There's just too much ice out in Lake Erie for the Niagara River ice boom to be removed. The boom is typically removed on April 1 if there is less than 250 square miles of ice on the lake. Last check observed nearly 700 square miles of ice on Lake Erie.


For a regional economy seemingly addicted to public subsidies, a surprising development is occurring at the New York Power Authority. According to Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post, NYPA is finding no takers when it comes to two subsidy programs.  During her monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Keith reviews the problem and discusses the real difficulty in modifying the programs. Any adjustments would require a change in state law.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for solid plans for more than $90 million in funding that is headed for Buffalo’s waterfront, and he has ideas on what to do with it.


To keep waterfront revitalization moving forward in the City of Niagara Falls, Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for removal of another section of the Robert Moses Parkway.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

When Peg Overdorf bought land along Ohio Street in 2006 for a park, there were a lot of people who thought she was crazy because everyone knew if Ohio Street was going anywhere, it was continuing downhill. However, public money has helped turn it around.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The New York Power Authority welcomed guests including elected officials into a part of the Niagara Power Project that's usually off-limits to the public. Officials updated guests on a $460 million dollar upgrade going on inside the Lewiston Pump Generating Plant.

NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY PHOTO /Ice boom installation 2015.

The New York Power Authority is looking to use drones instead of helicopters or boats to inspect the ice boom between Lake Erie and the Niagara River.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Tourists who flock to Niagara Falls every year have a new reason to stay a little longer. An old attraction has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation designed to also help local students. 

Chris Caya WBFO News

Electric bills might come with a shock soon. Rep. Brian Higgins says wholesale prices have been spiking since the Huntley plant in Tonawanda was shut down in February.

Ice boom installation completed

Dec 29, 2015
WBFO file photo by Eileen Buckley

Although the region is experiencing a mild winter, the installation of the ice boom was delayed because of weather. High winds and large waves along Lake Erie hampered the annual project.

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With a lot of financial help from the state and State Power Authority treasury, Tulip Molded Plastics in Niagara Falls is apparently going to get a new plant. The move is expected to save more than 80 jobs.

The Western New York economy is going to get another boost from the Niagara Power Project. More low-cost power will soon be flowing to support hundreds of local jobs.

WBFO News file photo

Over one-third of the employees at the New York Power Authority earn over $100,000 annually, according to an audit conducted by the New York State Comptroller's Office. While public officials have been quick to criticize, NYPA officials say the report ignores a series of recent reforms.

First Niagara leader gets nod to chair NYPA

Jun 26, 2012
NYPA photo

The president of First Niagara Financial Group has been officially named to chair the New York Power Authority. 

NYPA trustees Tuesday morning approved John Koelmel of Amherst to serve as the new chairman. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Koelmel last month.  Koelmel is also serving as an adviser to the Governor on economic issues from Western New York. 

According to the Buffalo News, Koelmel will not take compensation for the post.   

Report: Cuomo to nominate Koelmel to lead NYPA

May 1, 2012
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The president and chief executive officer of First Niagara Financial Group, John Koelmel, is being nominated to become the chairman of the New York Power Authority.

The Buffalo News is reporting that Governor Andrew Cuomo will submit Koelmel’s name to the board of trustees Tuesday.

In addition to the Niagara Power Project, NYPA oversees about 1,400 miles of electric distribution lines and is investigating solar and wind energy as alternative power sources.