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Judge rules Queen City Landing project can proceed on Outer Harbor

Sep 14, 2016
WBFO file photo

State Supreme Court Justice Donna Siwek ruled late Wednesday afternoon that plans to construct a 23-story apartment building on Buffalo's Outer Harbor may proceed.

The National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong Museum has revealed the list of a dozen finalists for this year's inductees.

They are: bubble wrap, Care Bears, Clue, coloring books, Dungeons & Dragons, Fisher-Price Little People, Nerf, pinball, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, swing, Transformers, and Uno.

The museum recognizes toys that have delighted multiple generations, inspiring them to learn, create and discover through play.

If  bubble wrap is selected for the hall, it would join the cardboard box and stick among unconventional honorees. 

Three contests gathered a majority of attention during Tuesday's primaries.  The contests for Erie County District Attorney, the 60th Senate District and the 143rd Assembly seat featured quality candidates and heavy spending. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy offered perspective during WBFO's Morning Edition.

Treanor for DA

With the preliminaries of the primary election out of the way, the Erie County District Attorney race will be between Democrat John Flynn and Republican Joe Treanor.


Mobile computers made in Buffalo, by Bak USA, are now available through Microsoft Direct across the U.S. and Canada. The new partnership coincides with the launch of Bak's newest product geared for young students.

Dr. Julie Hogan

At a time when the nation is grappling with an opioid crisis, hundreds of researchers, addiction experts and service-providers are meeting in Buffalo to discuss prevention strategies.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

For Buffalo Bills fans, this Thursday night brings the team’s home opener and a “new norm” in game-day security.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A 19th Century home on Lafayette Avenue faces the wrecking ball after the City Planning Board approved construction of a new and larger home at 647 Lafayette.

Karen Dewitt

Religious and labor advocates rallied at the State Capitol Monday as part of a nationwide movement known as Moral Mondays, to urge state lawmakers to take more progressive stances on issues.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The "Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper" model that has proven successful in growing Canalside has been adopted for Buffalo's Outer Harbor. But the plan approved by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation is raising concerns. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County Sheriff's Office is beginning a year-long awareness campaign for a statewide program it says will save emergency first responders precious time and could potentially save a life.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A new mountain bike course should be under construction soon on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. It's part of a new blueprint for nearly 160 acres of land along Furhmann Boulevard approved Monday by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

The Buffalo Bills offense managed just 160 total yards in Sunday's 13-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.  For analyst Matt Sabuda, the play calling and ineffective performance by quarterback Tyrod Taylor were surprisingly similar to the poor efforts that have been so common in recent years for the Bills.

Trautman Associates

Buffalo has a booming housing sector and more units are on the way. However, some Common Councilmembers want to protect people of low and moderate incomes from being crushed under the development steamroller.

Western New York honors those lost on 9/11

Sep 12, 2016
WBFO's Mike Desmond

From the red, white and blue lights on top of Buffalo City Hall to the enormous American flag hanging high above the Renaissance Bridge connecting the Twin Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, the stars and stripes dominated the scene on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

Some of the film industry's biggest producers and stars are not far from Buffalo this week, attending the Toronto International Film Festival. Some of them are being urged to check out this side of the border for their next project.

Chris Caya WBFO News

New and expanded offerings and lots of dry hot weather led to a very busy summer on Buffalo's waterfront. Canalside saw a 50% increase in visitors.

WBFO File Photo

Things are heating up both figuratively and literally for the Erie County Board of Elections.

Photo courtesy of Dan Neaverth, Jr.

Severe thunderstorms moved through Western New York Saturday night, resulting in some damage.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Lawmaker Bill Nojay served the 133rd Assembly District in the Rochester area for only four years.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A new exhibition of rare artifacts showcasing the region's connection to the White House opens this weekend at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Evander Kane case adjourned until October 31

Sep 9, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Pretrial proceedings continued Friday morning in Buffalo City Court in the case of a Buffalo Sabres player charged in a summer incident inside a Chippewa District bar.

With an energetic and engaging style, host Susan Arbetter has lifted The Capitol Pressroom into a vital voice in Albany politics in just seven years. "There are few stops that the politicians will make and my show is one of them and I'm very proud of that," said Arbetter, who will appear with Jim Heaney of the Investigative Post on Tuesday, September 13 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. 

While the Buffalo Bills are listed as underdogs for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, analyst Matt Sabuda sees an opportunity. "Fans shouldn't be surprised to see the team start out with an upset win." Injuries to the Ravens defense, Sabuda says, give the Bills a chance for success on Sunday. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Fillmore Avenue travelers Thursday were dealing with a fine dust on the street, with some probably wondering what it is. The answer: kitty litter.

Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The Catholic Church is pushing back against proposals in Albany to allow physician-assisted suicide.

The pro business group Unshackle Upstate is out with its rankings of state legislators who are seeking re election in November. For the most part, Republicans did better than Democrats.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

It's the end of the line for several First Niagara Bank branches in the Buffalo area. As part of its acquisition by Key Bank, First Niagara had to sell more than a dozen locations to Northwest Savings Bank and Northwest is ready to move in.  

WBFO file photo/Eileen Buckley

Next week, the public will have an opportunity to see the latest proposal for developing Buffalo's Outer Harbor. It's a plan one local urban planner deems "lighter, quicker and cheaper," and a proper fit for that part of the waterfront.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A new patient-centered healthcare organization is opening in Buffalo.