Most of us are familiar with such local institutions as the Buffalo Club and Saturn Club. But in this month's Buffalo Spree, freelance writer Kevin Purdy explored an ultra-secret social club that has been around for more than 75 years -- a club that the vast majority of Buffalonians know nothing about.
A major effort is underway to entice the Buffalo Bills to build a brand new stadium on the city's waterfront. In this week's Press Pass conversation, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss the proposal that calls for a year-round facility featuring a retractable roof. But land ownership needs to be cleared as a first hurdle for such a project.
Buffalo's waterfront is filled with grain silos. Some see them as eyesores. But one visionary silo owner sees potential. Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata talks about Silo City and other preservation issues in this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott.
The Elmwood Village remains a thriving and bustling commercial district in City of Buffalo. WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer explore the successful of the Elmwood strip and what changes could be in store in this week's edition of Press Pass.
This year's race for City Hall could be heating up in coming days. There is also a new battle brewing inside City Hall. Those are the topics on WBFO'S Press Pass conversation with Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly.
In this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Mark Scott and Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata are talking cocktails! They're taking a break from the weighty issue of preservation to have some fun with this month's Buffalo Spree cover story.
This week in our Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss advances made at the Erie County Medical Center. They also tell us what the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper says is the"blue economy." Eileen and Brian begin their conversation with ECMC's plans to open a brand new nursing home this month on the Grider campus replacing the former home in Alden.
The issues of hydrofracking and preservation continue to make news in the Western New York area, but the loudest story of late is Carl Paladino's announcement that he will be running for a post on the Buffalo School Board.
When a snowstorm buried the Buffalo area under more than a foot of snow the day after Christmas, pedestrians in some spots were forced to walk in the street -- dodging cars, buses and trucks because sidewalks were clogged with snow. In a column that followed the storm, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch called on municipalities to begin ticketing property owners who fail to clear their sidewalks.
An historic property at 204 High Street is facing an uncertain future. It's been vacant for decades, but a local contractor and artisan is interested in restoring it. Yet, the city has thrown roadblocks in his way and there are fears the structure could be demolished to make way for future development.
Legislative action on the 2013 Erie County budget is complete. A coalition of five Republicans and one Democrat pushed through spending cuts that eliminated the tax increase that County Executive Mark Poloncarz had recommended in his proposed budget. WBFO's Mark Scott has more with Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch in this week's Press Pass.
This month's issue of Buffalo Spree profiles Western New York "game changers" -- 24 local movers and shakers who are shaping the "new" Buffalo. One of them is Dana Saylor-Furman, an historical researcher who is involved in building preservation.
Buffalo businessman Mark Croce continues the huge task of working to renovate the Statler Towers on Delaware Avenue. It's one of many revitalization projects underway in the city. WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discusses Croce's progress in this week's Press Pass conversation.
WBFO's Mark Scott talks with Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch.
Suburban governments in the region have been releasing their respective 2013 town budgets in the past week. Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch has more in this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott.
Lancaster Town Supervisor Dino Fudoli released a budget that cut taxes. Amherst Town Supervisor Barry Weinstein's plan increases spending but holds the line on property taxes. And residents of several other towns, including the Town of Tonawanda and Orchard Park, will see slight tax increases.
An historic building at Main and Allen Streets in Buffalo was months, if not weeks, away from collapsing. But as we hear in this week's Press Pass, it's now on a path to being saved.
The building at 918 and 920 Main Street was constructed in 1891 to house a company known as the Bosche Carriage Repository. Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata wrote about the landmark in her monthly Preservation Ready column in the September issue. She says it was designed by architect Cyrus Porter who is known for several famous buildings locally, including the Cyclorama.
Lancaster Town Supervisor Dino Fudoli has proven to be quite a controversial leader since assuming office on January 1st. He's a proponent of limiting the financial incentives granted by the region's various industrial development agencies. Fudoli then targeted town employee unions for criticism by describing public employees as being the "unproductive" segment of the economy. Finally, he admitted late last month that he has not paid property taxes on various properties he owns.
Western New York is in the midst of a drought. Rain late last week brought some relief. But it wasn't nearly enough to help the region's farmers whose crop yields are expected to be much lower this year.
Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch joins Mark Scott on this week's Press Pass on WBFO and AM 970 for a discussion of the drought's local impact.
Prescription drug abuse in Western New York has been described as an epidemic. But a new prescription drug bill approved by state lawmakers would begin to prevent the problem.
This week in our Press Pass conversation WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley talked with Buffalo News reporters Susan Schulman and Dan Herbeck. They were part of an award-winning News series last year called "Prescription for Danger" and reacted to the new bill that Governor Cuomo promises to sign into law.