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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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.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

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.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Buffalo Bisons have a new manager and he is not an unfamiliar figure. The club also made history with the hiring.

Iskalo Development

Amherst has the University at Buffalo North Campus and the Daemen College campus. Now it has a hotel campus.  Iskalo Development considers its new Hyatt Place Hotel and the newly-named Reikart House a hospitality campus.

TM Montante

The look of Buffalo's Gates Circle has changed drastically, as the new Canterbury Woods senior housing rises on the site of the old Millard Fillmore Hospital. An even larger project is now starting on the site.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

President-elect Donald Trump is rich while most of the world is poor and a Mexican activist says only the people, and not a political class, can solve the problems between the U.S., Mexico and the world.

WBFO News file photo

In a review of Buffalo Public schools in receivership, the New York State Education Department said some of the city's most troubled schools are meeting their own goals for improvement.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Not all brownfield sites are massive, former industrial facilities. A notable example in the city of Buffalo is 905 Elmwood Avenue, where a former gas station had become an environmental hazard.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The City of Buffalo’s flag is now flying atop the old federal court house in Niagara Square, and the sign outside has been changed. It now welcomes visitors to the city’s new public safety building, home to police and fire headquarters – all at the price of a dollar.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Lackawanna residents met Monday night with state officials about the environmental aftermath of the massive fire on the old Bethlehem Steel grounds. Citizens said they were not getting the whole story and state officials said they did not know everything.

Google Maps

A downtown Buffalo Holiday Inn is getting new life as a Mariott Residence Inn.

Big changes are coming to the Niagara County District Attorney's office. A new DA has a new reorganization plan.

File photo

In your car heading to work, you may notice not everyone is going with the snow flow. There may be snow flying off the car ahead of you or perhaps only a small portion of someone's rear window scraped. It's an annual event, but there are also annual precautions you can take to protect yourself.

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A re-purposed former hospital has been such a success that owners are looking at building new on the site. That's McGuire Development which turned the old Sheehan Hospital on Michigan into the successful Compass East building.


File photo

Albany is expressing confidence in the future of the SolarCity plant in South Buffalo, after stockholders of both SolarCity and car company Tesla Motors agreed to a merger.

WBFO News file photo

When the snow hits this weekend, town highway crews will be out plowing Erie County roads under a new contract approved Thursday by the County Legislature.

If the Amtrak passenger train station is moved to the old Central Terminal, it will arrive and depart next to hundreds of new homes, according to a Toronto developer's plan.

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