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Queen City Bike Ferry
1:42 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Waterfront bike ferry makes its maiden voyage

The new Queen City Bike Ferry offers bicyclists and pedestrians a short ride from Canalside to the Outer Harbor.
Credit Michael Mroziak/WBFO News

Beginning this Friday, bikers and pedestrians will have a new and inexpensive way to get from Canalside to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. The Queen City Bike Ferry made its ceremonial debut Monday morning.

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5:34 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Ferry will expand access to waterfront trails

Queen City Ferry will move bikes between the Inner and Outer Harbors.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

The bike paths along Buffalo's Outer Harbor could see a lot more traffic this summer. In the coming weeks there will be a new and easier way to get across the Buffalo River. 

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1:06 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Ryan wants cell phone tracking investigation

Assemblyman Sean Ryan calls for investigation into domestic surveillance carried out by the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The Erie County Sheriff's Office should be barred from fishing expeditions with the public's cell phone data according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan, who Is calling on the state Attorney General to investigate.

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Focus on Education
4:59 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Ryan wants more information on mayoral control of schools

Assemblyman Sean Ryan

At least one member of the state delegation wants more information before giving Mayor Byron Brown control of Buffalo's schools.

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4:15 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Ryan proposes linking child vaccinations to tax breaks

Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein talked about the importance of childhood vaccinations at a news conference Friday.
Credit Eileen Buckley/WBFO News

With an outbreak of measles reported in 14 states, Assemblyman Sean Ryan is proposing legislation that would require a child to be vaccinated before a parent can receive their child dependent tax deduction.

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6:13 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ryan says Silver's fall will lead to more democracy in the Assembly

NYS Assembly Member Sean Ryan
Credit New York State Assembly / WBFO News

Dumping Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as a result of public corruption charges could open the way for more democracy in the Legislature, according to Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

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1:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Officials say gates, not police, should block Skyway ramps

Mayor Byron Brown, Sen. Tim Kennedy, and Councilman Christopher Scanlon say more gates are needed to block Skyway on-ramps during snowstorms.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

To keep police officers on duty during snow emergencies, elected officials want gates used for closing the Skyway.

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11:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

DEC regulations seek to prevent spread of invasive species

Asian carp is one invasive species causing headaches for the state's environment and its economy.
Credit File photo

New regulations from the State Department of Environmental Conservation are out this week, aimed at protecting natural resources. The regulations identify more than 100 invasive plant and animal species that have the potential to harm New York’s environment and ways to prevent their release.

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Focus on Education
10:28 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Technical diploma option pushed for high schoolers

Assemblyman Sean Ryan talked about the diploma bill he is co-sponsoring Wednesday at Curtis Screw Company in Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

With many local businesses struggling to find skilled workers in technical fields, a local assemblyman is pushing legislation that would create a new graduation option for high school students in New York State. 

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4:57 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

DOT going back to the drawing board on Scajaquada redesign

Advocates of change say a busy highway should have never been built through Delaware Park.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The original construction of the Scajaquada Expressway was a mistake and the latest proposal for changing it is also a mistake, according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

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8:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

City seeking protection against absentee property owners

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Buffalo is looking for a new weapon against some of the city's bad property owners and landlords. The Common Council is asking for a change in the tax lien law for city properties.

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5:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

New state budget includes financial aid boost

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

College students and businesses have something to gain from the recently enacted state budget. One area lawmaker says the local economy should benefit, as well. 

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10:19 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Cancer care community applauds CVS decision


CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco products is drawing praise in the cancer treatment community.

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9:27 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Delaware North deal raises questions

Assemblyman Sean Ryan is blasting the plan to give Delaware North tax breaks.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Saying the "new Buffalo" doesn't need tax breaks to attract investment, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan is attacking the proposal to subsidize a new corporate headquarters and parking ramp for Delaware North.

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5:05 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

State chips in $400,000 for Zoo's polar bear exhibit

Luna and Kali play in the background as Zoo President Donna Fernandes and local elected officials announce the state funding.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The Buffalo Zoo is another step closer to building its new polar bear exhibit. Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced Monday he has secured $400,000 to help fund construction. 

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10:01 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Peace Bridge traffic redesign goes before the public

Credit File photo

A proposed project that is designed to improve traffic flow to and from the Peace Bridge is working its way through the federal environmental review process. Residents can get an update on the plan Tuesday.

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9:13 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Important day for Buffalo schools

WBFO News file photo

The first of two community meetings will be held tonight in Buffalo's East High School about Education Commissioner John King's plan for turning around East and Lafayette High. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, at least one state lawmaker is concerned with King's mandate.

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9:17 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Local GOP leader says Silver should go

Erie County Republican party chairman Nick Langworthy
Photo from Erie County Republican Party Facebook page

Erie County's Republican party chairman says democratic State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver should go in the wake of the burgeoning sex scandal in his legislative house.

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5:52 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Canalside dock extension to allow for more boats, large and small

The 520-foot extension roughly doubles the dock's length.
Credit Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

Officials cut the ribbon Friday on a dock extension along the Buffalo waterfront.

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Local bridge management would fall to NFTA
10:27 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Lawmakers propose end to Public Bridge Authority

Peace Bridge
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan was joined by State Senator Mark Grisanti on Saturday, as the pair announced legislation that would dissolve the bi-national entity that manages the Peace Bridge.

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Legislation would end existence of PBA
11:15 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Lawmakers move to abolish bridge authority

Peace Bridge
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A pair of local politicians have proposed legislation that will dissolve the authority that oversees the Peace Bridge.

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1:48 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Lawmakers say banks should maintain homes in foreclosure limbo

A bank-home on Gary Lane that Kennedy and Ryan say has fallen into disrepair.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A pair of state lawmakers is pushing legislation to stop banks from abandoning property and ruining communities.

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9:11 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Ryan seeks easement in Outer Harbor land transfer

Credit File photo

After years of trying to get out of the waterfront redevelopment business, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is close to selling its holdings on Buffalo's Outer Harbor to another agency.

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4:13 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Audit suggests NFTA cut police department, end free zone

A state budget office says changes could help the NFTA realize savings.
Credit File photo

A state audit released Tuesday calls for reforms at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

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9:38 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Assemblyman Ryan applauds proposed historic tax credit extension

Inside the Statler Restoration
WBFO News file photo

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo says the governor keep his word in proposing an extension of historic tax credits in his proposed budget plan.

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9:36 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Two state lawmakers with different gun law views

Assembyman Sean Ryan displays his shot gun used for hunting
WBFO News by photo Mike Desmond

New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo says the state's new gun law is necessary.  Ryan is a  hunter and showed off his shotgun to reporters at a news conference in downtown Buffalo Wednesday.

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4:52 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Ryan proposes tougher animal cruelty penalties

Phoenix, being held by vet tech Judi Bunge, is said to be recovering nicely.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The discovery of a dog found tortured in Buffalo last month has led Assemblyman Sean Ryan to propose tougher sanctions for animal abuse.

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10:21 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Legislators mixed on new Senate deal

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The bipartisan coalition that came together earlier this week to take control the New York State Senate is drawing mixed reactions from some local members of the legislature.

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10:41 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Ryan seeks to criminalize E-ZPass toll evasion

In the last four years, one million New York State Thruway drivers have cruised through E-ZPass lanes without paying. That failure to pay has cost the fiscally-troubled authority $35 million over four years.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan says he wants to change the law to help the authority collect the cash it is owed.

Ryan is pushing legislation criminalizes knowingly going through E-ZPass lanes, which is not currently a criminal offense. Instead, the authority sends out a collection letter along with a $25 charge, which most people don't pay.

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3:12 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Lawmaker fears proposed gas station too close to creek

NYS Assemblyman Sean Ryan holds up a map outside the Tops on Grant Street
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A state lawmaker says Tops Markets' plan to build a gas station at its store at Grant and Amherst Street is a bad idea. 

Assemblyman Sean Ryan says a gas station could pose a serious threat to the nearby Scajaquada Creek, which runs into Lake Erie.  Ryan is demanding a full review and environmental impact study.

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