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WBFO Brief July 21, 2021

On today’s WBFO Brief, hear personal tales of gun violence as Erie County declares a public health crisis. Also, hear how Buffalo’s city council is taking steps toward a new system to pinpoint traffic stops and trends that could make police more equitable and accountable. And get the latest on a push to have unpaid family caregivers receive a tax credit for their work.

We recap an unusual news day with several breaking events yesterday: Flooding in Niagara County triggered an overnight state of emergency there with road closures, an industrial warehouse fire triggered evacuations in Williamsville near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and we have more on a house explosion in Lackawanna.

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  • The controversy over leadership at Nardin Academy apparently reached a climax yesterday, and advocates for a measure that would reduce plastic packaging by half say their bill is gaining momentum.
  • The return of UWBEC's Day of Caring, new legislation in the House under consideration called HTC-GO, and we have Theater Talk.
  • A makeshift memorial is emerging outside the Utica Street Metro Station in honor of a woman many Buffalonians knew as "Claire". Concerns over a possible national default are rising amidst dragging negotiations over raising the debt ceiling.
  • Local employers are coming to terms that the region doesn't have enough workers. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says an unknown number of asylum seekers will be coming to the region from New York City. Gov. Kathy Hochul is caught in a political dispute between NYC Mayor Eric Adams and President Joe Biden over how to deal with the influx of migrants into New York State.
  • Cuts to overtime to Buffalo police and firefighters are part of the common council's changes to Mayor Byron Brown's spending proposal. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and NYC Mayor Eric Adams are calling on President Joe Biden to waive a rule that says migrants have to wait six months before they can apply to get a job.
  • NYS Dept. of Education has weaknesses in their information systems that contain confidential student info according to an audit from the state comptroller's office. $480,000 in Lake Erie Protection programs are included in the federal budget. County officials in Western New York are clashing with Albany and each other on how to respond to an influx of migrants to NYC.
  • One year after the shooting on May 14, Emyle Watkins breaks down how each of the major 5/14 funds work and where the money ended up, Lorenzo Rodriguez talks with Dr. Ibram X Kendi, and we have Theater Talk.
  • An NFTA employee was killed and two others were injured in a traffic crash Wednesday morning. A program to address the state's affordable housing crisis was dropped from the state budget.
  • Results show that 45% of those surveyed view Gov. Kathy Hochul unfavorably, and 40% view her favorably. Following accusations of racism in his company, developer Michael Joseph has resigned as chair of the Board of Directors of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • Voters can head to the polls today to cast ballots on school district budgets and school board members. County leaders across the state are sounding the alarm about a growing migrant crisis they say the federal government is failing to address.