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When Buffalo's Independent Living Center started operations in 1980, its first priority was obtaining access for citizens in wheelchairs to the Common Council chambers floor. On Tuesday, Center Policy Chief Todd Vaarwerk rolled his wheelchair off the elevator and onto the floor, perhaps the first to use a newly-installed elevator stashed behind a historic door in the historic chambers.

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The City of Buffalo owns seven of the eight Buffalo and Erie County Library System branches in the city. A new master lease between the city and Library System will allow branches to seek grants to pay for major rehabs.