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It's been debated and revised for nearly seven years, but Jim Fink of Business First says Buffalo's new Green Code was "worth it." During WBFO's Press Pass, Fink says the city "needed to get into the 21st century from a planning, zoning, development standpoint."

Niagara Falls Fire Department

Investigators found a dead body among the rubble of a house fire in Niagara Falls overnight.

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Another cleanup from this area's history of iron and steel-making is about to start. The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking bids next Tuesday on a project to clean up an area at the intersection of Fuhrmann and Tifft. The cost: $11 million.

EDnvironmental Advocates of New York

Environmental advocates are prodding state officials to take steps that would give New York residents the “constitutional right" to clean water and healthy air.


After taking his oath to become the new Erie County District Attorney, John Flynn spoke of more emphasis on compassion by his office. This includes a desire to bring to downtown Buffalo what is known as the Innocence Project, which works to identify and exonerate individuals wrongly convicted of a crime.


The US Coast Guard has announced that it has suspended the search for the plane that disappeared over Lake Erie on Thursday night.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

John Flynn officially became Erie County's new District Attorney Friday morning, taking his oath of office in front of a large audience of family, friends, lawyers and elected officials spanning the political spectrum.

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Thousands of people are expected downtown Saturday night to ring in the New Year. All systems are go for Buffalo's 29th annual Ball Drop.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A four-year-old polar bear named Sakari, which arrived at the Buffalo Zoo about a month ago, will make his local public debut on New Year's Day.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown wants to see community leaders need to find ways to bring people together. But Brown said Carl Paladino's "terrible comments" about the President and First Lady hurt members of the community. 

A Lake Effect Snow Warning has been issued for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. Steve Welch of the National Weather Service says some locales could see more than a foot of snowfall by Friday night.

A local attorney and ride-for-hire service are uniting to provide a free service for Buffalo New Year's party-goers who find themselves unfit to drive. The Safe and Sober Ride Home Program provides an additional perk: driving the client's car home as well.

Cynthia Van Ness is searching for what she believes to be an illuminating segment of Western New York's past. As Director of Library and Archives at the Buffalo History Museum, her research is examining menus and amateur cookbooks for a look at what our forbears ate and how it has changed with the community.

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This is Day Four of Kwanzaa, the day of Ujamaa or cooperative economics that looks to build and maintain African-American stores and businesses. During this 50th year of Kwanzaa, Buffalo's local celebration remains among the largest in the country.


Development in Buffalo is about to have new rules, ranging from how many parking spaces are required for apartments to how tall buildings can be. The changes follow Tuesday's approval of the city's new Green Code by the Common Council.

Tesla's stock closed higher Tuesday after the company announced a deal with Panasonic to produce solar panels in Buffalo. The Japanese electronics giant is making a major investment in Tesla's giga-factory along South Park Avenue.


The public outcry over Carl Paladino's published remarks about the Obamas is growing, with calls for a boycott against his businesses and a renewed call for his ouster from the Buffalo School Board. Paladino, meanwhile, is refusing to give up his seat on the school board and, in an apology sent to Artvoice, says the comments were intended only for his friends and were accidentally sent to the weekly magazine. 

With Saturday's overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills will miss the playoffs for the 17th consecutive season. Analyst Matt Sabuda examines what went wrong for the Bills and wonders about the changes that may be in store for the franchise.

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North Tonawanda's historic Riviera Theatre is marking its 90th birthday this week. And the refurbished theater is playing an important role in the city's downtown revitalization.

WNY NORML Facebook page

No members of the Buffalo Common Council have been willing to take the Buffalo Cannabis Act off the table of its Legislation Committee, despite periodic appearances of local marijuana supporters asking for legal changes.

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A community activist who opposed tax breaks for a project launched by a company with ties to Carl Paladino is reacting to a new firestorm of criticism that targets the Buffalo School Board member.

City of Buffalo

The Western New York Coalition for the Homeless has announced an expansion of its Code Blue initiative to provide the homeless with warm facilities on cold nights.

Effective immediately, Code Blue 32 will be enacted when temperatures or wind chills are between 16 and 32 degrees. Currently Code Blue takes effect at 15 degrees.

Paladino's son criticizes father's remarks

Dec 26, 2016
Brian Meyer WBFO

The son of Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino calls his father’s remarks about President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama “disrespectful and absolutely unnecessary.”

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For decades, Judge Penny Wolfgang has been a fixture in Western New York's legal community. But the State Supreme Court Judge has also been a fixture with many community causes and even had a minor part - as herself - in a Hollywood film. Wolfgang reflected as she reluctantly heads into retirement.

For the twelfth straight year, the Buffalo Dream Center and Hearts for the Homeless teamed up to feed individuals and families in need.

Drivers this Sunday are being given the gift of toll-free travel.

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It appears that state lawmakers have adjourned their business for the year.

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The Seneca Nation's Tribal Council has recently banished 5 people from their sovereign territory for dealing illegal drugs.

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Comments made by Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino to a local weekly newspaper have led to widespread condemnation of the controversial developer.

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Surrounded by the hoopla and religious observance of Christmas, it can be easy to forget religions which don't see Christmas as part of their traditions. One local imam discusses how he explains those customs with members of his heavily-immigrant congregation.