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ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — Fantasy sports companies have caused quite a bit of controversy in the state this past year. On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a $12 million settlement with DraftKings and FanDuel.
Both companies have agreed to pay $6 million in fines related to false advertising. After a year-long investigation, Schneiderman says that both DraftKings and FanDuel “consistently misled consumers in advertisements.”
“Today’s settlements make it clear that no company has a right to deceive New Yorkers for its own profit,” Schneiderman said. “DraftKings and FanDuel will now be required to operate with greater transparency and disclosure and to permanently end the misrepresentations they made to millions of consumers. These agreements will help ensure that both companies operate, honestly and lawfully in the future.”
In the past, the legality of fantasy sports in New York has been questioned. Fantasy sports companies were cleared to resume activities in the state this past August.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — “When workers rights are under attack, what we do?,” shouts one person into a megaphone. The reply for the few dozen marching – “Stand up, fight back“.
Among those leading the group – three undocumented workers who were rounded up by federal agents during raids. The three workers appeared for meetings with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Tuesday morning.
The workers reporting for this meeting were among the 25 arrested during raids at four local restaurants – La Davina, El Agave, Don Tequila and Agave.
“All of a sudden agents broke in, police officers broke in, they told them to get on the floor. they came with guns and dogs,” said Carlos Rojas translating for Antonio Robles, a cook at La Davina “They raided the place; cuffed them for over two hours. He just doesn’t understand why that happened to them. They were just at work.”
Rally participants are calling for the workers to be treated fairly and asking the immigration officials to be lenient.
“It really indignates [sp] me that my hometown is doing this to people who really just want to work and provide for their families,” said Meghan Maloney de Zaldivar, one of the rally organizers. “These people do not deserve to be in the shadows and be so afraid to exist in our communities.”
Under partly cloudy skies, tonight will find many heaters kicking on as lows drop back into the low 30’s and upper 20’s. For those who will be venturing out late tonight you may get a chance to view the northern lights due to some activity on the sun earlier this AM. Viewers as far south as our PA counties will have a chance to see the aurora if the clouds cooperate. Winds will go light overnight, so despite the cool conditions most of WNY will remain dry. Wednesday is looking like a nice day after a chilly start, though clouds will begin to increase near sunset. As temperatures fall back into the 30’s overnight into Thursday we will see a chance for rain and a few snowflakes mixing in. The chance for snow will actually fade overnight thanks to an increasing breeze out of the SE, which will allow temperatures to warm up before the sun rises on Thursday. Only the higher elevations south and east of Buffalo will see a long enough cold window before the warmup to find some minor dustings on cars and elevated surfaces. SE breeze will slowly trend south on Thursday and will warm all areas up so that rain showers will continue on and off during the day. As the system moves out into the early morning hours of Friday the winds will briefly line up over the lakes to bring a chance for a few lake effect flurries into early Friday AM. Clouds may break up a bit on Friday and any precip should be limited to the AM. Temperatures will warm up significantly for the weekend and we will dodge a couple chances for a few passing showers both Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures are expected to gradually warm back up next week.
TUESDAY NIGHT; Any leftover drizzle ends early this evening, then Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Low: 27-34, Wind: Light
WEDNESDAY: Still Very Cool, Patchy Early Clouds, then some Morning Sun, Clouds Increase again during the afternoon, High: 42-46, Wind: NE 4-8. Rain showers develop later at night, possibly starting as a wintry mix, Low: 37
THURSDAY: Cloudy, Rainy. The rain will be more concentrated toward the Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania, High: 49, Low: 38
FRIDAY: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, few flurries possible before sunrise. High: 48, Low: 41
SATURDAY: Scattered rain showers with some long breaks , High: 58, Low: 46
SUNDAY: Periods of Rain, High: 53, Low:42
MONDAY: Partly Sunny, High: 57, Low: 46
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County District Attorney candidates John Flynn Jr. and Joseph Treanor III debated at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo on Tuesday morning, each trying to convince the gym full of students and staff that he is the best man for the job.
Watch the entire debate in the video below.
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St. Joe’s sponsors political debates like this every year, featuring candidates from one of the most interesting local races at the time. Organizers say it makes no difference that most of the high schoolers in the audience aren’t old enough to vote.
“My students are very much involved politically,” said Ted Lina, who has moderated the debates at St. Joe’s every year since the early 1980s. “They will vote, and what was said here this morning will be remembered for several years.”
Lina admitted this debate was a challenge, because the race for the district attorney’s office is usually less political than other races.
“This one was a little less exciting than some in the past. There weren’t as many of some of those big jab moments,” recalled senior Jesse Brodka,who served on the panel of students asking candidates questions this year after observing other debates in his earlier years at St. Joe’s.
Even without a lot of big fireworks moments, though, the students were paying close attention.
And, the candidates took the opportunity very seriously, as they laid out their views on everything from budget and campaign finance issues, to the relationship between prosecutors and police, to how the DA’s office can help address the opioid crisis in our community.
From the Republican ticket, students heard from Joe Treanor, a decorated Air Force veteran who retired as a colonel from the Judge Advocate General’s office after 28 years of service. He now works pro bono representing local veterans.
Democrat John Flynn is also a military man. He currently serves as a JAG commander in the Naval Reserves, as well as a private attorney and the town attorney for Tonawanda. Flynn is also a former homicide prosecutor and city court judge.
“I have been, basically, a jack-of-all-trades in the legal world that gives me the experience to do this job,” Flynn told the students at St. Joe’s on Tuesday.
“I’m a prosecutor. I’m not a politician, and I never will be one. And I make no apologies for that,” Treanor said.
The students who saw the debate said they were impressed by what they heard from the candidates, and they said they were grateful for the experience, especially those who were members of the student panel that got to ask questions and serve as fact checkers during the debate.
“I’ve been looking forward to this day ever since I came in as a freshman and my first debate,” said senior Ben Bryan. “This has always been something interesting. I said I want to be up there.”
“It was kind of nerve wracking being up here in front of everybody asking the questions, but it was good to see them go back and forth and see their differing views,” said Seth Glanowski, another St. Joe’s senior.
The candidates for Erie County District Attorney will explain their views in another debate later this week. You can watch Tuesday’s full debate by clicking on the video below.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some paint them, some carve them, and others just leave them be. As Halloween approaches, check out these local pumpkins.
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NEW YORK (WIVB) — Attorney General Eric Schneiderman unveiled new information on gun trafficking into New York on Tuesday.
According to new research announced by Schneiderman, 74 percent of all guns recovered by law enforcement officers came from outside the state. In addition to that statistic, 86 percent of recovered handguns come from outside of New York.
“The data makes one thing abundantly clear: New York’s strong gun laws are being undermined at every turn by lax laws in other states,” Schneiderman said. “Even as we work to make our streets safer, the illegal guns most often used in violent crimes continue to pour into our state. In fact, three-out-of-four guns used in New York crimes come from out-of-state. When you look at the illegal crime gun problem, it’s the handgun that’s killing people every day – and 86% of recovered handguns come from out-of-state, underscoring the problem New York faces. It’s time for the federal government – and other states – to take common sense measures and ensure weak gun laws won’t continue to take the lives of New Yorkers.”
Between 2010 and 2015, law enforcement agencies in the state recovered nearly 53,000 guns. Only 6 percent of those were recovered from someone who was also the original purchaser of the gun.
MORE | See the full report here.