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Local
8:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Common Council reinstates police oversight panel

Council members on Tuesday agreed to re-establish the Police Oversight Committee.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

After several high-profile incidents, including a Buffalo Police officer caught on camera beating a handcuffed man, the Common Council has reinstated its Police Oversight Committee.

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Local
8:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

City seeking protection against absentee property owners

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Buffalo is looking for a new weapon against some of the city's bad property owners and landlords. The Common Council is asking for a change in the tax lien law for city properties.

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Local
8:35 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Council approves new Canalside operator

Plans for Canalside continue to become reality.
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The Common Council cleared the way yesterday for Global Spectrum to take over operations in Canalside.

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Local
10:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Council approves new operator for Hatch restaurant

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City Hall is working to make sure the Erie Basin Marina is fully operational this summer with new operators for some popular attractions.

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Local
8:51 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Council chooses new management for marina, Hatch restaurant

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City Hall moving quickly to put in place a new operator at the Erie Basin Marina, with a new company to manage The Hatch restaurant.

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Local
9:52 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Council wants probe into secret Peace Bridge meetings

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Common Council members are upset about back room federal meetings on environmental effects of the Peace Bridge and proposals to move truck traffic to Lewiston.

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Local
1:56 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Wyatt chosen for vacant Common Council seat

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A vacancy on Buffalo's Common Council was filled Tuesday when councilmembers selected Rasheed Wyatt to represent the city's University District.

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Local
2:30 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Council seeking solution for shadowy slumlords

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Buffalo City Hall is looking for some help from Albany to deal with the persisting problem of slumlords.

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Local
8:16 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Council establishes sexual harassment training

Council President Darius Pridgen was able to gain approval for new rules at Tuesday's session.
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Buffalo Common Council members approved mandatory sexual harassment training for themselves and their staffs and mandatory training for new council members.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Pridgen elected Common Council president

Rev. Darius Pridgen is the new president of the Common Council.
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By a unanimous vote, Rev. Darius Pridgen has been elected president of the Buffalo Common Council.

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Chris Jamele talks with Geoff Kelly
5:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Press Pass: Leadership change on the Common Council

WBFO's Chris Jamele with Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly
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The year's end brings an anticipated new look for 2014. Among the rumored moves are possible new directions for Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins.

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Local
4:18 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Mayor's capital budget spends on parks, roads, culturals

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The City of Buffalo's recommended 2014 capital budget, unveiled Friday by Mayor Byron Brown, spends nearly $23 million on everything from parks to polar bears.

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Local
7:26 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Council targets downtown parking issues

The vehicles of bail bond companies have become a common sight outside City Court.
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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.

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Education
9:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

City allocates $400,000 for restoration of school music programs

Students in the music program at the Lydia T. Wright School in Buffalo.
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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is providing assistance to help city schools retain their music programs.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on the Mayor's proposal to save music programs at city schools.

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Local
10:04 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Council approves Brown's budget after minor tweaks

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Buffalo has a budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 with council members making only small changes to Mayor Byron Brown's proposed spending plan.

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Local
4:48 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Brown budget holds the line on taxes and fees

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says his $482.5 million budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 is slightly less than the current year while making some investments in city services.

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Local
4:20 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Council fails to grant landmark status to Trico building

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The historic Trico Plant No. 1 on the edge of downtown Buffalo won't be designated a local landmark. The Common Council deadlocked in a 4-4 vote Tuesday.

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Local
9:39 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Preservationists want landmark status for Trico building

Trico building in downtown Buffalo
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The push is on to save a large piece of Buffalo's industrial heritage. Preservationists are urging city lawmakers to give the Trico building landmark status.

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Local
9:14 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Fate of Trico building going to full Council

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The full Common Council will vote on landmarking downtown Buffalo's Trico complex after coming out of committee without a recommendation.

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Local
9:59 am
Wed March 27, 2013

License fees lowered for Buffalo food trucks

Regulations are now set for food trucks like The Roaming Buffalo.
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Buffalo's array of food trucks received another year Tuesday as Common Council members approved new licenses and lower fees.

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Local
9:55 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Council to vote on new food truck regulations

Food trucks like Lloyd Taco Truck will be affected by today's council vote.
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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.

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Local
10:07 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Preservation Board votes to give Trico building landmark status

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The fate of the Trico complex in downtown Buffalo is up to the Common Council after the city's Preservation Board voted Thursday to make it a local landmark.

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Local
5:32 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Costner movie won't be filmed in Buffalo

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The Hollywood movie 'Draft Day' starring actor Kevin Costner will be filmed in Cleveland, not Buffalo. Filmmakers made the decision based on the costs associated with shooting in Western New York.

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Local
10:01 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Comptroller urges more transparency of city's discretionary fund

Buffalo's City Hall
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Changes are being made to ensure that property owners in the City of Buffalo will be better informed about how their tax dollars are being spent.

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Business
10:27 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Council committee okays two outdoor patios on Hertel Avenue

Outdoor patio along Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo
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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. 

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Business
3:27 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Council targets city's 'problem stores'

City lawmakers are taking steps to crack down on so-called "problem stores" in Buffalo.

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Local
10:29 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Council reviews proposed chain restaurant on Elmwood

Buffalo Common Council chamber
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Food dominated yesterday's Common Council Legislation Committee.

For all kinds of legal reasons, food and restaurants wind up before the Council.
That can include licenses or variances or many of the other myriad aspects of city government.

A major local developer wants to push a video store out of one Elmwood building and replace it with a Panera's; another store worries that a Panera's across the street will hurt business.
 

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Local
8:31 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Skeptical council reviews Peace Bridge expansion plans

Governor Cuomo may be pushing hard for expansion work on the U-S end of the Peace Bridge, but the Common Council may not be ready to go along.

The current plan for bridge expansion calls for a much larger plaza on the Buffalo end.

The hope is that most Customs work will take place in Fort Erie before a truck gets on the bridge, easing the need for the far larger plaza Homeland Security wanted.

Working together, Albany and the Peace Bridge Authority plan to buy a segment of Busti Avenue to gain access to the now-closed Episcopal Church Home the state is buying.

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Effort to focus on qualifications for employers
10:49 am
Sun June 17, 2012

City job app's could remove questions about criminal past

Demone Smith
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Common Council Majority Leader Demone Smith is proposing job applications in the City of Buffalo eliminate any questions regarding criminal records.

The move reflects what many other cities have already undertaken in an effort to put qualified applicants before employers. The move would still allow these questions to be asked during interviews.

Smith's proposal would apply to city government posts, government vendors and many other jobs in the city.
 

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Crime
11:17 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Former councilman Brian Davis pleads guilty to stealing funds; FBI keeps watch for public corruption

U.S. Attorney William Hochul announcing Brian Davis plea deal
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Former Common Council member Brian Davis pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing $48,000 dollars in federal funds from the City of Buffalo. 

Davis  admitted the crime as part of a plea deal involving his cooperation with investigations at City Hall. 

"Today's developments mark one of the first times, in recent memory, that an elected official has been convicted of actually stealing money in his care," said U.S. Attorney William Hochul.

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