Local & regional news

The region's residents know very well the possibilities of lake effect snow, which can pile up quickly in some areas while other locales receive very little precipitation.  Dave Thomas of the National Weather Service says that will be the case in the coming days. As three feet of snow hits areas to the south, Buffalo and its northern suburbs should see only a dusting of snow.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Those responsible for clearing the City of Buffalo's streets say they are ready for winter. Mayor Byron Brown joined members of the city's Public Works, Parks and Streets Department to reveal new equipment which will join the existing snow-clearing inventory.


A long-term energy plan by the Cuomo administration that includes a nearly $8 billion subsidy to two upstate nuclear power plants is being challenged from both ends of the political spectrum, and a lawsuit has been filed to try to stop the deal.

Naval Park remembers Pearl Harbor, 75 years later

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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Seventy-five years after Japanese forces attacked U.S. military installation at Pearl Harbor, Western New Yorkers gathered at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park to remember the more than 2,400 Americans killed in the event which led to the nation joining World War II.

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.

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The state’s Attorney General has released a package of bills aimed at improving what he says is the state’s “arcane” and “ridiculous” voting laws that bar many potential voters from the ballot box.

Rich Wall / Buffalo Niagara Film Commission

A Hollywood-based filmmaker who has already shot several movies in Western New York is back in Buffalo for his latest production. And Fred Olen Ray says he keeps finding new locations throughout the region, meaning his love affair with Western New York is far from over.

Buffalo Spree

Two ubiquitous seasonings, salt and pepper, have influenced the course of history and humankind. Buffalo Spree senior editor Wendy Guild Swearingen recently sat down with writer and food aficionado Christa Glennie Seychew to talk about her article in the December issue of Spree, which examines the histories of salt and pepper and how the condiments are being used today.

Erie County Legislature

Last week’s resolution by Erie County Legislator Ted Morton calling for a re-affirmation of the county’s non-sanctuary status is drawing fire from one of his fellow legislators.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Backed by $100,000 provided by the Erie County Legislature, Visit Buffalo Niagara will create a campaign that aims to convince Albany lawmakers to approve app-based ride hailing throughout Upstate New York in 2017.

Through his reporting at Investigative Post, Dan Telvock has prompted some legitimate concerns over how the Erie County Water Authority tests its water supply for the presence of lead. Authority officials have displayed surprising resistance to the reporter's work. Telvock shared his findings on WBFO's Press Pass.

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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.


State lawmakers are considering whether to have a special session this month where they would vote on, among other things, a pay raise for themselves.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Christmas-season charity drive to support a mission in Buffalo's East Side got a boost Monday, when Lieutenant Kathy Hochul paid a visit to the Response To Love Center, bringing new pillows that will soon provide comfort to needy individuals.

Police chiefs tell Cuomo: make ride-hailing available

Dec 5, 2016
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The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, which is currently led by a Buffalo-area law enforcer, is joining the chorus of those who want New York State to allow ride-hailing beyond New York City.

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Despite recently tweeted threats by President-Elect Donald Trump to reverse efforts to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba, Roswell Park Cancer Institute is moving full speed ahead with its Cuban partner, the Center for Molecular Immunology, to test a lung cancer vaccine. 

Erie County Legislature

Across the country, many municipalities are grappling with the idea of challenging federal law and providing forms of sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. One local legislator believes proposals for sanctuary policies are on the rise, and is out to ensure Erie County doesn’t adopt one.

The first public meeting was held with residents Saturday about a University at Buffalo study that will examine soil pollution around the Tonawanda Coke plant.

Photo by Mark Scott / WBFO News

People looking to celebrate the start of the holiday season had no shortage of tree lighting ceremonies  Saturday. There were at least six of them, probably more, across the community.

Local musicians are coming together to help advance jazz education throughout the Buffalo Public Schools.

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Four Buffalo Firefighters were injured while battling an overnight blaze.


A rash of attacks in the University Heights area has residents on edge.

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It’s that time for people to brave the elements and jump into frigid lake water.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Despite seeing the most fruitful period of economic development in recent history, many residents and areas in the City of Buffalo continue to struggle with poverty. As part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, both the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, and the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo will help the city create a work plan to change that.

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Evans Supervisor Mary Hosler, who took office in January, says she blames the town's former elected officials for Evans' fiscal mess.

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A Buffalo Common Council Member's proposed changes, designed to make it easier for ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber to eventually open in the city, has a fellow lawmaker urging peers to put up a roadblock.

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A new place for young adults who are in recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol is now open near U.B's South Campus in Buffalo. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo spent the early part of this week in a marathon bill signing — and vetoing — session. The governor rejected an unusually high number of bills, and some supporters of the vetoed measures aren’t pleased.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The company that owns the former Bethlehem Steel buildings destroyed in a massive fire last month will help cover the cost of home cleanup for nearby residents.

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Just after six tonight in Niagara Falls, a new system will be used to illuminate the American and Horseshoe Falls. Mark Thomas, Chairman of the Illumination Board, says $4 million in improvements will offer a brighter and more colorful evening display.