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Michael Mroziak

Hoping to avoid a repeat of the flooding which caused extensive property damage and forced an economically important beach to close two years ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo joined state and local officials in Niagara County Wednesday morning to discuss the strategy for holding back the rising waters of Lake Ontario.


A State Assemblyman representing parts of Western New York wants to allow voters the chance to answer one simple question: should New York be divided into two entities? But even the lawmaker admits pursuing a split of upstate and downstate would be complex and one business leader in Buffalo suggests discussion of division is not the best way to address differences.


When Democrats formally assume control of leadership in the House of Representatives, they're expected to push for passage of House rule changes. A Western New York Republican said in his weekly conference call Wednesday that he will support those changes.


During the Holidays, people are encouraged to be merry. But for many, the opposite occurs and depression or other mental health issues rise to the surface. This is especially so for may veterans struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. WBFO spoke with a psychologist at the VA Western New York Healthcare System to get a reminder of the warning signs and find out how best to help.


The owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres have hired a consulting firm to help them study possible next steps for the venues where the professional football and hockey teams play. In the case of the Bills, the upcoming feasibility analysis includes exploration of an entirely new stadium.

Bishop Richard Malone says he made mistakes in handling accusations of sexual abuse by clergy but those errors were not to a level that calls for his resignation. Hours before Malone's remarks to a local radio station, a group of Catholic lay persons stood outside the Diocese of Buffalo's downtown headquarters, renewing the call for change in local church leadership.


The woman who formerly worked as the executive assistant to Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Malone stood on a sidewalk across the street from her former workplace Tuesday morning, explaining her decision to secretly share private diocesan documents regarding clergy linked to alleged sexual misconduct. It was Siobhan O'Connor's first local appearance since her story aired on national news programs including CBS's 60 Minutes.


A pair of devices found outside a Buffalo Police station early Friday morning were built to look like pipe bombs but later deemed non-functional by the Erie County Bomb Squad, said police officials who are now looking for the individual seen delivering them.


The New York State Attorney General announced Friday that G. Steven Pigeon, a longtime political operative and former chair of the Erie County Democratic Committee, has pleaded guilty to one count of bribery in his state case.

State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer announced Monday he is no longer in the running to replace Chris Collins in the 27th Congressional District.

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