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Some much needed affordable housing is on the way for seniors on Buffalo's West Side.

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The reconstruction of the long-vacant Buffalo Public School 77 is underway.

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Refugees across the region are going to continue receiving help adjusting to their new life in America. Albany is now funding resettlement agencies that faced cuts under President Trump's refugee ban. Local advocates see many benefits for the community.

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A bipartisan group of legislators is pushing for money in the upcoming state budget to help fund refugee resettlement agencies. The $12 million plan would help keep agencies across New York open during the Trump administration's 120-day refugee ban.

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People continue breathing new life into the many "irreplaceable assets" found in one older, smaller neighborhood on Buffalo's West Side.


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La Divina cook Antonio Robles said it was a typical day at work last Tuesday. He was doing prep work when officers raided the restaurant and ordered him to get on the floor. Now, he wears a 24-hour ankle bracelet to monitor his whereabouts.

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Advocates with PUSH Buffalo are urging residents to attend a public hearing on National Fuel's proposed rate hike.

NY Renews calls for action on climate change

Dec 17, 2015

PUSH Buffalo is among more than 40 community, labor and environmental groups joining forces on New York Renews, a new campaign urging Albany to pass ambitious climate solutions in the coming new year.


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A local group that promotes affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization has a voice at the Paris climate conference.

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Buffalo's West Side is now drawing multi-million dollar investments along Niagara Street.


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Community activists and elected officials are once again calling on Verizon to provide FiOS service in the City of Buffalo and they're looking to the New York State Public Service Commission for help. 

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Throughout February, WNED/WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourage others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is “making a difference.”


Renewable energy projects to begin on West Side

Dec 18, 2014
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PUSH Buffalo announced three renewable energy projects on the city’s West Side Thursday. The New York Regional Economic Development Council awarded $902,980 for the projects from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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Buffalo Common Council staffers and local activists held a peaceful protest on the steps of City Hall Wednesday. The rally is in response to the lack of indictments in both Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and was inspired by the recent walkout of congressional staff and a demonstration by New York City Council members.

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Before the gubernatorial candidates started volleying debate points, citizens were volleying protest slogans.  Outside of the WBFO-WNED studios, shouts for second amendment rights – mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo – were just as loud as chants against fracking for natural gas.

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Parents, citizens and local officials gathered in Buffalo Wednesday to demand that New York State provide more funding for public schools. The #WeCantWait social media campaign urges the state to comply with court ordered funding through the Campaign for Fiscal Equality.

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A small group of protesters with Push Buffalo gathered outside U.S. Attorney William Hochul’s office in downtown Buffalo Monday. The rally was part of the National Day of Action to call for justice for slain Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown.

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Buffalo's changing West Side is getting new housing. The 46 housing units will eventually cost more than $12 million when completed in late summer of next year.

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PUSH Buffalo released a community-based energy plan Thursday as part of the comment period for Governor Cuomo’s 2014 Draft State Energy Plan.

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A settlement has been reached with National Fuel that will bring refunds to customers and additional green jobs to Western New York.

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The sustainable-housing organization PUSH Buffalo has been awarded more than $3.5 million from New York State to continue their work on Buffalo's West Side. 

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A new program is expected to make some Western New York businesses more energy efficient. The community housing organization PUSH Buffalo is leading an effort that’s also expected to create local jobs.

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Campaign contributions appear to be flowing to Albany from opponents of increasing the minimum wage.  According to Fair Elections for New York, $399,436.87 in contributions have been made to the campaigns of state senators and party committees since January 2010. 

Meanwhile, the proposed hike in the minimum wage remains stalled. At a press conference Monday, outside Lincoln United Methodist Church, Director of Community Organizing for PUSH Buffalo, Jennifer Meccozi said, there's strength in numbers, and people can send a message to politicians. 

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A pair of demonstrations were held yesterday in recognition of what is being called the "99 Percent Spring."

More than one hundred people gathered outside of the Verizon store in Amherst before moving on to National Fuel Gas headquarters in Williamsville. The protestors were lobbying for contract equity for workers and for programs to assist low income families with energy conservation and with rising gas bills.

Among the coordinators of the event were PUSH Buffalo, VOICE Buffalo, and the Coalition for Economic Justice.

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With the rapid multi-cultural development on the West Side, PUSH Buffalo wants a plan to keep the flavor and improve the jobs picture.

Councilmember David Rivera has spent his entire 54 years on the West Side and has watched its ups and downs to its current up.

That's meant a shift from Italian or Puerto Rican-Spanish spoken on the streets to Burmese, Vietnamese or other dialects of Spanish and people from lots of different places winding up in his City Hall office looking for help to go through the bureaucracy.