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Parking around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is the cause of serious contention for residents of Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood. On campus, only 70 percent of the current parking spaces are used by campus employees. With 30 percent of space available, the question remains, “Why are people still parking in the Fruit Belt?”


Major airports across New York, including Buffalo Niagara International, would have to provide space for breastfeeding moms under a proposed law that was unveiled Tuesday. A study shows only eight percent of airports across the nation have lactation rooms.

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Powdered alcohol, which allows users to mix into water or other liquids at varying concentrations, is now illegal to sell in New York State. 

Tax cap may complicate local budgets

Jul 21, 2015
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The tax cap adopted by New York State nearly three years ago will likely put a crimp on local governments in 2016.

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The deaths of two young residents in less than a year has elected officials calling for greater safety at Walden Avenue and Harlem Road in Cheektowaga.

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One local state senator says the end of session agreement between leaders in Albany includes some major accomplishments for Western New York. 

Kennedy makes his case for mayoral control of schools

May 22, 2015

Legislation that would bring mayoral control to Buffalo schools is creating controversy. While acknowledging the plan's many criticisms, State Senator Tim Kennedy argues the move would bring greater accountability to the city's struggling education system.

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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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Concerns over teenagers abusing powdered alcohol has some state lawmakers pushing to ban its sale in New York.

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To keep police officers on duty during snow emergencies, elected officials want gates used for closing the Skyway.

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Local Child and Protective Services agencies are now better informed when investigating reports of abuse and neglect. A new law requires the state to track repeat cases and notify local authorities.

While the gubernatorial struggle between Andrew Cuomo and Zephyr Teachout has been the most high profile, there are many Primary Day battles that could spark big voter turnouts today.

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Democrats are fighting over State Legislature seats in Buffalo. The candidates debated Tuesday night in the Burchfield Penney Art Center during an event sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.


A local member of the state delegation is calling for an investigation into the practices of big auto insurers. A recent study shows some companies hike their rates as much as $400 a year for drivers without  a college degree.

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Following news of its intention to purchase Time Warner Cable, Comcast says it will preserve all roughly 1,000 jobs in Western New York and move forward with a planned call center in the City of Buffalo.


More money is on its way from Albany to help combat violence on the streets of Buffalo.

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This year's local elections will feature at least a pair of hotly contested races.

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Democratic Buffalo Senator Tim Kennedy is proposing new legislation that would create greater protections for witnesses in criminal cases.

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The deaths of two children in Buffalo has led to a package of reforms that will be proposed in Albany Monday at the start of the legislative session.

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More outdoor activity space is now open to the public at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. Officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the East Canal at Main and Scott streets. 

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A bill unveiled Tuesday by a local state senator would help veterans earn academic credit for coursework they completed as part of their military training.

State to hold CPS hearing in wake of child deaths

Nov 7, 2013

A state hearing on Child Protective Services, prompted by the deaths of two boys who suffered abuse in their homes, will be held in Buffalo next week.

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The name of fallen New York State Trooper Kevin Dobson, who lost his life when he was struck by a motorist while conducting a traffic stop on the I-290 in March 2011, will soon grace a portion of the busy highway.

When former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi was serving his jail time for public corruption, he was receiving $166,000 a year in pension checks. A local State Senator wants to put a stop to the practice. 

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A state lawmaker is calling for a full investigation into the events leading up to beating death of a 5-year-old Buffalo boy.

Local officials speak out on climate change

Jul 30, 2013
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Some of the areas elected leaders, including Congressman Brian Higgins, are calling on the community to join them in supporting President Obama's plan to fight climate change.


Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed Jay-J's Law, legislation that allows for tougher penalties against repeat child abusers.

New law cracks down on child abusers

Jun 23, 2013
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A law that significantly strengthens prosecution of repeat child abusers has been passed by both houses of the legislature.

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Officials cut the ribbon Friday on a dock extension along the Buffalo waterfront.

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Ahead of a roundtable discussion on the future of the Skyway being held in Buffalo next week, a local member of the state delegation is trying to increase support for removing the span.