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William Street Postal Processing and Distribution Center's Future Remains Uncertain

Buffalo, NY - The future of Buffalo's main post office is still up in the air as of Thursday.

The distribution center on William Street is one of more than 200 mail processing centers nationwide that could be possibly closed, or merged. It's all in an effort to keep the postal service operating.

USPS local spokesperson Karen Mazurkiewicz tells 2 On Your Side right now this is just a study and there are no immediate plans of shutting down the operation.

However, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced Thursday morning that 250 postal processing and distribution centers are on a consolidation list, including the one on William Street.

2 On Your Side was not allowed inside that facility Thursday, but the Postal Service did provide us with a video showing the work they do.

Mazurkiewicz also tells us the the Postal Service is looking to cut about 35,000 jobs nationwide in and effort to stay viable in the future.

Three Shot During Birthday Celebration In Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Three people were injured including a man who is in "very serious condition" following a shooting in Buffalo's Ferry-Fillmore District.

It happened just before 9 p.m. on Freund Street near Genesee Street.

Detectives say the victims were shot while they were on the front porch of a home. They were celebrating a birthday when they were shot.

Witnesses tell 2 On Your Side they heard 10-15 shots fired.

At this time, police are not sure how many suspects are involved. So far, there have been no arrests.

"The Violent Crime Impact Team and Homicide Squad detectives were canvassing the neighborhood and attempting to determine exactly what happened," according to Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.

The three shooting victims were taken to ECMC. A male victim was seriously wounded. Another male and a female each suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police are not releasing their names.

Local Lawyer's Mission Of Mercy

Buffalo, N.Y. - Mike Taheri is one of the top criminal defense attorneys in town.

But over the past few years, Taheri has been spending less and less time on his law practice, and more and more time working on behalf of St. Luke's Mission of Mercy.

The Mission is located in the heart of Buffalo's East Side, it's home to 22 families, feeds hundreds of people a day, has its own version of a Goodwill for clothes, doesn't charge anyone anything, and does it all without a penny of help from government or the Diocese.

And that is where Mike Taheri comes in.

Taheri is constantly calling contacts in the community, looking for everything from donations to pay for private school tuition, to tickets to community events, to help pay for tuition costs at high schools and colleges.

"Hi Peter, it's Mike Taheri from St. Luke's."

"Hey Laurie, it's Mike Taheri, I'm calling on behalf of St. Luke's."

Franczyk Takes Race in Buffalo's Fillmore District

BUFFALO, NY - 2 On Your Side has declared City of Buffalo Council President David Franczyk the winner in Tuesday's primary race for the Fillmore district.

Franczyk easily defeated activist and one time mayoral candidate Sam Herbert.

Read Scott Brown's story from Monday on the city's hottest council race.

Incumbent Councilmembers Joseph Golombek and Demone Smith easily won their primary contests in the North and Masten districts, respectively.



Fire Brings Down Vacant Home on Buffalo's East Side

Buffalo, N.Y. - Buffalo firefighters had their hands full early Tuesday morning, as they battled a blaze at a vacant home on the city's East Side.

The call came out around 1:30 a.m. on Walden Avenue near Rother Avenue.

When crews arrived, they found thick, black smoke and heavy fire. Firefighters initially tried to fight the flames from within, but intense conditions forced them out. About 40 minutes later, the building collapsed, landing on a nearby utility pole and taking out power on Rother Avenue for a short time.

Firefighters believe the blaze began on the second floor and then quickly spread to the first. Damage is estimated between $20,000 and $30,000. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Buffalo-Niagara’s Largest Ump-Pa-Pa Party: The Buffalo Oktoberfest

Buffalo-Niagara’s Largest Ump-Pa-Pa Party: The Buffalo Oktoberfest

BUFFALO, N.Y. –Buffalo Central Terminal will be transformed into an authentic Munich-style beer hall for the 9th annual Buffalo Oktoberfest. The event takes place on Saturday, September 24th from 4pm to 11pm inside the Terminal’s historic passenger concourse located at 495 Paderewski Drive @ Memorial Drive.

The Buffalo Oktoberfest is Western New York’s largest event of its kind drawing over 5,000 people to eat, drink, dance German heritage and sharing in the spirit of gemutlichkeit*. The original Oktoberfest was first held in Munich, Germany in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of King Ludwig. It has since evolved into a multi-day festival running from late September to early October. The Buffalo Oktoberfest models its event on traditions found inside actual Oktoberfest beer tents found in Munich.

Top 5 Plays From Week Two

Each week we choose the top five plays of the week from the high school football games that we shoot.

Its difficult because there are so many great plays in each game that we're at but at the end of the week we pick what we think are the top five plays from the week that we have on video tape.

Here are the top five plays from this week.

5) Niagara Falls quarterback Ricky Bailey touchdown run.

4) Albion's Travis Downs returns the interception for the touchdown.

3) McKinley's Darius Alford forces the fumble.

2) Amherst's Brandon Borden touchdown catch.

1) Maryvale's Zack Walkoswki kickoff return touchdown.