Darius Pridgen


Common Council members were provided a disturbing story Tuesday of why so many people in the BMHA's Frederick Douglass town houses have been losing heat and hot water this freezing winter.

Church of the Ascension

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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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.

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.

Architectural Resoirces

The debate continues over the future of Ascension Church, the landmark Linwood Avenue structure which the Episcopal Diocese wants to turn into senior housing. Common Council members on Tuesday heard disparate viewpoints on the $7 million proposal.

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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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Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen says he cannot find out who will live in a building at 45 West Chippewa Street and, until he knows for sure, the building will not get a lodging house license.

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The Buffalo Common Council is tightening security in its Council Chambers, in response to active shooter incidents across the country.

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Although Buffalo's City Hall has implemented a number of additional security measures recently, Common Council President Darius Pridgen says his colleagues do not currently hold active shooter drills. He wants to change that.

Buffalo Police Department

As a pair of civil rights organizations prepare to sue the city of Buffalo for information on police checkpoints, Mayor Byron Brown says he "feels very comfortable" with police actions.

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The late founder of Record Theatre is being honored by the City of Buffalo. A section of Main Street, near the original store, has been named Leonard "Lenny" Silver Way.

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Buffalo Common Council members are considering making their seldom-used chambers in City Hall available for other city agencies.

Common Council President Darius Pridgen says the Buffalo Police Department is required to provide quarterly and yearly data about their checkpoints held around the city, but has not provided that data.

The long-troubled Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has a new majority on its board, with four new members appointed by Mayor Byron Brown and immediately confirmed by the Common Council. The question now is: What next? There are a lot of views about what to do with the authority that provides housing to thousands of city residents well down the economic ladder.

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Somewhere in Buffalo parks you may soon see a huddled group like those around the outside doors of office buildings. The city will be erecting "No Smoking" signs.

A new initiative designed to get the public involved in helping the Buffalo Police Department solve murders and other crime is underway.

A Buffalo Police spokesman says an internal investigation is underway to address claims by the Buffalo Common Council President that while many of his guests were turned back from an Independence Day cookout, guests of his neighbors were not subject to similar scrutiny.

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Common Council members say they back inclusionary zoning, which requires new housing to set aside a certain percentage of units as affordable housing.  While most agree upon the goal, finding common ground on the specifics is proving to be more difficult.

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Imagine keeping track of thousands of questions and requests for action to city agencies and city-affiliated agencies. It is routine for Buffalo's Common Council, but it now is setting up a new system to keep track of those queries.

Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen took to Facebook to call out the Buffalo Bills for taking their newest players on a tour of the region that featured only traditional tourist attractions, like Canalside and Niagara Falls.

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Buffalo Common Councilmembers made minimal changes, as they approved Mayor Byron Brown's half-billion-dollar city budget proposal Tuesday, which holds the line on taxes.

True Bethel Baptist Church

Somewhere locally are two young men who need to meet with Buffalo Common Council President and True Bethel Baptist Church Bishop Darius Pridgen.

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While there are major housing development projects going on in downtown Buffalo and along the city's Elmwood Strip, churches like True Bethel are developing their own neighborhoods.

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For the first time in his tenure as Mayor of the City of Buffalo, Byron Brown issued executive orders. Brown used the orders to highlight phase two of his Opportunity Agenda, which aims to promote diversity in Buffalo’s government and hiring practices.

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For the first time in more than 60 years, the City of Buffalo has updated zoning laws on its books. The new Green Code was been signed into law by Mayor Byron Brown on Tuesday.


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.

Ciminelli Real Estate

A downtown parking lot is being turned into a sizeable mixed-use complex that will include 200 housing units and a Tops market.

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While it has been talked about for some time, city officials are now pushing hard for some mandatory affordable housing in new developments in the city.

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An outcry from Buffalo city residents has been heard by local politicians and lawmakers in Albany.

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Buffalo Common Councilmembers drive thousands of miles a year for the job and are now looking for some cash to pay car costs.