Chris Caya

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Millions of dollars to revitalize Buffalo's East Side are on the way from Albany.


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Several local institutions and local governments are teaming up to reduce the effects of climate change. As WBFO's Chris Caya the partners are planning to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels. 

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Work is nearing completion on the new Explore & More children's museum at Canalside. With a newly-approved exterior decoration, it should be easy for visitors to find.


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A coalition of business leaders is calling on Albany to reform the state's Scaffold Law.

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A new regional charter has been signed by the Town of Tonawanda, the city of Tonawanda and the city of North Tonawanda.

Niagara River Greenway Commission Executive Director Greg Stevens says the agreement will help with the long-term development of the trails and greenspace along the waterfront shared by the municipalities. 

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Operators of mobile food markets from across the nation are in downtown Buffalo for a two-day summit.

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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster delivered his final State of the City address Monday, looking back on the accomplishments of his administration while offering signs of hope for the next mayor and the students in his audience.

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Making Buffalo Home is a WNED|WBFO multi-year project looking at the impact immigrants and refugees are having in our community. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a local company is not only employing refugees, it's also helping them learn English.


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A federal judge in Buffalo has handed down lengthy prison sentences to two biker gang members involved in a double murder.

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A Niagara County woman, who alleges being sexually assaulted by a Catholic priest when she was a teenager is suing the Diocese of Buffalo. It is believed to be the first suit of its kind, locally, since the state's Child Victims Act was signed into law earlier this month.

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Nearly three-dozen people facing low-level marijuana crimes have had the charges against them dismissed. The move comes at the request of Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.


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The University at Buffalo opened its new medical school on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus, downtown, last year. But as WBFO's Chris Caya reports the school is doing much more than training the next generation of physicians and healthcare providers.


Local party leaders will be in New Hampshire this week for the unofficial kick-off for Democratic presidential campaigns.


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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says a Grand Island woman who stole more than $110,000 from a town senior center will probably never pay it back.

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Catholic priests from across the region will be meeting in East Aurora Tuesday to discuss the clergy sex abuse crisis.


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It was ten years ago that Continental Flight 3407 fell out of the sky in Clarence Center, killing all 50 souls on board and one man on the ground. A civic memorial to the disaster was rededicated on Tuesday.


Voters in New York have given Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Chuck Schumer their lowest ratings ever. According to the latest Siena Research Institute poll, Cuomo’s "favorability rating fell to negative 43-50 percent, down from  51-43 percent last month. His job performance rating fell to 35-64 percent, down from 43-56 percent. Senator Chuck Schumer saw his favorability rating drop to 47-46 percent, down from 53-39 percent in January."

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A new regional headquarters was officially opened, Monday, by BankOnBuffalo. A ribbon cutting was held on the 7th floor of the Electric Tower, in downtown Buffalo.

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A big win for the region's economy was announced Friday at the General Motors display inside the Buffalo Auto Show.

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Residents in West Seneca who were evacuated due to ice jam flooding, along Buffalo Creek, were let back in to their homes, Tuesday afternoon. West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan says twelve homes, on School Street, near Union Road and Indian Church Road, were evacuated Monday night.
    
"We have advised all those families that have called us to call their insurance companies to make sure that their homeowners are put on notice," Meegan said.  

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An era in Buffalo City Hall is drawing to a close. Longtime Council Member David Franczyk will not be running for reelection.


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Sunshine and rising temperatures is increasing snowmelt and runoff into creeks and streams that flow into the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek. To help prevent flooding, in Buffalo, City Engineer Michael Finn says a long-arm excavator is being used to break up ice around bridges.

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Many local businesses were forced to close one or two days when the winter storm blew into town last week. So what will the economic cost be?


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A change in leadership is on the way for Buffalo's Department of Public Works with the retirement of longtime commissioner Steve Stepniak.  


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A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for Erie, Wyoming and Genesee counties until 1 a.m. Thursday. A State of Emergency has been declared in Erie County and a driving ban in Buffalo and several local municipalities.  

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A local organization is looking to recognize people living in Western New York who are making difference in their community. The selected change makers will be recognized with a sizable award.


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Lake-effect snow moved through Erie County late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning as extreme weather converged on Western New York.

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Could the solution to the world's demand for power be right here, in Western New York? A local scientist believes he has come up with a better way to harness the wind for producing electricity.

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It's the start of a new chapter for a local art supply store. After nearly 60 years on Main Street in downtown Buffalo, Hyatt's All Things Creative is opening a new larger facility in North Buffalo.


Officials in the Niagara County Village of Barker are still determining what it will take to rebuild the village hall and library. They were both housed in the same historic building destroyed by fire early Monday morning.


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