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A tiny vacant lot at Linwood and Delavan remains the subject of a fight, as the owner pushes to build on the site. The matter was reviewed at Monday's meeting of  the city Planning Board.

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Masten District voters have a chance this week to choose how $150,000 in city money is spent, in a test of what's called Participatory Budgeting.

Bike sharing program to open in Buffalo this summer

Mar 22, 2016
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A concept already introduced to dozens of cities across the nation is coming soon to Buffalo.

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Congressman Chris Collins is trying to distance himself from one of the dozen companies "in which he maintains a financial interest." And also from "the workers who receive a paycheck" from the companies.

After nearly eight years in office, Niagara County District Attorney Michael J. Violante is resigning from his position. Violante's resignation comes in the wake of two sexual harassment complaints made by female employees and lawsuits filed against him by a female Assistant District Attorney.

No reason or rationale was given by Violante when he submitted a one-sentence resignation letter to Niagara County Attorney Claude Joerg. Joerg said it’s up to Violante to speak explain.

SPCA formally introduces new executive director

Mar 21, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Gary Willoughby officially became the SPCA Serving Erie County's first new executive director in nearly a quarter century on Monday. 

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Think back to the last time you or someone you know bought a full set of hard-copy encyclopedias. It’s probably been years or maybe even a couple of decades. While practices like that are considered outdated, the New York State Assembly hasn’t quite caught up with the times. New recommendations are looking to change that.

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Senator Charles Schumer remains hopeful that his Senate colleagues will move forward with the Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.

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While Buffalo enjoys an economic renaissance, many in Erie County are not seeing its benefits in terms of jobs. A community summit was held in Buffalo to explore disparities in race and employment.

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In less than a month New Yorkers will be able to weigh-in on the race for the White House by voting in the state's presidential primary. But residents must register to vote by this Friday March 25th.

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On Sunday afternoon Congressman Brian Higgins and Assemblyman Sean Ryan met at canalside calling for faster ferry service between canalside and Buffalo's outer harbor.

Between 70,000 and 80,000 people gathered in downtown Buffalo for the official St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday afternoon. 

Woman killed in Cheektowaga crash

Mar 20, 2016

A car which left the roadway and crashed into a retention pond in Cheektowaga Saturday claimed the life of an elderly driver.

It's crunch time in Albany. A state budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year is due April 1st. But so far, there has been little progress among state leaders in finalizing a budget.

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Thousands turned out Saturday for the "Old Neighborhood" St. Patrick's Day parade in Buffalo's old First Ward.


Many teachers in the Kenmore- Town of Tonawanda public school district are learning they may not be returning for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Plans are being made for the shipment of highly enriched uranium waste across the Canadian border and into the US.

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An employee at an Olean facility for the disabled is facing charges for the abuse of a patient.

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A second case of rabies in Western New York this year has been identified.

A trio of local companies will represent Buffalo in a battle to become the best startup at this year's Collision Conference.

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Having your house foreclosed on can be a nightmarish ordeal, yet one woman is sharing her plight with the public.

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Just because ice skating season is over, it doesn't mean all is quiet at Canalside. Events for the spring are currently in the works by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, which includes plans for horse-drawn carriage rides for Easter.

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Erie County Legislators are pushing Albany to release records of state efforts to fight the November 2014 blizzard which buried much of the county with up to seven feet of snow.

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Governor Cuomo concedes that ethics reform is unlikely to be a part of the New York State budget, despite the conviction of the two legislative leaders on major corruption charges. Cuomo blames the legislature for lack of will to enact changes.

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Following their monthly meeting - the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners refused to speak to the media Thursday. Several reporters wanted to give the officials an opportunity to respond to claims by the Comptroller that the BMHA owes taxpayers more than $3 million.

People who rent public housing in Buffalo will be barred from smoking in their homes starting this summer.

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Eight local agencies who advocate for community causes are launching a new partnership that will push for economic, social and racial equality through the development of a green economy in Buffalo.

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The Buffalo Police Department is being sued by the New York Civil Liberties Union for withholding information the organization says should be available to the public.

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People with developmental disabilities and their caretakers held a rally at the State Capitol Wednesday to ask Governor Cuomo for financial help if he’s successful in pushing through a $15 minimum wage.

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There may be fewer sewer overflows in times of heavy rains this summer in the Southtowns. That positive development will follow the completion of upgrades to the county's sewer treatment plant.

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The City of Buffalo's fiscal watchdog is taking a closer look at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority after digging up millions of dollars worth of unpaid bills.