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Chris Caya WBFO News

A new relief effort is underway to help Hurricane Maria survivors now living in Buffalo.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

New pieces of equipment and new salt storage facilities factor in Erie County's preparations for the coming winter. Officials are also urging the public to take steps to be ready by downloading an app that offers real-time information and a means for families to put their own emergency plan together.

Crisis Services

Crisis Services is settling in to its new home this week. After 30 years on Main St., near Hertel Ave., Buffalo and Erie County's only 24 hour crisis center outgrew its former space.

Saturday is a day when people impacted by suicide will gather at events around the world.

WBFO News photo from WNY Women's Foudnation report

The WNY Women's Foundation has released a new report on the barriers girls and women face. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the report features stories from women both young and old. 

New York State Thruway Authority

Winter is around the corner and the New York State Thruway Authority has announced its readiness for the season.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

The New York State Public Service Commission says it has completed its investigation into the windstorm in March that swept through the region and it has determined that NYSEG and RG&E had a poor response to storm restoration.

The Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday rejected a $7 million plan to turn the landmark Episcopal Church of the Ascension into a 28-unit affordable housing development for seniors.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

For the first time ever, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the regional chamber of commerce, has released a survey showing how employers view the area's business climate.

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With the arrival of colder temperatures, the City of Buffalo has implemented Code Blue, the city's emergency weather safety plan for the homeless.

The University at Buffalo received authorization Wednesday to revoke disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's honorary degree.

Chris Caya WBFO News

People Inc. is now offering affordable housing in the City of Tonawanda. A brief ribbon cutting ceremony, with state and local elected officials in attendance, was held Tuesday for the new the Highland School Apartments.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A newly-released report suggests wide racial disparity in marijuana-related arrests in Buffalo and Erie County. Advocates for marijuana reform says it's one more reason why it's time laws changes to allow the regulation and taxation of pot in New York State.

WBFO File Photo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is announcing that more utility crews from New York State are packing up and heading to Puerto Rico, where the monumental task of restoring electrical service to the hurricane-ravaged island continues.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The former Women and Children's Hospital is in new hands. Kaleida Health sold the property just a few days after successfully moving into the new Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. A pair of local developers are partnering to breathe new life into the old hospital site in the Elmwood Village. 

Testimony at an Assembly hearing Monday grew heated as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development chair defended some faltering job creation programs.

New roller coaster coming to Darien Lake

Nov 13, 2017
Darien Lake

Thrill riders will have a new roller coaster to experience beginning this May at Darien Lake.

National Public Radio

As millions of Americans finalize their Thanksgiving travel plans, a new report is revealing what Sen. Chuck Schumer calls "deeply alarming" facts about the effectiveness of Transportation Security Administration screening at U.S. airports.

Carimina Woods Morris, DPC

The thousands of vacant lots on Buffalo's East Side are slowly starting to fill up, with large developments geared to the neighborhoods and the needs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Veterans Day to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana.


Buffalo Police have made an arrest in connection with a recent fatal shooting on Allen Street.

Orchard Park Police / WBFO

Orchard Park Police have arrested a Hamburg man after reports were received about a car dragging a highway light pole.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Take a tour of the move from Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo to the new Oishei Children's Hospital in this photo gallery.

The USS Little Rock LCS 9 Commissioning Committee announced the details of the arrival and commissioning of the USS Little Rock LCS 9 Friday morning at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Mercy Flight is updating its helicopter fleet with three new Bell choppers and benefiting from Washington approval to fly in bad weather under what are called instrument flight rules.

VietNow Macon County Chapter

New York State and 23 other states are shutting down am Illinois-based organization that, prosecutors say, collected donations through a deceptive telemarketing campaign but provided only a fraction of the proceeds to legitimate causes. In Buffalo, the Better Business Bureau is offering reminders of how to spot suspicious solicitations.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

"Move Day" began at 7 a.m. Friday for the staff and patients of Women & Children's Hospital, as they take the 1.2 mile journey to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and settle into their new home at the Oishei Children's Hospital. Follow this page for updates throughout the day.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A benefit will be held in Buffalo on Thursday, November 16 in honor of the late Buffalo Police Officer Craig Lehner. Proceeds from the event will support the division in which Lehner served for many years.

DA turns crime money into support for local veterans

Nov 9, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Money seized from criminal activities will be put to use supporting a local operation that has assisted an estimated 7,500 veterans in the eight counties of Western New York. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, on Thursday morning, presented a donation to the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York.

National Toy Hall of Fame

The board game Clue, the Wiffle Ball and the paper airplane are the newest inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame.