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Updates from Senator Kennedy

Canalside and HarborCenter team up as Buffalo's crown jewel. Local officials wants to make sure more people find their way there.

July 15, 2016News Clip

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.

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Alarm Bells Sounded After Pair of Sex Offenders Moved to Home for Disabled

June 28, 2016News Clip

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.

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Ride-sharing passes NYS hurdle, still unlikely

June 21, 2016News Clip

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.

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Parking-challenged Fruit Belt residents to receive permits

June 21, 2016News Clip

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. 

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Nurses Unions, Patient Rights Groups And Lawmakers Representing Tens Of Thousands Of New Yorkers Call On The New York State Senate To Pass The Safe Staffing For Quality Care Act

June 16, 2016News Clip

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.

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