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New York State is distributing $9 million dollars to 66 organizations that host in-demand job skills training. State government representatives appeared Tuesday at Erie 1 BOCES, one of the recipients, to announce the Workforce Development Initiative funding. 

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The New York State Transportation Committee is looking to pass multiple bills next week to improve limousine safety. Limos would now have to include seatbelts, escape hatches, and roll bars and drivers would need criminal background checks and would have to carry a commercial driver’s license.

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As mental health issues such as suicide continue to rise across the United States, more people each year come to count on agencies like Crisis Services in Western New York. As part of this year’s state budget, $200,000 is being allocated to support Crisis Services’ 24 Hour Crisis Hotline, hire and retain additional staffing, and help with awareness campaigns.

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Legislation is making its way through Albany that would require the NFTA Board of Commissioners to add two users of Metro Bus and Rail as voting members.

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State Senator Tim Kennedy was joined by other elected leaders and NFTA officials late last week for a tour of Buffalo's aging Metro Rail system.

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New York State will provide $100 million in funding over five years for capital improvements on Buffalo's Metro Rail system. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the agreement late Saturday night along with State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo.

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The State Legislature held a hearing in Buffalo Friday where lawmakers heard public input on public transit issues. State Senator Tim Kennedy is chair of the Senate's Transportation Committee. He tells WBFO News the state has failed to provide adequate funding to effectively operate public transportation systems across New York. He says mass transit is simply not reliable.

A potential power shift in the State Senate could have consequences in upstate New York.

Erie County Legislator Peter Savage is seeking tougher penalties for breaking into motor vehicles. The criminal act, known also as "car popping," generally results in misdemeanor larceny charges.

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With the passage of the state budget, lawmakers have approved the Buffalo Billion II, the second wave of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's economic development plan for Western New York.  The $400 million in state dollars will help boost some high-profile projects. But there are those who believe the program's lack of transparency makes it vulnerable to corruption.

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A New York State lawmaker has introduced legislation that seeks to block the sale of personal information by internet service providers. State Senator Tim Kennedy's bill was drafted and submitted one day after President Donald Trump took action that critics say makes potentially sensitive personal information available to the highest bidder.

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The pushback against the Trump Administration continued Sunday in a protest against new policy regarding transgender youths and the use of school bathrooms. The issues prompted many to rally on a cold and windy afternoon at Niagara Square.

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In the midst of state budget negotiations for 2017, one local Senator is giving the legislature an ultimatum on the second phase of the Buffalo Billion.

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The Genesee Gateway has evolved from a crumbling stretch of buildings into a welcoming zone of development.

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As the cost of child care continues to grow, many families are stuck making the choice between earning a living or taking care of their young children.

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Two lawmakers are praising the State Transportation Department for a planned study that will examine alternatives to Buffalo's Skyway. 

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To help guide visitors to Buffalo's new popular waterfront destinations, a member of the state delegation is calling for new signage.

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This year’s Independence Day festivities on the downtown waterfront will extend to the Outer and Inner Harbors, and will feature what’s being billed as “one of the biggest fireworks displays Western New York has ever seen.”

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Next week marks the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Invasion of Canada, when hundreds of people of Irish descent crossed the Niagara River in a plot for Irish independence. In advance of the anniversary, a special guest paid a visit to the Fenian Invasion monument in Buffalo's Tow Path Park.

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City, state and community leaders gathered in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood on Friday to announce an agreement aimed at protecting residents of the Fruit Belt neighborhood from infringement on parking spaces by employees of the constantly growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

After years of fighting, more money is in the state budget for Western New York roads and bridges.

Crackdown launched on problem delis

Feb 26, 2016
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Claiming some corner stores have become "community centers for criminals," a group of local lawmakers is calling for a crackdown on unscrupulous deli owners.

Opioid abuse impacting infants

Feb 5, 2016
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The growing opioid epidemic is taking a toll on society's most vulnerable: newborn babies.

2016 could be the year in which upstate cities get an economic boost from mixed martial arts. Legislation to legalize the sport passed the State Senate’s Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee Tuesday morning.

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A Cheektowaga intersection linked to the recent deaths of two teenagers is getting an overhaul. The New York state Department of Transportation plans to make several safety improvements at Walden Avenue and Harlem Road.

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Canalside has become one of the top waterfront destination in Western New York and record numbers proved to be the theme of its summer season.

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Two of the City of Lackawanna's busiest roads will be getting repaved this summer, paid for by a grant arranged by New York State Senator Tim Kennedy.

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While the court system is just starting to work through the corruption charges filed against Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, calls for his resignation are already emerging. 

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New York Senator Tim Kennedy has made an about-face regarding unemployment reimbursements following the November storm.

Lawmakers call for additional emergency gates on Skyway

Oct 30, 2014
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Sen. Tim Kennedy and Buffalo Common Councilmember Christopher Scanlon are urging the New York State Department of Transportation to install gates on all Skyway on-ramps.