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Local partners officially broke ground Wednesday on the construction of a ball hockey rink and youth football field on Buffalo's East Side.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

It has been more than ten years since the Virginia Tech campus shootings, but the issue of mass school shootings remains at the forefront with recent events in Parkland, Florida.  A new play opens at Shea’s Smith Theatre in Buffalo Thursday evening, April 12th, called “Lit 401: A School Shooting in One Act”. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this play will depict an active shooter on stage and provide a talk-back conversation with the audience. 

Empire State Development Corp.

Think "Blueway." It is a word you are going to hear a lot in the next year or two, as Buffalo Billion II helps fund a water highway between South Buffalo Charter School and Broderick Park: the historic and industrial Buffalo waterfront.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

This week marks National Crime Victims Week and the Erie County District Attorney is marking the occasion to spotlight the assistance available to crime victims through his office's Victim/Witness Bureau. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County Government is observing All Women's Equal Pay Day, a day marked to raise awareness of ongoing gaps in pay between women and men. Elected leaders are marking the day by urging support for a statewide ban on wage-history discrimination.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Construction on 105 apartments in the former Pierce Arrow office complex along Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo could start within a month, with final approval Monday from the city Planning Board.

Preservation Ready Sites, Buffalo

A New York preservation group says Jamestown's Arcade District is among the organization's list of seven historic places in the state that are endangered.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Business is picking up at Erie County Auto Bureaus. And it's only going to get busier, according to County Clerk Michael Kearns.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

WBFO has won four awards in the New York State Broadcasters Association's annual competition, with reports that ranged from fatal accidents on unstable ice to a hockey fund-raising marathon.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Iconic restaurateur Russ Salvatore celebrated his 85th birthday with a party Sunday at Seneca Niagara Casino.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

It is a common topic of conversation, to say some building is a landmark. That may be, but many are not legally landmarks. That is why the Buffalo Preservation Board has a special subcommittee looking to change that.

Longtime Hillside CEO is retiring

Apr 9, 2018
Hillside Family of Agencies

The Hillside Family of Agencies has announced the retirement of their longtime President and CEO. Dennis Richardson, who has been at the agency for 24 years, will step down at the end of June.

File photo: Chris Caya WBFO News

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is blasting County Executive Mark Poloncarz for proposing a cost saving move for local school districts.

A potential power shift in the State Senate could have consequences in upstate New York.

Two weekend accidents left one person dead and another critically injured.

NYSEG restores power to all WNY customers

Apr 8, 2018

Officials of New York State Electric and Gas say power has been restored to all customers who were affected by last Wednesday's wind storm.

A Rochester lawyer has been accused of "double-dipping" and illegally receiving retirement benefits from New York State.


A Lockport man will be spending time behind bars for the possession and distribution of drugs.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Supporters of ride hailing say the low-cost way of getting around will reduce drunk driving. But in Erie County, the number of recent DWI arrests has gone up. 

United States Postal Service

Pet owners and postal workers can feel better about mail delivered in the presence of our furry friends. According to a new report from the United States Postal Service, dog attacks on Western New York postal workers dropped four percent in 2017.

Buffalo Preservation Board

A historic district designation in the Broadway-Fillmore community took another stop forward Thursday, as the Buffalo Preservation Board recommended the Common Council approve creating the district.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

With one in four people struggling with a mental health disorder, it has become a growing concern in the workplace. As part of our Mental Health reporting Initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Mental Health Association of Erie County has named a new director of workplace well-being.   

Michael Mroziak/WBFO News

State police are continuing to investigate a deadly accident last week where a woman walking on Hertel Avenue was struck and killed by a Buffalo police officer responding to a call.


Close to 17,500 customers are still without power across Western New York due to Wednesday's wind storm. Nearly 12,000 of them are in Erie County.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A new partner in New York City is joining the local effort to combat zombie properties in Erie County.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have completely understood. First church and then a march, with many wearing signs proclaiming, "I Am A Man."

Nick Lippa / WBFO

Tens of thousands of Western New Yorkers lost power Wednesday due to a strong wind storm that has caused downed power lines and trees across the region.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo's Common Council president is raising questions about land deals by an agency City Hall is trying to dissolve.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

For over three decades, The Franciscan Center has provided a home for thousands of runaway and homeless young men from Western New York. Tuesday, they announced they are closing their doors.

Around 8:30 this morning a wind gust of 60 miles per hour was recorded at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock expects the strong winds to continue with the possibility of gusts reaching 70 miles per hour before the day is done.