Crystal Peoples-Stokes

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A lot of New York residents want to take advantage of the Excelsior scholarship for public colleges and universities in the state. However, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo talking about a $4 billion budget deficit, there might be a fight over money for the next three years.

Dominic LoVallo

As a global campaign focuses attention on elder abuse, a local initiative is gearing up to spread joy to thousands of senior citizens across Western New York.

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The Buffalo School Board could approve a resolution Wednesday night to file a petition that calls for the removal of Park District board member Carl Paladino. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says local leaders remain outraged at his egregious remarks about the Obamas and that a member of the New York State Board of Regents plans on attending the meeting.

Motorists on the Thruway are seeing signs near the site of the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn in an initiative that pays tribute to an icon in African-American history.

The State University of New York is hoping a new remedial math course for entering students will save money and help 20,000 at-risk students graduate.


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Parking around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is the cause of serious contention for residents of Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood. On campus, only 70 percent of the current parking spaces are used by campus employees. With 30 percent of space available, the question remains, “Why are people still parking in the Fruit Belt?”


Job growth in Buffalo Niagara region hits 16-year high

Jul 17, 2015
Chris Caya

Job growth in the Buffalo Niagara region has reached its strongest point in 16 years.  State Labor Department numbers show that over the last year, 12,700 new jobs have been created in the area. The growth spans almost every sector, including the construction industry, which hit a 25-year high in June.

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As lawmakers return to Albany to wrap up the legislative session the dean of the the local delegation says there's little support for giving Mayor Byron Brown control of the struggling Buffalo Schools.


ECC opens one-stop Student Success Center

Jun 12, 2015
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Erie Community College officials cut the ribbon Friday, officially opening the new City Campus Student Success Center. 

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Horizon Health Services' Diversion Program in Buffalo is getting a financial boost from New York State.

Assemblymember Michael Kearns says he's skeptical of putting the Buffalo Public Schools under mayoral control.


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With little time left in the State Legislature session, it's not clear if there is time for any action on Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes' proposal to shut down the elected city school board and replace it with one appointed by the mayor.


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Leaders from state, education, and the healthcare industry announced the addition of $1.3 million to funding for the Buffalo Public Schools’ health related programs, Thursday morning.

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Good news came to Buffalo's East Side today. Nine projects in the community will be funded with $11 million through the Better Buffalo Fund.

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Concerns over teenagers abusing powdered alcohol has some state lawmakers pushing to ban its sale in New York.

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In Albany this weekend,  the annual Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus reception drew appearances from Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

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Democrats are fighting over State Legislature seats in Buffalo. The candidates debated Tuesday night in the Burchfield Penney Art Center during an event sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.

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New York's rules about natural gas "fracking" have become more complicated following a ruling by the state's highest court that local governments can ban the gas drilling process.

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The deaths of two children in Buffalo has led to a package of reforms that will be proposed in Albany Monday at the start of the legislative session.

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If a state agency wants to buy food, it now has to consider buying food grown or produced in New York.