Niagara Falls

WBFO's Mike Desmond

In this age of Uber and Lyft, the Niagara Falls City Council is tied up in a fight over regulation of taxis and livery services, once again turning out a crowd Monday night.

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A daredevil who died after plunging over Niagara Falls in an apparent stunt with an inflatable ball might have brought a boa constrictor along for the ride.

Niagara University

A public art project is aiming to restore vibrancy to empty buildings in downtown Niagara Falls. More than 100 silhouettes of Niagara University students and others cut out of black paper are lining the windows of vacant structures at Third and Main Streets.

Buffalo and Niagara Falls are among 18 cities across New York State that will share $10 million over the next two years aimed at transforming blighted neighborhoods.

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Niagara Falls officials are cutting back on spending, as the potential end to revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino looms. The first casualty is summer road paving.

Preparations underway for next Wallenda stunt over Falls

Jun 13, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Five years after Nik Wallenda successfully crossed over the Niagara Gorge by walking on a high wire, his wife will be performing her own stunt over Niagara Falls. Preparations, including a practice run by a helicopter taking part in the stunt, were underway Tuesday.


Niagara Falls Police are investigating a dog attack on a 7-year-old boy who was taken to Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo for treatment.

Casino Niagara adding $7M 'just plain more fun'

Jun 7, 2017
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Big changes are coming to Casino Niagara. Niagara Casinos President Richard Taylor says a $7 million renovation is underway that will deliver what he calls an elevated gaming and entertainment experience for visitors.

National Public Radio

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is spending Monday morning in Ontario's Niagara region.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

From family-friendly outdoor activities to concerts featuring longtime rock and R&B legends, tourism leaders in Niagara Falls say there will be something for everyone during the summer entertainment season. Officials announced an extensive list of events, which begin this weekend.


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Law enforcement in Niagara County is getting nearly $700,000 to fight violent crime.

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Five years after daredevil Nik Wallenda walked over Niagara Falls on a high wire, his wife is planning her own stunt over the fast-rushing waters.

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Niagara Falls is continuing its quest to keep people in the Cataract City for an extra hour, an extra day or even on those winter days when its frozen natural wonder of the world is a spectacle.

Environment New York Research & Policy Center

A new study finds there is still plenty of dirty air around Western New York.


Iconic Niagara Falls shop Mario's closes after 85 years

May 15, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For many Niagara Falls residents, this past weekend marked the end of an era. Mario's, a small family-owned grocery and novelty store located in the heart of the city's "Little Italy" section, closed its doors on Saturday after a run dating back to the 1930s.

City of Niagara Falls begins weekly "ZOOM" sweeps

May 10, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The City of Niagara Falls has begun a weekly project that targets selected neighborhoods and addresses quality of life issues within them. Every Tuesday from now until weather no longer cooperates, city crews will carry out what is known as the ZOOM Program.

$2.7M to fight gun violence awarded to WNY

Apr 19, 2017

New York State is awarding more than $13 million to help law enforcement agencies combat gun violence.

Authorities say they have arrested two people in connection with a robbery that resulted in the death of a Western New York man. 

John Morocco

The ash tree is one of the most impressive trees in a forest, park or along a city street. They also have been an essential part of the American sports scene, as the wood in most baseball bats. Now, the trees are known for their stumps.

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One of Niagara's most popular tourist attractions launched- not only its boats- but its past records away.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley

New York State regulators have scheduled public meetings to gather comments from utility customers impacted by the windstorm that knocked out power to more than 200,000 homes and businesses in Western New York earlier this month.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Niagara Falls, New York has opened its new train and intermodal transportation station. Leaders in the Cataract City hail it as another component for local tourism. And they're looking to Buffalo, which is expected to soon decide where to build its own new train station, and urging their neighbors to get it done.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A new brand and marketing strategy is underway to draw and keep tourists on the American side of Niagara Falls and in Niagara County. "Niagara Falls USA" will put more emphasis on the natural offerings on the U.S. side of the border, encouraging visitors to "go on an adventure."


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Across Western New York, the list of plants that have closed is very long and getting longer. Those were good jobs and many paid well, well enough to support making life and a family possible. Tulip Molded Plastics just opened a newly renovated plant in Niagara Falls that is keeping its current workforce but finding it difficult to find more employees.

Niagara County Community College

NCCC President James Klyczek will remain head of the Sanborn college as the investigation continues into allegations of contract rigging.

Niagara Aquarium

Work has started on a new exhibit for rare Humboldt Penguins at the Niagara Aquarium,  a $3.3 million project that represents the largest capital investment at the attraction in a half-century.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has backed away from a proposal to build a privately operated lodge on a state-owned island near the brink of Niagara Falls.

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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster is responding to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to build a lodge on Goat Island.

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During his Monday visit to Niagara Falls to cut the ribbon on another hotel, Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaimed that the best is yet to come for the Cataract City.


A popular tourist attraction north of the border is again under fire over how it treats its animals. Marineland is facing six new charges of animal cruelty.

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