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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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More local streets need to be "Complete Streets." That's according to advocates pushing to make Buffalo more pedestrian friendly.

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Think back to the last time you or someone you know bought a full set of hard-copy encyclopedias. It’s probably been years or maybe even a couple of decades. While practices like that are considered outdated, the New York State Assembly hasn’t quite caught up with the times. New recommendations are looking to change that.


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It was a twist-filled week for political wags who are closely watching the race for the 60th State Senate, a seat that could play a pivotal role in shaping Albany's balance of power.

In the span of several days, the following developments occurred:

* Democratic incumbent Marc Panepinto, who has only served in the State Senate for 14 months, stunned observers by announcing he will not seek reelection.

* The state’s primary ethics agency reportedly launched an initial inquiry into complaints surrounding Panepinto’s office.

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Chris Jacobs, the Erie County Clerk and former Buffalo School Board member, is now officially a candidate for the New York State Senate seat that will be soon given up by its current holder.

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Western New Yorkers will be dealing with that rarest of political prizes in the State Legislature: an open seat following Senator Marc Panepinto's decision to not run for a second term.


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Some members of the region's state delegation disagree over Governor Cuomo's $145 billion budget, though the reactions are generally mixed along party lines.


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The carolers were at Canalside Sunday to entertain and to pitch to passersby for support of a plan to buy a historic carousel made in North Tonawanda.


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One local state lawmaker says while Buffalo is enjoying new economic growth, it's not necessarily benefiting the city's poorest. Assemblyman Sean Ryan is proposing a new job placement program, backed by dollars from the Buffalo Billion, to chip away at the city's poverty.


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State Assemblyman Sean Ryan said he he's not surprised Sheldon Silver has been found guilty of using the power of his office to earn nearly $5 million illegally. Ryan, an attorney, told WBFO he read the criminal complaint lodged against the former Assembly speaker before the trial began.

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The City of Buffalo has moved to strengthen its own anti-discrimination law with the amendment of a city ordinance. Niagara District Common Council member David Rivera and members of Buffalo’s transgender community are calling for lawmakers in Albany to extend similar protection to all of New York State’s citizens.


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In an effort to address the high number of beach closings this past summer, a "Beach Summit" was convened at Woodlawn Beach State Park. 


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Canalside has become one of the top waterfront destination in Western New York and record numbers proved to be the theme of its summer season.


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The State Legislature and Governor Cuomo have now decreed that Eighteen Mile Creek in the South Towns is an inland waterway, a designation that could reap important benefits.


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The Scajaquada Expressway will have crosswalks by the end of the summer. That's from State Assemblyman Sean Ryan last night to a meeting of the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition filling the auditorium of the Buffalo History Museum.


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The State Department of Transportation has announced that "traffic calming" initiatives will be implemented this year along the Scajaquada Corridor following a tragedy that took the life of a three-year-old boy in May. 

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A Saturday tragedy is leading to major changes on the Scajaquada Expressway, especially where it cuts through Delaware Park. Signs ordering drivers to slow to 30 miles per hour were installed in response.


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A tragic accident in Delaware Park yesterday killed one child and left another clinging to life.

Waterfront bike ferry makes its maiden voyage

May 18, 2015
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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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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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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.

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

The recently completed state budget was the first real test of the new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s leadership, who became the leader of that house in early February. 

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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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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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A coalition comprised of local elected officials, laborers, and members of public and private business are urging New York State to upgrade outdated infrastructure across the region. The effort is part of the “Rebuild NY Now” campaign that kicked-off in South Buffalo Wednesday.

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

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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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New York's rules about natural gas "fracking" have become more complicated following a ruling by the state's highest court that local governments can ban the gas drilling process.

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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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