Thomas O'Neil-White

Reporter

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas moved to Western New York at the age of 14. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he majored in Communications Studies and was part of the sports staff for WBNY. When not following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Boston Red Sox, Thomas enjoys coaching youth basketball, reading Tolkien novels and seeing live music.

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Members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration delivered State of the State presentations across the state on Thursday. In Amherst, Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Mark Schroeder took questions regarding Medicaid, light rail service and services for the deaf.

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Less than two weeks after new bail laws took effect in New York, politicians, law enforcement agencies and victim advocacy groups say the laws are a threat to public safety.

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Open Buffalo is back. After one year of planning a new three-year strategy, the local non-profit organization is entering 2020 with new goals.

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A local activist group says it will do its best to obstruct and defy any new gun control legislation from the state. 2AWNY.COM is calling 2020 a “year of defiance” against what it perceives to be the continued erosion of the right to bear arms in New York State.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his tenth State of the State address Wednesday in Albany. WBFO reporters took in-depth look at what the governor and others are saying about some key challenges the state faces at the start of a new decade.

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A Buffalo man has been charged with murder in the death of a toddler. Nathaniel Baker, 23, is accused of fatally beating 2-year old Jordan Robinson Tuesday at residence on Theodore Street on Buffalo’s East Side.

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Criminal justice reform continues to be a hot-button topic in the state. On the heels of state reforms regarding bail and discovery laws, advocates are urging lawmakers to fundamentally change the way solitary confinement is conducted in jails and prisons.

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One week into New York’s new bail laws taking effect, local politicians are calling for change. Buffalo Common Council members Joel Feroleto and Chris Scanlon are co-sponsoring a resolution saying the unintended consequences of the new laws pose a public safety risk.

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A new year means a new beginning for the City of Niagara Falls. That is what community leaders are hoping for in 2020.

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The amount of Baby Boomers already in or entering retirement age continues to grow in Western New York, which makes providing programs for them imperative.

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The Broadway Market is more than just a place for you to buy a butter lamb for Easter Sunday. For older adults in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood, the City of Buffalo Senior Drop In Center inside the market provides them with a familial atmosphere.

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A suspected instance of voter registration fraud has prompted Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns to ask the Board of Elections for clarity regarding New York's Green Light law. Kearns alleges a non-citizen submitted a voter registration application while applying for a commercial driver’s license.

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President Donald Trump on Friday issued a declaration of disaster for 18 New York counties, including Erie and Chautauqua Counties due to significant damage from a late October storm.

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The parent company for rapidly expanding Bank on Buffalo on Thursday formally announced the acquisition of Bank of Akron.

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Delaware North announced a commitment of $500,000 to the construction of a new Buffalo City Mission Community Center.

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Last week, students, parents, and Buffalo Public School District faculty explored the themes represented in the play Pipeline at the Ujima Theater.

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Generational inequalities on Buffalo’s Eastside have led to increasingly poor health outcomes for its largely African American residents. To that end, the University at Buffalo and community leaders announced, Thursday, the launch of the UB Community Health Research Institute to tackle health disparities on the East Side.

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Starting Jan. 1, cash bail and pre-trial detention will be eliminated for most misdemeanors and non-violent felonies in New York State. That change has left local criminal justice reform advocates rejoicing and law enforcement officials crying foul.


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This weekend Woodlawn Beach in Hamburg is hosting the 13th annual Polar Plunge, an event that raises money for local Special Olympic athletes.

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A former Common Council candidate is voicing his concern about alleged voting irregularities in November’s elections.

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In an effort to change ticketing policies that target lower income communities, two local advocacy groups created a webpage to collect data on traffic stops in the City of Buffalo.

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For over twenty-five years the Buffalo History Museum has hosted Thanksgiving weekend events at their Elmwood Avenue location.

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New criminal justice reforms are set to take affect at the start of the New Year, but law enforcement officials across Western New York say the rush to push reforms through will create a public safety problem.

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An East Side non-profit group is alleging conflict of interest issues in the City of Buffalo.

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Ground was broken Tuesday afternoon in Amherst announcing a new retail center in the old Northtown Plaza. Station Twelve features retail shops along with exercise and event space.

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Spot Coffee workers on Thursday announced an end to their months-long boycott and the beginning of negotiations between their union and popular coffee shop.

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Tenants of the Pine Harbor apartment complex voiced their displeasure Thursday over what they say is years of neglect by management, ownership, and the City of Buffalo.

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The Frank E. Merriweather library held a community discussion Wednesday night on new bail reforms set to take effect in the state in January.

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In her infinite wisdom, Mother Nature blessed us with a winter storm in early November. Between 8 to 10 inches fell in the Buffalo metro area Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning.

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Randolph Academy welcomed schoolteachers and faculty from across the state to their two campuses Friday for a Restorative Justice workshop.

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