Off-shore wind farms in New York State's Great Lakes are once again a possibility.
New York is one of five states to have reached a memorandum of understanding with Washington on Friday for the development of off-shore wind farms. Once deemed too costly, the viability of the farms is still in question, but their construction and operation are expected to generate numerous jobs.
Environmentalists claim that wind farms in the state's Great Lakes and along the Atlantic shoreline could power every home in the state.
NFTA commissioners have tentatively agreed to terms for hosting a series of summer concerts at the former Shooters restaurant site.
A proposal by Funtime After Dark, a local promoter, was panned last week, but commissioners re-opened negotiations after facing criticism for their decision. According to the Buffalo News, the proposal would bring at least four big name concerts to the waterfront locale, with anticipated audiences of between 5,000 and 10,000 people.
The NFTA would receive $20,000 to rent the land for the events.
The new state budget approved by Albany this week will increase state aid to schools over the levels the Governor had proposed.
Locally, that means some jobs and academic programs will be preserved, but the aid will not cover all of the budget gaps for local schools. A majority of the increased aid will go to what are considered high-needs districts, such as Buffalo.
The News reports that the only district in Erie and Niagara Counties not to receive aid was Holland.
An accused Liberian war criminal who was living in Western New York has been deported following a six-year investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
62-year-old George Boley, the former leader of the Liberian Peace Council, was living in Hilton, New York, north of Rochester. During the Liberian Civil War of the 1990s, Boley is alleged to have committed human rights abuses against civilians, including the rapes and murders of dozens of Liberian villagers.
Governor Andrew Cuomo gathered with leaders of the legislature Friday to celebrate an on-time budget for the second year in a row.
Cuomo and majority party legislative leaders praised each other for their efforts in achieving two on time budgets in a row, which they say is considered a feat after decades of late budgets. Then, they took turns posing for pictures as the governor signed the first of several budget bills.
Cuomo said government is once again functioning, and it’s a “very proud day for the entire state”.
If all goes according to plan, the city of Buffalo should have a new zoning code on the books by the end of the year.
The process of rewriting the antiquated and confusing set of rules got underway in September of 2010.
The public will have a chance to weigh-in on the proposal in the coming weeks.
Brendan Mehaffy, Executive Director of Buffalo's Office of Strategic Planning, says the new guidelines will help investors, residents, and existing businesses have a better set of expectations about what fits in a neighborhood.
A new report issued by the Center for Disease Control reveals starling increases in autism cases around the country. One in every 88-children is affected. For boys—the rate is higher –one in every 54-boys is being diagnosed with Autism. WBFO & AM-970’s Eileen Buckley talked with two local Autism experts.
Before the Sprout Film Festival holds its annual April showing at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in April, the critically-acclaimed film event makes its way into Western New York this weekend in Batavia.
The Sprout Film Festival travels around the country, making dozens of stops annually. It’s stated goal is to show films related to the lives, performances and accomplishments of people with disabilities.
"It's a nice process. It's a fight worth fighting, to get people to see these films" said Sprout Executive Director Anthony DiSalvo.
Convicted animal abusers will pay a heavy price, if a just-introduced local law makes its way through Old County Hall and the Rath Building successfully.
Legislator Terrence McCracken unveiled the measure at a news conference Thursday afternoon. The proposed law would establish an online registry containing the names, addresses, ages, and facial photographs of those found guilty. The information would be publicly available.
You may have heard of "flash mobs," where a mass of people invade a public space to make a scene. Now the idea has been turned on its head by "cash mobs," where large crowds of consumers show up at small businesses to spend money. But it's not just about propping up the local economy.
It's 5 o'clock on a Friday, and mostly quiet in the Lander's Men's Store, a mom-and-pop clothing store in Jamestown, N.Y. But shop owner Ann Powers is anticipating a mob.
Celebrated for her extensive catalogue of award-winning documentaries and human rights activism, filmmaker Pamela Yates appears tonight for the Buffalo premier of "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator."
Yates' early work earned accolades in the 1980s as she documented Guatemala's civil war that left over 200,000 dead and the international community seeking to prosecute the nation's leaders for war crimes.
"Granito," Yates says, examines how that case has been built.
"It's a political thriller and that's the way the story is told,” Yates told WBFO and AM970 News.
Reaction to the newly agreed upon state budget continued to pour in at the State Capitol, as lawmakers began passing the first of a series of budget bills, in the hope of finishing the spending plan by the end of the week.
Senate Leader Dean Skelos praised lawmakers and Governor Cuomo, for their work on a budget plan that’s likely to be in place by the deadline.
“This is a budget that we all can be proud of,” Skelos said.
Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins is accusing the United States Postal Service of hiding results of a study it conducted on changing delivery standards and closing some processing centers.
Higgins appeared on the House floor Wednesday saying the Postal Service is keeping the results a secret. Higgins told his colleagues he learned that the study indicates the Postal Service would actually lose $5 billion.
Victims of a snow plow fraud will be reimbursed under the terms of a plea agreement reached this morning in State Supreme Court.
43-year-old Terry Jarvis was arrested in January at her Cleveland Drive home. Jarvis admitted to collecting payments from 104 clients, for whom she never provided plow services from September to December of 2011.
She pleaded guilty to first-degree Scheme of Defraud in State Supreme Court this morning. As part of her plea, Jarvis agreed to pay back her victims to the tune of $21,000.
The seemingly recession-proof business of lobbying grew once again in New York last year.
The state’s ethics panel finds a total of $220 million was spent to influence the governor and members of the legislature.
The newly formed state ethics commission, championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, found that a lobbying group closely associated with the Governor’s policies, The Committee to Save New York was the biggest spender in 2011.
The group, made up of business interests, financed nearly $12 million worth of lobbying and advertising campaigns.
A soldier from Getzville was killed Monday in Afghanistan, allegedly by an ally in the Afghan police. 27-year-old Sgt. William Wilson III was one of three NATO soldiers killed by Afghan forces in separate incidents.
Reports say Wilson was shot Monday by an Afghan policeman at a police checkpoint in the eastern part of the country.
Wilson was a 2003 graduate of Williamsville North High School. He joined the Army in 2005.
The rusting frame of the long-stalled Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is finally coming down to clear the way for a new, smaller venue.
The Seneca Nation of Indians unveiled redesigned plans today for their property at Michigan Avenue and Perry Street in downtown Buffalo. Construction on the larger $333 million casino-hotel complex stalled in 2008 due to the recession.
Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter says the new facility is about one-fifth the size of the original.
Cheap electricity from the Niagara Power Project may soon provide more support for economic development in Erie and Niagara Counties.
Legislation in the budget hopper in Albany would set aside millions of dollars in profits from much of the electricity produced in Lewiston and put the cash into an economic development fund controlled by Governor Cuomo.
He would appoint three members of the five-member Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board which would run the fund.