Niagara Falls

Flipperless seal joining NF aquarium

4 hours ago
Marine Mammal Stranding Center

A harbor seal whose rear flipper had to be amputated after being struck by a boat has recovered and is headed to the Niagara Falls aquarium.

Major water main break at NF chemical plant

5 hours ago
Niagara Falls Mayor's office

The Niagara Falls Water Board said it detected a water main break on the Goodyear chemical plant property in the City of Niagara Falls late Thursday night, which resulted in a loss of system pressure affecting local residential and commercial water customers in the service area.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A two-year project to improve the ecological quality of a lake in the heart of Niagara Falls, New York, is at its completion, participants said Wednesday.


Niagara Falls City School District

For eight years, a case has wandered through New York's court system: impoverished small cities suing Albany, saying the state's system for allocating school aid is not fair to them. The districts and their lawyers are not giving up, appealing a dismissal of their cases.

Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer / 914th Air Refueling Wing

The 914th in Niagara Falls has a new commander. Col. Mark Larson took command of the Refueling Wing from Col. Brian Bowman Sunday during a change of command ceremony.

NF woman pleads guilty to stealing by fraud

Sep 6, 2017

A Niagara Falls woman has pleaded guilty to forging her mother's signature in order to get her deceased stepfather's death benefits.

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Nearly 250 Niagara Falls residents cast their votes in the city's first-ever participatory budgeting project.

The topic of sewage discharges is back in the spotlight again in Niagara Falls and surrounding areas.


WBFO File Photo

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos Friday announced that the Niagara Falls Water Board violated water quality standards as a result of an August 15 combined sewer overflow discharge that caused a substantial visible contrast to the natural conditions in the Niagara River. The state issued a Notice of Violation to the water board.

NF Water Board stops discharging sediment

Aug 24, 2017
Maid of the Mist

The Niagara Falls Water Board said it is making changes per the investigation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - An environmental alert was issued by the New York State Alert system early Wednesday morning advising residents of a sewer discharge in the Niagara River near the popular American Falls.


On most summer days, you’ll find Capt. Rod MacDonald in the Maid of the Mist wheelhouse. It’s a few steps up from the top deck and the hundreds of tourists in blue rain slickers.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The U.S. Conference of Mayors hosted events nationwide to publicly reject racism, extremism and bigotry. In Niagara Falls, elected officials, tourism leaders and representatives of the religious community united to share a message that hate is unwelcome in the Cataract City.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it is investigating another potential discharge from the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Niagara County Legislature raised the stakes on the Niagara River black sludge spill by seeking criminal investigations on local, state and federal levels.

Marineland Canada

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it is surprised and extremely disappointed to hear that all animal cruelty charges have been dropped against the Marineland amusement park.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Seneca Nation President Todd Gates almost met Tuesday to talk about casino revenues.

More than 150 years ago, the Great Lakes region played a key role in the Underground Railroad. Runaway slaves made their way to cities along the lakes and crossed the border to freedom in Canada. Fast forward to today, when thousands of asylum seekers are passing up a chance to live in the U-S – and are heading north too.


Can passenger trains power Buffalo's economy to the next level?

Aug 7, 2017
Eileen Elibol

Many in Western New York have been talking about expanding public modes of transportation as a way to boost the economy and better connect residents and visitors. Expanded bus service, rapid transit and passenger trains are all on the table. Most recently, Niagara Falls opened an expanded new Amtrak station and Buffalo decided to locate its new station in downtown. WBFO's Marian Hetherly and Eileen Elibol decided to take the 45-minute train from Depot Avenue in the Falls to Exchange Street in downtown Buffalo for insight from the employees and passengers who ride the rails.


Photo courtesy of Maid of the Mist

The Niagara Falls Water Board says the release of a black, smelly discharge into the Niagara River last weekend was attributable to human error.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Niagara Falls Water Board is apologizing for the sewage dump into the Niagara River on Saturday. Water Board Chairman Dan O'Callaghan read a prepared statement and refused to take questions, during a quick appearance Thursday afternoon outside board headquarters.

Scott Sackett / WBFO News

Tattooing in western culture was long associated with the fringes of society, but today is part of mainstream American life. And as tattooing has gained wider acceptance in the last twenty years, the imagery people choose for tattoos has changed dramatically.

WBFO Arts and Culture Desk reporter Scott Sackett visited a tattoo shop in Niagara Falls to see how the expanding demographic and social acceptability of tattoos have altered the art form.


It is now an international incident - and soon to be a possible criminal investigation. Canada and the Niagara County Legislature are calling for further investigation into the sewage dumped into the Niagara River over the weekend.

Updated Wednesday, Aug. 3

The recent black, odorous wastewater discharge near the base of Niagara Falls violated New York regulations, a state official says. But it's unclear whether any fines will result.


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A local state assemblyman is welcoming Governor Andrew Cuomo's call for an investigation into last weekend's discharge of wastewater near the base of Niagara Falls. That lawmaker is pointing his own finger directly at the Niagara Falls Water Board for an incident he says should never have happened.


Associated Press

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state regulators to investigate wastewater discharges that turned the water near the base of Niagara Falls black last weekend.

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.

Associated Press

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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