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Common Council leads meeting on Towne Garden Apartments


BUFFALO, N.Y.- The Buffalo Common Council held a meeting Monday night about the future of the Towne Garden Apartments, which council members say has suffered from years of neglect.

The council says the owners, who live in New York City, have allowed the Clinton Street apartment complex to fall into despair, leaving residents with broken windows, sewer backup and other hazardous living conditions.

Council President Dareius Pridgen says he has been calling for changes at the apartment complex since 2011.

"We have had the owners here in Buffalo before, one of them looked me in the face and said basically said its like a Home Depot, if people don't like it they can find another place to live. That's not the attitude we want from landlord's in the City of Buffalo, especially multi-million dollar landlords," Pridgen said.

24-year-old woman seriously hurt in shooting


BUFFALO, NY – Buffalo Police say two men were shot at East Ferry and Alexander Place just after 2 a.m. Sunday.

Both victims were both taken to Erie County Medical Center with what are described as non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say a 24-year-old woman remains in serious condition after a shooting on the city's East Side that happened on Fisher Street near Genesee Street about 24 hours earlier – just before 1 a.m. Saturday.

That victim was also transported to ECMC. Her name has not been released.

Saturday's shooting happened one block away from the city's most recent homicide, on Erb Street.

Ghost hunting at the Central Terminal


BUFFALO, NY - Halloween is only a couple week away and you don't have to look very far to get spooked. On Friday night, the Central Terminal began hosting a series called "Beyond Ghosts."

Those who take part will get to explore the abandoned building on candlelit tours, while attempting to scare up some ghosts.

Not only do you learn the history of Buffalo's grand but faded Art Deco train station, there's even equipment to help people make contact with the alleged spirits of the dead.

The event's organizers claim to have personal experience of ghostly encounters in the abandoned corridors and empty rooms of the terminal building.

You can buy tickets for the ghost tours online at the Beyond Ghosts website. Money from the event helps in the restoration of the Central Terminal.

Rosanna Berardi to Present at AILA’s 6th Annual Canada/U.S. Border Immigration Conference

Rosanna Berardi to Present at AILA’s 6th Annual Canada/U.S. Border Immigration Conference

 

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will host the 6th annual Canada/U.S. Border Immigration Fall Conference in Buffalo, N.Y., on Oct. 17, and among this year’s presenters will be Berardi Immigration Law’s Managing Partner, Rosanna Berardi. The AILA conference gives leading immigration lawyers and other professionals the opportunity to discuss and analyze substantive and practical issues in Canadian and U.S. border immigration.  

Crews demolish run down home on Clark Street


BUFFALO, N.Y.- Crews were at work Wednesday tearing down a dilapidated house on Clark Street in Buffalo that nearby residents complained was an eyesore on the neighborhood and housed drug dealers and homeless people.

Residents, who had been calling for the home to destroyed since August, also said the house was on the verge of collapsing.

"My biggest thing was the house was demolished and taken care of before anyone ended up dead and the taxpayers would then have to pay because it would fall on the city," Sophia Wroblewski, a nearby resident told 2 On Your Side.

In August, a city official told 2 On Your Side that there are about 5,000 vacant structures in Buffalo they want to demolish.


Enhanced Ebola Screening to Commence in U.S. Airports

Enhanced Ebola Screening to Commence in U.S. Airports

 

On Oct. 11, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs & Border Protection (CBP) commenced screening for the Ebola virus at select U.S. airports. Starting with New York’s JFK Airport, all travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will now undergo enhanced entry screening in an effort to detect overt signs of the deadly illness. This week, Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago O-Hare and Atlanta International airports will follow suit. These five airports receive over 94 percent of travelers from the Ebola-affected nations. 

1903 synagogue on Buffalo's East Side demolished


BUFFALO, NY - Despite a rally by preservationists Saturday morning, crews went ahead and demolished a synagogue on Buffalo's East Side.

Preservationists told us the Jefferson Avenue shul was the oldest synagogue in the area and should have been protected as a recognized landmark. But city officials say the building posed a serious safety hazard.

Activists who chained themselves to a pillar inside the structure to prevent its demolition early Saturday were peaceably removed by Buffalo police officers.

Building and Inspections Commissioner James Comerford said that he gave the bulding's out-of-state owner ample time to make some changes but he says nothing was ever done.

It cost the city in excess of $80,000 to demolish the synagogue but they plan to go after the building's owner for that money.