Downtown Buffalo visitors are likely familiar with the line of cars bearing signs for bail bonds parking in front of Buffalo City Court. The Common Council voted Tuesday to bar parking along that stretch of Delaware Avenue.
We should know by the end of the day what the future holds for food trucks that want to operate within city limits. The Buffalo Common Council is expected to vote on a 'Mobile Food Vendor Ordinance' during a special session Tuesday afternoon.
The Buffalo Common Council's Legislation Committee on Tuesday approved requests for two new sidewalk cafes along Hertel Avenue. The committee also cleared the way for construction of a restaurant and apartment on Bailey Avenue.
The Buffalo Common Council has approved its amendments to the Mayor's Proposed City Budget for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013.
A unanimous vote created a new budget line for funding Arts and Cultural groups. Monies were also designated for purchasing bottled water for firefighters and for hiring new police officers as well as firefighters.
The revised budget will now be reviewed by the mayor.
As expected, Christopher Scanlon was named this morning as the new South District Common Council member.
The 30-year-old Scanlon was appointed by a 5-3 Council vote to assume the seat vacated by Mickey Kearns, who was elected to the State Assembly in March.
"I'm excited, I'm very excited. I'm just really looking forward to working with the people of South Buffalo, working with the members of the Council [and] everyone else here in City Hall and do what's best for South Buffalo," Scanlon said.
The local cultural community and the school board told separate Common Council budget hearings last night they need more funding.
Led by Interim Schools Superintendent Amber Dixon, the Council was given a detailed look at deteriorating finances with cuts in state aid as costs like pensions, retiree health insurance, and teacher salaries go up.
The defense attorney for a Buffalo Police Officer and former Common Council member is building an argument in a coming felony fraud case.
Robert Quintana is accused of improperly collecting benefits while on leave from police duty due to an injury. During that time he worked at a family restaurant. The defense claims Quintana could only work a few hours a week and was not compensated.
The charges could bring a twenty year prison sentence.
More candidates are stepping forward, offering their resumes in an effort to become Buffalo's next South District Councilmember.
After reviewing an earlier group of 11 candidates, council leaders asked for more applicants who would like to take over the seat left vacant since Mickey Kearns moved on to the state Assembly earlier this year.
Councilmembers are charged with selecting Kearns' successor but have not been able to reach a consensus on any previous candidate.