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WBFO's Mike Desmond

Social media isn't always the best place for political conversations, but Sunday afternoon hundreds showed up at Niagara Square in unity because of it.

Solar Liberty

Between New York state spending $750 million dollars on a new solar panel factory in South Buffalo, SolarCity's financial struggles, and this week's expected shareholders vote on a proposed merger with Tesla, there has been a lot of speculation lately about Solar City's long term viability. But other local players in the industry are bullish on the future of solar regardless of what happens to the heavily subsidized company.

Brian Quinn / Wellsville Daily Reporter

Governor Andrew Cuomo is ordering a full investigation into an alleged hate crime in the Southern Tier Village of Wellsville.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

On day four of the saga of the Bethlehem Steel fire in the City of Lackawanna, another big step was taken towards a return to normalcy. After yet another day of firefighting and emergency demolition, conditions were finally met to reopen the Bethlehem Park neighborhood’s main roadway.

emcotter.com / The Buffalo Fire Department

Buffalo's iconic fireboat – the Edward M. Cotter – has been defending against blazes all along the city's waterfront for over a century. This weekend, the boat’s 116th birthday was celebrated by hundreds of people. But what many of them may not know is that the boat serves as far more than just a tool for firefighters.

City of Lockport website / WBFO News

The office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has completed a review of the 2017 budget being proposed for the City of Lockport.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

All lanes of Route 5 from Ridge Road to Route 179 in Lackawanna continue to be closed to traffic due to the fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A new addition will be dedicated at the Veterans Park in Tonawanda today.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

On Friday afternoon, residents were allowed to return to their homes in the ordinarily quiet neighborhood of Bethlehem Park. The somber atmosphere of houses that once stood in the shadow of the Bethlehem Steel Plant on Route 5 and Lincoln Avenue is still pierced by the sounds of fire fighters and demolition crews hard at work battling what remains of a devastating blaze.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some local members of the Karen community are expected to participate in a protest in Washington Friday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley said they speaking out against the atrocities happening to people in Burma.   

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A small protest against the Presidential election of Donald Trump was staged in Bidwell Parkway at Elmwood Thursday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to protesters who say they wanted to show solidarity and "spread love."

Congressman Brian Higgins

On this Veterans Day, those still living who served - and are currently serving - in the military are being honored across Western New York and the nation. To each person, either veteran or civilian, the ceremonies and the holiday take on their own meaning.

But for 94-year-old Indiana Hunt Martin of Niagara Falls, Veterans Day means blazing a trail where no African American woman had gone before in the sexist and segregated U.S. military of the 1940s. She served in the Women's Army Corps 6888th.

courtesy Lockheed Martin

This Veterans Day holiday, the contractor that has built what will soon become the new USS Little Rock is hoping to build excitement for what will be the first-ever commissioning of a Naval vessel next to its decommissioned counterpart.

Jerry Urban

With a massive fire still consuming buildings on the old Bethlehem Steel site, residents of the community next to the plant have been moved out.

Governor Cuomo is adopting a more conciliatory tone toward President elect Donald Trump, after Cuomo called Trump “un-New York” in the final days of the campaign.

Circuit Clinical web site

A local medical company - that was on the verge of moving to Denver - has  decided to stay and expand in Buffalo. The company was a semi-finalist in this year's 43North business plan competition.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared at D'Youville College in Buffalo Thursday morning to announce competition of the New York Gateway Connections Improvement Project at the Peace Bridge.  

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Lackawanna Mayor Geoff Szymanski declared a state of emergency in his city during the noon hour, calling for the evacuation of residents living near the site of a former Bethlehem Steel building where a fire continues to burn since Wednesday.

Jamestown Police

Public schools in Jamestown went into lockdown Thursday due to the search for a person of interest in a morning homicide.

Veterans Day is getting special recognition at Genesee Community College. Over the next two days, a number of events will be staged as a part of the school’s annual events.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The massive smoke plume rising above the old Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna is a blow to city plans to use buildings on the site.

WBFO News photo from a Facebook post

The leader of Canisius College in Buffalo is condemning a disturbing incident that occurred Tuesday night at a campus dorm building.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it's believed to be in response to the result of the presidential election and spoke with two students.

While Donald Trump's victory in the Presidential election came as a surprise to many, there was one local Republican figure who believed in Trump's possibilities from the start. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, developer Carl Paladino "saw something that nobody else did, including the pollsters."

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Giant plumes of smoke can be seen for miles as crews battle a massive fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site. A cold storage building containing cars, boats and an assortment of recycling materials is engulfed in flames.

Democrats had hoped to make inroads into the State Senate- but preliminary results show the Republicans gaining one seat to hold a razor thin 32-seat majority.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins was the first congressional leader to support Donald Trump for his campaign. Collins appeared at the Erie County Republican Party campaign event Tuesday night in downtown Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Collins about not backing down in his support of Trump and how republicans will maintain control in the Congress. 

The Empire Center

Electric utility customers across New York state could see a jump in their bills next year. New York state's Public Service Commission is pushing through a rate hike that includes millions of dollars in corporate welfare. 

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Erie County Republican Party celebrated a big win in a key New York State senate race.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Republican Chris Jacobs defeated Democrat Amber Small in the 60th Senate District. 

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Many voters said they were thrilled to finally have a chance to vote in what has been a turbulent Presidential Election campaign.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked with some voters in the Kenmore Tonawanda District Tuesday.   

Brian Meyer

If you ask many voters in Erie County, the early birds avoid potentially long waits later in the day.