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Broadway-Fillmore area residents had another chance Tuesday night to find out why - or why not - it makes sense to create a historic district in Buffalo's old Polonia.

Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Buffalo's Common Council is starting yet another look at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority after the heat went out for tenants at the Frederick Douglass Towers and it took a long time to get it back on.

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National Grid has been given tentative approval for an over 10 percent rate hike that will likely take effect in the spring.

Erie County Department of Public Works

There is a standard complaint among politicians, that Erie County government does not spend enough money maintaining and nurturing its infrastructure. That is especially true of the legislators who represent communities outside of Buffalo, where the county has roads, bridges and many other things. However, the new chair of the Legislature's Economic Development Committee is promising a proactive approach.

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"Together we resist. Together we rise up. Together."

Activist and college professor Tanya Loughead led the chant, early in Sunday's Women's Solidarity March in Buffalo. The event drew thousands to the steps of City Hall, marching through downtown and then back to City Hall for more speeches - an outgrowth of the national march in Washington, D.C. exactly a year before and a protest against the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

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The future of the Buffalo Police Department is looking more diverse. Recently, 40 new recruits were sworn in. Eight of them are part of a scholarship program titled Buffalo Police Department 21st Century. Launched in 2016, BPD21C is designed to help create a police force that looks like the people they protect.

The return of milder temperatures and a threat of rain could create more ice jam flooding in the coming days.

The National Weather Service has posted a flood watch for people who live near creeks and streams in Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening.

Meteorologists say Buffalo, Cayuga, Cazenovia and Cattaraugus Creeks are typically most prone to ice jams.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says one of its canines died suddenly Friday.

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Habitat for Humanity Buffalo dedicated its 300th home Saturday.

The race for the 27th Congressional District continues to draw attention by both major parties.

Amazon has released its short list of 20 candidates for its second North American headquarters and a joint bid submitted by Buffalo and Rochester is not on the list. Toronto did make the cut, the only Canadian city to do so.

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Rochester businessman, philanthropist and former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano has launched a new campaign to achieve fair property taxes in Upstate New York. His campaign also provides homeowners an opportunity to join a class action lawsuit.

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A West Seneca woman whose work has focused on serving families and children will help guide the completion of one of the region's most highly-anticipated projects.

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State officials say New York's 10th and final emergency stockpile of disaster response supplies is now operational in Western New York.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he had no intention to replace Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, whose retirement was announced overnight, and that the decision to step down was entirely that of the 30-year police veteran.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown met for more than an hour with local taxi cab company leaders and attorneys Tuesday afternoon.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the cab operators are demanding an equal playing field with ride sharing companies operating in the city of Buffalo. 

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Civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that America's most segregated hour was 11 o'clock on a Sunday morning, for Christian church services. A local and nationwide effort is trying to bridge that racial gap.


Some $5 million is expected to start flowing around Memorial Day into a major expansion of activities on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. However, the major discussion in two meetings Tuesday revolved around a plan for mountain biking trails.

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A big change is coming to the Buffalo Police Department. In an overnight press release to media, Mayor Byron Brown announced the abrupt retirement of BPD Commissioner Daniel Derenda.


A 10-year-old boy who was in Buffalo last week for a youth hockey tournament has died after contracting the flu, followed by pneumonia and sepsis.

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The Buffalo Common Council will host Tuesday evening what activists say is a first-ever City Budget Proposal Day. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., members of the community will be welcome to provide input for how to allocate a small fraction of an estimated $500 million spending plan.

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An Orchard Park woman is responding to the recent expletive President Trump used to describe African nations. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says eight years ago she adopted her son from Haiti.  

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Local community activists have formally launched their petition drive to remove and replace a large bronze bust that has stood in Buffalo's Martin Luther King Park since 1983. They demand it be replaced by a sculpture that more accurately portrays the civil rights leader's likeness. But not everyone in the local African-American community wants to see the existing bust removed.

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Siena College Research Institute released a race relations poll on this Martin Luther King Day. The poll finds 39 percent of New York voters say race relations in the state are excellent or good. However, it indicates two-thirds of the people polled believe minorities experience racial or ethnic discrimination.

St. Paul's Episocpal Church

There wasn't a large crowd at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Sunday for the church's contemporary mass, with a band and traditional services. This is a time when it's hard to get younger people into churches and St. Paul's is reaching out to them.

Nick Lippa

It’s not just consumers. Recycling plastic bags for many retailers has proven difficult. To help with this problem, the New York Plastic Bag Task Force has identified eight possible solutions and sent the report to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for consideration.

Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County

The Western New York Center for Survivors of Torture are now members of the International Rehabilitation Council for Tortured Victims.


First in a series on environmental justice issues.

The scent of exhaust fumes fill the air on a mid-January afternoon. Cars, trucks and buses zip back and forth from downtown Buffalo on the Kensington Expressway, also known as the Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway.

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On this Martin Luther King holiday, a bronze bust depicting Dr. King will take center stage in Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the activist wants the bust of King in MLK Park replaced.  

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says President Trump's use of an expletive to describe some poor nations across the world was ugly, disgusting and repulsive.