Niagara Falls

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.


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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.

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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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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
Casino Niagara

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.


National Public Radio

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

Eileen Koteras Elibol l WNED Art Director l Photographer

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.

Uniland Development

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.

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