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The City of Buffalo will continue its weekly recycling collections under a new contract approved by the Common Council this week.


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Common Council members have voted themselves an allowance for using their own cars on official business, saying they are out and about often and their costs are not paid.


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Buffalo police are issuing a lot of speeding tickets after Common Council members complained there wasn't enough being done to nail speeders and those who run stop signs.

Developer Gerry Buchheit said by the end of next year, his Queen City Landing will be rising 23 stories above Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Buffalo's Common Council approved the long-awaited project Tuesday.


The Buffalo Planning Board has voted its approval on the controversial Queen City Landing project which would erect a 23-story residential complex along the Outer Harbor.

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Improvements are coming to a section of Buffalo's Schiller Park, courtesy of a $298,000 allocation from the Common Council.


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The Common Council is again pushing Albany to move the school board elections to November instead of May. The spring date has been blamed for a voter turnout that averages around ten percent.


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Buffalo Common Council members aren't happy about plans for a major expansion of the drug treatment program in Hispanics United on Virginia Street.

Buffalo's police union and the city's police commissioner have different opinions about the union's proposal to provide patrol officers with higher-powered guns than their currently-issued pistols. City lawmakers, meanwhile, are not ready to commit one way or another.


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Buffalo lawmakers want action on problematic delis and on drug houses and say they need Albany and Buffalo police to help.


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With a second case of alleged assault on a Buffalo School Bus in just the past few months, Common Council members are calling for increased action by school administrators.


City program looks to clear snowy sidewalks

Jan 20, 2016
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Over some opposition, the Common Council voted Tuesday to go ahead with a pilot program to test snow plowing city-owned property on the East Side, along Metro Bus routes.


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Albany will be funding construction projects at Coca Cola Field and for Johnnie B. Wiley on the site of the old War Memorial Stadium in the city of Buffalo.


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After lengthy debate, Buffalo has a capital budget for the next year.  Some were looking for more than the $20 million spending plan.


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Members of the Council's Legislation Committee were told Tuesday of the problems of thinly-staffed hospitals and what it means for patients. The session was part of a push for Albany to mandate staffing levels in hospitals and nursing homes.


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The Council decided it had no choice and agreed to pay out $350,000 in a case where a police officer allegedly attacked a clerk in an auto repo store.


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Buffalo's Common Council has not voted to move the summer concert series to the Outer Harbor. Several council members made that point Tuesday, after receiving heavy criticism since the idea first came up two weeks ago.


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The Common Council is expected to begin a lengthy review of  Buffalo's new Green Code today.


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Buffalo has taken a big step forward towards modernizing its 62-year-old zoning code and land use policies.


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City officials want to hire Express Scripts directly to handle prescriptions rather than work with the same firm through an intermediary. The move could save taxpayers' dollars.


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The Buffalo Common Council has adopted a resolution urging greater accessibility to medical marijuana.

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Common Council members are again blasting Rural Metro following reports of slow service in critical situations.


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The Common Council came back from its August recess for a special session Thursday. With uncertainty about the future of Rural Metro with a competitor buying the firm out, members approved a new five-year ambulance agreement.


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Samuel Herbert is on the ballot in the Democratic primary for the Fillmore District Council seat held by David Franczyk.

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Joseph Mascia says he isn't going away any time soon and will use his campaign for Fillmore District councilmember to open a community conversation on race and economic injustice.


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The Niagara District's David Rivera has been elected the new majority leader of the Buffalo Common Council.

Demone Smith resigns from Common Council

Jun 23, 2015
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Demone Smith has resigned as the Buffalo Common Council's Masten District representative to take another city job.

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With only days or hours left in the State Legislature session, Buffalo is pushing for special legislation to allow parking permit zones.

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While state officials work through the time table for the legalization of medical marijuana, Buffalo Common Council members are reviewing local laws on the issue.


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After months of debate over a new name, the island in the Niagara River off Ferry Street will apparently be called Unity Island.


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