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North Tonawanda Mayor's Office

A small Clarence developer has taken a huge step forward with a major project on North Tonawanda's riverfront.

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A key member of the Cuomo administration's Western New York economic development operation has left his job in state government.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Unkempt houses are not uncommon locally, especially those known as zombie homes. Williamsville is tired of one in particular and will be in court to ask a judge to let the South Long Street house be knocked down.

The Buffalo Connection: Alan Zweibel

Oct 30, 2017
Derek Gee / Buffalo News

Tim O’Shei of the Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve had a big impact on pop culture. His latest feature in The Buffalo Connection series – which hit print Saturday is a profile on University at Buffalo graduate and comedy writer Alan Zweibel. Zweibel has been making people laugh for over 40 years, and it doesn’t look like he’s planning to stop any time soon.

Buffalo Area Warily Eyes The Renegotiation Of NAFTA

Oct 29, 2017

Shortly after World War II, a young Buffalo company — Speed Motor Express — began transporting commercial freight around western New York.

As it weathered the ups and downs of the local economy over the decades, the company slowly expanded its fleet of trucks.

Then in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, expanded trade among the United States, Canada and Mexico. Buffalo faces Canada along the Niagara River.


New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is warning that potential tax code changes could hurt New York residents.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Social and human service workers have carried out a two-part campaign to raise awareness of teen homelessness in the region.

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced that Buffalo-based Catholic Health System has agreed to pay $6 million dollars to settle a complaint alleging it billed federal health care programs for unnecessary services over a seven-year period.

Naval Park secures additional aid for expansion

Oct 27, 2017
Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

A popular downtown attraction has snared public funds for an expansion that will showcase the heroic deeds of local veterans.

Lynne and Greg Houston met 25 years ago, when Greg placed an order over the phone for some lunch. Lynne was working at a restaurant in Buffalo, N.Y. Greg was working across the street — as a mortician at a funeral home.

"The door was unlocked, so I came in with meatballs marinara, and you were doing some kind of autopsy or something. And I remember I just stood there staring at you in your white gown with blood all over it," says Lynne, 55.

Greg didn't think anything of it. But Lynne sure did.

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A newly-issued report suggests that when local governments go into executive sessions, they are most times not fully complying with a state law concerning open government.

Authorities are investigating three separate vehicle-related deaths that occurred in the last week. The latest happened Thursday just before midnight on the Delaware Avenue S-Curve through Buffalo's Delaware Park.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The driver of the tanker truck with a cargo of refrigerated hydrogen that sprung a leak after hitting a light pole has been ticketed by police.

Buffalo completes record-setting 32 Clean Sweeps in 2017

Oct 26, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The City of Buffalo is marking a record-setting year for its Clean Sweep program, which officials say has become a model not just for the region but for the nation.

Efforts to combat systemic injustice will take center stage tonight as people gather in the auditorium of a Buffalo high school to hear from a national scholar.

Rocco Termini

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is clearing the way for another old and dirty building being turned into modern commercial space in a North Buffalo area so filled with projects of one developer it could be called Termini Town.

He was remembered as a man who lived by the values of his careers in the military and Buffalo Police Department. And as one of those speaking at his funeral put it, Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner is hero not because of how he died but because of how he lived.

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Martin House

The Martin House is welcoming seven original "light screens" from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Wednesday - the 152th anniversary of Darwin D. Martin - that have been in Canada for the last half-century.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

It was a tense 20 hours in the Town of Niagara after a tanker truck full of liquid hydrogen had an accident in a local parking lot.

Buffalo's day to bid Craig Lehner farewell arrives

Oct 25, 2017
Office of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown

Thirteen days after he disappeared in the waters of the Niagara River, Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Preparations to accommodate Lehner's family, thousands of mourning police officers, first responders and members of the general public inside KeyBank Center were set to begin before sunrise.

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The executive director of a leading government reform group has been replaced, after he turned himself in for possession of addictive illegal drugs.

Niagara County Sheriff's Office

The Niagara Falls Airport is closed and variety of emergency agencies remain on scene in Niagara Falls Tuesday, where a tanker leaking refrigerated hydrogen is a flammable, explosive hazard to the area.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

It was a day of mourning, of camaraderie among police and other first responders, a day of support from the Patriot Guard lining the approach road, a day of public outpouring of support and even squads of therapy dogs to help people get through the first day of the wake for Officer Craig Lehner at a Hamburg funeral home.

Rep. Brian Higgins' office

New bridges that bring Bailey Avenue motorists over Cazenovia Creek and the Buffalo River in South Buffalo officially open to traffic Monday night.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Thousands of police officers and members of the general public are expected to attend Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner's funeral Wednesday inside KeyBank Center. Police officials on Monday advised the public of several road closures that will be necessary to accommodate funeral traffic, including the procession to Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Homeless agencies and service providers in Western New York are gathering Monday to launch a survey to gather statistics on homeless youth.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

For immigrants and refugees seeking asylum, receiving proper medical evaluations before entering the United States could be lifesaving - especially for victims of torture.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

New York State is working through its Parks 2020 plan, a $900 million shopping list of renovations and improvements for the state's vast network of parks. Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey says it is working and why parks attendance has risen from 57 million to 69 million this year.

Buffalo Police Department

Calling hours begin Monday for Officer Craig Lehner at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg.