Lancaster Town Supervisor Dino Fudoli has proven to be quite a controversial leader since assuming office on January 1st. He's a proponent of limiting the financial incentives granted by the region's various industrial development agencies. Fudoli then targeted town employee unions for criticism by describing public employees as being the "unproductive" segment of the economy. Finally, he admitted late last month that he has not paid property taxes on various properties he owns.
Western New York is in the midst of a drought. Rain late last week brought some relief. But it wasn't nearly enough to help the region's farmers whose crop yields are expected to be much lower this year.
Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch joins Mark Scott on this week's Press Pass on WBFO and AM 970 for a discussion of the drought's local impact.
Prescription drug abuse in Western New York has been described as an epidemic. But a new prescription drug bill approved by state lawmakers would begin to prevent the problem.
This week in our Press Pass conversation WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley talked with Buffalo News reporters Susan Schulman and Dan Herbeck. They were part of an award-winning News series last year called "Prescription for Danger" and reacted to the new bill that Governor Cuomo promises to sign into law.
Controversy continues to swirl around the verdict that acquitted James Corasanti of the most serious charges lodged against him in the death of 18-year-old Alexandria Rice of Amherst. The public at large believes Corasanti should have been held criminally responsible for striking Rice with his car last July and then leaving the scene.
Bruce Andriatch is suburban editor of the Buffalo News. On this week's Press Pass, Andriatch tells WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott while people can disagree with the verdict, the jurors should not be subjected to the harsh criticism aimed at them.
Buffalo recently stepped up its effort combat the every growing problem of graffiti vandalism.
This week in our Press Pass conversation, WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer about how the city has doubled its effort to erase graffiti. You can watch Brian Meyer's graffiti video story on-line to the Buffalo News Web video link.
The Buffalo Common Council has filled the South District seat that was vacated by Mickey Kearns, but questions follow their selection.
On this week's Press Pass, WBFO & AM-970"s Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly explore those concerns along with the significance of the Bethlehem administration building in Lackawanna and another studio effort by Buffalo's Boyd Lee Dunlop.