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Branden Block

Branden has been a journalist for more than 15 years, working in newsrooms around Central New York, Western New York and the Capital District, where he covered urban crime and political news for Albany's WRGB. During his career, he's served as the New York State  Television Chair for the National Press Photographers Association (TVQCC)  and has won numerous awards for his video journalism. Prior to joining the WIBX Newsroom, Branden worked with Governor David Paterson's 2010 campaign for Governor. A Mohawk Valley native, Branden enjoys covering Utica politics and public safety issues. You can hear him Saturday mornings from 6-9 on WIBX 950AM.
Image courtesy New York State Police
Image courtesy New York State Police
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Teen Driver Involved in Accident, 8 sent to Hospital

Verona, NY (WIBX) - A teen driver is being blamed for causing an accident that ejected a passanger from his vehicle.

According to the New York State Police, 17-year old Cody Domena lost control of the SUV he was driving while passing another vehicle near V-V-S High School in the Town of Verona

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Utica Police Chief Willams addresses the Common Council. Image Courtesy Branden Block, WIBX
Utica Police Chief Willams addresses the Common Council. Image Courtesy Branden Block, WIBX
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UPD Chief Calls For State Audit of Police Department

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Utica's top cop feels the Utica Common Council doesn't completely trust how he's managing his department.

According to Chief Mark Williams, he's contacted the State's Division of Criminal Justice Services to request an independent audit of his department

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Branden Block, WIBX
Branden Block, WIBX
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UPD Back in Oneida County’s Drug Task Force, Child Advocacy Center

Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Utica Common Council narrowly approved an ordinance amending the composition of the Bureau of Police which will allow the Utica Police Department to participate in both the Oneida County Drug Task Force and the County's Child Advocacy Center

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Image Courtesy Branden Block, WIBX News
Image Courtesy Branden Block, WIBX News
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South Utica Residents Sound Off About Codes Violations

Utica, NY (WIBX) - South Uticans had a chance to voice their codes complaints to city officials last night, residents turned out to hear from members of the Utica city codes department as well  as from City Judge Ralph Eannace, who's trying a different approach to handling  codes violations this year

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Image Courtesy ALS of Utica
Image Courtesy ALS of Utica
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ALS of Utica Raises $132K to Battle Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Utica, NY (WIBX) - The fight against Lou Gehrig's disease continued over the weekend, nearly 1,200 runners and walkers turned out to show there support in fighting the deadly disease. The ALS of Utica held a run and walk Saturday on the SUNYIT campus, raising $132,000

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Image Courtesy Branden Block, WIBX
Image Courtesy Branden Block, WIBX
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Anti-Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center Closure Movement Gains Momentum

Utica, NY (WIBX) - The fight to keep the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center open continues. Concerned residents, employees and former patients meeting last night to hand-in nearly 3,000 signatures, urging Governor Cuomo to reverse a plan that will close the psychiatric center,  laying off nearly 150

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Utica Police Department
Utica Police Department
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Gunshot Victim Refuses to Help Utica Police

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Utica Police respond to Saint Luke's Hospital after a gunshot victim seeks medical treatment. According to authorities, 23-year old Shakir Elliot was driven to the hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to his buttock

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