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A man working on a crane in the city of Buffalo's Old First Ward was struck by the crane and killed early Thursday afternoon.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

What should Buffalo's Outer Harbor look like five, 10 years from now? Should it be open natural space, residential and high-rise development, a combination? That was the question posed to a full house at Riverworks last night, which organizers said was an attempt to fight for public trust and transparency in the development process.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It was a record summer for the tourist industry in Niagara Falls, say officials who assist visitors in the Cataract City. As we head into the fall and winter months, the challenge is to keep guests coming.

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Pet owners who want to spend eternity with their beloved companions will be able to do so in many cemeteries under a new law signed this week by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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A Niagara Falls police officer has been placed on administrative leave following a shooting during a drug raid Wednesday night. An occupant of the raided house was taken to ECMC for treatment of a bullet wound.

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It’s looking less likely that state lawmakers will be getting a long-awaited pay raise next year. A commission designed to take politics out of the issue is now coming under political pressure to not grant the salary increase.

Fermentation trend taking root in Buffalo

11 hours ago
Buffalo Spree

We’ve heard a lot recently about the health benefits of fermented foods. Nutrient-dense, enzyme-rich, and full of probiotics, they are said to improve everything from digestion to depression. Fermentation is also what puts the fizz in your beer and the sour in your pickle. Buffalo Spree senior editor Wendy Guild Swearingen, a WBFO contributor, talked to a couple of Buffalo businesses that use fermentation to create their products, with delicious results.

Aquarium of Niagara seeks funds to "Save The Penguins"

23 hours ago
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Aquarium of Niagara is asking the public to help them complete a capital campaign in order to proceed with a planned new penguin exhibit that, officials say, is needed to preserve its population.

Chris Caya WBFO News

There's a new place for the region's nearly 5,000 nonprofits to turn to for strong leadership.


Police say a pedestrian was hit by a freight train and killed while walking along the tracks in Dunkirk.


Buffalo's Green Code - to control future land use and development issues - came before the Common Council's Legislation Committee Tuesday, when members were told there are serious problems to be addressed.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making some changes to prevent any future bid-rigging in some of his major economic development projects. But critics on both the left and the right say Cuomo is failing to address the bigger picture — whether the $8.6 billion worth of programs are an effective use of public money.

Prior to last week's indictments of some of the key players involved in state economic development projects, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post had been reporting extensively on some of the questionable practices related to those projects. Keith shared her experiences with WBFO's Press Pass. 

Some key roadwork projects in the City of Buffalo are taking place this week, with officials working to get jobs completed before the weather turns colder.


Monday's Presidential debate may have been widely watched, but the event is unlikely to provide either candidate with a boost in polls. That's the opinion of UB Political Science professor Jacob Neiheisel. "I don't think the chains got moved a whole lot."

Some of Buffalo's oldest buildings will be getting new lives under a plan starting to fall into place.

As downtown Buffalo's Amtrak station remains closed for repairs following recent heavy rains, Congressman Brian Higgins is clear on his opinion of the facility - it is time to look for alternative locations.

File Photo/Derek Gee, Buffalo News (designated pool photographer)

In advance of a trial expected to begin in early 2017, lawyers for longtime political operative G. Steven Pigeon were in State Supreme Court on Monday, questioning the warrants executed to search Pigeon's home last year and some of the evidence collected.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul is defending criticism against Governor Andrew Cuomo from his remarks Friday that he was unaware of the dealings behind 'Buffalo Billion' projects. 

Chris Caya / WBFO News

As the National Transportation Safety Board begins its investigation into what caused the mid-air collision of two small planes over North Collins, the names of its victims have been released.

Ciminelli federal court hearing postponed, moved to NYC

Sep 26, 2016
courtesy University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning

What was supposed to be a federal court appearance in Buffalo Monday morning by three LPCiminelli executives has been adjourned, with the case moving to New York City.

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A new study has ranked Buffalo as having the ninth most effective public transportation system in the nation among mid-sized cities.

Buffalo is closer than it has been for decades to having a new code to control zoning and planning.

Western New York Land Conservancy

A picturesque site in Aurora will be preserved following a successful fundraising effort that was given a huge boost by a local family.


An overnight Spirit Airline flight had to make an emergency landing at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Two pilots and a passenger were killed Sunday morning in a mid-air crash between two planes in North Collins. The planes took off from the Hamburg Airport headed to St. Mary, Pennsylvania.

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A report out of Albany is indicating that student loan debt in New York state has more than doubled over the past decade.

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The body that oversees lawyers in Ontario has recommended that compensation to clients who are cheated by a lawyer be increased.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Buffalo on Friday, one day after U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced corruption charges against nine men, including two of his confidants, in relation to projects including the Buffalo Billion.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Mayor Byron Brown was not in Buffalo Thursday when the indictment in the Buffalo Billion public corruption case was announced. He was in Washington, but returned last night.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with the mayor Friday morning.