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WBFO Brief March 30, 2023

On Today's WBFO Brief:

  • A chemical leak in the Broadway-Fillmore area caused "no immediate threat to the public" according to city officials.
  • Health officials in Chautauqua County are warning drug users of the dangerous emergence of a substance called Tranq.
  • Home healthcare workers and their clients are demanding that any budget agreement that raises the minimum wage must include them.
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  • 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.
  • One year after the racially motivated attack that took ten lives at the Tops on Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo recognized the anniversary with a series of remembrance events. The anniversary has prompted the introduction of a piece of federal legislation called the Aaron Salter, Jr Responsible Body Armor Possession Act.
  • Mass opposition appears to be emerging against the prospect of building a new jail in Erie County. Thomas O'Neil-White takes a look back on how racism and segregation were key factors in the Tops shooting.
  • Holly Kirkpatrick and Thomas O'Neil-White explore two churches in Charleston, SC to hear from the worshippers. Pastors are now legally allowed to carry firearms in their churches. This week, New York State is officially observing Public Service Recognition Week.