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Admitting it's a tough year for the city's finances, the Buffalo Common Council voted Tuesday to approve a budget that includes the first property tax hike under the Brown Administration.


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People who have had their car towed for illegal parking or other issues in the City of Buffalo are finding that getting their car back is difficult, at best. The Common Council is now looking at updating the old law.


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Buffalo's Common Council has to have its amended version of Mayor Byron Brown's budget back on his desk Tuesday. Council President Darius Pridgen says it is likely to be noticeably different from the original.

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Buffalo's Common Council is moving closer to making the Michigan Street Baptist Church and what is now I-Prep at Grover Cleveland High School official landmarks, not just landmarks in their neighborhood and in history.

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There probably has never been a Common Council Legislation Committee meeting like the one Tuesday. A paper work problem turned into an all-out verbal battle over creating a Broadway-Fillmore Historic District.

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Buffalo Public School leaders meet with the Common Council Thursday to talk about their proposed school budget for next year. Not all the details were set on that plan by Wednesday evening's School Board meeting.

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Buffalo's Common Council wants some changes in the way buildings and neighborhoods in the city are landmarked.

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Spectrum says its cable service is good and getting better. However, it was a different story at a City Hall meeting Monday evening, as some customers told the Common Council Finance Committee they worried about an expensive cable service getting more expensive.

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If you want something from the City of Buffalo, like a license, a contract or approval for a development project, you better have your taxes paid.

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One of Buffalo's toniest addresses, Mayfair Lane, is in the midst of a civil war. The Common Council has been called in to settle the fight.

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Construction on 105 apartments in the former Pierce Arrow office complex along Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo could start within a month, with final approval Monday from the city Planning Board.

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A historic district designation in the Broadway-Fillmore community took another stop forward Thursday, as the Buffalo Preservation Board recommended the Common Council approve creating the district.

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Buffalo's Common Council president is raising questions about land deals by an agency City Hall is trying to dissolve.

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One relatively short street in North Buffalo knotted up the Common Council Legislation Committee Tuesday for more than two hours.

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For centuries, religious buildings have been centers of neighborhoods and landmarks in those neighborhoods, providing services beyond prayer. That shows in plans before the Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday.

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For Women's History Month, Buffalo's Common Council on Tuesday honored 27 women who own businesses in South Buffalo.

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Buffalo has a new police commissioner, with the Common Council unanimously approving and then swearing in Byron Lockwood for the department's top job. Lockwood replaces Daniel Derenda, who retired to take a private-sector post.

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Conversion of a landmark church at North Street and Linwood Avenue in Buffalo to affordable housing for seniors moved closer Tuesday, as the Common Council approved the plan and sent it to Albany and Washington for final approvals.

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Many buildings in Buffalo are covered with what looks like stucco, but it is usually called Dryvit. Dryvit is part of a product line called Exterior Insulation and Finish System, more often called EIFS. Use of the material is now banned in much of the city under the Green Code, but there is a fight to lift that ban.

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The one-time Wildroot complex on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo is getting closer to being an official city landmark. The plan was approved Tuesday in the Common Council's Legislation Committee and sent to the full Council.

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Two more hurdles are out of the way for a major adaptive reuse housing project on Buffalo's East Side.

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Buffalo's Common Council chamber is a landmark - a soaring mass of stone, concrete, sculpture and stained glass. It is not handicap accessible, but that is going to change.

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A former Common Council member who advocated for some of Buffalo's poorest neighborhoods has died.

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Pushed hard by Allentown residents, Buffalo's Common Council is now shoving back against the long and slow expansion of bars along Allen Street.

Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Buffalo's Common Council is starting yet another look at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority after the heat went out for tenants at the Frederick Douglass Towers and it took a long time to get it back on.

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Some $5 million is expected to start flowing around Memorial Day into a major expansion of activities on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. However, the major discussion in two meetings Tuesday revolved around a plan for mountain biking trails.

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A day after the Buffalo Police Department ordered an end to overtime for special details patrolling Chippewa Street and elsewhere, a fight broke out early Sunday involving a man who fired a gun into the air over the entertainment district. He was arrested late Monday, but the president of the police union says ending the details was a major mistake.

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After a fight over the condition of the building, Buffalo's Common the Council has approved a lodging house license for a building on Chippewa Street with a history of bad conditions. However, the delay led to changes.

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Several Buffalo Common Councilmembers want the Kensington Expressway added to the studies currently being conducted by the state Department of Transportation on the Scajaquada Expressway through Delaware Park.

Regulation of electronic signs and a church's desire to spread its message collided Thursday before the Buffalo Preservation Board.

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