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

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Across Buffalo, a state agency is looking at extending the Metro Rail, another state agency is looking at re-doing the Scajaquada, another group is looking at finding a new Amtrak station and Congressman Brian Higgins is advocating removal of the Skyway. Buffalo's Common Council wants to put together a working group to look at the effect of all of these on the city.


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For generations, there have been complaints around Western New York that minority and women businesses don't get their share of the pie, especially the construction pie. There's a meeting Wednesday afternoon to make some changes in that.

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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.


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Council members voted unanimously on Tuesday to seek the removal of Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board by State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. The move is mostly symbolic since the Council has little sway in the affairs of the Buffalo School District.

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No members of the Buffalo Common Council have been willing to take the Buffalo Cannabis Act off the table of its Legislation Committee, despite periodic appearances of local marijuana supporters asking for legal changes.


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The Common Council's Legislation Committee approved the latest version of the Green Code Tuesday and sent it for full Council approval on Tuesday. The matter moved through committee though several speakers raised concerns over a variety of issues.


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State taxpayers may be putting $750 million into the SolarCity plant in South Buffalo, but Buffalo Common Councilmembers say the company is not trying very hard to hire city residents, especially city residents living around the plant.

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Within days, the City of Buffalo will own the the former Dillon Courthouse across Niagara Square from City Hall. The Common Council approved the deal Tuesday afternoon.

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While the debate is over approval of the Green Code, Monday night's protest rally and then Common Council hearing show the over-arching plan for Buffalo's new zoning and development rules is subject to attack on the specifics.

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The office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has completed a review of the 2017 budget being proposed for the City of Lockport.

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Common Councilmembers were backing the Masten District's Ulysees Wingo Tuesday, as he again refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and extended his arm with a clenched fist. He then read the names of seven Black men killed by police in the last year.

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Buffalo's Green Code - to control future land use and development issues - came before the Common Council's Legislation Committee Tuesday, when members were told there are serious problems to be addressed.

Buffalo is closer than it has been for decades to having a new code to control zoning and planning.


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A Buffalo Common Council member has joined the ranks of those conducting a silent protest during a traditional national recognition. Masten District representative Ulysses Wingo raised his first during the Pledge of Allegiance at Tuesday's Council meeting.


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Buffalo has a booming housing sector and more units are on the way. However, some Common Councilmembers want to protect people of low and moderate incomes from being crushed under the development steamroller.

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Buffalo has some fairly strict rules for food trucks, including a licensing requirement with a fee. Common Councilmembers are looking at a crackdown on trucks that are not licensed, but are selling food in the city anyway.

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The City of Buffalo will continue its weekly recycling collections under a new contract approved by the Common Council this week.


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Common Council members have voted themselves an allowance for using their own cars on official business, saying they are out and about often and their costs are not paid.


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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.

Buffalo's planned Green Code is still locked in the back rooms of the Common Council, as members study what is in it and what changes might be made. Council President Darius Pridgen says it is likely to emerge after the August recess.

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Buffalo police are issuing a lot of speeding tickets after Common Council members complained there wasn't enough being done to nail speeders and those who run stop signs.

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Buffalo's Common Council seems ready to approve Lloyd Taco Factory's new location on Elmwood Avenue after the restaurant addresses reservations voiced by the city's Planning Board.

Developer Gerry Buchheit said by the end of next year, his Queen City Landing will be rising 23 stories above Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Buffalo's Common Council approved the long-awaited project Tuesday.


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Construction may have started on the first building on Buffalo's Gates Circle, where Millard Fillmore Hospital used to loom over traffic, but there are a lot of unresolved issues.


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In the not-too-distant future, you are going to see bright red bikes being pedaled around town and parked in computer-controlled racks in potentially busy areas. The bikes from Reddy Bikeshare are yet another sign of increasing interest in bicycling in a city which was a center of biking a century ago.

The Buffalo Planning Board has voted its approval on the controversial Queen City Landing project which would erect a 23-story residential complex along the Outer Harbor.

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Improvements are coming to a section of Buffalo's Schiller Park, courtesy of a $298,000 allocation from the Common Council.


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The Common Council is again pushing Albany to move the school board elections to November instead of May. The spring date has been blamed for a voter turnout that averages around ten percent.


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It was a small house Thursday night, as the Buffalo Common Council held a budget hearing on Mayor Byron Brown's proposed $494 million spending plan.

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