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Saturday was Downtown History Day and the city of Buffalo, the Buffalo History Museum and Buffalo Place announced the completion of its 10-sign outdoor exhibit.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

For those looking to stretch their creative muscles this weekend, Canalside might be a desirable destination. The popular waterfront venue is hosting a watercolor clock painting session this evening and a class on knitting tomorrow afternoon. Both are part of the ongoing “Canalside Create Series.”

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's a work of masonry that is the sole survivor of a fire which destroyed its original home. It stood along a critical trade route that predates European settlers. Now, the Old Stone Chimney stands overlooking the upper Niagara River and leaders are encouraging both tourists and local citizens to check out the unique piece of history.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Buffalo will soon have its first professional-grade soccer and rugby field.

Rural Metro called out on response times

Jun 10, 2016
Rural Metro

Two Buffalo Common Council members are calling on Rural Metro to explain itself, after an ambulance was late to the scene of a Kail Street house fire Tuesday.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

When Erie County legislators met in their afternoon session Thursday, they received a nearly one-inch thick packet of papers. It included a notice from Chairman John Mills that the legislature has been using too much paper.

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Solar City officials met a skeptical audience in an East Side auditorium last night as they talked about the company's plans for the Riverbend complex in South Buffalo.

University of Rochester

With the discussion surrounding a federal probe of contracts connected to the Buffalo Billion, there are concerns about possible effects on any related economic development projects throughout the upstate New York area.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Tourists who flock to Niagara Falls every year have a new reason to stay a little longer. An old attraction has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation designed to also help local students. 

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The Hutch Tech high school teen who attempted to unseat Carl Paladino on the city school board last month has been arrested.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Buffalo’s Canalside opens its popular free summer concert series this evening with Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires. Also debuting are some new security measures at the waterfront destination.

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The final phase of a $70 million reconstruction at Niagara Falls State Park is underway, state officials announced Thursday. They also announced the new name for the Robert Moses Parkway, which is undergoing redevelopment to correct what Governor Andrew Cuomo says was "a mistake."

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A small electrical fire forced the evacuation of Hutch Tech high school in Buffalo Thursday morning.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

It was a typical block party with music, roller skating and food on Buffalo's West Side. However, this one party had a message: a political pitch toward basic economic change.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's Office

Until recently, Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, director of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute, has been the darling of the Cuomo administration. But now, he’s one of the figures at the center of federal and state investigations into alleged pay-to-play schemes for economic development projects and is increasingly on the outs with the Cuomo Administration.

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With schools about to wrap up for summer vacation and kids looking forward to more free time, Senator Charles Schumer wants to ensure the kids' safety when coming into contact with adults at organizations including camps.

Sen. Kennedy's office

It could take months before homeowners receive their property-tax rebate checks from Albany. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports,  a local state lawmaker is working to resolve the issue. 


When students get a three-month reprieve from school work, it can be easy to let learning fall by the wayside. Advocates say summer reading keeps young minds sharp, and the Buffalo Central Library’s reading programs hope to motivate kids to become life-long learners.

Proposed legislation is under consideration in Albany that would allow check cashing companies the ability to issue loans. Consumer advocates, including the Western New York Law Center, are urging lawmakers to reject the idea.


Consumers in the market for a new vehicle, take notice. Some automakers are still using airbags that have injured several people over the years. 

Buffalo Reading Invasion

An invasion of bookworms continued this summer as reading advocates descended upon Bidwell Parkway Tuesday night in a public flash-mob style event.


In the not-too-distant future, you are going to see bright red bikes being pedaled around town and parked in computer-controlled racks in potentially busy areas. The bikes from Reddy Bikeshare are yet another sign of increasing interest in bicycling in a city which was a center of biking a century ago.

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For Muslims, this is the month of Ramadan, a time of religious fasting. The observance continues in a mosque on Buffalo's West Side, offering a look at the city's evolving cultural mix.

Karen DeWitt

Expectations for major ethics reform in the state legislature are low, even though both former leaders of the legislature are facing prison time for corruption. With just over a week to go before the session ends, only one measure — to take back the pensions of lawmakers who are convicted felons — seems to be in play.

Nearly 8,000 people in five Western New York counties experienced homelessness for a period of time between October 2014 and September 2015. The Homeless Alliance of Western New York's just-released annual report shows some positive trends but also points out lingering problems, including a lack of afforable and supportive housing stock.

Chris Caya WBFO News

One of several adaptive reuse projects along Niagara Street in Buffalo is complete. The ribbon was cut on the $11.4 million Turner Brothers Lofts, just off I-190, Tuesday morning.

"It's a different Niagara Street, in a good way," said Jim Fink of Business First during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass. He cites a number of projects that are changing the prospects for a part of the city that has shown the signs of neglect for too many years.

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New York State has invested more than $2 billion across upstate to revitalize economies up and down the Thruway. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says these projects will be transformative, but they carry big risks, as well as potential rewards.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

With the appointment of an architect to oversee a massive redesign of its historic site, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery now must focus on the largest fund drive ever for Western New York.

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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has been asked by two Western New York lawmakers to review governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development projects. The Comptroller says an on going audit is already looking at some aspects of the increasingly controversial project.