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A federal judge in the District of Columbia reversed a Buffalo federal judge's ruling Tuesday, and ordered a Western New York man held without bond in advance of his trial. An arrest warrant was immediately issued for Thomas Sibick, who was released into home confinement last week while facing charges related to the assault of a police officer at the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is holding his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Albany. Watch it here.

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It was a year ago Monday that Erie County declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. The ensuing sickness, death and shutdowns has changed life as we knew it. Here’s a look from the WBFO staff at the lingering effects the pandemic has had on Western New York.

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The Matt Urban Center in Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore community has a new boss. New Executive Director Ben Hilligas is grappling with so many activities that aren't active due to COVID-19. He is hoping vaccinations will start opening things up.

Woman rescued on lower Niagara River

Mar 15, 2021

U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Niagara Falls Station, the U.S. Coast Guard, Lewiston Police, Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies and local firefighters worked together to rescue a 54-year-old woman on the lower Niagara River early Sunday.

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A second Buffalo man has been charged for his alleged involvement in storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.

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A group of local female physicians are banding together to help Western New Yorkers navigate the often frustrating process of securing a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. 

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The Broadway Market is gearing up for its first Easter season with customers back walking the aisles since COVID-19 forced the Buffalo staple to offer only curbside pickup last holiday.


Saying it's time to open the door for new ideas, Dale Zuchlewski is retiring as Executive Director of the Homeless Alliance of Western New York. Crediting priorities established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Zuchlewski says he has seen improvements over his 11 years at his agency when it comes to the realities for those who are homeless. More needs to be done, Zuchlewski says, for a population of which 25 percent are children.

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The Erie County Legislature's Public Safety Committee invited Sheriff Timothy Howard to face questions Thursday about alleged acts of misconduct by personnel within his department. The Sheriff defended his Office's professional standards procedures in a nearly two-hour meeting that got heated at times.

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Erie County's top prosecutor says there's been a lot of unemployment insurance fraud attempted during the pandemic, with tens of thousands of attempts within New York to file claims under other people's names. District Attorney John Flynn knows this, because he's among the victims.

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What to do about Grant Street and its West Side neighborhood was the topic for a virtual meeting Tuesday evening sponsored by GoBike Buffalo and Preservation Buffalo Niagara, both deeply involved in the tattered but reviving community.

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The American Rescue Plan Act, recently passed by the Senate and awaiting approval from the House of Representatives, is set to provide $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief. How much of it will be coming to Western New York?

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz held his regular COVID-19 update briefing Tuesday in Buffalo. Watch it here.

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The Buffalo Water Authority is extending its Water Amnesty Program to eligible City of Buffalo residents until June 30.

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In a report issued this week, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli identified some positive elements in the state's fragile economic recovery.

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New York State has an Open Meetings Law. A new report from the state Coalition for Open Government suggests that doesn’t matter much, since there is no enforcement and if you don’t know what’s coming up at the meeting or don’t know what happened afterwards, how valuable is it?

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A new facility is opening in Buffalo to assist victims of human trafficking, and at-risk women and girls. At the ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for the new FreeTHEM Center, its founder announced her next steps to raise awareness of human trafficking and exploitation will be taking along a 902-mile walking journey.

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It’s going to be a big construction season for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, with work going on across the city thanks in part to $14 million annual grant from Washington, DC for repairs and maintenance.

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With over 14,000 appointment slots filled, the New York State and Federal Emergency Management Agency mass vaccination site at the Delavan Grider Community Center has reached its appointment ceiling on its first day.

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Washington, DC-based developer Douglas Jemal is hoping to gain a lease on the Hotel Henry and nine more buildings on the Richardson Olmsted Campus near Forest and Elmwood avenues in Buffalo.

Tucked away in the hills of Cattaraugus County, a the former Nuclear Fuel Services reprocessing facility is generally out-of-sight and out-of-mind for most Western New Yorkers. It's a different story for those who worked there. Opened in 1966, the facility handled over 630 tons of radioactive fuel during its short life. Phil Gambini of Investigative Post has taken a closer look at how workers have been impacted and how they could be helped.

After suspending their shortened two-week season a month ago due to COVID-19, there are talks of the NWHL finishing their season in the near future. Victory Press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa on what’s possibly next for the league.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz gave his regular COVID-19 briefing Tuesday. Watch it live here.

Several arts-based groups have faced financial challenges navigating a full year of the pandemic. Starting this month, Erie County arts and cultural organizations can apply for grant funds for the 2022 calendar year.

One of Buffalo’s largest summer food festivals - The Taste of Buffalo - plans to return in-person this year.


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One of the three ships on display at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park is in need of some vital emergency repairs. 

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Buffalo Police will begin formal training later this year, so they may lessen the risk of child trauma in cases during which the youngster witnesses a parent being arrested or engaging with officers in other police matters.

A major Buffalo-area interchange has made the top 100 list of most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

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Russell Salvatore is facing accusations of unjustly firing the former head of maintenance for Russell’s Steaks, Chops & More and Salvatore’s Grand Hotel and committing COVID-19 violations.