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A decision is close on who will develop the Webster Block downtown.

"The developers have provided more and more information," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said as he offered a status update to WBFO and AM970 News.

Many area residents and hockey fans know the Webster Block but not by that name. It's the two-acre parking lot across the street from First Niagara Center and across Main Street from Canalside.

City seeks public input on Webster Block proposals

Jul 27, 2012
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The city of Buffalo is seeking the public's input on two proposals for developing the Webster Block in downtown Buffalo.

Companies tied to developer Carl Paladino and the Buffalo Sabres are the two bidders for the project.  Mayor Byron Brown says the city will announce the winning bid on August 15, but first they want to hear from citizens. 

The proposals can be viewed on the city's website.

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Dr. Pamela Brown is now officially the new superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools.   Brown was sworn in by Justice Rose Sconiers at City Hall Thursday afternoon. 

Brown's three-year contract was unanimously approved Wednesday night by the school board after a court battle. An attempt by Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino to block Brown's hiring was tossed out by State Supreme Court Justice Donna Siwek late Wednesday afternoon.

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State Supreme Court Justice Donna Siwek has ruled against a lawsuit filed by Buffalo developer Carl Paladino against the city school board for the hiring process of a new schools superintendent.  

Paladino claimed the Buffalo School board should have have vetted the candidates in public,  not behind closed doors.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino wants to stall the appointment of Pamela Brown as Buffalo schools superintendent.

Paladino is due in State Supreme Court tomorrow in his fight to open up the closed-door executive sessions used to select the new superintendent.

The board is still holding closed meetings to talk about details of the proposed pact, with lawyers from both sides bargaining the contract under which Brown would work, from pay to evaluation provisions.

The school board is slated to approve Brown's contract at a late-afternoon meeting tomorrow.

Late Friday afternoon, members of Buffalo's Board of Education responded to accusations from Buffalo developer Carl Paladino asserting the board violated the state's open meetings law by convening in closed-door executive sessions when it chose Dr. Pamela Brown to be the district's new superintendent.

Paladino, a frequent critic of the board, has filed papers in State Supreme Court seeking to block Brown's hiring, as well as her transitional contract that pays her a consulting fee of $800 a day. 

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Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino claims the city school board violated the state's open meetings law when it hired new schools superintendent Dr. Pamela Brown. 

Paladino has filed papers asking the State Supreme Court to block Brown's hiring and toss out her contract which also provides her with an $800  a day consultant fee prior to final contract approval. 

The board voted 7-2 for Brown at its June 13 meeting. The vote was taken after a lengthy executive session with no public discussion.

A court hearing on the matter is set for next Wednesday.


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GOP presidential primary candidate Newt Gingrich is scheduling a stop in Buffalo next month.

Gingrich will be in town on April 20th for a day long visit, attempting to drum up votes and money for the state's primary in that month. Local developer Carl Paladino is among those assisting with arrangements for the visit.

Gingrich is expected to address area business leaders and supporters at the Buffalo Club.