Western New York Law Center

Black Love Resists in the Rust

Five more plaintiffs have joined a federal lawsuit claiming the City of Buffalo and its police department are engaging in discriminatory practices regarding checkpoints and traffic tickets.

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Cities, towns and villages in Erie County will soon be notified weekly about foreclosures in their communities, potentially allowing them to look for "zombie" homes, buildings in the process of foreclosure which have been abandoned by the homeowners, bringing down neighboring property values.

Buffalo Police Department

As a pair of civil rights organizations prepare to sue the city of Buffalo for information on police checkpoints, Mayor Byron Brown says he "feels very comfortable" with police actions.

New 'Zombie Law' takes effect

Dec 20, 2016
Chris Caya WBFO News

Under a new state law that takes effect Tuesday residents are encouraged to report zombie properties. And people facing foreclosure are encouraged to stay in their homes.

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A statewide action to address the growing problem of zombie homes will benefit local municipalities.

Proposed legislation is under consideration in Albany that would allow check cashing companies the ability to issue loans. Consumer advocates, including the Western New York Law Center, are urging lawmakers to reject the idea.

Bank shame campaign now online

Feb 12, 2016
WNY Law Center

Despite the Buffalo area's resurgence, thousands of  "zombie properties" continue dragging down neighborhoods. Because of that, Assemblyman Michael Kearns is stepping up his Bank Shame Campaign.

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A new law being proposed would bar insurance companies from basing auto premiums based on socioeconomic factors.