Buffalo Common Council

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The Common Council chamber Thursday night was full supporters of participatory budgeting as they offered thoughts on how to give the public a voice in how the city spends its capital money.

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Buffalo's Common Council is going electronic, replacing vast piles of paper.

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Western New Yorkers will have the opportunity to enjoy two St. Patty's Day parades this weekend.

There's a continuing push for public financing of campaigns, arguing it removes the influence of big money and allows challengers who would have trouble raising money to run. That push made its way to Council Chambers in Buffalo's City Hall Tuesday.

Some neighbors say a proposed development on the last available residential parcel of land on Buffalo's Waterfront is maybe a little tall.

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"Vaping" is now banned in the same places tobacco smoking is banned in the City of Buffalo. The new law, passed by the Common Council on Tuesday, was quickly signed by Mayor Byron Brown.

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It a near certainty that Buffalo's Squaw Island will soon have a new name, but it's not certain what the name will be or when the change will come.

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University District Common Council member Rasheed Wyatt told a Buffalo Common Council committee he still wants a daytime curfew for young people in the city when they should be in school. During a public hearing Monday Wyatt said details still need to be worked out.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced the newest appointee to the City Court on Friday. WBFO’s Avery Schneider was at City Hall, and brings us this report…

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In a letter to customers last week, Time Warner Cable announced rate hikes of up to $9 a month, attributing some of the increase to higher sports programming costs and local broadcast fees. Residents and elected officials are reacting negatively to the news.

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The Guitar Drop on New Year's Eve at the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Cafe will go on as planned this year.

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With a large group of police officers sitting in the Common Council Chambers, council members praised the work the cops do and some warned of the risks of putting limits on their actions.

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Buffalo Common Council staffers and local activists held a peaceful protest on the steps of City Hall Wednesday. The rally is in response to the lack of indictments in both Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and was inspired by the recent walkout of congressional staff and a demonstration by New York City Council members.

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Buffalo Common Council members say they want to be ready if there is a push to build a new city stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

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Buffalo has a strong network of community centers for young people, now open Monday through Friday. Common Council members are asking about opening on weekends.

Common Council members are expected to vote on a plan that would grant control of a portion of Michigan Avenue to General Mills. The issue has raised concerns over public access to the City Ship Canal.

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Shops selling electronic cigarettes will soon need a permit to operate in the city of Buffalo.

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Buffalo Police may start using a gadget right out of James Bond movies to help get away from potentially-dangerous high-speed chases.

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The Buffalo Common Council Education Committee held a public hearing Thursday evening on Buffalo Public schools, including the Common Core learning standards that have been backed by the Buffalo school system. Community members who spoke at the hearing in Council chambers said parents have to understand the new rules better.

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The Buffalo Common Council's Police Oversight Committee met for the first time in several years Tuesday at City Hall. The panel was reinstated after some recent high profile incidents involving city police officers.

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After several high-profile incidents, including a Buffalo Police officer caught on camera beating a handcuffed man, the Common Council has reinstated its Police Oversight Committee.

Buffalo's Common Council is drawing some praise for looking into public financing of political campaigns.

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Buffalo is looking for a new weapon against some of the city's bad property owners and landlords. The Common Council is asking for a change in the tax lien law for city properties.

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The Common Council cleared the way yesterday for Global Spectrum to take over operations in Canalside.

King Center Charter School's plan to move draws ire

Apr 9, 2014
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Plans by the King Center Charter School’s to buy a former city school building continue to draw fire from the King Urban Life Center. As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a strong conversation was delivered between both sides before a Buffalo Common Council Committee meeting Tuesday.

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City Hall is working to make sure the Erie Basin Marina is fully operational this summer with new operators for some popular attractions.

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City Hall moving quickly to put in place a new operator at the Erie Basin Marina, with a new company to manage The Hatch restaurant.

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Common Council members are upset about back room federal meetings on environmental effects of the Peace Bridge and proposals to move truck traffic to Lewiston.

Wyatt chosen for vacant Common Council seat

Jan 28, 2014
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A vacancy on Buffalo's Common Council was filled Tuesday when councilmembers selected Rasheed Wyatt to represent the city's University District.

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Buffalo City Hall is looking for some help from Albany to deal with the persisting problem of slumlords.

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