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Leaders of several Buffalo-based churches invited representatives of law enforcement agencies and City Hall to a meeting, where it was discussed how to improve cooperation to address violent crime. Clergy say they previously planned the meeting but also invited government leaders to ask how the churches might help.


In 2006, Buffalo officials took a bold step by passing a law which expanded upon state and federal fair housing guidelines. The law prohibits landlords from discriminating against potential tenants who rely upon federal subsidies like Section 8 which is used by thousands in Buffalo.  On WBFO's Press Pass, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post discusses her story which indicates city officials are doing little to enforce the statute                                                                        


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Buffalo Common Councilmembers say the Mayor's Office and Comptroller's Office have come up with different projections for the budget deficit that will close out the city's fiscal year 2017-2018. With the city's spending relying heavily on cash reserves, lawmakers sitting on the Council's Finance Committee were asked: are they concerned this could raise the possibility of a return to a hard control board?


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The City of Buffalo will bring auto traffic back to another section of Main Street in two years. Work on reconstructing a portion of the street is scheduled to get underway in July, Mayor Byron Brown announced Thursday.

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The City of Buffalo is ramping up efforts to recycle waste.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s proposed 2018-19 budget includes the introduction of a new user fee that will be applied to events at prominent city-owned venues. While city lawmakers are only beginning to review the budget, they too are discussing how to cover the cost of maintaining and protecting public events while lessening the burden on city taxpayers.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For the past dozen years, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has delivered budget proposals that held the line on property taxes or, in some cases, offered slight decreases. That will change in his thirteenth budget, a proposed $513.6 million spending plan for fiscal year 2018-19 that raises residential and commercial tax rates as well as garbage user fees.

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Count two local government leaders among the many who are eager for prolonged cold, wet weather to end. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz both say the longer it stays, the longer it holds up the start of critical public works projects, beginning with road repairs.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While touting accomplishments by his administration that is now into a third term, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said he "has no illusions the next four years will be easy." Brown delivered his annual State of the City Address before an estimated 1,700 guests Thursday afternoon at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A 21-year member of the Buffalo Fire Department is its new Commissioner. Vincent Muscarella and new Community Services and Recreational Programming Commissioner Otis Barker were the two first-timers among nine department heads confirmed Tuesday by the Buffalo Common Council.


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The Jefferson Avenue business district, in Buffalo, is slated for some major improvements. And it's starting out with free Wi-Fi.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Less than 24 hours before the City of Buffalo was anticipating its first snow accumulation of December, Mayor Byron Brown declared the city's streets personnel ready not just for the forecasted weather but for the entire coming winter season.


Buffalo completes record-setting 32 Clean Sweeps in 2017

Oct 26, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The City of Buffalo is marking a record-setting year for its Clean Sweep program, which officials say has become a model not just for the region but for the nation.


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Even though it has been attacked by disease, the future for Buffalo's oldest tree should be much greener. Given its age, the sycamore is a rarity in today's world. That has led experts in the field to donate their services to help keep the Franklin Street landmark alive for years to come.


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The City of Buffalo is teaming up with the region's Latino leaders to launch a "Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund" drive. A large crowd turned out on the steps of City Hall Friday afternoon to mobilize the community.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The City of Buffalo and United States Army Corps of Engineers are partnering to restore a wetland habitat on Unity Island, using sediment removed from the Buffalo River to help build it. Project leaders see it as a means to bring environmental improvement to both sites.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Infrastructure improvements are planned for a busy South Buffalo street and a nearby park. Details were announced on Monday.


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The City of Buffalo water system will be experiencing some upgrades this year.

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Calling it "on time and balanced" for the 12th straight year, Buffalo mayor Byron Brown has released his spending plan for the city's next fiscal year. It holds the lines on taxes but uses $12 million from the city's reserves.


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Refugees across the region are going to continue receiving help adjusting to their new life in America. Albany is now funding resettlement agencies that faced cuts under President Trump's refugee ban. Local advocates see many benefits for the community.

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A longtime member of the Erie County Legislature is weighing whether or not to enter the race for Mayor of Buffalo.


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For the first time in more than 60 years, the City of Buffalo has updated zoning laws on its books. The new Green Code was been signed into law by Mayor Byron Brown on Tuesday.

He will be remembered for his long history of public service in Erie County. Former Deputy County Executive and South Buffalo Common Councilmember James Keane has died at the age of 70.

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As Buffalo braces for its next dose of snow following the city’s first major lake effect storm, officials say plows are ready and traffic conditions should be better, compared to Wednesday afternoon’s gridlock.


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A downtown parking lot is being turned into a sizeable mixed-use complex that will include 200 housing units and a Tops market.

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The Genesee Gateway has evolved from a crumbling stretch of buildings into a welcoming zone of development.

Buffalo water quality testing one-third complete

Nov 16, 2016

The City of Buffalo says testing of water sources in common use areas of the City’s 27 community centers, prioritized by where young children attend daycare and spend time after school and on weekends, is nearing completion, while the analysis for lead and copper at more than 150 city-owned buildings by the end of the year is on track.

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If you haven't noticed, this is leaf season, as those green and then multi-colored leaves are falling to the ground and the lawns. And across the region, they are piling up and have to be taken away.


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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is proposing a $20 million capital budget for the next fiscal year, stressing infrastructure and repairs to existing city structures.


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The City of Buffalo supports LGBTQ people who live and work here, but can do better. That is according to the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, which gave the city a score of 95 out of 100.

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