Legislative action on the 2013 Erie County budget is complete. A coalition of five Republicans and one Democrat pushed through spending cuts that eliminated the tax increase that County Executive Mark Poloncarz had recommended in his proposed budget. WBFO's Mark Scott has more with Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch in this week's Press Pass.
This month's issue of Buffalo Spree profiles Western New York "game changers" -- 24 local movers and shakers who are shaping the "new" Buffalo. One of them is Dana Saylor-Furman, an historical researcher who is involved in building preservation.
Buffalo businessman Mark Croce continues the huge task of working to renovate the Statler Towers on Delaware Avenue. It's one of many revitalization projects underway in the city. WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer discusses Croce's progress in this week's Press Pass conversation.
WBFO's Mark Scott talks with Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch.
Suburban governments in the region have been releasing their respective 2013 town budgets in the past week. Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch has more in this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott.
Lancaster Town Supervisor Dino Fudoli released a budget that cut taxes. Amherst Town Supervisor Barry Weinstein's plan increases spending but holds the line on property taxes. And residents of several other towns, including the Town of Tonawanda and Orchard Park, will see slight tax increases.
An historic building at Main and Allen Streets in Buffalo was months, if not weeks, away from collapsing. But as we hear in this week's Press Pass, it's now on a path to being saved.
The building at 918 and 920 Main Street was constructed in 1891 to house a company known as the Bosche Carriage Repository. Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata wrote about the landmark in her monthly Preservation Ready column in the September issue. She says it was designed by architect Cyrus Porter who is known for several famous buildings locally, including the Cyclorama.
Lancaster Town Supervisor Dino Fudoli has proven to be quite a controversial leader since assuming office on January 1st. He's a proponent of limiting the financial incentives granted by the region's various industrial development agencies. Fudoli then targeted town employee unions for criticism by describing public employees as being the "unproductive" segment of the economy. Finally, he admitted late last month that he has not paid property taxes on various properties he owns.