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).


Local News

This time around, the wintriest weather in Western New York looks to be in the northern tier of the Buffalo Niagara region. A winter weather advisory for Western New York is in place until 7 p.m. Saturday. Here's where the most snow has been reported so far. Here's what the National Weather Service says to expect: Today Milder air associated with a warm front is…

Local News

A mixed bag of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow is coming to Western New York late tonight into Friday depending on where you live in Western New York. Then, big-time wintry weather is coming early next week with single-digit temperatures and more snow. Welcome to winter. It officially began today. Here's what the National Weather Service says to expect: Ton…

Environment

Sewage overflowed into Scajaquada Creek, Cazenovia Creek, Eighteen Mile Creek and other creeks Tuesday and today from wastewater treatment plants overwhelmed from melting snow. NY-Alert, the state's emergency alert system, reported overflows in Lancaster, Cheektowaga, Derby, Blasdell, West Seneca and the Town of Tonawanda. Typically, sewage overflows get more att…

Environment

Eight Western New York livestock farms will benefit from a portion of a $20 million award from New York State's $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday. Three farms each in both Chautauqua and Allegany counties are on the list of 56 farms statewide. Grants there will total nearly $2 million. One farm each in Erie and Cattara…

Local News

Mother Nature spent more than a week coloring Western New York white with piles of December snow. By early today, she melted a lot of her handiwork with more than 24 consecutive hours of temperatures in the 40s, some gusty winds and even rain. For those dreaming of a white Christmas, there's still hope, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Ahead of …

Local News

Hold on to your hats. Winds gusting over 50 mph today are possible across much of the Buffalo Niagara region today as the result of a strong storm system and an approaching cold front. The National Weather Service posted a wind advisory for all Western New York counties except for Cattaraugus and Allegany until 7 p.m. Southwest winds will be sustained over 20 mph …

Environment

The Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom is in place for the winter. Crews began installing the 1.7-mile long ice boom on schedule Saturday and finished Sunday, according to Lou Paonessa, a spokesman for the New York Power Authority. The boom is installed when the temperature of Lake Erie reaches 39 degrees, which happened last Thursday. The International Joint Commis…

Local News

Feels kind of balmy this morning, right? Temperatures are only expected to be in the upper 30s today, but it will feel a lot warmer than it has lately. By 7 a.m., the mercury broke above freezing for the first time since Dec. 9. It was 37 degrees. Forecasters said the unseasonably cold, snowy stretch that dates back nearly two weeks comes to an end today with a da…

Buffalo

More "boxes of love" were distributed Saturday to refugee and immigrant families in Buffalo by the Buffalo Dream Center. The event was led by Rev. Eric Johns, pastor of the center, and a host of volunteers at the Dream Center's Lafayette Avenue location. “It has been a great year,” says Pastor Eric Johns.  “Hundreds of volunteers wrapped toys, packed food in bags, an…

Bills

When the Buffalo Bills are in town, data shows that guests are too – in Western New York's Airbnbs. With one exception: Last Sunday's "Snowvertime" game versus Indianapolis. New data provided by Airbnb shows there's been a surge in visitors to Buffalo on Saturday nights before a Bills home game with occupancy up by more than 60 percent on those weekends not impacted …

Crime

A 21-year-old man faces first-degree robbery and petit larceny charges after he allegedly held up a Town of Niagara gas station just after midnight today, the Niagara County sheriff's office reported. Brandan J. Kruszka is accused of brandishing a loaded rifle and holding up the A-Plus Sunoco at 6730 Packard Road. An employee of the gas station called 911. Sheriff's …

Local News

The lake-effect snow refused to go quietly Saturday. But, there will be no replay of last Sunday's snowy scene for the Buffalo Bills home finale at New Era Field. http://buffalonews.com/2017/12/16/don-pauls-updated-bills-dolphins-forecast-cloudy-and-cold-but-snow-free/ A shift in the wind direction throttled down and choked off the lake-effect machine late Saturda…

Environment

Correcting inflow and infiltration into Cheektowaga's sewer lines will be the chief aim of a $5 million state grant to improve the town's wastewater system, state and town officials said Thursday. The grant comes from the state's $2.5 billion pool of money allocated for water quality improvements. It will help Cheektowaga with its ongoing efforts to line its sanitary…

Local News

A winter weather advisory is now in effect until 10 p.m. for Niagara County. An advisory for Northern Erie County continues through 1 a.m. Niagara and northern Erie counties were forecasted to get about 3 to 5 inches of snow — with much of that having already fallen over a two-hour period between 5 and 7 p.m. Friday. Five inches were recorded shortly before 7 p.m. at…

Local News

With 12 days til Christmas, Mother Nature sends to thee... Some more chilling cold. A few lake snows, mixing with some rain. And, an Arctic front on Christmas Eve? https://twitter.com/MJVentrice/status/940950108325150720 Weather service forecasters won't be pinned down on a Christmas Day forecast specifics just yet, but speculation abounds on social media. Weat…