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The City of Buffalo in the first six months of this year, according to police statistics, recorded its fewest cases of gun violence within the first half of a year since 2011. There's also a significant downward trend in gun violence in a six-month span since 2016. Mayor Byron Brown welcomes the trend, but says he and police won't be complacent.

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Several local institutions and local governments are teaming up to reduce the effects of climate change. As WBFO's Chris Caya the partners are planning to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels. 

With a change of state law, the Buffalo Traffic Violations Agency was created in 2015. While the move allowed for more flexibility in how the city handled traffic violations, it has also signaled a significant rise in traffic tickets issued. Investigative Post's Marsha McLeod reports Buffalo collected $2.8 million in traffic fines in the last fiscal year, helping to ease the city's financial stress. It's a benefit that may be causing pain for Buffalo's poorest residents.


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Using the recent blizzard as an example of how the people of Buffalo came together, Mayor Byron Brown urged citizens to continue lifting each other up as he presented his 2019 State of the City address.

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Sunshine and rising temperatures is increasing snowmelt and runoff into creeks and streams that flow into the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek. To help prevent flooding, in Buffalo, City Engineer Michael Finn says a long-arm excavator is being used to break up ice around bridges.

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A change in leadership is on the way for Buffalo's Department of Public Works with the retirement of longtime commissioner Steve Stepniak.  


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The former federal courthouse in downtown Buffalo is again active, serving as the new home of both the Buffalo Police and Fire Departments. A dedication ceremony was held Thursday morning, beginning with the police department formally decommissioning its longtime home just a few blocks away.


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Leaders of several Buffalo-based churches invited representatives of law enforcement agencies and City Hall to a meeting, where it was discussed how to improve cooperation to address violent crime. Clergy say they previously planned the meeting but also invited government leaders to ask how the churches might help.


In 2006, Buffalo officials took a bold step by passing a law which expanded upon state and federal fair housing guidelines. The law prohibits landlords from discriminating against potential tenants who rely upon federal subsidies like Section 8 which is used by thousands in Buffalo.  On WBFO's Press Pass, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post discusses her story which indicates city officials are doing little to enforce the statute                                                                        


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Buffalo Common Councilmembers say the Mayor's Office and Comptroller's Office have come up with different projections for the budget deficit that will close out the city's fiscal year 2017-2018. With the city's spending relying heavily on cash reserves, lawmakers sitting on the Council's Finance Committee were asked: are they concerned this could raise the possibility of a return to a hard control board?


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The City of Buffalo will bring auto traffic back to another section of Main Street in two years. Work on reconstructing a portion of the street is scheduled to get underway in July, Mayor Byron Brown announced Thursday.

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The City of Buffalo is ramping up efforts to recycle waste.

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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For the past dozen years, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has delivered budget proposals that held the line on property taxes or, in some cases, offered slight decreases. That will change in his thirteenth budget, a proposed $513.6 million spending plan for fiscal year 2018-19 that raises residential and commercial tax rates as well as garbage user fees.

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Count two local government leaders among the many who are eager for prolonged cold, wet weather to end. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz both say the longer it stays, the longer it holds up the start of critical public works projects, beginning with road repairs.

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While touting accomplishments by his administration that is now into a third term, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said he "has no illusions the next four years will be easy." Brown delivered his annual State of the City Address before an estimated 1,700 guests Thursday afternoon at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.


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A 21-year member of the Buffalo Fire Department is its new Commissioner. Vincent Muscarella and new Community Services and Recreational Programming Commissioner Otis Barker were the two first-timers among nine department heads confirmed Tuesday by the Buffalo Common Council.


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The Jefferson Avenue business district, in Buffalo, is slated for some major improvements. And it's starting out with free Wi-Fi.

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Less than 24 hours before the City of Buffalo was anticipating its first snow accumulation of December, Mayor Byron Brown declared the city's streets personnel ready not just for the forecasted weather but for the entire coming winter season.


Buffalo completes record-setting 32 Clean Sweeps in 2017

Oct 26, 2017
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The City of Buffalo is marking a record-setting year for its Clean Sweep program, which officials say has become a model not just for the region but for the nation.


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Even though it has been attacked by disease, the future for Buffalo's oldest tree should be much greener. Given its age, the sycamore is a rarity in today's world. That has led experts in the field to donate their services to help keep the Franklin Street landmark alive for years to come.


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The City of Buffalo is teaming up with the region's Latino leaders to launch a "Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund" drive. A large crowd turned out on the steps of City Hall Friday afternoon to mobilize the community.

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The City of Buffalo and United States Army Corps of Engineers are partnering to restore a wetland habitat on Unity Island, using sediment removed from the Buffalo River to help build it. Project leaders see it as a means to bring environmental improvement to both sites.


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Infrastructure improvements are planned for a busy South Buffalo street and a nearby park. Details were announced on Monday.


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The City of Buffalo water system will be experiencing some upgrades this year.

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Calling it "on time and balanced" for the 12th straight year, Buffalo mayor Byron Brown has released his spending plan for the city's next fiscal year. It holds the lines on taxes but uses $12 million from the city's reserves.


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Refugees across the region are going to continue receiving help adjusting to their new life in America. Albany is now funding resettlement agencies that faced cuts under President Trump's refugee ban. Local advocates see many benefits for the community.

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A longtime member of the Erie County Legislature is weighing whether or not to enter the race for Mayor of Buffalo.


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For the first time in more than 60 years, the City of Buffalo has updated zoning laws on its books. The new Green Code was been signed into law by Mayor Byron Brown on Tuesday.

He will be remembered for his long history of public service in Erie County. Former Deputy County Executive and South Buffalo Common Councilmember James Keane has died at the age of 70.

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