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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Just one day after Founding Fathers Pub received new acclaim, making a list of the top bars to visit in America, Buffalo Police announced a full investigation into underage drinking at the establishment.
Buffalo Police Department officers on patrol say they stumbled across what they described as a “disturbance” outside of the beloved Buffalo watering hole, leading police to enter. Inside, police described an underage drinking event, with about 30 underage patrons inside.
Officers didn’t say whether or not they issued any charges, but did say they referred the case on to the New York State Liquor Authority, which confirmed it will begin a full investigation.
For now, Founding Fathers will remain open pending the results of the investigation.
News 4 will follow this story and update it with new details when they become available.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Nearly a year after a racially charged conversation between Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Commissioner Joe Mascia and a second person, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced he’s been officially removed.
Immediately following the publishing of the racially charged comments on WIVB.com in July, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority suspended Mascia, who served as the tenant commissioner. With the suspension and after a public hearing, Mayor Byron Brown had the ability to terminate his position, but chose not to do so immediately.
Brown and other black leaders in the Buffalo community denounced the comments, prompting Mascia himself to visit News 4’s studios to publicly apologize for the comments.
“I don’t know what to say, I’m hurt, I’ve hurt my family by remarks like this,” Mascia said, noting he made the comments in a moment of weakness.
Brown followed up on the suspension by hiring a veteran Buffalo attorney to serve as an independent investigator to delve into the validity and severity of wrongdoing. Ann Evanko, the appointed attorney, hosted a public hearing in which she presented evidence she collected.
DOCUMENT | Reported findings from attorney Ann Evanko.
“After weighing substantial evidence presented during the public hearing that occurred over the course of a three-week period, Ms. Evanko found substantial grounds to recommend the removal of Mr. Mascia from the BMHA Board,” Brown released in a statement.”I am accepting her recommendation and removing Mr. Mascia from the BMHA Board, effective immediately.”
According to the Mayor’s office, bylaws prevent Mascia from running for re-election in an upcoming election on June 14. His name can’t legally appear on the ballots.
NEW YORK (AP) — Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.
About 39,000 Verizon Communications Inc. landline and cable employees in nine eastern states and Washington, D.C., have been on strike since April. They had been working without a contract since last August.
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says the agreement is being written now and will be submitted for approval from union members of Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
A persistent stream of warm, humid air will continue right through the holiday weekend. A few pop-up thunderstorms are possible, mainly south of Buffalo this evening. Otherwise, another mild and humid night will start off the weekend. This mid-summer-like pattern will continue to feature widely separated and scattered thunderstorms, generally in the afternoon hours Saturday. The best chance to see these will be south of Buffalo and away from Lake Erie. Temperatures Saturday will rival records, the current record high for Buffalo is 86º from 2012. Along with the humidity, it will feel like 90s at times.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms may actually be more likely Sunday afternoon and evening as a weak disturbance rolls through. The good news with this is that disturbance should largely clear out in time for Memorial Day, giving us plenty of dry time with sunshine gradually returning.
After the holiday weekend, we get back into a lot of sunshine, and temperatures remain quite warm.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Early Thundershower South, Mostly to Partly Clear, Mild, Muggy. Calm SW breeze, Low: 61-67.
SATURDAY: Near Record Warmth, Very Humid, Partly Sunny, Chance of a few Spotty Afternoon Showers and Thunderstorms mainly south of the metro, High: 87…78 lakeshore, Low: 67.
SUNDAY: Partial Sun, Scattered Afternoon Showers/Thunderstorms, becoming slightly more widespread. High: 84, Low: 66.
MEMORIAL DAY: Mostly to Partly Cloudy, Mainly Rainfree, Chance of a Shower well S&E of Buffalo, High: 79, Low: 60.
TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 79, Low: 57.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny, High: 78, Low: 59.
THURSDAY: Partly Sunny, High: 80, chance of showers late, Low: 60.
FRIDAY: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Chance of showers and thunderstorms. High: 78.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Amid an investigation into Steve Pigeon, one of the most powerful Democratic operatives in western New York, Supreme Court Justice John Michalek has had his cases taken away from him.
Court officials confirmed Michalek, a Supreme Court Justice in Erie County, will not receive any new cases, in addition to having all his current cases reassigned. In the beginning of may, sources confirmed to News 4 an investigation into Pigeon expanded to encompass communications between the judge and the operative.
The probe looked into whether or not Michalek asked for Pigeon’s help in securing a job for a relative.
Exactly one year ago on Friday, police raided the homes of Pigeon and two other operatives over alleged campaign finance violations.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Parades and other events will be happening throughout western New York this weekend in honor of Memorial Day. Find a list of them below:
Town of Marilla Memorial Day Celebration Parade — May 29th
Clarence Memorial Day Parade — May 30th
Collins Center Memorial Day Parade — May 30th
Kenmore/ Tonawanda Memorial Day Parade — May 30th
Lancaster Memorial Day Parade — May 30th
Orchard Park — May 30th
West Seneca Memorial Day Parade — May 30th
Williamsville/Amherst Memorial Day Parade — May 30th
Forest Lawn will host the Erie County Legion for this year’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Starting at 8:00 a.m., flags will be placed on veteran’s graves. At 9 a.m., the ceremony will start right outside the American Legion Memorial Monument in the Veterans section near the Main Street gates.