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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Some might consider the timing a bittersweet irony. Just blocks away from where thousands of Dyngus Day revelers were renewing the annual post-Easter tradition, the hall where the Chopin Singing Society first hosted local Polish celebrations more than half a century ago was quietly being torn down.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

It was another glorious ethnic party in Buffalo Monday, as Dyngus Day and its parade rolled through historic Polonia. The East Side party continued well into the night, with lots of Polish beer, red and white, pussy willows and water pistols.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Upgrades for the Metro Rail system are being funded in the new state budget that was approved Saturday.

CCS Oncology and Health Care LLC has announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to its excessive debt load.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A State Supreme Court Judge in Buffalo has ruled that a company which crushes concrete for recycling on its Seneca Street site has not been doing so under proper regulations and permits. Neighbors hailed the decision, which effectively halts operations at Battaglia Trucking and Demolition for the time being. 


Buffalo is one of many cities across the country with leaders worried about the impact of the new citizenship question on the upcoming Census in 2020.

Steve Neilans / National Comedy Center

Jamestown’s National Comedy Center, which opens this August, will feature some cutting edge technology for museum goers. Visitors will wear a wristband with an RFID chip throughout their stay that will help complete a sense of humor profile.

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The newly approved New York State budget includes a work around for the partial loss of state and local tax deductions in the federal tax overhaul.

Police in southern Ontario are investigating an alleged group sexual assault in Niagara Falls.

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Customers of National Grid will see their electricity rates going up, effective Sunday.

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The new USS Little Rock is finally on its way to its home base in Florida.


State lawmakers will make it home for Easter as a new budget was passed late last night.

A local LGBT advocacy group is holding a protest this weekend in response to a new proposal from the Trump administration on transgender military members.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A local man is going public with claims of being sexually abused as a teenager by a Catholic priest employed by the Diocese of Buffalo.    

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A woman in her 60s was struck and killed while walking on Hertel Avenue Friday morning by a Buffalo police officer responding to a call.

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In the days leading up to Easter, thousands of Western New Yorkers will travel to the Broadway Market to pick up supplies for their celebrations. There, shoppers can buy everything from pierogies and polish sausage, to unique items such as butter lambs.

A 'State of Our City' for the people, by the people

Mar 30, 2018
Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Not everyone thinks Buffalo is great and getting better. That was apparent at the Central Library Thursday night for the first "State of Our City" meeting.


A year ago Buffalo Bills co-owner Terry Pegula downplayed talks of building a new stadium. This week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hinted that those talks may be under way privately. He said he thinks they’re in the very early stages.

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Erie County has their first new ethics law for elected officials in 30 years. County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed the new measure Wednesday.

Teenagers with mental health troubles are at a greater risk of getting addicted when prescribed opioids. As part of our Mental Health Reporting Initiative WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to an expert about these findings. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles sells information about vehicle registrants to third-party interests. Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns wants to know who those third parties are. He also says citizens have the right to op out but the state falls woefully short in its effort to advise them of that right.

New York State Thruway Authority

Change is hours away at the Grand Island Tolls. After years of complaints about lengthy traffic tie ups and pollution from idling vehicles, the old toll booths will soon be a thing of the past.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County Sheriff's Deputies who respond to crimes or accidents involving children will soon be equipped with books and other items, donated by an organization founded three years ago to help first responders provide comfort to young victims.

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Erie County has one of the highest blood lead testing rates in New York state. And most children with Elevated Lead Levels live in the city of Buffalo. That's according to a new report released by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and several partners including the city and the county.

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One relatively short street in North Buffalo knotted up the Common Council Legislation Committee Tuesday for more than two hours.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Common Council's Police Oversight Committee, before hearing from police administrators about key issues, introduced members of a newly-formed community panel that will offer a voice in the police department's relationship with the public.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Common Council held its latest Police Oversight Committee meeting Tuesday, during which time they heard updates from police officials on their officer body camera pilot program, their plan to apply for accreditation with New York State and the possibility of adding tasers to their array of equipment.


A 34-year-old man with prior military experience was taken in to custody in Lewiston after he barricaded himself inside an apartment on Plain Street.

Raids were conducted by the FBI at several CCS Oncology locations across the region Tuesday.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

After years of studying, planning and early infrastructure construction work, the Highland Park development is under construction with more buildings to come this spring.