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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Across Erie County, local governments and activists are convening town meetings to talk about drug problems. New figures project 570 fatal drug overdoses will occur this year in the county.

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Government reform groups say you can add one more item to the long list of reforms that they believe are needed in Albany.

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After serving their prison sentences and paying their debts to society, released convicts often struggle to settle into society and fall back into a life of crime. Federal officials and advocates in the not-for-profit sector were hailing a program Thursday that they say increases the chances of keeping convicts from returning to prison.

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Residential customers of National Fuel can expect to see their gas bills rise by an average $5.75 per month, or nearly 7.9%.

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In recent weeks, the Peace Bridge, the Electric Tower and Niagara Falls have bathed in blue light, a reminder that April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

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The winds off of Lake Erie are going to help move the Seneca Nation of Indians towards energy independence. Tribal leaders kicked off construction of a new wind turbine on Wednesday.

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Dr. Eugene Gosy is free on $250,000 bail and will be allowed to continue his medical practice. He will not, though, be allowed to prescribe the controlled substances that federal prosecutors say he was issuing widespread and illegally.

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He does not yet have a name but he's generating a lot of excitement at the Buffalo Zoo. Officials are confirming that in early March, a male cub was born to one of the two lionesses that reside at the Zoo.

The tussle continues over revenue retention between New York State and its local governments. That fight includes the millions of fees gathered by auto bureaus.

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Buffalo Common Council members aren't happy about plans for a major expansion of the drug treatment program in Hispanics United on Virginia Street.

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The largest collection of Buffalo Bills memorabilia is now at the Buffalo History Museum, following the donation of Greg Tranter's personal collection.

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The ribbon was cut Tuesday on the new United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' Buffalo Field Office. Guests celebrated both a new workspace and some new citizens.

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An historic event is in the works for the USS. Little Rock at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park.

They lit six candles in somber remembrance of the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown joined members of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo in proclaiming the week of May 1 a week of remembrance of Holocaust victims.

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As rural roads and bridges continue to crumble, local officials seek ways to fund much-needed projects.

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While two major natural gas pipelines have been scrapped recently in New York, opposition is mounting against  a third, which would expand a line that is near the Indian Point Nuclear Power plant.

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A county lunch program is now available for seniors in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

Schumer proposes stiff federal penalties for "swatters"

Apr 26, 2016
courtesy Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

It's a potentially expensive and dangerous practice, and it's on the rise. Senator Charles Schumer is introducing legislation that would create stiffer federal penalties for those convicted of what is known as "swatting."