The Buffalo Teachers Federation may have had its office at Porter and Niagara closed yesterday but critics of the union and the school system were demonstrating outside pushing for changes in the union contract and in city schools.
The immediate push is for the union to agree to waive a provision in the contract which requires all coaches to be certified teachers, whether they know anything about the sport or not.
Sam Radford is president of the District Parent Coordinating Council and a vocal critic of the school system.
The long process for speeding up traffic across the Peace Bridge is shifting to improving the plaza on the U.S. end.
That's going to be a relatively small improvement compared to the $300 million plan Washington was pushing but wouldn't pay for.
With plans shown at a public display yesterday in the Niagara Branch Library, the bridge authority wants to demolish a row of houses along Busti Avenue and eventually buy and demolish the adjacent Episcopal Church Home.
Mitt Romney's race to the Republican nomination will likely ease decisively through New York State.
That's according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University which shows Romney with a huge lead among those expected to vote in New York's April 24th GOP Primary. Romney has the support of 54 percent of expected voters compared to Rick Santorum's 21 percent.
The November election may be a drastically different story.
A broken leg kept Western New York Rep. Louise Slaughter from attending the presidential signing of a bill she championed that prohibits insider trading among members of Congress and other federal employees.
President Obama cited Slaughter by name during a signing ceremony today for the the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, lauding her six-year effort in getting the bill passed.
"She first introduced the STOCK Act in 2006 and I know how proud she is to see this bill that she championed finally become law," President Obama said.
An estimated 250 guests, politicians from both sides of the isle, and a hoard of local media were on hand late Wednesday morning at the Burchfield Penney Art Center for Governor Andrew Cuomo's Buffalo visit.
The Governor was eager to share his administrations accomplishments.
"We reduced the property taxes with a property tax cap that now limits property tax increases to 2%," said Governor Cuomo. "We reduce the burden on local government by passing real mandate relief that has the state reduce the number of mandates," said Cuomo.
A Delta Airlines Flight attendant was removed from a flight Wednesday morning at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
The Transportation Security Administration says one of its officers at a security checkpoint stated they felt uncomfortable with the actions of one of the male flight attendants. But the TSA said it was not a security issue.
Delta issued a statement saying it was notified this morning that a flight attendant appeared to be "unfit for duty".
Solar power is a slowly growing piece of the energy picture in New York while offering jobs possibilities for all of the electrical bits and pieces other than the actual solar panels.
There is solar power used in the Empire State and the State Power Authority generates around two-and-a-half-megawatts itself although it really isn't in the solar business. Instead, it's working with NYSERDA, the state's energy research authority, to find ways to use solar to reduce conventional energy generation demand and to develop companies which supply the solar industry.
Albany is moving forward to repair New York's aging and decrepit roads and bridges, pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into an accelerated repair program.
That is on top of spending in the regular budget to turn around bad bridges and roads.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is focusing on his New York Works program, with more than a billion federal and state dollars, with $121 million of that going into 48 projects across Western New York, all to start this year.
Bankruptcy proceedings are making public some of the problems crippling Pinnacle Airlines, the parent company of Colgan Air, the operator of Flight 3407, which claimed 50 lives when it crashed in Clarence Center in February 2009.
As some of its pilots await overdue paychecks, filings with the Security and Exchange Commission reveal generous compensation packages for Pinnacle executives.
The Buffalo News reports the company gave its current CEO a $250,000 raise just a month prior to filing for bankruptcy.
State Assemblyman Sean Ryan is pitching a plan to take away much of the power of the six Industrial Development Agencies in the county and shift economic development control to the Regional Economic Development Council.
The IDAs would also lose much of their power to issue tax breaks, limiting it to the government they represent so that the Amherst IDA could only ease town taxes not those of every government and school district in the county as it can now.
Pinnacle Airlines, the parent company of Colgan Air, which operated Continental Connection Flight 3407, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
The Colgan unit would cease to exist under Pinnacle's planned restructuring, along with its planes and flights. Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence in 2009, killing 50 people. Pilot error was cited as the cause of the disaster.
The newly-redrawn 27th congressional district will make it more difficult for incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul to win re-election this year. And two area towns are exploring a job sharing arrangement to reduce costs.
WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott touches on these and other topics in this week's Press Pass with Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch.
A local man is facing a lengthy prison sentence and a hefty fine after a guilty plea was entered on Friday for drug conspiracy charges.
Twenty-six year old Scott Bald is accused of stealing more than 1300 prescription pills from a Clinton Street pharmacy in 2010. The charges detail that Bald conspired with Michael McCallum to steal and later distribute Oxycodone, Oxycontin and Percocet from the pharmacy.
Bald is facing a 20 year prison senctence and a $1 million fine and will be sentenced in July.
McCallum has also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in May.