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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).


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Seneca Nation leaders hailed a decision Monday by a municipal board in Pennsylvania as a victory for the Allegheny River watershed and its residents. The Coudersport Area Municipal Authority voted unanimously to terminate permits related to the proposed wastewater treatment facility that would have served Pennsylvania's natural gas industry near the headwaters of the Al…

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One more day. After a stretch of significantly colder-than-normal temperatures in Buffalo, more seasonal temperatures are finally on the doorstep, according to the National Weather Service. But first, another cool day is on tap Tuesday. Light snow fell overnight leaving a little bit of a coating on lawns this chilly Tuesday morning. It was only 29 degrees at about…

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When the power went out about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Damon Saunders, a managing partner at the LongHorn Steakhouse in Cheektowaga had no other choice but to politely ask customers to leave the restaurant With a free dinner. “We couldn’t run the registers,” Saunders said. The real hardship for Saunders and several other Walden Avenue eateries – including Panera Bread…

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Old Man Winter isn't giving up any ground yet in the Buffalo Niagara region. More cold, snow and wind is in today's forecast thanks to another passing storm system just north of the region. The National Weather Service said that today's snow squalls could affect the morning rush hour. About 2 inches of snow is possible in metro Buffalo by early afternoon with more in…

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Left to nature, Broderick Park could rest at the bottom of the Niagara River by 2033. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan. The Corps of Engineers is investigating how it can shore up a nearly mile-long stretch of shoreline from the Buffalo wastewater treatment plant to Bird Island Pier. When the Corps finishes its feasibility study next year, construct…

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The gigantic wind storm that raked Western New York and southern Ontario on Wednesday brought a hurricane-force gust to Batavia and the first gust over 60 mph to Buffalo in more than a year. In Rochester, a 66 mph wind gust was clocked, according to the National Weather Service. Gusts above 49 mph were recorded at Rochester for 10 straight hours Wednesday, setting the s…

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A sharp cold front associated with a strong storm system will lower the boom on the Buffalo Niagara region today. Winds gusting up to 65 mph are possible and strong winds have been knocking down trees and power lines. The weather service had a high wind warning in effect for all of Western New York until 8 p.m. It runs until 11 p.m. in Niagara and Orleans counties. …

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Flipping the calendar to April in search of spring has been fool's gold so far. By Wednesday, it'll be windy and white, the National Weather Service forecasts. An approaching storm system will first bring a wet warmup to the Buffalo Niagara region Tuesday, then a cold front is forecast to sweep through early Wednesday morning. Forecasters expect dangerously high w…

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Spring may come. By May. Forecasters at the federal Climate Prediction Center aren't bullish on any drastic April warmup for the Great Lakes or the Northeast, according to projections in its 6-to-10 day, 8-to-14 day or even its 3-4 week outlooks. For the nearest outlook, between April 1 and 5, forecasters project a persistent "anomalous trough" of colder air t…

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The second-longest dry spell in Buffalo since November 2016 came to a quick halt today at 10 straight days. The National Weather Service recorded 0.07 inches of rain, as of 2 p.m. The last measurable precipitation came on March 16 with 0.6 inches of snow, according to weather service data. An approaching frontal system is expected to take the place of high pressur…

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One Bethlehem Steel site on the waterfront is enough. Don't make matters worse by neglecting the former Huntley Generating Station, said environmental activists, teachers and others from the Town of Tonawanda. They converged Monday at the entrance to the former power plant on River Road to call on NRG Energy to evaluate the site and oversee a full cleanup of toxins f…

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For 25 straight days, the daily high temperature in Buffalo has fallen in the 30s. That streak — and the nearly three weeks of below-normal temperatures — is finally expected to be snapped today, National Weather Service forecasts show. High pressure, and some warmer air, is expected to grace the Buffalo Niagara region. Plenty of sunshine is expected Monday with h…

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SALAMANCA – Five of the 11 healthiest watersheds in New York State outside of the Adirondacks are in or around Allegany State Park in Cattaraugus County, a first-of-its-kind state assessment shows. More than two dozen metrics were used to analyze wetland areas near rivers and streams as a way to map the ecological health, stress and resilience of the state's 1,673 s…

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Canadian high pressure will keep the weather mainly dry, but cool across the Buffalo Niagara region for the next several days, according to the National Weather Service. Here's what weather service forecasters say to expect: Today and tonight Partly sunny conditions with highs in the mid 30s and a northwest breeze that will make it feel 10 to 15 degrees colder. …

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High pressure over northern Canada will keep things on the chilly side in the Buffalo Niagara region for the first full day of spring. Be thankful. It also will keep the fourth nor'easter of the month at bay to the south and east, National Weather Service forecasters said. Forecasters expect the storm system could dump more than a foot of snow across the Appalachi…