Cuomo: Halloween Trick-Or-Treating Left To Parents

“If you want to go knock on your neighbor’s door, God bless you and I’m not going to tell you not to. If you want to go for a walk with your child through the neighborhood, I’m not going to tell you, you can’t take your child to the neighborhood. I’m not going to do that.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Talks Career, Challenges In Buffalo Visit

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been a key figure in several major cases and landmark decisions. But on Monday, she made local history by becoming the first member of the nation’s highest court to receive an honorary degree from the University at Buffalo. Her appearance and remarks were just the first of two scheduled stops. Ginsburg delivered brief remarks and later engaged in a question-and-answer session with Law School dean Aviva Abramovsky. In both, Ginsburg spoke of the challenges she faced while entering law school, the peers who are only now receiving due recognition and the cases and decisions in which she directly participated.

Ortt Bill Would Waive Fee Imposed Under Cuomo New License Plate Plan

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – State Senator Robert Ortt believes if New York State wants to roll out a newly-designed license plate, motorists shouldn’t be forced to pay to replace their current plates. On Friday, he introduced legislation that would waive that fee, while also questioning the inclusion of one particular proposed design. Under Ortt’s proposal, the $25 fee would be waived, though fees to replace damaged or lost plates would still apply. As the North Tonawanda Republican sees it, the Cuomo plan to replace older plates, with new ones featuring a new design, is not justified. “This is nothing more than a cash grab by New York State and motorists feel the same way,” said Ortt.

Exhibit Honors Former Political Prisoners, Some Now Living In New York, One Hand At A Time

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo is hosting a visiting exhibit created by a Burmese artist who, along with hundreds of subjects he has met through his project, are former political prisoners in their homeland. His exhibit, a Show of Hands, features plaster casts of each former prisoner’s hand. Some of them are of individuals who have since settled in Buffalo after spending years as refugees. Htein Lin recently appeared at the gallery to create new castings and speak before an audience. As he worked on the latest additions to a collection that exceeds 500 plaster hands, he chatted with each subject, sometimes sharing a laugh, as each revealed their personal story of captivity in Burma, now known as Myanmar.

State Senator Urges New York Governor To Lift Travel Ban So SUNY Swimmers Can Compete

More than a dozen student-athletes from three SUNY colleges have qualified to compete in the NCAA Division III national swimming and diving championships. There’s just one problem. The games are being held in Greensboro, North Carolina, and a ban on New York State-sponsored non-essential travel to that state remains in effect. A local State Senator is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to lift that ban.

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Two New Yorks? A Lawmaker Wants To Revisit A Referendum

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.

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March For Life Participants Say “Pro-Life” Is More Than Opposing Abortion

New Yorkers are among those in Washington, D.C. who have traveled there to participate in the March For Life, which is held every year on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion. Those attending from New York who identify themselves as “pro-life” say there is much more to that term than the abortion issue and they include that in their message.

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Cuomo, Molinaro Campaigns Trade Accusations Of Corruption

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – What’s known as his “Cuomo Corruption Tour” came to Buffalo Friday morning. Marc Molinaro, the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, stood outside the Tesla plant in Buffalo’s Riverbend neighborhood, attacking Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration as rife with pay-to-play culture. But the Cuomo camp says Molinaro has conducted such behavior in his role as Dutchess County Executive.

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New York’s Attorney General Announces Hotline, Investigates Clergy Sex Abuse

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Victims of sexual abuse by clergy and those with information about such cases are being encouraged to contact a hotline or file an online complaint form. Those options were announced Thursday by the New York State Attorney General, who has also reportedly issued subpoenas to every diocese within the state, including the Diocese of Buffalo, seeking more information on abuse.

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Muslims In New York, Worldwide Celebrate Eid al Adha

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Hundreds of Western New York Muslims gathered inside the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo Tuesday morning for a prayerful celebration of Eid al Adha, an Islamic holy day coinciding with the conclusion of the Hajj – the annual holy pilgrimage to Mecca by Muslim faithful.

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As Tesla Stock Falls, Is There Cause For Concern Over New York Plant?

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Shares of Tesla lost approximately nine percent of their value Friday, as the high-tech company moves forward amid concerns including a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, comments made by founder Elon Musk and a report that Tesla may not, after all, purchase all the output from the Buffalo-based factory it now shares with Panasonic.

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Lt. Governor: No Regrets Not Challenging Indicted Congressman

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – She was defeated six years ago by the man now holding her former seat in the House of Representatives. Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested she’d be an ideal candidate to challenge Chris Collins this November. But Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, during an appearance in Buffalo, says she’s better serving people in her current role.

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‘GlassBarge’ Helps Corning Mark Sesquicentennial Milestone

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Over the weekend, visitors to Canalside Buffalo have an opportunity to visit the GlassBarge, a traveling exhibit by the Corning Museum of Glass which is on tour to mark 150 years of glassblowing and glass production in that town. The visit also coincides with an ongoing celebration of the Erie Canal’s bicentennial.

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Diner Offers Free Lunches To Hungry Kids

She serves breakfasts and lunches to customers from her Lancaster diner. Robin Finsterbach, owner of Aunt Robin’s Diner, wants to be sure kids don’t go hungry during the summer. So, she giving them a free bagged lunch.

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An Experiment Designed By New York Students Now In Orbit

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – An experiment created by a team of students from one Western New York School is heading to the International Space Station. They were able to watch video of a launch carrying their work into space while on a trip to Washington, DC Friday morning.

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New York Soccer Bar Welcomes World Cup Fans, USA Or No USA

The FIFA World Cup is underway and soccer enthusiasts are getting ready for a month’s worth of international men’s competition in the world’s most popular sport. While many New York establishments may have the matches available for viewing, one Buffalo bar in particular is anticipating steady business.

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Supreme Court Decision Just A First Blow To Organized Labor This Spring?

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Supporters of organized labor were dealt a legal blow by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, which ruled 5-to-4 that companies have the right to prohibit collective grievances by its workers. It raises the question: is this just the first blow organized labor may face by the nation’s highest court this spring?

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GM New York Plant Will Manufacture Advanced V-8 Engine

BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – General Motors’ Tonawanda Engine Plant has been selected as the first of the automaker’s plants to produce a new V-8 engine line that utilizes a cylinder deactivation technology that helps the engine produce only the power that is needed, in order to increase efficiency.