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Assemblyman Ryan Announces Authorities Budget Office To Begin Audit Of The NFTA

BUFFALO – Today, July 13, 2012, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced that the New York State Authorities Budget Office (ABO) will begin their audit of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) this coming Tuesday, July 17th. In December 2011, Ryan sent a letter to ABO Director David Kidera calling on the agency to conduct a review of the NFTA’s finances and operations. In his letter, Ryan noted that internal audits by the NFTA are insufficient to address their core problems, and a review by the ABO must take place. In January, ABO Director Kidera wrote to Ryan saying that his agency had agreed to conduct a review of the NFTA to discover the root of their problems. Earlier this year, the NFTA was faced with a deficit of nearly $15 million. In response the NFTA announced plans to cut 22 percent of its service routes, which Ryan was successful in preventing.

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4 Sent to Hospital in 33 Rollover Accident

BUFFALO, NY - Part of the 33 was closed Thursday afternoon as investigators tried to figure out what caused a serious accident there just after 5:00 pm that sent four people to the hospital.

Acccording to NITTEC, the accident happened on the 33 westbound, closing it from Grider to the 198. We're told an SUV blew a tire that caused a chain reaction. Three or more vehicles, including a tractor trailer, collided, completely blocking that section of the highway.

One of the people sent to the hospital was a young girl. None of their injuries appear to be life threatening.

Groups Band Together to Stop the Violence

BUFFALO, NY - Local churches banded together tonight to spread ketchup on their hotdogs, and prayer throughout their community.

The "Grill and a Prayer" barbecue was held at the corner of Genesee and Doat Streets in Buffalo. It was part of a series of community outreaches sponsored by Urban Christian Ministries and Jericho Road Ministries. The goal: to combat the recent influx of shootings and violence with food and faith.

"We're out here to give out some hotdogs, and just pray for comfort and peace and whatever the community members are going through," said Chris Hammond, a ministry associate with H.I.S BridgeBuilders.

These events began after the numerous shootings that took place earlier this summer in the City of Buffalo. The shootings have had a huge impact on the community, Hammond said.

"Not only is it terribly sad, it just reaps hopelessness and this sense of... why keep moving?"

Taste of South Buffalo, Diggins Memorial Run to Take Place on August 18

Taste of South Buffalo, Diggins Memorial Run to Take Place on August 18

 

South Buffalo Catholic School will host an all-day Taste of South Buffalo food and music festival in Cazenovia Park on Saturday, Aug. 18. In addition to numerous local eateries and food trucks serving up their culinary specialties, other highlights of the event include live entertainment, the Mike Diggins Memorial 5K Walk/Run, an attempt at the world’s largest split club and much more!

 

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The Young Playwrights Festival on Canalside

The Young Playwrights Festival on Canalside

THE YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 

The American Repertory Theater of WNY is proud to present the Young Playwrights Festival at the Buffalo Canalside's Historical Ruins on July 16th-17th & July 23rd-24th, 2-5 pm. The festival features works from playwrights under the age of 25 as their works are fully produced for the first time in their young writing careers. Buffalo-born Connor Grahams will represent WNY talent as Alabama writer Emily Cutler and Pennsylvania-born Matthew Henderson round-out the finalists for the festival.

Emily Culter's DROPPING THE QUESTION finds two young adults overcoming the ever-present world of miscommunication due to social media. The work is directed by Jennifer Fitzery and features the acting talents of Matthew Kindley and Mary Jewel Mazar.

First Class Bass Charters Lake Erie Fishing Report: Week of July 13

First Class Bass Charters Lake Erie Fishing Report: Week of July 13

Water Temp: 77 degrees.

Water temperature is getting  hot and water clearness is down to 25 feet in parts of the lake. The fish are either moving deep or to the current in the head of the river.

SMALLMOUTH BASS action has been steady. The Round House area has been a great place to start. Try drifting both sides of the Round House. The smallmouth like to lie in the current breaks behind the structure. The deep side of Seneca Shoal has had some great fish being caught.

WALLEYE fishing slowed right down with the hot weather. The suspended walleye schools have moved toward the deeper water. The Emerald Channel has seen some nice walleye being caught in the morning. The New York and the Canadian border line have been great areas for big walleye.

Sabres to Create Alumni Plaza in Front of FNC

BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Sabres are working on plans to create an 'Alumni Plaza' in front of First Niagara Center.

2-On-Your-Side's Adam Benigni was first to report Wednesday that work will begin with a sculpture of the French Connection, the most famous line in Buffalo Sabres' history.

"History has always been an extremely important facet of our organization's philosophy," said Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black. "We hope this statue and the surrounding 'Alumni Plaza' will serve as a proper tribute to all the great players who have made this franchise what it is today, while also serving as an inspiration to future Sabres fans and players that will keep us a strong and successful team for years to come."

Sabres President Ted Black says the idea for the statue came from fans' suggestions over the past year.