BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The future is looking a little brighter at the Buffalo Zoo. Work will begin as early as this week on getting things ready for the new polar bear home. The Buffalo Zoo president announced a $400,000 commitment in state funding will bring the total above $16 million of the $18 million price tag of the new arctic edge exhibit.
Demolition on the old exhibit will begin in a few days with construction on the new set for February. While this allocation is enough to set the project in motion, organizers say they still must raise the final $1.4 million.
Zoo President Donna Fernandes said, “We are still working with other partners in government for some potential and we're going after some individual donors for bringing some high-profile people through. But you know, come hell or highwater we are going to get to $18 million by the end of this year.”
If you are wondering where in the state budget this $400,000 came from, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan said he and several other local lawmakers pieced it together by looking at projects from previous years where the money had been allocated but never spent, he likened it to looking under Albany’s couch cushions, and it worked.
An eight-year-old boy was shot Thursday morning in Cattaraugus County. Officials are at the scene on West Road, in Leon.
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings return today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Viewers sent in photos from the snowfall around Western New York.