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Buffalo officially has a state park, with Wednesday's ribbon cutting for Buffalo Harbor State Park, a multi-million-dollar rebuilding of the decrepit relics of the city's industrial past into a major recreation area.

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A lot of New York residents want to take advantage of the Excelsior scholarship for public colleges and universities in the state. However, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo talking about a $4 billion budget deficit, there might be a fight over money for the next three years.

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A new law is now on the books that should give the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority a bit of a lift.

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Saying there are "no safe" levels of lead exposure, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo unveiled a new bill called the LEAD Act. It is designed to prevent and combat lead exposure and poisoning.    

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Community centers, religious schools and other institutions at risk of hate crime threats have an opportunity to receive grant money to improve security. New York State has set aside $25 million in its budget for those grants.


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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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The future is looking brighter for local refugee resettlement agencies.

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New York State will avoid a government shutdown after lawmakers approved a two-month stopgap spending plan Monday.

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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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The pushback against the Trump Administration continued Sunday in a protest against new policy regarding transgender youths and the use of school bathrooms. The issues prompted many to rally on a cold and windy afternoon at Niagara Square.


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Another large crowd turned out last night in Buffalo Seminary for a discussion of development at Elmwood and Forest.  They were there to see Assemblyman Sean Ryan's his alternative to Chason Affinity's plan for the highly visible corner.


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Some upstate lawmakers are asking the state to step in and fund refugee resettlement programs that they said have been caught up in President Donald Trump’s travel ban and the resulting chaos.


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The decades of fighting over development in the Elmwood Village haveoften  involved a group objecting to the plan of a developer for a particular piece of property. A new strategy, led by New York State Assemblymember Sean Ryan, proposes an alternative to Chason Affinity's plan for Elmwood and Forest avenues.

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The Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation has announced that it is pulling all demolition permits for its Arbor and Reverie project in the Elmwood Bidwell neighborhood.

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A developer's plan to put a hole in the heart of the Elmwood Village is not sitting well with local residents.


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With the Buffalo Preservation Board meeting Thursday to listen to a request for massive demolitions in the Elmwood and Bidwell area, opponents are demonstrating Wednesday against the plan.

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Not all brownfield sites are massive, former industrial facilities. A notable example in the city of Buffalo is 905 Elmwood Avenue, where a former gas station had become an environmental hazard.


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"Pure, old fashioned, graft and corruption." That's how Assemblyman Sean Ryan summarized the indictments handed down in connection with the development of Buffalo's SolarCity project. Nonetheless, Ryan maintains the controversial project holds great value for the region.


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A new law is now in effect that allows restaurants in New York to serve alcoholic drinks starting at 10am Sundays. Several local lawmakers gathered at Trattoria Aroma in Buffalo Sunday morning to celebrate the adoption of the so-called "Brunch Bill." They raised a mimosa toast after counting down to the 10:00 hour.

A state assemblymember is pushing back against a string of major development plans in the Elmwood Village, arguing it is damaging a livable and walkable community.

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The days of routing Peace Bridge traffic through Front Park in Buffalo are coming to an end. It's the latest step in the state's $56 million Gateway Connections Improvement project.


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There is no easy fix to the delays heading in to Canada on the region's international bridges, according to a member of Ontario's Provincial Parliament.


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Elected officials on both sides of the border plan to discuss the ongoing delays travelers face entering Canada.

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The recent rash of water main breaks has elected officials calling for a closer look at the Erie County Water Authority. 


Environmental and state leaders in New York are calling on Ohio to get its phosphorous run-off into Lake Erie under control.

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Assemblyman Sean Ryan has decided not to run for the seat being vacated by State Senator Marc Panepinto.


After years of fighting, more money is in the state budget for Western New York roads and bridges.


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You may be able to order a Bloody Mary at a Sunday brunch before noon under a proposal that could reach the State Legislature. Assemblyman Sean Ryan says the so-called "Brunch Bill" would allow restaurants to sell alcohol starting at 8 AM rather than the current noon starting time.

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Rules that restrict New York residents from voting in Tuesday's primary "defy logic," according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan. He is co-sponsoring a bill with Senator Tim Kennedy that would streamline the state's nearly 90-year-old law.

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After years of talk, the Peace Bridge Authority is opening its renovated and expanded Customs warehouse on the U.S. plaza.

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