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Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

It might be 2027 before you can buy a ticket to ride the Metro Rail out to the University at Buffalo's North Campus - and even longer before you can head out to a job in the Crosspoint Business Park, where Millersport Highway and the I-990 meet.  That was the message Monday evening at a public forum organized by Citizens for regional Transit.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Taxpayers in the Town of Tonawanda can breathe a little easier. Funding has been approved to make up for the loss of one of the Town's largest sources of revenue. 


Chris Caya WBFO News

Several partners, including employers, and state and local government, are teaming up to host "Buffalo Works" - a week of job fairs across the city.

Internal Revenue Service

Tick...tick...tick... Some are surely scrambling Tuesday, as midnight is the deadline for filing state and federal income tax returns.

The Takeaway

Award-winning journalist John Hockenberry and his popular radio show The Takeaway are coming to Buffalo on April 25. The program will  begin at 6 p.m.  at WNED|WBFO. It will include a segment that will be recorded before a live audience and aired on The Takeaway on April 26.

Campaign for Greater Buffalo

With a state-appointed committee due to decide Thursday where a new city passenger train station should be located, a highly visible preservationist is arguing the new station should be in downtown Buffalo on Washington Street just south of Exchange Street.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

As the new University at Buffalo Medical School nears completion in downtown Buffalo, one of the related projects is becoming more obvious. That is the tunnel which will eventually run through the building, connecting Allentown and the Fruit Belt.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The building no longer exists but for decades hosted countless events ranging from sports to concerts to political rallies. Just a few blocks away, Coca Cola Field is paying tribute to its former neighbor with a display featuring many artifacts from events held at Memorial Auditorium.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

For decades, the Seneca Theatre, located at Seneca and Cazenovia streets, has been a symbol of what South Buffalo was. The building is deteriorated and the actual theater space was torn down to make way for a parking lot. However, the community is looking forward to a $9 million rebirth.


Small Business Festival

The arrival of warmer weather signals the unofficial start of "festival season" in Western New York. And this year's line up includes the region's first ever "Small Business Festival."


A rash of shootings in Buffalo this weekend left one man dead and two seriously wounded.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Department is investigating a head-on collision Saturday night in the Niagara County town of Hartland.

Ethics reforms and changes designed to make it easier to vote in New York were left out of the new state budget but could resurface when lawmakers return from spring break.

Rain did not stop a lively crowd of protesters who gathered downtown to march to the IRS building Saturday afternoon.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo is encouraging New York residents to take advantage of state rebates offered for the purchase of an electric car.

Online Screen Grab / WBFO News

April 15th is traditionally tax day, and those who procrastinate find themselves scrambling to get their forms filed by midnight.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For countless Western New Yorkers, a visit to the Broadway Market is a must-do task right before Easter. Thousands were shopping there on Good Friday, considered one of the busiest days of the year at the cherished Buffalo landmark.


A long-respected Western New York jurist has died. Judge John T. Curtin passed away Friday at the age of 95.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Ride-hailing services are expected to be up and running across the region in about 90 days, according to State Senator Tim Kennedy.

Photo from John Washington's Facebook post

An employee at Guercio and Sons on Grant Street in Buffalo has been fired for what is considered a racist act.

New NYS budget holds line on homeless funding

Apr 13, 2017
National Public Radio File Photo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says among the items approved in the new state budget is $20 billion for New York's homeless. This includes $2.5 billion "to advance the creation of 100,000 new affordable and 6,000 supportive housing units."

However, after a review of legislative figures, that appears to hold the line on funding for New York's five-year plan against homelessness. This comes at a time when demand is continuing to rise, according to a couple of local advocates.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Do you notice those bad sidewalks across the City of Buffalo? Well, so does City Hall.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley

The Public Service Commission is holding two days of public hearings to listen to those affected by the windstorms of five weeks ago. Especially those served by NYSEG and Rochester Gas and Electric had problems getting their power back on.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Refugees across the region are going to continue receiving help adjusting to their new life in America. Albany is now funding resettlement agencies that faced cuts under President Trump's refugee ban. Local advocates see many benefits for the community.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The future is looking brighter for local refugee resettlement agencies.

WBFO News File Photo

Following a recent violent incident at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, as well as the acquisition of documents reporting dozens of deaths there over a three-year span, State Assemblyman Michael Kearns is asking the local acting U.S. Attorney to look more closely.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Trump Administration's budget proposal is a threat to many programs important to Erie County's residents. What's in and what's out of the budget was the theme for a meeting Tuesday night in Hamburg High School.


WBFO News file photo

The region's trauma center is battling a virus. It caused Erie County Medical Center to shut down its computer system several days ago. And law enforcement is investigating.  


National Public Radio

The new state budget includes provisions for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to expand into upstate New York as of this summer.

Ciminelli Real Estate

One of the largest housing developments in Buffalo in decades took another step forward Monday, before the city Planning Board.

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