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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).


Environment

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper has a track record of restoring shorelines and watersheds. Now, in Niagara County, it has gone one step further: helping to put land under the control of a town. The Town of Niagara last week acquired the title to 30 acres of forested land near Niagara Falls International Airport. “It’s a really critical component,” said Joseph Gould, Wate…

Environment

Chautauqua Lake was designated this week by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as one of a dozen "priority lakes" statewide to receive a share of $65 million in funds designed to beat back toxic algae. The initiative, outlined in the governor's recent State of the State address, calls for four regional summits to be convened by the state health and environmental officials. &nb…

Environment

Two Concord men who allegedly shot a doe from a pickup truck they were riding in last month face a variety of charges, the state Department of Environmental Conservation Police reported. Authorities said the two men, who were identified as Daylin Holt, 28, of East Concord, and Ryan Simmons, 28, of Springville, allegedly shot the deer Jan. 30 in Concord. DEC Offic…

Local News

February's up-and-down weather will continue with another dip today, and a riser early next week. Temperatures began in the 40s during the early hours, but a passing cold front through the Buffalo Niagara region will drop the mercury steadily all day, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasts charts also show it'll dip to about 30 by lunchtime, 20 degrees …

Environment

It hadn't rained much in Cheektowaga as of mid-afternoon Thursday, but the melting snow caused sewage overflows around the town, according to reports from the NY-Alert system. Four separate reports were made of sewage discharges. All were discharged into Scajaquada Creek, accounting for millions of gallons of untreated sewage and wastewater. The estimated amounts …

Local News

Warmer temperatures and rain today could result in melting snow, rising waters on creeks and streams and ice jam flooding, the National Weather Service said. The weather service issued a flood watch for Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties along with the western Southern Tier from this afternoon to Friday afternoon. "There is a risk for ice jam flooding starting Th…

Local News

The warmest air of the month is forecast in Buffalo today and Thursday, and it could melt a lot of the snow and thaw the ice pack on area creeks and streams. Here's what the National Weather Service says to expect: Today Gradual clearing in the late morning with a southwesterly wind. Daytime highs in the mid-40s. A 40 percent chance for showers or drizzle in the ev…

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A bright, seasonal February day is expected today in Western New York. National Weather Service forecasters said to expect mostly sunny skies today with a high near 30 degrees. Overnight lows will be in the upper 20s. As Arctic high pressure moves out toward the east, a southerly flow will take over, forecasters said. Warmer temperatures are forecast to move into …

Weather

Watch out for black ice this morning. All that rain and melting snow yesterday froze up overnight. There was also a brief period of freezing rain and freezing drizzle Sunday evening that's making sidewalks and roads slippery. "We have some slick spots out there, especially on roads that aren't treated," said National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Welch. High…

Environment

It's a case of the winter "haves and have-nots." Live near ice-covered Lake Erie? There's no more lake-effect snow. For residents on the eastern end of Lake Ontario though, snow is still falling by the foot-load. Just ask the Oswego County community of Redfield, which received 15 inches more snow since Thursday and passed the 300-inch mark for seasonal snowfall. …

Local News

It won't be the fiercest snowfall you've ever seen, but today's will have some staying power. Three to six inches of snow is expected between 10 a.m. today through Saturday morning, with the heaviest snow – coming down at a rate of up to half an inch per hour – hitting right around the evening commute, according to a winter weather advisory issued early today by the Nat…

Local News

Today's conditions are ripe for some heavy lake-effect snow in Western New York. One problem: Lake Erie is almost entirely frozen. http://buffalonews.com/2018/01/04/how-iced-over-is-lake-erie-today-nearly-halfway/ That means heavy lake-effect snow will fall east of Lake Ontario in the snow-prone Tug Hill Plateau. In Buffalo, just some penny ante snow showers are e…

Local News

The winter storm that dropped several inches over the Buffalo Niagara region this morning is on its way east. The western edge of the storm was still affecting the region about 1 p.m. today, but weather radar showed the heaviest of the snowfall was already past the metro Buffalo area. The moderate snowfall will "diminish in intensity from west to east," the National …

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Expect a snowy day Wednesday – maybe even the snowiest of the season. It could snow as much as a half-foot in the Buffalo Niagara region. Up to a foot could fall a little farther south and east, including in places like Warsaw, Olean and Wellsville. http://buffalonews.com/2018/02/06/winter-storm-to-bring-4-to-7-inches-to-niagara-frontier-more-to-the-east/ It will …

Local News

Smoke from a large industrial fire at a vinyl company in Port Colborne, Ont., could be seen this morning in Buffalo. Its trail extended above the Northtowns. Ontario radio station CKTB, 610 AM, reported this morning that the fire was at Vinyl Works Canada on Barber Green Drive at Concession Road in Port Colborne. The report said voluntary evacuations were underway…