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The day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd, the Buffalo Common Council’s Police Oversight Committee will meet to talk about police reform.

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University District member Rasheed Wyatt introduced a measure in the Common Council Tuesday to end Buffalo's controversial use of speed cameras in school zones. Six of the nine Councilmembers voted in favor of the resolution, enough to override a possible mayoral veto.

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For years, many of Buffalo’s iconic buildings have been demolished, some for major new structures and some for parking lots. Now the Common Council has changed the rules for those demolitions.

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More housing is coming for veterans and vets with families. It is part of an expansion by the Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition to a new campus on Howard Street on Buffalo's East Side, centered on the former School 75.

The Buffalo Common Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve four city ordinance amendments to require proactive rental inspections of single-family and double rental units.

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Two Buffalo Common Council members have introduced legislation to require proactive rental inspections of single and double rental housing units.

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The Buffalo Common Council met Tuesday and, in a unanimous vote, approved the renaming of Columbus Park back to its original name of Prospect Park.

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Buffalo is continuing to reshape its Police Department, with the Common Council on Tuesday approving the purchase of 85 Tasers and the training to go with them.

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Fillmore Avenue cuts across Buffalo, from Main Street in North Buffalo to Seneca Street in South Buffalo. Soon, it will be Black Lives Matter Way.

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Buffalo Common Councilmember Joel Feroleto has tested positive for COVID-19.

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It isn't clear whether former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol Horne will ever get her pension, but Common Councilmembers on Tuesday moved closer to using her name as a sign of reforming police operations.

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Street protests and the shooting of a mentally ill man on Saturday are heating up the relationship between Buffalo's Common Council and Mayor Byron Brown - but not in a good way.

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The Buffalo City Council has begun studying where the name of President Millard Fillmore could be removed from city property, as part of what Council President Darius Pridgen says could be a real conversation on race.

"I am very pleased that it happened," said Pridgen, of recent protests that generate a wider dialogue on race in Buffalo and across the United States.


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Around five times a year, the City of Buffalo's Human Resources staffers receive a tip that a city employee whose paperwork says that person lives in the city really doesn't. There is a private detective for that.

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By Friday, the Common Council should have the first draft of a major change in policing in Buffalo. It's likely to be called Cariol's Law, for former BPD Officer Cariol Horne, who maintains she was fired from the department for trying to stop another officer from attacking someone he was arresting. The proposed new law would require police to intervene.

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The old fight about a residency requirement for Buffalo Police officers is surfacing again, because local activists are demanding it and Albany is looking at legislation allowing the city to mandate that officers live in the city.

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Buffalo's Police Advisory Board would create a very different police department under a plan it is presenting to the Common Council. The plan ranges from outside investigation of cops to limiting the mayor's choice of police commissioner.

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The next union contract covering Buffalo Police officers is likely to be a contentious affair, with Common Council members promising to control what is eventually in it.


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Buffalo will be paying the price of the COVID-19 economic shutdown as the Common Council meets Thursday morning to borrow in order to balance this year's budget.

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Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen proposed a resolution this week to rename a street or section of the city in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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The Buffalo Common Council is pushing for change in the city's police department, some longstanding issues and some growing out of the current string of protests across the world about police violence.

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How do you hold a legally mandated public hearing when the public isn't allowed in City Hall or any other public place? It's a question that Buffalo Common Council members are grappling with.

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Buffalo Common Council members delayed voting on buying or leasing new police cars Tuesday so they can get more information on the advantages and disadvantages of both.

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Buffalo's Common Council cleared the way Tuesday for reviving a former health insurance office building, by selling a city-owned parking lot to a developer.

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The future of a high-rise residential tower on the Outer Harbor is being decided in one of Buffalo's earliest high rise buildings: City Hall.

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It is increasingly likely the new law barring bail for many crimes will head back into Albany's legislative process for some change, with that return trip also backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Tish James.

Should body camera footage of an officer-involved shooting be released to the public by the Buffalo Police Department? It's a question that doesn't have a black and white answer among Common Council members.

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Much of the institutional memory of the Common Council left the chamber Monday after the gavel sound of adjournment. Councilmembers David Franczyk and Richard Fontana walked up the stone stairs, ending a combined 54 years in office.

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Buffalo's Common Council is looking at a moratorium on cell phone towers in large parts of the city.

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