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Buffalo's Common Council voted Tuesday to pay just over $4 million to settle two major lawsuits against the city.

Buffalo Police will be going into harm's way a little better armed and a little better protected, after Tuesday's action by the Common Council.

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The Buffalo Police Department is making moves to better equip its officers.

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The Common Council is looking at how to regulate and possibly tax home-sharing computer apps like Airbnb.


Buffalo is trying something different to deal with the terrible parking situation on the city's West Side.

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Across Buffalo, a state agency is looking at extending the Metro Rail, another state agency is looking at re-doing the Scajaquada, another group is looking at finding a new Amtrak station and Congressman Brian Higgins is advocating removal of the Skyway. Buffalo's Common Council wants to put together a working group to look at the effect of all of these on the city.


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For generations, there have been complaints around Western New York that minority and women businesses don't get their share of the pie, especially the construction pie. There's a meeting Wednesday afternoon to make some changes in that.

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Development in Buffalo is about to have new rules, ranging from how many parking spaces are required for apartments to how tall buildings can be. The changes follow Tuesday's approval of the city's new Green Code by the Common Council.


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Council members voted unanimously on Tuesday to seek the removal of Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board by State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The move is mostly symbolic since the Council has little sway in the affairs of the Buffalo School District.

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No members of the Buffalo Common Council have been willing to take the Buffalo Cannabis Act off the table of its Legislation Committee, despite periodic appearances of local marijuana supporters asking for legal changes.


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Within days, the City of Buffalo will own the the former Dillon Courthouse across Niagara Square from City Hall. The Common Council approved the deal Tuesday afternoon.

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While the debate is over approval of the Green Code, Monday night's protest rally and then Common Council hearing show the over-arching plan for Buffalo's new zoning and development rules is subject to attack on the specifics.

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The office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has completed a review of the 2017 budget being proposed for the City of Lockport.

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A Buffalo Common Council member has joined the ranks of those conducting a silent protest during a traditional national recognition. Masten District representative Ulysses Wingo raised his first during the Pledge of Allegiance at Tuesday's Council meeting.


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Buffalo has some fairly strict rules for food trucks, including a licensing requirement with a fee. Common Councilmembers are looking at a crackdown on trucks that are not licensed, but are selling food in the city anyway.

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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.


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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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