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Caitlin Dewey

Caitlin Dewey is a reporter at the Buffalo News. Before returning to Western New York, she spent six years reporting for the finance and style desks at the Washington Post.


Buffalo

Erie County Democrats backed two emerging political players in their bid for local office Saturday, nominating Mitchell Nowakowski for the Fillmore Common Council district and John Gilmour for the 9th Erie County Legislature seat. Nowakowski, a 27-year-old graduate of Buffalo State College, is a current legislative assistant with the Council's central staff and a former…

Buffalo

City politicians and technology leaders pitch Buffalo as a nascent tech hub, envisioning a rosy future where every child owns a laptop and geeks flock downtown with their edgy startups. But the city may face a major obstacle before this grand vision even gets off the ground: Its internet speeds rank among the country’s slowest, according to two separate analyses by The …

Buffalo

Several of Buffalo’s largest businesses have a new plan to boost investment in the region: invite a select group of expats back to their hometown and dazzle them with evidence of its revival for a weekend. The initiative, dubbed “Buffalo Homecoming,” was announced Tuesday morning by sponsors including Delaware North, M&T Bank, Pegula Sports and Entertainment and the…

Local News

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a $485 million philanthropic organization, has powered ambitious community initiatives from Kleinhans Music Hall to Say Yes Buffalo, which significantly boosted local college matriculation. Now, as the organization celebrates 100 years, it’s looking to recognize other regional “changemakers” by awarding grants and endowments…

Buffalo

What keeps you from downtown Buffalo: the parking or the crime? So asked a local news station last month in a post hate-shared across many a Facebook timeline. Downtowners raged against suburban stodge. Suburbanites railed against car break-ins. The warring comments suggest a startling number of Western New Yorkers believe downtown to be a crime-ridden, car-packed waste…

Buffalo

The construction dust may have settled at Oishei Children's Hospital and the University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Science – but the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is still growing, said Matt Enstice, the campus’ chief executive officer. With the 120-acre research campus mostly built out, and the ties between its member institutions well-estab…

Buffalo

Buffalo Police reported that they arrested a man on charges of menacing and harassment after he pointed a handgun in a woman's face, threatened to kill her and drove off. The incident took place Saturday at the Mariner Homes Apartments, next to the Niagara Thruway near Virginia Street. According to the report, police later searched Andres Reyes-Rosario's car and found a…

Buffalo

Police arrested a 22-year-old Buffalo man after he was found bagging electronics, hand warmers and facial cleanser Saturday in a Linden Avenue apartment. Police arrived at the house after a neighbor called 911, according to a police report. Once on the scene, police forced entry through a rear side door and found Daitwon Lee, of Hagen Street, standing in the living room…

Buffalo

A 40-year-old man broke into his mother's Grider Street apartment early Saturday morning and stole a loaded pistol from her bedroom, according to a police report. The man, Markay Wilson, entered his mother's home by taking a rear window off its track, according to the report, and took a loaded, semi-automatic Ruger pistol, then exited back through the window. Police …

Crime

An Ohio man was treated for exposure Sunday after he fled into the woods in single-digit temperatures to avoid police, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities said Jason Wasson, 45, of Dayton, led officers on a two-mile chase shortly after noon in the Town of Busti. Wind chills at the time were well below zero, according to the National Weather Service.…

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The annual event at Kleinhans Music Hall to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. was cancelled Sunday afternoon because of poor driving conditions, organizers said. Bessie Patterson, coordinator of the long-running event, said some performers could not attend because streets in parts of Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs were not sufficiently plowed. She hopes to…

Buffalo

The store sat at downtown’s busiest pedestrian corner, a mere three blocks from City Hall. But earlier this month, after 41 years in business, the CVS at Main and Court streets abruptly closed. Sales at the location had fallen for years. A bump in nearby residents didn’t help. Now the store’s vacant windows testify to the messy challenge of rebuilding downtown at a time…

Amherst

The digital divide looks like Buffalo’s Broadway Market on a Friday afternoon: a dozen round tables thronged with lunchgoers – and nary a laptop or tablet among them. Most households in this neighborhood don’t own such devices, new first-of-its-kind federal data show. And even fewer have the means to go online with them, either at the Broadway Market or in their own hom…

Buffalo

A public showdown over downtown parking appeared to end this week in a draw: On-street rates would still double to $2 per hour under a resolution by Common Council President Darius Pridgen – but would remain free most nights and weekends. Officials hope the compromise amendment, which is expected to pass Tuesday, will end a fractious debate that began soon after the Com…

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Watch out, New Year's revelers: 2019 is getting off to a stormy start. Rain and strong winds were likely across the region tonight, according to the National Weather Service. However, it was planned to be a start that included the annual New Year's Eve fireworks display, fire officials said, according to a spokesman for Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown late Monday. In…