T.J. Pignataro - The Buffalo News

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T.J. Pignataro - Buffalo, NY

Environment Reporter for The Buffalo News since 2013. News Staff Reporter since 1998. Previous beat assignments included suburban coverage in WNY and the News' bureau at Buffalo Police HQ. Former staff reporter at the Altoona Mirror (1997-98) and Dunkirk Observer (1995-97), and assistant news director at WBTA-1490, Batavia (1994-95).


Crime

Two brothers are charged for illegal hunting practices earlier this month in Chautauqua County, the DEC announced Wednesday. Environmental Conservation Officers found two brothers standing over a large, newly slain 9-point buck in Charlotte and learned one of the men shot the deer and allegedly tagged it with his brother's archery tag. He admitted that a few days…

Local News

Call it White Friday at Holiday Valley. The Ellicottville ski resort announced Wednesday that it will open slopes for the first time this season at 9 a.m. Friday. Snowmaking operations, and cold weather, worked together to help the resort make snow over 80 acres at the resort over the last two weeks. Grooming crews have since "frosted the cake" and spread the snow…

Buffalo

The weather menu is serving up some cold turkey this Thanksgiving Day for Buffalo. With a side of snow flurries. Thanks to a passing cold front that went through the region overnight, today's high temperature is forecast to barely push above the freezing point and Thursday will mark the city's chilliest Thanksgiving in three years. "As colder air continues to pour…

Buffalo

November has settled into its pattern. For the third time in about a week, a storm system with a trailing cold front today will bring a roller coaster of temperatures and conditions to the Buffalo Niagara region. Here's what to expect: Today:  The main weather-maker will be the wind ahead of an approaching cold front. Southwesterly winds could gust as high as …

Buffalo

The Holiday Market on Bidwell opens for the first time this season Saturday, according to the Elmwood Village Farmers Market. Shoppers can find the holiday market inside St. John's Grace Episcopal Church at 51 Colonial Circle, near its regular outdoor market at Elmwood and Bidwell Parkway. It opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and will continue operation for eight consecutive …

Buffalo

Next month's scheduled commissioning ceremony of the new USS Little Rock LCS 9 has been the hottest ticket in Buffalo. On Monday, the commissioning committee ended registration for the Dec. 16 event at Canalside. No more tickets are left. “We have seen an overwhelming request for tickets and capacity for this event at Canalside has been reached.” said Maurice L…

Buffalo

The trip over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving dinner at grandmother's house won't be stifled by construction. Monday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo suspended all temporary lane closures on road and bridge projects along the state's highway system to ease travel for the upcoming holiday and into the weekend. Cuomo announced construction-related lane closures w…

Weather

Have you ever wondered who those folks are when weathermen report that "a spotter" in Lockport, Tonawanda or Cheektowaga reported snow, rain or hail? Ever wish you could tell them what the weather's like in your backyard? Now's your chance. Western New York residents interested in the weather are invited to join the National Weather Service's official network …

Weather

Lake-effect snow tapered off after one last flurry in northeastern Erie County early this afternoon. Accumulation totals varied widely across Western New York since the start of the snows Sunday. Topping the list was Allegany in Cattaraugus County with 7 inches, according to a 2 p.m. statement by the National Weather Service. In Erie County, Colden picked up 3.5 i…

Buffalo

For more than 1,000 willing volunteers across Buffalo on Saturday, “giving thanks” meant going beyond offering a meal-time prayer at the holiday table. It was waking up early and breaking a sweat on a damp, chilly morning to help others in need. At St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, an assembly line of volunteers stuffed thousands of Thanksgiving meal bags with every…

Weather

As precipitation goes this weekend, Buffalo will get about 10 times more today than Sunday but with a fraction of the drama. That's because today's precipitation will fall as rain. Then, there's a chance for about an inch of snow in the Buffalo metro Sunday. Other areas, especially in the higher terrain of the Boston Hills or along the Chautauqua Ridge, are expected …

Environment

Sky wars are being waged on the Niagara River. On the dark side of Buffalo Niagara’s ecological resurgence is the double-crested cormorant. The once rare black bird is now ubiquitous here. The cormorant is blamed for overfishing waters in the Niagara River and Lake Erie, taking over the nesting grounds of common terns on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, spooking herons an…

Local News

Today is the calm before the storms. Actually, it's one big weekend storm system that will bring wind and heavy rain to Western New York on Saturday, and wind and lake-effect snow on Sunday. The storm system is on a rapid coast-to-coast trek. Forecast maps show that by Saturday evening its center will pass over Western New York. The heaviest of the lake-effect sn…

Local News

Autumn in Siberia often provides a glimpse into what winter has planned for the Great Lakes, including the Buffalo Niagara region. So prepare to bundle up this winter. Expect a frigid winter with at least one visit from a lobe of the polar vortex, according to climate researchers funded by the National Science Foundation. "I think the combination of La Niña and a…

Environment

Growing beaver populations affecting ecosystems in the Southern Tier have prompted the state Department of Environmental Conservation to call on fur trappers to harvest the animals in a half-dozen spots across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Officials at the DEC's regional wildlife bureau request trappers hone in on these wildlife management or multiple u…