On Friday, the Buffalo Common Council voted to accept Mayor Byron Brown’s proposed budget and pass it along to committee.

The mayor spoke about his budget just before the vote, which is proposed at $534.5 million, an increase of 2.9 percent from last year’s budget.

The budget’s increase, Brown says, are due to higher personnel costs, due to the rise in the living wage and higher pension costs, as well as the restoration of cost of living increases that had been put on pause during the pandemic.

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A Buffalo man was sentenced virtually in State Supreme Court Wednesday in connection with the beating death of his girlfriend's two-year-old child Jan. 7, 2020.

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There is good news for some 20,000 people who received citations for speeding through school zones in Buffalo recently.

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Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for information regarding two area homicides.

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Six suspects have been charged in a 24-count federal grand jury indictment in what authorities say is the drug-related deaths of three people in Buffalo last fall.

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A Lockport man has been sentenced to two years of probation for brandishing a gun during a car crash.

A Buffalo man was virtually arraigned Tuesday in connection with the death of his girlfriend's infant son.

A police chase from Niagara Falls to Buffalo Monday ended with two Pennsylvania men being taken into custody.

The latest plan for replacing the 40-year-old Pilgrim Village complex, located on the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, drew a small crowd Tuesday.

The Brown administration will likely be watching closely as Congress debates a proposed aid package that would send $375 billion to boost local governments that are struggling with the financial strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal would send $1 billion to Buffalo. Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post expects the Republican-controlled Senate to reject the plan. Kelly reports the city budget faces a massive shortfall without the funding. 

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City of Buffalo Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams has provided a year-to-date budget report to the Common Council, showing a deficit of $35,435,000 as of April 22.


Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Wednesday the county health department has received 1,000 test results from Quest Diagnostics going back to last week, with 150 of them showing a positive result. Those resultss pushed the county's total number of positive cases past 2,500.

The woman wanted by Niagara Falls police for abandoning her 10-month-old son at the Seneca Niagara Casino hotel last month has been arrested.

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to second degree assault in connection with a hit-and-run accident that injured another driver nearly three years ago.

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Buffalo's landmark Central Terminal is celebrating plans to light up the exterior of the tower. Commercial power was lost when Amtrak ended passenger train service and moved out in 1979, but a new $250,000 state grant will help bring new light to the city's East Side.

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The goal is to bring Jefferson Avenue back to being a great East Side Buffalo shopping destination as it was long ago.

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Buffalo officials say another section of Main Street looks more than a little tired, worn and in need of significant work. A public meeting at Health Sciences Charter School Thursday was told there might be a $20 million rehab between Ferry and Goodell streets.

A 23-year-old man who worked at a dog grooming and daycare business admits beating a dog to death while it was in his care.

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The Governor’s Cancer Research Initiative is out with its findings on why residents along the Buffalo-Cheektowaga border have a higher incidence of six cancers, compared to the rest of New York State. Its recommendations, however, are generic for cancer prevention overall.

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The issue of bad out-of-town slumlords is surfacing again, with two alleged drug houses on Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo.

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The coordinator of the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency's Crime Prevention Initiative has been arraigned on sexual abuse charges.

A Buffalo teen has been sentenced to 25 years in prison plus five years of post-release supervision for a murder in the city's University District last year.

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Concerned parents of students in city schools are calling on the Buffalo Public School district to provide a more comprehensive approach to sex education in the schools.

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The City of Buffalo mailed new property assessments to every homeowner, along with estimated new property tax bills for 2020. With them came concerns, fear and anger. A lot of people showed up for a meeting at the Central Library Thursday night to ask questions...and maybe vent.

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Visitors to Buffalo's Canalside pass by a fence surrounding the pit marking where Memorial Auditorium once stood. It  used to rock with basketball, hockey and The Who. Wednesday night, the public was shown three possibilities of what might rock that two-acre hole into the future.

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What apparently was a street beef nearly a year ago led to the death of a young Buffalo man. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said the murder will now probably lead to heavy jail time.

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Buffalo's Common Council went after President Trump Tuesday, attacking him for his comments about four freshmen women in Congress.


The seven person rock, r&b and hip-hop influenced group 'Juice' is coming to Mohawk Place this weekend. Two members of the group, violinist and vocalist Christian Rose and guitarist Daniel Moss, spoke with WBFO's Nick Lippa about the groups diverse persona and identity as they continue to grow in popularity.

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One of the great collections of James Joyce manuscripts, the Fenian monument, a majestic view of Lake Erie and conversations about Irish investments in U.S. business were all part of the visit to Buffalo by Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall.