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A political newcomer plans to challenge incumbent Republican Congressman Chris Collins in the 2018 election.

Groundbreaking for Alix Rice Peace Park held in Amherst

Jul 7, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

One day before the sixth anniversary of Alix Rice's death, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in the Town of Amherst for a future skate park to be named in her memory.

A security review company that released a study ranking Buffalo as the most dangerous city in the nation for online dating has revised its numbers after inquiries were made. The revision improved Buffalo's overall ranking, although it  remains in the bottom 25% of cities when it comes to online dating safety.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Design work for rebuilding the seawall along Route 5, in Hamburg, was recently completed. And now U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to fund the project.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed an emergency relief bill into effect that will aid communities that suffered flood damage as the result of high Lake Ontario waters. New York State is also pursuing additional help from the federal government.

A Buffalo Police spokesman says an internal investigation is underway to address claims by the Buffalo Common Council President that while many of his guests were turned back from an Independence Day cookout, guests of his neighbors were not subject to similar scrutiny.

Edwin Viera

There’s a new way to experience the sights and sound of Buffalo – on a big red double-decker bus that was imported from England.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A reward is now being offered for the return of sound equipment stolen from Shakespeare in Delaware Park.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

One of two long-awaited police substations in the City of Buffalo got its first major test this holiday weekend, and visitors to the city’s waterfront saw the benefit.

Lian Bunny

Summer is the season for barbecues, beach outings and relaxing backyard sojourns.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Buffalo is getting more water service to the Outer Harbor, making certain there is enough water for any future development.

WBFO News file photo

A new law is now on the books that should give the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority a bit of a lift.

File Photo

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says it will be at least a month before a formal search process starts to replace Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield, who retired last week citing family obligations and health issues.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Game over, record set, mission accomplished. The 11 Day Power Play wrapped up early Monday in HarborCenter, successfully achieving its lofty goals in a cause launched months ago to support cancer research.

Canal NY

This Fourth of July, New York is not only celebrating the nation's independence, but a 363-mile waterway that helped bring economic independence to Buffalo and other cities across the state. Begun on July 4, 1817, the Erie Canal opened in its entirety in 1825 - and a variety of events are planned over the next several years to celebrate this engineering marvel. WBFO's Marian Hetherly got into the bicentennial spirit by sitting down with Erie Canal historian and teaching artist Dave Ruch

Chris Caya WBFO News

An old office building in downtown Buffalo, that sat vacant for decades, is now the region's newest boutique hotel, restaurant, and bar.

Additional efforts have been put into place to decrease flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

WBFO News File Photo

Travel this Independence Day weekend should be less painful for drivers due to lowered gas prices and less lane closures.

Photo courtesy of Albany Symphony

Tuesday will mark the 200th anniversary of the start of construction of the Erie Canal.

Ribbon-cutting for new Chautauqua Amphitheater

Jul 2, 2017
Photo courtesy of Chautauqua Institution

The Chautauqua Institution is cutting the ribbon on its new amphitheater Sunday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that photo identification evidence can now be legally entered at trial in New York State.

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The office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has identified millions of dollars in uncollected Medicaid monies.

Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority

Forget about lighting candles to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday as a nation. The Peace Bridge will flick the proverbial switch on more than 600 LED lights to mark the milestone.

National Public Radio

As ride-hailing made its long-awaited regional debut, local residents offered varying opinions on how the new mode of transportation will impact the riding public and the economy.

As ride-hailing prepares to make its local debut Thursday, Erie County’s top prosecutor said he’s confident the service will help reduce drunken driving.

Associated Press

A daredevil who died after plunging over Niagara Falls in an apparent stunt with an inflatable ball might have brought a boa constrictor along for the ride.

WBFO News file photo

Western New York's representatives on Capitol Hill are urging the federal government to keep pilot training rules in place that were implemented one year after Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence, killing all aboard and one person on the ground.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Locally raised actor William Fichtner is back in Buffalo to make his directorial debut.

Sometime Tuesday, the public may find out why Ross Cellino and Steve Barnes are fighting to dissolve their personal injury law firm.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

What to do about Buffalo's Central Terminal has been a local question for decades. Now, a team of experts on development is in town to study the issue and make some recommendations on Friday.