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Mason Blair

National Grid and NYSEG continue to work on restoration efforts after the wind storm on Wednesday that brought down power lines, utility poles and trees and caused damage throughout Western New York.

A New York lawmaker is calling for a legislative oversight hearing on a relatively new state agency that investigates the mistreatment of disabled people.

AG warns of scam attempts following storm damage

Mar 10, 2017

As numerous Western New Yorkers begin the process of repairing properties damaged by Wednesday's severe winds, the New York State Attorney General's Office is warning people to beware of attempts to price gouge or scam homeowners.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

International Women's Day protestors marched from Buffalo City Hall to Tupper Street Wednesday, seeking a variety of legal changes and more equality in hiring and promotions.

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A provision in the Affordable Care Act replacement plan by Republicans in Congress sets up a potential clash with New York state over abortion coverage.

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Thousands in Western New York remain without electricity Thursday morning and many schools are closed as the region recovers from Wednesday's stormy conditions which produced winds in excess of 70 miles per hour. 

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High winds forced the closing of the SUNY Genesee Community College (GCC) campus in Batavia Wednesday afternoon. All classes and activities were canceled.   WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports.  

Life-saving heroes to be honored

Mar 8, 2017
Erie County Sheriff's Badge & Shield Club

The Erie County Sheriff’s Badge and Shield Club has named Peter O’Brien as its Outstanding Citizen and Deputy Brian Pauly as its Deputy of the Year.

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A group of disabled Western New Yorkers are among those who were arrested for protests in New York’s capitol on Tuesday afternoon.

STAR program changes leading to check delays

Mar 8, 2017

New York homeowners have complained about changes that were made to the STAR tax relief program last year.

Karen DeWitt

The state budget is due in 3 1/2 weeks, but the biggest push at the Capitol is for a change that is not a spending item. It’s a measure to treat 16- and 17-year-olds as children, not adults, when they are charged with serious crimes.

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Congressman Brian Higgins is urging Amtrak to support Buffalo's Central Terminal site as the choice for a future train station.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A new campaign to help steer more tourists to see Buffalo by bicycle is getting underway.


A sure sign that spring is just around the corner can be seen on the waters off of Buffalo. Crews from the New York Power Authority started the process of removing the nearly 1.66 mile long Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom on Monday.

New York State's Criminal Justice Services Division has released a report, indicating how many untested sexual assault evidence kits were in the hands of police departments. But as part of that report, the division identifies numerous police agencies that did not submit any numbers by a late February deadline. Buffalo, according to the report, was one of them.

Service Collaborative of WNY

Participants in AmeriCorps are being lauded this week for the 1.3 billion hours they have committed to improving their communities since 1994.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

While there are major housing development projects going on in downtown Buffalo and along the city's Elmwood Strip, churches like True Bethel are developing their own neighborhoods.

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The New York State Thruway Authority is announcing temporary traffic interruptions that will occur this week.

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US Senator Charles Schumer is urging more action to be taken in assuring the safety of small aircraft.

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Nicknamed the birthplace of "American" architecture, Buffalo's buildings have generated great interest in travel enthusiasts.

A 24 year old Buffalo male was struck by gunfire last night near Mills Street and Peterson Street.

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Authorities in Niagara County are asking for the public's help in locating a missing man.

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The Buffalo Police Department is making moves to better equip its officers.

Erie County Sheriff's Department / WBFO News

Two North Buffalo residents have been arrested after a raid executed last night.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A downtown Buffalo parish is marking its 200th anniversary this year. This weekend, the man who now leads the Episcopal Church is in Western New York to help celebrate that milestone but also reflect on his church's role in social justice issues including race relations and refugees.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Rebuild NY Now has launched a campaign to raise public awareness about New York state's infrastructure challenges.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Multiple efforts are underway to campaign for the closure of the toll booth stations at the north and south Grand Island bridges. The strategies include proposed legislation and petitions.

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Six people sustained minor injuries in a school bus-pickup truck collision Friday morning in Niagara County.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul visited the Jewish Community Center on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo Thursday as a sign of solidarity.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the JCC and others across the state have been targeted by recent bomb threats and anti-Semitism.

A conference that aims to reduce poverty in Niagara and Erie counties began Friday morning.