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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The City of Buffalo, in partnership with Erie County and other entities, is unveiling a new program to rid the city of a serious health hazard, one that has seriously endangered many children.

Faith leaders lend support to striking Verizon workers

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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

About a half dozen representatives of Buffalo's religious community paid a visit to a picket line in Cheektowaga to lend support to workers off the job at Verizon for more than three weeks.

Buffalo Zoo

Spring is in the air, again, at the Buffalo Zoo. The zoo on Wednesday announced a litter of North American river otter pups was born in late February.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Another sign  that summer is near: Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has kicked off its 25th anniversary season.

Canalside Buffalo

Expect a panoply of music on the waterfront this summer, as Canalside has announced its summer free concert series.


Distracted drivers in New York would be held accountable under a bipartisan bill proposed in Albany. It would allow police to use a so-called "Textalyzer" to examine mobile devices at a crash site.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The AAA of Western and Central New York, law enforcement, AT&T, and Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs are teaming up to raise awareness about distracted driving.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Roswell Park Cancer Institute's new Clinical Sciences Center now has a formal name. When it opens later this month, the center will be named in honor of local business executive Scott Bieler.

Not looking forward to a summer without air conditioning? How does a free air conditioner sound to you? The  Home Energy Assistance Program's Cooling Assistance Program is now open. Under the federally-funded HEAP program, income-eligible households with at least one member having a documented medical condition can have an window air conditioner installed for free.

It has sat vacant along Niagara Square in recent years, but Jim Fink of Business First expects the Dillon Courthouse to play a key role in a changing downtown landscape.

A new poll finds that voters want corruption in state government addressed before lawmakers adjourn the 2016 session.

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The New York State legislature has been on a three week break. In their absences, federal investigations into aides close to Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor  Bill deBlasio have intensified, spurring even more calls for reform.

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Economic development is continuing around the Solar City project in South Buffalo. The city Planning Board learned Monday about another spinoff project.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

More than a dozen local law enforcement agencies are looking for some "angels" to help them in a new program that works with opioid addicts. The Poloncarz administration, meanwhile, is looking to free up the money that would pay for the program.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A service "Celebrating the Life" of 8-year-old Treasure Brighon was held at True Bethel Baptist Church on Monday.

A woman who helped lead the National Aquarium in Baltimore has been named the new head of the Buffalo Museum of Science.

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Another local leader is speaking about the latest developments in the probe of alleged wrongdoing related to the Buffalo Billion. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated his support for the probe but also expressed concern for the possible negative impact it may create on some of the projects.


Investigative Post.org has been reporting on the Cuomo administration's handling of the Buffalo Billion for nearly a year. According to Jim Heaney, reports that the U.S. Attorney is now issuing subpoenas in the case should come as "no surprise" to those who have been following the story. Heaney spoke with WBFO Monday on Morning Edition.


The Williamsville pain management practice of Dr. Eugene Gosy is closed for two weeks. The closure notice is posted on the practice website.

Schumer urging investigation of mobile ad technique

May 2, 2016

Imagine walking past a billboard that automatically spits out an ad based upon something you had been searching for on your smartphone or tablet. Some might think it was cool, others kind of creepy. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer seems to think it falls into the creepy category.

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The legislature returns next Tuesday for the final push in a session that ends in late June. Government reformers say it’s time to focus on ethics fixes.

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While the planned Green Code is supposed to do away with special zoning districts, City Hall is in the midst of starting a new one. This zoning district would be the site of the former Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle.

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It's not really clear what Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is probing in his look into Governor Cuomo's inner circle but there is certainly some concern about the effect of the investigation of the Buffalo Billion on projects paid by that fund.

John Kane / Let's Talk Native

As the Bison stands on the edge of history, about to take its place as an official American icon, some hope that the nationwide recognition will shed light on all parts of the creature’s history – including those the American government may be less than proud of.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A project spearheaded by Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting a closer look by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. The Buffalo Billion – known for spurring the development of South Buffalo’s SolarCity factory, as well as other regional investment projects – is under investigation for the ways in which its funds were allocated.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has hired a former criminal prosecutor to review his upstate economic development initiatives after learning federal investigators are examining potential conflicts of interest and improper bidding.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Once again, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is proposing a budget that holds the line on property taxes. WBFO's Chris Caya reports on some highlights of the $494 million spending plan unveiled Friday.

Marty Biniasz

The Erie County Fair announced Friday that its midway will remain in familiar hands. After 91 years of operation, Strates Shows has agreed to a ten-year contract extension.

National Fuel Gas

Western New Yorkers may end up paying more to heat and cook with natural gas. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports National Fuel Gas has filed a rate increase request with state regulators.

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A two-alarm fire in the Kenfield neighborhood of Buffalo this morning is out, but  not before damaging three homes.