Members of an animal rights group held a brief demonstration outside Walmart's Thruway Plaza store in Cheektowaga this morning.
The activists are calling on the retailer to stop confining pigs to tiny crates where they are unable to move. The group is calling on the company to require its pork suppliers to phase out the practice.
Mercy For Animals National Campaign Coordinator Phil Letten says at two separate Walmart pork suppliers, the group documented pregnant pigs confined to "filthy, metal gestation crates" and pigs with open wounds and pressure sores.
It appears a new developer will be needed for the former AM&A's Building on Main Street in downtown Buffalo.
A couple of weeks ago, developer Rocco Termini said he would end his plans to redevelop the site because Governor Andrew Cuomo failed to sign a bill that would have raised the amount on tax credits used by developers to restore buildings.
But now, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says there are some other developers eyeing the site.
"AM&A's obviously has been a white elephant. It has been vacant more than a decade in downtown Buffalo," said Brown.
Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company is losing millions of dollars to counterfeiters each year, which could cost local workers their jobs.
At the company's Delaware Avenue headquarters downtown Friday, Senator Charles Schumer announced a plan that he says will help trace the source of counterfeit caps, urge the U.S. Trade Representative to put more pressure on foreign governments, and step-up enforcement online.
Plans to transform the Tishman Building into a mixed use building at Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo moved another step forward.
Wednesday Mayor Byron Brown announced a new easement agreement with The Hamister Group. The $40-million project will transform the Tishman building into a Hilton Garden Inn hotel, apartments and new corporate offices for Hamister.
There is a new head of the state agency developing Buffalo's waterfront. Governor Andrew Cuomo has nominated civic leader Robert Gioia to the board of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation and recommended he be chairman.
Gioia is the president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, chairman of the Great Lakes Health System, and a former chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
Western New York Public Broadcasting Association has entered into an asset purchase agreement to sell WNED-AM 970 toCrawford Broadcasting Company.
“Since WNED purchased WBFO-FM 88.7 in March, we’ve been able to consolidate the frequencies for our news and information service,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED president and CEO. “We want to make the best use of our resources and don’t feel that it’s necessary to simulcast on both AM 970 and WBFO-FM 88.7 any longer.”