Benigni remains at WGRZ, will co-anchor ‘Daybreak’
The mystery surrounding where WGRZ-TV’s (Channel 2) Adam Benigni was going to land was solved Thursday when the station announced he will become the co-anchor of the morning program “Daybreak” alongside Melissa Holmes after John Beard exits at the end of the year.
Until taking his “Daybreak” seat in January, Benigni will work on original stories and serve as a fill-in anchor, Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said.
Benigni’s contract had expired and he had been off for several weeks considering his next move after Scott Levin returned to the NBC affiliate as the station’s primary male coanchor.
Benigni, who had been the station’s sports director and has been at the station for 20 years, seemed in line to become Channel 2’s primary male co-anchor before Levin’s return after three months working for the West Herr Automotive Group.
Benigni attracted a following as news anchor to the point that some Channel 2 viewers felt he deserved the Adam Benigni
walking through,” Williams said. “There are more break-ins on St. Marys. On both streets, we look out for each other.”
Darwish, 39, isn’t new to the slaughterhouse business. The Israeli Arab has been in the United States for almost 14 years, first in New York City and then in Westchester County before coming to Buffalo five years ago. He is originally from Jerusalem, and his family has a farm in Israel with “a lot of animals.” So he’s familiar with slaughterhouse practices, he said.
Still, there’s no guarantee that he will succeed with his goal, at least not in Buffalo. The city used to have an abundance of stockyards and slaughterhouses, particularly when the East Side was a bustling area, but they all closed years ago. Past efforts to open new ones met fierce resistance from neighborhood and animal rights activists – including two proposals for halal slaughterhouses, on William Street eight years ago and on Broadway two years ago.
For customers who want to purchase fresh meat from a slaughterhouse, the nearest alternative right now is in Lackawanna, Darwish stated in his application to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
“They are all very happy to have this type of business so close to home,” he stated. “We are planning to have affordable fresh food.”
The application will be considered when the Zoning Board of Appeals meets next Wednesday. Members of the block club said they plan to be there.
Shuttered former Dairy Queen at 822 Walden Ave. in Buffalo, near Cheektowaga border, is the focus as neighbors oppose a businessman’s plan for restaurant and slaughterhouse.