western new york


Thu September 19, 2013
Human Trafficking

WNY agencies granted $1 million to combat human trafficking

Human trafficking posters.

Two western New York agencies recently secured additional funding to fight human trafficking. The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the Erie County Sheriff’s Office and the International Institute of Buffalo for their collaborative efforts to combat the crime.

Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Elizabeth Fildes says the $500,000 grant will be used educate community, law enforcement, educational institutions and faith based organizations about the signs of human trafficking.

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Thu August 15, 2013
Water Quality

Lockport residents hope for quick cleanup of Eighteenmile Creek

Lockport residents gather to hear to cleanup plans for Eighteenmile Creek
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO


The Environmental Protection Agency outlined its plans to clean up a heavily polluted Eighteenmile Creek at a public meeting in Lockport on Tuesday. However, some residents say they are concerned the plans won’t happen fast enough, with an official decision not scheduled until the end of September.

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Thu July 25, 2013
Film Industry

New partnership aims to build digital post-production

Ben Porcari of Buffalo animation company IBC Digital.
Ashley Hassett/WBFO

A movie post-production center that will partner a local college with a new visual effects company is expected to bring over 150 jobs to western New York.

The new post production, visual effects and animation company, Empire Visual Effects will be housed in Buffalo’s Tri-Main center. The business is partnering with Daemen College’s International Center for Excellence in Animation. Department Chair Dr. Laura Sommer says their Certificate Training Program will ready students for employment at the visual effects company and elsewhere.

“I love the idea of creating opportunities for students, students that I’m very familiar with, that I work with on a daily basis, and that are interested working creatively.”

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Tue July 23, 2013

The EPA weighs cleanup options for Eighteenmile Creek

A sign warns of the dangerous conditions at Eighteenmile Creek.
Ashley Hassett WBFO

Eighteenmile Creek in Lockport, N.Y. has been the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated area of concern for decades. Because of recent flooding, the EPA is now weighing the option of permanently relocating people living closest to the creek ahead of a massive site cleanup.

Affected residents say a solution can’t come soon enough.

Located in Niagara County, Eighteenmile Creek flows north for about 15 miles and into Lake Ontario. The watershed has been tested for contaminants by the State Department of Environmental Conservation since the late 1980s.

The EPA took over the testing of the site in 2011. EPA Public Affairs Officer Michael Basile says the creek has been placed on the national priority list, which means more time and resources can be allocated for the site.

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Tue July 16, 2013

Pet pharmacy vows to donate all net profit to animal shelters

Glenn Buckley with Roz (left) Scott Buckley with Geri (right))
Ashley Hassett WBFO

It costs about $2 billion a year to deal with the country’s homeless animals. A pet pharmacy in western New York plans to share 100% of its net profit with some of the nation’s 5,000 animal shelters.

“Every year in the United States five to seven million pets are surrendered or turned over to shelters, roughly 60 to 70% of them never find a home. As a veterinarian I’ve walked in shelters, volunteered my time, when you see those faces and you see those tails wagging, and some are so happy and some are so scared it cannot help, but make an impact on what I felt I could do as a veterinarian,” says Dr. Glenn Buckley.

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