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New York Attorney General Letitia James is conducting public hearings on the interactions between police and the public during weeks of mass protests across the state, including in Buffalo.


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Protesters continued a takeover of Niagara Square Sunday, as they pushed for the release of Deyanna Davis from the Erie County Holding Center.

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Niagara Square was the epicenter of a large protest Saturday night which triggered unrest and a heavy police response. Civic leaders now have said non-local, and violent groups could be behind it. 


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It lacked the large parade of vehicles circling Niagara Square while horns were blaring, but those showing up in downtown Buffalo this time sent the same message as one month ago: all businesses are essential and need reopening now.

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A historic building on downtown Buffalo's Niagara Square will be sold at auction next year.

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Increasingly, the issues of the nation and the world are argued over in Buffalo's Niagara Square. On Sunday, it was a little of both as Iraqi refugees protested government security forces and allies shooting hundreds of people in the streets as they protested government corruption.

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Buffalo's Niagara Square was filled with food booths and music played on a giant stage, as the annual Galbani Italian Heritage Festival returned to where it started.

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Buffalo’s Galbani Italian Heritage Festival is returning to its roots in the city’s downtown.

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Acknowledging they will be up against some harsh elements Sunday afternoon, participants in the third annual Women's March Buffalo/WNY vow to again share messages of unity and struggle, celebrating accomplishments such as more seats in elected offices but also pointing out the disparities they still face.

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The Seneca Nation has a new president, but some of the same issues remain and a new one will lead to a protest rally Thursday in downtown Buffalo.

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It stands in the center of Niagara Square as a memorial for a United States President who was shot and died in Buffalo more than a century before. This summer, the McKinley Monument will undergo a full restoration.


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Part of downtown Buffalo was turned into a racetrack Friday with NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace in town to promote an upcoming race at Watkins Glen International.

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Buffalo’s food truck phenomenon is expanding to a well-known downtown venue.

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The New York State United Teachers union is hosting its annual Representative Assembly in Buffalo on Friday and Saturday.

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International Workers Day was celebrated on Friday, both around the world and in downtown Buffalo. Hundreds of union members and supporters cheered as national AFL-CIO Vice President Tafare Gebre urged them to stand together and fight for their rights.

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Relatives of victims in several local abuse cases gathered in Niagara Square Friday to rally as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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It was 800-years ago that King John signed the Magna Carta under pressure from nobles.

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Exterior restoration work on the Statler City building on Niagara Square is moving forward, now that $5.3 million in state development funding has been made available to developer Mark Croce.

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Rainy weather on Sunday didn't keep the crowds away from  Niagara Square for the 31st annual Taste of Buffalo.

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The federal courthouse that overlooks Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo now officially bears the name of Robert H. Jackson.

Pridgen proposes training for crime stoppers

Jul 22, 2013
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In the wake of the Trayvon Martin case, Buffalo Common Council Member Darius Pridgen wants to make sure neighborhood watch groups and block clubs know how to handle certain situations. The Ellicott District lawmaker is calling for a formal training program.  

Makeover of Niagara Square

Apr 24, 2013
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Construction work is in full swing along Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo.  The square across from City Hall is getting full make-over.  


Gun rally draws hundreds to downtown Buffalo

Jan 20, 2013
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Hundreds rallied in Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo Saturday in support of guns at a nationally-organized 'Gun Appreciation Day.'

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Protestors against the introduction of hydrofracking in Western New York gathered in Niagara Square on Saturday.

The protest followed a symposium held by the Buffalo Association of Professional Geologists at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Many at the symposium proposed that hydraulic fracturing could be an economic boon for the region if done properly. Opponents claim that the environmental concerns are too significant to bring the controversial practice to Western New York, and they are lobbying for a permanent ban on fracking.

Niagara Square closes for Gus Macker

Jun 1, 2012
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More than 800 teams are scheduled to participate in this weekend's Gus Macker basketball tournament downtown.

As of Friday afternoon, Delaware Avenue between Huron and down to Niagara Square to West Eagle Street is closed to traffic.

Crews are setting up and preparing 52 courts.

The streets will remain closed to traffic all the weekend for the tournament and are expected to re-open late Sunday night. 

The closures has caused some gridlock on some downtown streets, including parts of South Elwmood near Huron and Delaware and Franklin. 

 

 

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Israel is celebrating a birthday.  

A rally featuring speeches from some of the community's religious and government leaders marked the special day in Buffalo's Niagara Square Thursday.

Click the play button above to hear a report from WBFO and AM 970's Mark Leitner. 

 

 

Local religious organizations are lending their voices and support to the Occupy Buffalo movement.

A two hour celebration was held in Niagara Square on Saturday called the Interfaith Peace and Social Justice Ceremony. The day's activities included a candlelight vigil and performances by local choirs. Occupy Buffalo protester Mindy Comangane claims that such support helps justify her efforts in bringing to light the economic injustices in the world.