ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - All the land or "real property" in NYS is worth over $2.5 trillion, and one fourth of that property is tax exempt.
In some counties and some cities, including several in WNY, the percentage of tax-exempt property is even higher.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued a new report challenging municipalities to consider new property tax exemptions carefully and that the exemptions cost cities, towns, villages and counties several billion dollars each year.
The city with the third-most tax-exempt property is Salamanca with 63 percent. Buffalo has 37 percent of properties exempt from tax.
The government owns 41-percent of tax-exempt property in New York.
Town of Evans Police are asking the public for information about an abandoned puppy that was found on the side of Holland Road.
Mom's Restaurant owner Jim Catanese got the letter on Black Friday saying he has 30 days to vacate the premises.
There is a hearing Thursday in Buffalo about the use of medical marijuana. So far 20 states and Washington D.C. allow it.
In an effort to combat childhood obesity, a local school district is now banning a popular sweet treat.
Local workers will be demonstrating outside of the McDonalds, on Main Street near Utica, Thursday at 5 p.m.
The FBI is investigating after the First Niagara bank in the 500 block of Elmwood Avenue was robbed.