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City of Buffalo's parking payment app goes online

May 31, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

People needing a parking space in the City of Buffalo now have a new method to pay. A new smartphone-based app known as "Buffalo Roam" went live on Tuesday.


Teenagers in the United States are in the middle on a global scale when comparing countries on financial literacy.

SA+A Development

Building a development can seem relatively simple: find a piece of land, find an architect to provide a design, then build. In reality, it is far more complicated and why a major development on Broadway on the edge of downtown Buffalo will not be underway until early next year.

Chris Caya WBFO News

From Buckingham Palace and Buffalo's Richardson Olmsted Complex - to the streets of Havana - the New York State Capitol - and the iconic towers of the Brooklyn Bridge - these are just some of the things made with Medina Sandstone. And now there's a local group busy identifying and "celebrating" structures made with the once popular building material.


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Police in New York State are cracking down on drunk driving throughout Memorial Day weekend.

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Buffalo's Outer Harbor will be getting some improvements.

Buffalo Marathon attracts thousands of runner

May 28, 2017

Conditions were nearly perfect for Sunday's Buffalo Marathon. It was run under plenty of sunshine with temperatures in the 50s when the starting gun sounded at 6:30am.

Couples from all over the United States whose lives have been affected by the military are in Java Center this holiday weekend for a retreat sponsored by Project Sanctuary.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has released a scathing audit of the Tonawanda Housing Authority.

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The City of Buffalo water system will be experiencing some upgrades this year.

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Erie County is asking Albany for some help in dealing with the problem of zombie homes. Officials believe the county is home to 800 zombie properties, vacant homes allowed to deteriorate as the foreclosure process grinds to a conclusion.


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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is going to allow Tonawanda Coke to burn hazardous waste. That's raising concerns among neighbors who have been dealing with the convicted polluter for years.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

From family-friendly outdoor activities to concerts featuring longtime rock and R&B legends, tourism leaders in Niagara Falls say there will be something for everyone during the summer entertainment season. Officials announced an extensive list of events, which begin this weekend.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Canalside kicks off its "2017 Summer Season" Friday. And a long list of events and programs for families, fitness enthusiasts, music lovers and more were announced on Thursday.

Canalside General Manager Matt LaSota says there's a focus on new kids programming everyday this summer.   

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Erie County is still repairing the fire-damaged Board of Elections office space. The final cost for repair is expected to approach $1 million.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

More than 90 years after its construction, a historic building in the heart of Buffalo’s East Side is getting new life and restored purpose. The 1926 casino building in Martin Luther King Jr. Park is nearly through the third and final phase of a $2.6 million renovation.


New York lawmakers have voted to let Uber and Lyft begin picking up passengers in upstate New York a little early.

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A new poll finds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is at his highest approval rating in three years. According to the Siena College poll, 61 percent of voters now say they view him favorably overall, and just over half 51 percent say they like the job he’s doing in office.


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President Donald Trump's latest federal budget proposal, released on Tuesday, increases overall military spending but also recommends a new round of base closings. But advocates for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station are not panicking just yet.


Chris Caya WBFO News

The City of Buffalo is preparing to continue with the build out of Canalside. The process is expected to start moving forward in May. 


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Local government and law enforcement are teaming up with a local beverage retailer and advocate for drug-and-alcohol abuse prevention, to launch a campaign discouraging underage drinking. With prom and graduation season getting underway, supporters of "Not A Minor Problem" hope to stop short-term decisions that could cause long-term consequences, including deaths.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Several city officials joined Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in kicking off the 2017 paving season Tuesday.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

As the U.K. continues to react to the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night, major cities around the world are considering their own safety. There are a number of plans in the works between City of Buffalo police and their partners in law enforcement to enhance security at one of the city’s most popular destinations – Canalside.

MissingKids.Org

UPDATE: The AMBER Alert for McKenzie Wilson, 12, has been canceled. Authorities say she was found in Farmersvile and is unharmed.

WNED's Jeff Dinehart

The fight is continuing between Congressman Brian Higgins and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, as the agency says it will move forward on its 2013 master plan.

DF Fusion Investments/ Architectural Resources

A section of North Buffalo will be very different if a massive new apartment complex is built. The property at the corner of Main  Street and Hertel Avenue is working through the city's regulatory process.

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After an embarrassing controversy over stipend payments, the beleaguered group of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate is trying to change the subject.


New York State tax officials are reminding home and property owners that Tuesday, May 23 is the deadline in most communities to challenge one's assessment.


Keeping the Memorial Day holiday safe

May 22, 2017
National Public Radio

As Memorial Day weekend approaches and the unofficial start to summer begins, more motorists are taking to the roadways - and local law enforcement are urging everyone to buckle up.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Two different local audiences were told this weekend of the national divide, as seen by two great newspapers.

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