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Disparate Black political groups are working to plan a roadmap for political success for African Americans living in Erie County. But does the roadmap include the Erie County Democratic Committee?

WNY Land Conservancy

As the Western New York Land Conservency begins to take public comments on Buffalo's Riverline Project, the 1.5 mile stretch of land connecting Solar City in Downtown Buffalo to the DL&W Terminal, the team behind the concept is eager to bring their ideas to life. Paul Peters is Principal at Hood Design Studio, the group behind the project. He shared his insight on key elements that may be included, as well as the influence Frederick Law Olmsted continues to have on projects of this nature.

WNY Land Conservancy

Big changes are coming to the 1.5 mile stretch of the unused railroad corridor that runs from Solar City in Downtown Buffalo to the DL&W Terminal.

Erie County

Erie County’s COVID-19 infection and hospital rates continue to decline, but a more dangerous variant of the virus has now been confirmed in the county. 


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Construction at the Buffalo History Museum begins this week on their lower level gallery. It’s the second phase of a $2 million project that focuses on guest amenities, including new restrooms and an HVAC system.


Starting Wednesday, the Biden administration is opening a two-week window where businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for forgivable loans from the Paycheck Protection program.


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The Green House Project, a national network of small nursing homes, has received plenty of attention for its low rates of COVID-19 during the pandemic. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study recently called it a “promising model” for the reinvention of nursing homes in a post-pandemic world.


But just how replicable is it? Providers and advocates say there are still plenty of financial hurdles to cross before more nursing homes look like Green House homes. 



The Kenan Center has been one of several Western New York art galleries navigating through COVID the past year. For the next month, they are opening their doors by appointment, showing works from Starlight Studio and Art Gallery, a group that supports adult artists with disabilities.


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Martin Gugino, the elderly protester who was pushed by Buffalo police in an incident seen around the world last year, is now suing the City of Buffalo.


Western New York's COVID positivity rate is down to 2.4%, according to numbers from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Monday COVID briefing. He also addressed movie theater and school reopenings, pool hall guidelines, and the Seneca Nation owing New York State casino revenue.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo held his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Albany Monday. Watch it here.

WNY Students First

Parent advocates of the group WNY Students First gathered outside of the Rath building Sunday afternoon calling for schools to fully reopen.


A mile-long Autism-nature trail at Letchworth State Park is expected to open to the public later this year. It’s a project that has been over a half-decade in the making.


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COVID-19 has killed over 13,000 nursing home residents in New York state alone, and about a third of all U.S. COVID deaths have been linked to skilled nursing facilities. But a group of small nursing homes, including a facility near Rochester, have fared better against the virus than their larger, more traditional counterparts. 



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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reports that the pandemic is continuing to hit local economies.

Erie County COVID-19 update for Feb. 16, 2021

Feb 16, 2021

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein held a COVID-19 update briefing Tuesday, Feb. 16. Watch it here.

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A winter storm warning has been issued to the Western New York region, predicting heavy snows leading to difficult traveling conditions across New York State Monday evening.

Heavy snows Monday night into Tuesday afternoon

Feb 15, 2021
National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a winter storm warning predicting heavy snows across New York State Monday evening, and extending now into Tuesday afternoon.

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Thursday’s news that a grand jury dismissed felony charges against two Buffalo Police Officers has put Martin Gugino’s name back in the national spotlight. Gugino was filmed being shoved to the ground by officers during a June protest in front of City Hall.

Visitations can resume in limited capacity at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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COVID restrictions are being loosened to allow bars and restaurants in New York to remain open an extra hour starting this weekend.

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The coup in Myanmar has shaken thousands in Buffalo’s refugee and immigrant population who once called Burma home. An after-school music program that serves immigrants and refugees on Buffalo’s west side, Buffalo String Works, plans to hold multiple events to educate the public on what is happening in Myanmar, including a virtual concert Saturday.



A recent investigation by New York State into mortgage lending practices highlights the continued problems of housing segregation in the Buffalo metro area. Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing policies to expand home ownership in majority-minority neighborhoods, but members of a local home ownership equity group said the state’s recommendations fall short.

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

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Buffalo Monday morning, stating the case for continued strong funding of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in the next COVID relief package.

Santora's Pizza Pub & Grill

A New York State Supreme Court judge has filed a temporary order lifting the 10pm dining curfew for some area restaurants. 


Much of Erie County is forecasted to be hit by the brunt of severe winter weather Friday night.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

This Sunday the Kansas City Chiefs play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. It’s not the outcome Buffalo Bills supporters were hoping for, but passionate fans will get a break from seeing their team play after a year of many emotional ups and downs. As WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports, fandom can impact your mental health in various ways.


NYS probe finds racial gap in mortgage lending in Buffalo

Feb 4, 2021
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An investigation by New York state into mortgage lenders in the city of Buffalo found that those companies favored white applicants over those seeking to live in neighborhoods populated mostly by people of color, according to a report on the probe released Thursday.


The Community Action Organization of Western New York is launching a new nutrition assistance program with funding from the CARES Act. The CARES Act is a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill signed by Former President Donald Trump last March, amidst the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.