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Public hearing to be held on proposed Erie County raises

BUFFALO, NY – Two On Your Side is continuing to watch out for your tax dollars with our You Paid For It series.

A public hearing on the raises for elected leaders will take place Thursday October 30 at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of Old County Hall at 92 Franklin Street in Buffalo.

The salary review commission recently recommended raises for certain lawmakers who haven't had them in 20 years. Under the proposal, the County Executive's salary would go from $103,000 to $126,000, the Sheriff's salary from $79,000 to $102,000. The clerk would go from $79,000 to $91,000. And the comptroller's salary would go from $80,000 to $98,000.

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500 block of Main Street transformation underway

BUFFALO, NY - Here in the Queen City, buildings that have been empty for decades are coming back to life with the transformation of the 500 block of Main Street.

Western New York's chapter of the Urban Land Institute held a special panel discussion at the Hyatt hotel in downtown Thursday evening. The spoke about how the block has changed from a neglected area to a mixed-use zone of commercial and residential activity.

"Main Street has to become a new place; it can't be what it was," said Steven Carmina, a business owner and resident. "So the idea here is to repopulate, create a critical mass here in the city, of people that want to live here and purchase items here, so that we can draw retail, food, restaurants and places to the city."

The organization offered tours of the homes and businesses on the block, followed by a gathering at Oshun Oyster Bar.

Husband on trial for 1979 murder of his wife

BUFFALO, NY - Opening statements were heard in Erie County Court Friday in the trial of Michael Rodriguez, who is accused of brutally killing his wife 35 years ago. He stands accused of stabbing his estranged wife more than 100 times.

Michael Rodriguez is accused of murdering his estranged wife Patty Rodriguez in 1979. She was just 21 when she was stabbed 108 times.

Her body was found on Good Friday in Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna.

Prosecutors say they have evidence -- Patty's blood with her DNA found on the brown leather jacket Michael was wearing the night of the murder -- and witnesses who say Michael confessed.

Witnesses for the prosecution will also testify that both Michael and Patty were at a bar together, left together, and that Michael was carrying a knife on his belt.

Discover the World of Brewing at London’s Labatt Brewery

Discover the World of Brewing at London’s Labatt Brewery


Good things are brewing in nearby London, Ontario. In fact, the good times have been brewing since 1847! 

London is home to Labatt’s state-of-the-art brewhouse, where founder John Kinder Labatt started brewing beer some 167 years ago. Today, the London facility operates 24 hours a day, five days a week, producing the equivalent of more than one billion bottles of beer a year!

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Ryan wants more public input for outer harbor

BUFFALO, NY - A month ago, it looked like plans for the outer harbor were pretty much set, with a draft plan ready to be finalized.

But two of our representatives want some changes.

We heard from Congressman Brian Higgins earlier this week. On Thursday, it was New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan speaking against the plan approved by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

Thieving parking collector gets year in jail

BUFFALO, NY - The last of four City of Buffalo employees who stole more than $300,000 from parking meters is headed to jail.

Franklin Lopez Jr. got a year behind bars when he was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara.

Lopez admitted to taking $69,000 in quarters when he pleaded guilty in July.

Open House and Cardboard Box City Event

Open House and Cardboard Box City Event

Family Promise of Western New York To Hold Cardboard Box City Event

Invites Community Groups and Individuals To Get Involved

Family Promise of Western New York will hold a Cardboard Box City and Open House Event on November 14th, 2014, at 5:00 pm at 149 French Rd. in Cheektowaga.
Cardboard Box City is a fundraiser in which people spend the night in a cardboard box to increase awareness about homelessness and raise money to support Family Promise, a local agency that helps homeless families with children remain intact while they transition to self-sufficiency.