Mike Desmond


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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American and Canadian dairy farmers are in a trade skirmish, as a series of Canadian governments want to cut off the flow of American milk products.

Erie County Legislators Thursday approved keeping the Sheriff Department's Air One helicopter at its current base in the Town of Evans.

Erie County

Many Erie County Legislature public hearings have few citizens in attendance, while a few draw a lot of people, like the upcoming hearing on the County Executive Poloncarz's proposed budget. Legislators want to try early evening meetings to draw larger crowds.

Albany is continuing to put money into local emergency communications, with a new release of $45 million for emergency services across the state.

Kaleida Health

With the opening of the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital a year away, there are still big parts of the project in the works. Kaleida Health is jumping through the last hoops to put a helicopter pad on top of the complex.

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The long-dominant Seneca Party took complete control of Seneca Nation government in Tuesday's election.

City of Buffalo

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is proposing a $20 million capital budget for the next fiscal year, stressing infrastructure and repairs to existing city structures.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

State rail inspectors found some critical problems on a CSX rail line running through downtown Buffalo and on to Niagara Falls, which carries six Amtrak passenger trains each day.

U.S. Atorney's office

There is a new man in charge of the U.S. Attorney operation in Western New York. James P. Kennedy is acting in the post until a new president appoints a successor to William Hochul.

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For decades, school districts were reluctant to fire teachers and administrators because it was so complicated and expensive. However, changes in the law mean there are more attempts being made and the costs have dropped significantly.

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada

Canada now has a new trade deal with the European Union that can hurt American companies trying to compete in Europe.

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Local Democrats are using some of Donald Trump's statements to attack local Republicans, saying candidates on this year's ballot should be distancing themselves away from a man who says he may not accept the results of the election if he loses.

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito spent three days visiting this area. His stay concluded on the stage of Shea's Performing Arts Center where he was questioned by two local lawyers.

The Washington Post

The economic crisis of American newspapers means there is less and less reporting on what is going on around us, especially areas of government that need to be watched. Former newspaper editor, now columnist Margaret Sullivan lamented the decline of investigative reporting at a fundraising dinner Wednesday night for Investigative Post.

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Buffalo might get a new train station or two, but it will not be quick, simple or cheap. That was the message delivered Wednesday night at a meeting about a new downtown station.

The local lawyer representing the family of a man who died in the Erie County Holding Center is praising the work of the New York State Commission of Correction. The commission issued its final report in the 2012 death of 35-year-old Robert Metcalf, finding it a homicide caused by improper restraint used by Erie County deputies.

Buffalo is pushing hard against bad landlords and bad property managers in the fight against lead poisoning, especially lead poisoning in children.

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It's done. It may have taken more than 12 years, but a teacher contract is finally in place in the Buffalo Public School system. However, Park District School Board Member Carl Paladino is threatening to go to court over being shut down when he wanted answers to questions during a board meeting.

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


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.

Alex Severyn

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.

Courtesy of University at Buffalo

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.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

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.


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?