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Local
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.
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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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Local
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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Local
5:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

New state budget includes financial aid boost

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

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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Health
10:19 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Cancer care community applauds CVS decision

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

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Local
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.
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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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Local
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.
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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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Local
10:01 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Peace Bridge traffic redesign goes before the public

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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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Education
9:13 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Important day for Buffalo schools

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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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Politics
9:17 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Local GOP leader says Silver should go

Erie County Republican party chairman Nick Langworthy
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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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Local
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.
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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
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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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Local
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.
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A pair of state lawmakers is pushing legislation to stop banks from abandoning property and ruining communities.

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Local
9:11 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Ryan seeks easement in Outer Harbor land transfer

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

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Business
9:38 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Assemblyman Ryan applauds proposed historic tax credit extension

Inside the Statler Restoration
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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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Politics
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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Local
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.
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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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Local
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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Local
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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Environment
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
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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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Local
10:10 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Ryan fights off two Democratic challengers

Incumbent Sean Ryan easily defeated two challengers in the 149th Assembly Democratic primary.
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Assemblyman Sean Ryan won a massive victory yesterday, with Democratic voters probably sending him back to Albany for a full two-year term.

There's no Republican on the November ballot against Ryan, only Conservative Joseph Mascia who pulled a small percentage of the vote in the Democratic primary.

The incumbent rolled over long-time activist Kevin Gaughan roughly two-to-one.

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Local
9:46 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Senate approves increased historic tax credits

New York State is getting closer to providing a higher level of tax credits for developers of historic properties as the State Senate approved a bill that would hike those credits from $five million to $12 million.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan says if the bill is approved by the Assembly next week, it would be a "win-win" for some historic Buffalo buildings.

"You have to go through the process. You have to show that you have a development plan in place, then you apply for it," said Ryan. 

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Local
9:20 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Activist Kevin Gaughan joins political race

Kevin Gaughan launches campaign for assembly seat
WBFO News by Mike Desmond

There is now a Democratic primary for the 144th State Assembly District seat held by Sean Ryan as activist Kevin Gaughan on Tuesday began circulating petitions for a race.

Gaughan and aides were on Lexington Avenue in Buffalo and on Coachman's Lane in Hamburg looking for some of the 500 signatures he needs to be on the ballot.

This was the district formerly held by Sam Hoyt. It has since been changed significantly to include Lackawanna and Hamburg after the 2010 Census.

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Local
1:00 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

IDA reform bill stuck in neutral

Standing in front of a liquor store that received tax breaks to move a few miles down the road, Assemblyman Sean Ryan (D-Buffalo) calls for IDA reform.
Daniel Robison WBFO

In recent years, donut shopscar dealerships and doctor’s offices have received tax breaks from industrial development agencies in western New York.

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Local
12:54 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Advocates urge statewide ban on flavored tobacco products

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Officials from Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society are joining Assemblyman Sean Ryan in calling for a ban on flavored tobacco products aimed at young people.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan says bipartisan legislation that would close a loophole in federal law was overwhelmingly approved by the Assembly in January.  The Buffalo Democrat says the bill bans the sale of tobacco products that have been flavored to make them more appealing.  

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Politics
3:40 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Lawmakers agree on $132.6 billion state budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the leaders of the state Senate and Assembly today announced an agreement on a $132.6 billion state budget for the fiscal year that starts Sunday.

The budget would increase spending by two percent while expanding economic development and jobs programs and providing some protections for the poorest New Yorkers and immigrants.  The agreements include a 10 percent increase in the welfare grant in June. Cuomo wanted to delay half of the increase because of the state's slow economic recovery.

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Local
8:27 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Assemblyman Ryan calls for NFTA changes

With the clock ticking toward its new fiscal year, the NFTA continues to study how to close a reported $5 million budget gap, something that, by law, it is required to do.

Democratic State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo is proposing ways to help the Authority get over the hump, not only now, but over the long term.

To accomplish that, Ryan is willing to ruffle some feathers. One way to do that, he said, would be to suspend the mortgage tax waived by Erie County IDAs a few years ago.

Those revenues were destined for NFTA operations.

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Local
10:43 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Cuomo nominates businessman Zemsky to be NFTA chairman

Businessman Howard Zemsky has been tapped by Governor Cuomo to chair the NFTA

Governor Cuomo is moving to stabilize the NFTA by nominating four board members, replacing four members whose terms have long since expired.

The governor has nominated businessman and philanthropist Howard Zemsky to move up from a board member to chairman.  Zemsky was previously nominated to be chairman by Governor Spitzer but the nomination never came out of the Senate process.  It has been more than five years since there was a permanent authority chairman.

Cuomo has also nominated educator Bonita Durand, realtor Charles Gurney and union official Philip Wilcox.

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Ryan-NFTA
5:51 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

Ryan calls for operational review of NFTA

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan criticized the NFTA's plans to cut a quarter of its bus service in April. He stood at the corner of Baynes and West Ferry, along one of the routes slated for shutdown.

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan is calling for a full operational review of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which recently approved a plan to cut one quarter of its bus routes in Erie and Niagara Counties.  Ryan says the NFTA's leadership, which voted for the plan in response to a $15 million budget gap, shows its lack of understanding for the importance of the bus system by so many residents.
 

The Buffalo Democrat stood at the corner of Baynes and West Ferry, along a route slated for elimination effective April 1. 2012.

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