Buffalo Common Council

With no Republican challenge in November, today's Democratic Primary will determine the winners of several seats on Buffalo's Common Council. Jeremy Zellner, Chair of the Erie County Democratic Party and Democratic Commissioner for the Erie County Board of Elections, expects a traditionally low voter turnout today. While there are some spirited battles taking place in the suburbs, there are no primary races in some districts.

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An era in Buffalo City Hall is drawing to a close. Longtime Council Member David Franczyk will not be running for reelection.


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Buffalo Police officers will soon add body cameras to their standard. But on the same day the Common Council’s Legislation Committee gave final approval for the contract to purchase them, the department posted its policy for their use. Some complain there was no chance for public interaction with police leaders before the rules were released.

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Buffalo's Common Council slapped down the Brown administration Wednesday and refused immediate passage of a contract to provide body cameras for police officers. Members bounced the proposed contract to next Wednesday's Legislation Committee meeting.

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Dog owners in Buffalo would be prohibited from keeping their dogs outdoors during extreme weather conditions under a new bill now under consideration.

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Residents of Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority buildings delivered a list of problems deficiencies their respective homes, demanding they be fixed. Two Common Council members met directly with the residents in City Hall and received their input, but not until after a testy exchange derailed a committee hearing in Council Chambers.


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With Maritime Charter School agreeing to an archeological survey of the proposed site of a high school and athletic facility on Buffum Street, Buffalo's Common Council on Tuesday approved rescinding the special use permit for the project. The lawyer for opponents says that may have tangled the situation even more.


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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.


Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s proposed 2018-19 budget includes the introduction of a new user fee that will be applied to events at prominent city-owned venues. While city lawmakers are only beginning to review the budget, they too are discussing how to cover the cost of maintaining and protecting public events while lessening the burden on city taxpayers.


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The Buffalo Common Council held its latest Police Oversight Committee meeting Tuesday, during which time they heard updates from police officials on their officer body camera pilot program, their plan to apply for accreditation with New York State and the possibility of adding tasers to their array of equipment.


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A new tracking system will help the city of Buffalo monitor contractors and their hiring practices.

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They don't meet often. So when the Buffalo Common Council's Police Oversight Committee held its latest meeting Tuesday in City Hall, they got an earful about several concerns. They include two deaths involving Buffalo Police officers, the city's Strike Force and whether checkpoints are being carried out fairly throughout the city.


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.

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Will the public give the green light to red light cameras in Buffalo? The Common Council wants to know during a public hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday.

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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.

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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.

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Buffalo Pride Week officially kicked off Tuesday with a celebration and a demonstration.

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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.

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Members of the Buffalo Common Council are perusing through the nearly $500 million budget unveiled Monday by Mayor Byron Brown. On Thursday, they'll hear from city department heads and have also invited the public to speak.


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Buffalo's Common Council is cracking down on bad delis. If owners don't cooperate with residents, they might lose their city licenses.

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"Before we get started I want to read a statement from my desk to the people of the City of Buffalo and to all of our families and students who attend Catholic schools or put their children in Catholic schools."

That is how Masten District Common Councilmember Ulysses Wingo started his community meeting Thursday night. To come was an apology for comments he made earlier in the week about students in Catholic schools who "have fun saying" their "Catholic prayers."

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Things heated up Tuesday as Buffalo Common Council members argued over the future of City Honors. The Masten District's Ulysees Wingo says the school's student population has to be more representative of the city's population and it isn't.

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Buffalo's Common Council voted Tuesday to pay just over $4 million to settle two major lawsuits against the city.

Buffalo Police will be going into harm's way a little better armed and a little better protected, after Tuesday's action by the Common Council.

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The Buffalo Police Department is making moves to better equip its officers.

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The Common Council is looking at how to regulate and possibly tax home-sharing computer apps like Airbnb.


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Buffalo’s Common Council is throwing its support behind universal healthcare in New York. The council has chosen to back the passage of the New York Health Act, a bill calling for a single-payer healthcare system for all state residents.


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A Buffalo woman who lost custody of her children for educational neglect spoke out at Thursday’s Buffalo Common Council Education Committee meeting.

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For the third year in a row, a bill is traveling through the New York legislature with the goal of creating a statewide single-payer healthcare system – more commonly known as ‘universal healthcare.’ Similar bills passed the state Assembly in 2015 and 2016, but failed to gain Senate approval. With the repeal of the Affordable Care Act on the horizon, advocates see this year’s attempt as more important than ever.

Buffalo is trying something different to deal with the terrible parking situation on the city's West Side.

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