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Young Street in the City of Tonawanda is going to be closed until June, as the Council experiments with other uses for the downtown space.

Maid of the Mist

A plan is in the works to help prevent more "black water" and other illegal discharges into the lower Niagara River. Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be calling on the State Legislature to fund major improvements to the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Advocates for professionals providing direct care to people living with developmental disabilities are urging state lawmakers to speed up the allocation of funds already earmarked to help the providers earn living wages.


Marra named new CEO of Veterans One-Stop Center

Dec 19, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The former head of the Buffalo-area chapter of the American Red Cross has been named the new chief executive officer of the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York. Chuck Marra will assume his new role in January.


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It may have been colder inside Buffalo Central Terminal Monday than it was outside the towering landmark of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. That cold was the focus of a news conference by two state legislators calling on Albany to put $5 million from the $400 million Buffalo Billion II into the complex.

Nigara Falls Mayor's Office

The Niagara Falls Water Board says at this point, it does not know how long it will take to fix a broken water main that supplies much of the city of Niagara Falls.

City of Buffalo

The Jefferson Avenue business district, in Buffalo, is slated for some major improvements. And it's starting out with free Wi-Fi.

Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

The newly commissioned U.S.S. Little Rock LCS 9 will be carrying out its duties with a bit of history from his namesake.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Police agencies throughout Erie County have launched their holiday DWI enforcement campaign. With the financial support of a recently acquired grant to Erie County, additional patrols will be on the road from now through January 2.


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What do Birmingham, AL and Buffalo have in common? They both are concerned about the health effect of coke emissions.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

One of Western New York's most powerful business and civic leaders has died. Robert G. Wilmers, the CEO and chairman of M&T Bank, died unexpectedly Saturday night in New York City.

WBFO News file photo

The on and off again lake effect snow that has been falling in Buffalo for the past week has finally ended.

Authorities have identified the two victims who were hit by a car in Cattaraugus County Friday. Michael and Donna Phillips both died at the scene. Michael Phillips was supervisor of the Town of Salamanca while his wife Donna was town clerk-elect.

Eileen Koteras Elibol / WBFO News

The USS Little Rock LCS 9 is now in service to the United States. After months of anticipation, the Navy's newest warship was formally commissioned Saturday at Buffalo's Canalside.

Niagara County Sheriff's Office / WBFO

A suspect in an early morning armed robbery in Niagara Falls has been arrested.

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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has weighed in on the Republican's proposed tax plan that is before Congress.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

9,000 tickets have been distributed for the new USS Little Rock’s commissioning ceremony on Saturday. That will mean long lines, wait times, and tight security in cold temperatures. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to attend.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A special delivery arrived at the Matt Urban Hope Center Thursday in Buffalo that will provide beds for children in need. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is part of a new program called 'Beds for Buffalo' provided by The Service Collaborative of Western New York.

Rural poverty in Erie County “invisible” to many, advocate asserts

Dec 15, 2017

People often associate poverty with urban areas. But data shows that many rural communities have higher poverty rates and far more challenges when it comes to linking people to services.

A Poverty Forum was held Friday where housing specialists, public health experts, living wage advocates and others will explore a number of issues. Rural poverty was scheduled to be one of the discussion topics.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Albany is helping the Town of Cheektowaga in its ongoing effort to reduce sewer overflows into Scajaquada Creek.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The future USS Little Rock LCS 9 ship has been a special guest of honor along Buffalo's waterfront since arriving Dec. 4. The highly-anticipated and historic commissioning ceremony will be held on Saturday morning. On Thursday, the crew of the future Little Rock put in a busy day, both on and off the ship.

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Basic life skills that many take for granted can often be challenging for people with developmental disabilities.

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

A nationally recognized expert on livable transportation says the Scajaquada Expressway is a small part of a larger need for land-use planning in this area. Ian Lockwood visited at the invitation of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to look at the park road, as the state Department of Transportation deadline for comment approaches.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A couple from East Aurora, both of whom served in the U.S Marines, were featured on a special program hosted by popular cooking show host Lidia Bastianich. Mark and Denise Beyers will be among those spotlighted on the PBS program "Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes," which pays tribute to veterans who, in their next phase of life, are working the land to produce food.


Police have released the name of the man who died after being struck by a car in a Tops Markets parking lot - and the woman accused of striking him.

An inch or two of new snow could impact Buffalo and the surrounding area today. That modest snow total, however, could make for treacherous driving conditions as strong winds whip up blowing snow later today. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties. Additionally, a lake effect snow warning is in place for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.


Mensch Capital Partners

The developer of the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst says Monday night's adoption of a Final Environmental Impact Statement by the town is disappointing, but ultimately will have little impact on its re-zoning application.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The Niagara Falls Water Board voted Monday night to raise rates, saying it has turned around an organization that desperately needed change.

ECHDC

Plans are in the works that will change the look of Canalside. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation has approved what it's calling the "Interpretative Structures Project."

Making the move to heat and cool your home or small business with geothermal energy can be costly. A Western New York state Assemblyman is among a group of lawmakers backing a bill to add low or no-interest financing for that cost to the state’s On-Bill Recovery Financing Program.


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