NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - How do you turn around a city that's lost half its population in 50 years?
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster knows it's a tall task, but in his State of the City Address Thursday night, he laid out an aggressive plan to tackle blight in the Cataract City with the help of the code enforcement director.
"Starting next week, Dennis Virtuoso and his team will begin a new crackdown on vacant, blighted buildings," Mayor Dyster warned. "These blatant violations of building and clean neighborhood codes are unacceptable. They create potential threats to public health and safety and kill economic development before it can even start."
The mayor says work is also moving ahead behind-the-scenes to create a scenic boulevard that will connect downtown with the city's north end.
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan of South Buffalo and charged him with pushing Russ Ross to his death.
Buffalo police homicide detectives are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Saturday morning.
Police say there were 32 burglaries, 20 in Albion, five in Medina, four in Oakfield and three in the City of Lockport.
The Niagara County Sheriff's responded to Saunders Settlement Road near Comstock in Cambria Friday night after receiving a tip about a suspected meth lab.
Volunteers at Buffalo’s Salvation Army created holiday cards and gift bags for the seniors at the Golden Age Center.
Call 4 Action looked into claims this week that members of BJ's Wholesale Club were paying too much on sales tax on some deeply discounted items.