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Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) -- Canalside and HarborCenter team up as Buffalo's crown jewel. Local officials wants to make sure more people find their way there.

State Sen. Tim Kennedy says adding highway signage to direct motorists to the inner and outer harbor is a logical step.

"These are signs alerting residents and tourists alike that our local landmarks are right before us and that they know where to exit and how best to reach them," he said at the Liberty Hound restaurant Thursday afternoon.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A new chapter has begun in the battle of local politicians who are taking on the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and their placement of sex offenders in group homes.

After a two-year battle to remove sex offenders from a home in West Seneca proved successful, they were simply relocated elsewhere in Erie County, with confirmed placements in North Collins and now in North Buffalo.

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) - The controversial ride-sharing bill overcame one hurdle Fridayday. The NY Senate passed its version of the bill on the last day of the current legislative session.

However, without a same-as bill remains in the NYS Assembly and it's unclear if the legislation will move on for Governor Andrew Cuomo's approval.

Senators voted 44-17 for the bill that would allow for the expansion of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft into Western New York.

Lyft's Senior Director of Public Affairs applauded the Senate's vote.

Relief is just around the corner for motorists who live near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports legislation has been approved that allows the city to issue residential parking permits

Cars jam the curbs of the streets of Buffalo's Fruit Belt.

The bills passed by the state Senate and Assembly on Friday, the last day of the legislative session, should help free up parking spaces for residents in Buffalo's Fruit Belt neighborhood. 

One day after the New York State Assembly passed the Safe staffing for Quality Care Act, and with petitions signed by over 30,000 New Yorkers, unions that represent nurses and healthcare workers and Patient Rights Groups representing tens of thousands of New Yorkers from across the state stood in front of the State Senate doors in Albany calling on Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and the New York State Senate to take action on the Safe Staffing bill.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The so-called Safe Staffing Bill, which aims to improve patient care by reducing the nurse-to-patient ratio, is headed to the state Senate, where state Sen. Tim Kennedy is optimistic it will get passed by the end of the week. 

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The local LGBTQ community and allies descended upon Niagara Square Monday, looking for answers as they mourned the 49 lives lost and many others altered over the weekend in Orlando.

"There's a dark cloud that hangs over each and every one of us, mourning the deaths of our fellow Americans, mourning the deaths of individuals both straight, gay, transgender from all walks of life," said State Sen. Tim Kennedy.

With payments about three months overdue and the threat of layoffs looming at Buffalo's RiverBend construction site, the Office of the State Comptroller on Tuesday afternoon wired roughly $33 million dollars to contractor LPCiminelli.

"Happy we avoided that shutdown but we've got to get a little bit better at this," said Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo.

If the scene sounds familiar, it is. In February, about 200 construction workers were temporarily laid off because the state was late on payments.

With summer unofficially here, travelers heading across the border will need to be ready to deal with some extra traffic.

Damon Piatek, CEO of Welke Customs Brokers USA and board member of Buffalo Niagara International Trade Gateway Organization, has some tips on what to expect:

New York cannot both protect children and those who sexually abuse them. That’s why a fifth of New York’s children are sexually abused while only one in 10 abusers ever see a day behind bars.

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