Budget

Brendan Keany
May 01, 2019 - 5:20 pm
BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Byron Brown presented his recommended budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. This year's proposed budget is a $508.6 million spending plan, which is $4.9 million less than last year's budget. If approved, the budget will go into effect...
Read More
AP Photo
Albany, NY (WBEN) - A bill to legalize marijuana in New York State did not pass with the state budget as originally planed, but supporters are still hopeful it will happen this year. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul said it's one of the Governor's top priorities that still needs to be taken care of. "...
Read More
Marijuana
Mike Baggerman
April 01, 2019 - 3:00 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The budget for New York State will not include legislation on much-talked about topics like sports gambling and marijuana, though it will include a ban on single-use plastic bags. Plastic bags only recently entered the statewide conversation but lawmakers and the governor...
Read More
AP Photo
March 30, 2019 - 9:10 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New tolls to drive into parts of Manhattan and a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags are two of the biggest proposals poised for approval as New York state lawmakers work to pass a new state budget before a Monday deadline. Other measures expected to be included in the...
Read More
WBEN Photo/Matt Moran
May 03, 2018 - 5:49 am
BUFFALO (WBEN) - In Mayor Byron Brown's recent budget proposal, he introduced a ticket surcharge that would be applied to several larger city-owned venues. The Proposal, known as the Public Facility Maintenance and Security Surcharge, would do exactly that - charge a little extra for event tickets...
Read More
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - While lawmakers in Albany continue to work toward a budget, it appears that one much talked about piece of legislation will be left aside. A child victims act will not be part of the state budget, if it is passed anywhere near on-time. "I am very, very sad to say that it's not...
Read More
AP Photo
Dave Debo
March 29, 2018 - 5:59 am
(WBEN/AP) New York lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo are working to pass a new state budget ahead of the Easter and Passover weekends, and while the sweeping tax reforms the governor first spoke of last year are not included, the possibility of a pay raise for lawmakers is. The raise for...
Read More
Dave Debo
January 16, 2018 - 6:25 am
(WBEN) In his State of the State message earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Santa Claus skipped New York State this year. Later today, he is expected to unveil a budget proposal that deals with a $4 Billion deficit, reforms state taxes in light of federal changes, and is expected to...
Read More
WBEN Photo/Dave Debo
Richard Root
December 13, 2017 - 4:17 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - The City of Buffalo had a $34.5 million budget gap for this past fiscal year. Fortunately for taxpayers, the gap was filled be reserve funds, but city comptroller Mark Schroeder warns that there isn't much left of those reserve funds. Schroeder’s office issued its year-end...
Read More
WBEN Photo/Tim Wenger
November 01, 2017 - 12:54 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown introduced his proposal for the City of Buffalo's $22.8 capital budget. In his proposed budget, he discussed spending approximately $9.8 million on improving streets, sidewalks, streetscapes, and the addition of bike lanes in the city. Brown also...
Read More

Pages