer Frank Miller to handle the application to the New York State Education Commissioner.

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On a cold, windy and snowy night, around two dozen people were inside the Erie County Emergency Operations Center talking about giving life, using naloxone to overcome the fatal overdose effects of opioids. As fatalities have continued to rise, the number of people wanting to learn how to use the drug spray also has increased. 

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Apparently the Seneca Nation has run out of development land on its Buffalo Creek Territory on the edge of downtown Buffalo and plans developments off-territory.

Another hurdle to the construction of Queen City Landing was cleared Tuesday. The city Planning Board approved a modification to the controversial plan that will move the high-rise residential tower on Buffalo's Outer Harbor another 25 feet away from the shoreline.


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Our forbears expected Buffalo to be a great and giant city - and built for it. That base is serving to provide sewer service to accommodate current development projects.

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Another cleanup from this area's history of iron and steel-making is about to start. The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking bids next Tuesday on a project to clean up an area at the intersection of Fuhrmann and Tifft. The cost: $11 million.


An old series of industrial buildings in North Buffalo may soon be replaced by more than 300 units of housing for graduate students, both from the University at Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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The Buffalo School Board has called for Carl Paladino's resignation following disparaging comments he made about President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

Cynthia Van Ness is searching for what she believes to be an illuminating segment of Western New York's past. As Director of Library and Archives at the Buffalo History Museum, her research is examining menus and amateur cookbooks for a look at what our forbears ate and how it has changed with the community.


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This is Day Four of Kwanzaa, the day of Ujamaa or cooperative economics that looks to build and maintain African-American stores and businesses. During this 50th year of Kwanzaa, Buffalo's local celebration remains among the largest in the country.


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Development in Buffalo is about to have new rules, ranging from how many parking spaces are required for apartments to how tall buildings can be. The changes follow Tuesday's approval of the city's new Green Code by the Common Council.


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Council members voted unanimously on Tuesday to seek the removal of Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board by State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The move is mostly symbolic since the Council has little sway in the affairs of the Buffalo School District.

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No members of the Buffalo Common Council have been willing to take the Buffalo Cannabis Act off the table of its Legislation Committee, despite periodic appearances of local marijuana supporters asking for legal changes.


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