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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The death rate among Erie County’s African American population due to COVID-19 is going down, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz. 

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At least one more year. That is the message being sent out by Buffalo Sabres Team President and Co-Owner Kim Pegula in regard to the status of General Manager Jason Botterill. Botterill was hired by Buffalo in 2017.

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Fifteen local and national social justice groups, under the Fair Fines and Fees Coalition moniker, on Monday submitted a letter to the office of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, detailing concerns they have with the city’s budget proposal for the fiscal year 2020-2021.


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A class-action lawsuit has been filed against ICE officials at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Prisoners Legal Services of New York.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to take unprecedented measures to ensure the safety of its drivers and passengers, including rear door boarding on buses, increased cleaning schedules and the suspension of fair collecting. However, a local rider advocacy group is urging the NFTA to do more in regards to public safety.

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"Filling in the gaps" was the term being used as cars slowly made their way through the parking lot of Mt. Olive Baptist Church on East Delavan Avenue on Buffalo’s East Side Wednesday. 


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Simultaneous rallies were held across New York on Wednesday, as advocates for solitary confinement alternatives demanded the state legislature reconvene to pass the HALT Solitary Confinement Act.

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Coronavirus cases continue to climb in Buffalo and Erie County and one local leader has decided to take the fight to stop the spread directly to the streets.


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Five more plaintiffs have joined a federal lawsuit claiming the City of Buffalo and its police department are engaging in discriminatory practices regarding checkpoints and traffic tickets.


Citing a lack of leadership at the federal level, Erie County Legislative Chairwoman April Baskin says the county is taking further initiative to help those most affected by COVID-19.


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As Erie County residents continue to adjust to the new normal of COVID-19, county legislature chairwoman April Baskin is looking at how to improve the safety of essential workers who rely on public transportation.


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The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing to the forefront glaring racial disparities which advocates say have existed for decades. Included in the discussion is the issue of healthy food sources in lower income neighborhoods, so called “food deserts.”

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Parts of the United States are showing a disproportionate number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths are of African Americans.


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A local coalition is petitioning the City of Buffalo to pull back the reins on traffic and parking ticketing after finding the city is still aggressively impounding cars.


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East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. on WNED-TV. The film delves into issues of race, poverty and public assistance in the infamous East Lake Meadows public housing development in Atlanta, Georgia.

Erie County Department of Health

A lack of coronavirus testing kits is troubling Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz as new positive cases of the virus spring up in the county. Two cases were confirmed Thursday, one in Amherst and the other from an undetermined location.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

A 60- year-old man was arraigned in State Supreme Court Thursday morning on one count of second-degree murder for the killing of a young woman 42 years ago.

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The COVID-19 threat has closed down bar and restaurant dining rooms across the state for the foreseeable future. As those businesses scramble to diversify their model to provide for customers, another alcohol-related business has seen dramatic increase in sales.

Buffalo Federal Detention Facility

Due to the close confines and high risk for exposure, jails are one of the prime places for an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. This has caused concern from the New York Civil Liberties Union about the ICE detention facility in Batavia.

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Erie and Niagara counties are among the public agencies statewide updating contingency plans as the coronavirus continues to spread across the state. Both of the counties’ sheriff’s departments say they are prepared for what may be ahead of them.

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With over 200 cases and counting, coronavirus continues to spread in New York.

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From the midpoint of the 19th century to the present day, the Irish community and Buffalo have become inseparable from each other.

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A man accused of hate crimes in an incident over the summer is standing trial in Erie County Court.

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The push to register more voters is taking effect on Buffalo's East Side today.

Emyle Watkins

In between William Street and Broadway on Buffalo’s East Side, nestled among recently built housing units sits a ghost town. Broken glass, ripped out electrical boxes and debris litter the walkways leading up to the boarded up, red brick, three story housing units of Willert Park Court.

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Despite no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Western New York, Erie County officials are preparing for the worst.


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Mayor Byron Brown is vowing to make the City of Buffalo an "address of choice," by introducing more housing along Main Street, improved parking access and improved digital technology to deliver services. Such improvements are part of a new "Roaring 20s" he outlined in his 2020 State of the City Address.

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A parcel along Delaware Avenue is the preferred site for a new convention center, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Thursday.


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A group of Western New York religious leaders on Thursday announced their campaign to end abortions in Black and Brown communities.

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Concerns about motorists speeding in school zones despite a recent city ordinance have prompted Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to take action.


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