Controversy continues to swirl around the verdict that acquitted James Corasanti of the most serious charges lodged against him in the death of 18-year-old Alexandria Rice of Amherst. The public at large believes Corasanti should have been held criminally responsible for striking Rice with his car last July and then leaving the scene.
Bruce Andriatch is suburban editor of the Buffalo News. On this week's Press Pass, Andriatch tells WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott while people can disagree with the verdict, the jurors should not be subjected to the harsh criticism aimed at them.
Buffalo recently stepped up its effort combat the every growing problem of graffiti vandalism.
This week in our Press Pass conversation, WBFO & AM-970's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer about how the city has doubled its effort to erase graffiti. You can watch Brian Meyer's graffiti video story on-line to the Buffalo News Web video link.
The Buffalo Common Council has filled the South District seat that was vacated by Mickey Kearns, but questions follow their selection.
On this week's Press Pass, WBFO & AM-970"s Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly explore those concerns along with the significance of the Bethlehem administration building in Lackawanna and another studio effort by Buffalo's Boyd Lee Dunlop.
For several years efforts have been underway to create a cultural tourism site in an area now called the Michigan Street African American Corridor in Buffalo.
WBFO & AM-970’S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss why it has taken so long to finalize the site which holds deep, rich historic significance in African American history in this week's Press Pass conversation.
There is an increasing focus on the long-awaited re-writing of Buffalo's zoning code. New discussions will also get underway soon regarding the possible re-use of the iconic Trico Building in downtown Buffalo.
This is part of this week's Press Pass conversation with WBFO & AM-970's Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly.
Vacant, historic buildings remain a theme across the city of Buffalo. This week in our Press Conversation, WBFO and AM-970’s Eileen Buckley talks to Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata. Licata runs a monthly column called “Preservation Ready”.
Licata updates us on the Trico Building and the former Fairfield Library in North Buffalo. She also profiles the Shea's Seneca building in South Buffalo featured in this month's Buffalo Spree.
The newly-redrawn 27th congressional district will make it more difficult for incumbent Democrat Kathy Hochul to win re-election this year. And two area towns are exploring a job sharing arrangement to reduce costs.
WBFO and AM 970's Mark Scott touches on these and other topics in this week's Press Pass with Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch.
Voters in the 145th State Assembly District will be heading to the polls Tuesday for a special election.
Two democratic candidates from South Buffalo area vying to fill the seat left vacant by former Assemblyman Mark Schroeder -- South District Common Council member Michael Kearns and Chris Fahey, staffer to Congressman Brian Higgins.
Both recently participated in a Webcast debate hosted by the Buffalo News. Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer joined his colleague political reporter Bob McCarthy asking the questions.
These are challenging times for local school boards and administrators. They pleaded their case for more financial resources during a recent meeting with state legislators from our area. State aid is at 2008 levels. Administrators are putting together budgets in the face of a two percent property tax cap. And they're seeking a rollback of costly state mandates.
On this week's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch tells WBFO's Mark Scott that legislators didn't offer the district leaders much encouragement.
As a number of new political leaders took office this year, some publicly-owned property was repainted with new names. For instance, signs were reprinted when Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz began his new administration. It is a topic recently examined in-depth by the Buffalo News.
This week in our weekly Press Pass conversation -- WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discuss how signage could be considered self-promotion for elected leaders.
There is yet another historic piece of property in the city of Buffalo that is in need of help. The Lyceum -- at 215 Broadway -- was built in 1909 by the Most Holy Redeemer society, founders of St. Mary’s.
In this week's Press Pass interview, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata tells WBFO'S Eileen about her tour of the building and also introduces us to some young preservationists.
The suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer -- a student at Williamsville North High School -- attracted national attention in recent months. Jamey was the victim of bullying over his sexual identity. No criminal charges were filed in the case. But last week, a number of students were suspended for their involvement in the bullying.
On today's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch said it would have been difficult to prosecute this case as a crime.
The contrasts between the candidates was clear in this year's race for Erie County Executive. Incumbent Chris Collins and challenger Mark Polancarz shared little beyond a desire to win the election.
Jim Fink of Business First in this week's WBFO News Press Pass interview said he expects those differences to be equally evident once County Executive-elect Poloncarz takes office and attempts to reverse some of his predecessor's unpopular policies.
The Democratic party win for Erie County Executive now leaves lingering questions about the future Buffalo's Democratic party leader Len Lenihan.
This week on WBFO's weekly Press Pass interview, Chris Jamele speaks with Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly about the future of the local democratic leader Len Lenihan and why the on-going Occupy Buffalo movement remains calm.
A vacant library building has been shuttered for six years in Buffalo's Central Park neighborhood. The Fairfield was closed as part of consolidation. But Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says neighbors are frustrated and the city doesn't seem to be revealing future redevelopment plans.
WBFO'S Eileen Buckley welcomes Licata to our weekly Press Pass interview line-up as they discuss Licata's on-going Buffalo Spree series called "Preservation Ready" that focuses on the Fairfield Library.
The marquis race in tomorrow's elections is the one for Erie County Executive, pitting incumbent Republican Chris Collins against Democratic challenger Mark Poloncarz.
On this week's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch joins WBFO's Mark Scott for a preview. This is a race between two candidates who really are quite different -- Collins focused on limited government while Poloncarz sees a more expansive role for government.