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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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A state Assemblymember, an estimated 70 pastors and church leaders, and at least 100 supporters gathered outside a Hamburg church, where they demanded Gov. Andrew Cuomo consider places of worship as essential institutions and reopen them.

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Buffalo Common Council members say price gouging is becoming a problem as the city deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. During Tuesday's online session, they shared reports of $4 for a stick of butter and $30 for hand sanitizer.


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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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With over 400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Erie County, the presence of the virus is threatening all segments of the local population. Now, it is touching a well-known religious leader and political figure. Common Council President Darius Pridgen took to Facebook Sunday to announce he had tested positive.

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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.

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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Ellicott District representative Darius Pridgen will continue to lead Buffalo’s Common Council as president in 2020.

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Buffalo Common Council members are blasting local utilities for the way they treat the public and customers when doing projects.

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Tuesday afternoon, Buffalo Common Councilmembers will be asked to approve a moratorium on demolitions on city-owned property along the Michigan Avenue African American Heritage Corridor.

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The issue of bad out-of-town slumlords is surfacing again, with two alleged drug houses on Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo.

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Leaders from across the City of Buffalo celebrated the dedication of the African-American Heritage Corridor Archway on Michigan Avenue on Monday. The archway is located between William Street and Broadway, a significant stretch of African American history in Buffalo.

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With work starting on a 201-unit affordable housing complex on Ellicott Street, Common Council President Pridgen says this isn't the time to ease the pressure for such housing.


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City leaders are taking a hard look at the booting of vehicles and the claimed bad activity of one local company.

Buffalo's Common Council is starting a probe of a local company contracted to "boot" cars parked illegally in private parking lots.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has unveiled his $509 million spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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The way may be open for developer TM Montante to re-start its plan to build and re-build on the old Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital site in Buffalo. After weeks of backroom talking and maneuvering, the Common Council on Tuesday approved a little-used designation for the site as "blighted," clearing the way for new financing for the developer.

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A new way to finance TM Montante's Gates Circle development plans moved a step closer to fruition Tuesday as the Common Council Legislation Committee sent a proposal to the full Council, without recommendation.

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Badr Elwaseem was buried in Hamburg Monday, 12 years after his birth. Who killed him on Saturday is the focus of an intense investigation. Buffalo and other officials went door-to-door distributing leaflets asking the public for help on who killed the School 45 student.

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M&T Bank is donating cash to the City of Buffalo to help the city collect money it is owed.

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Two different projects in Buffalo took their first significant steps Tuesday, as the Common Council approved "designated developer status" for Buffalo State College and the city's former police headquarters.

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Buffalo city crews started changing the signs in parking areas around KeyBank Center Wednesday, hours before the new parking plan was changed. Common Council members released an amended version and say it will be passed at Tuesday's full Council meeting.

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Buffalo's Common Council slapped down the Brown administration Wednesday and refused immediate passage of a contract to provide body cameras for police officers. Members bounced the proposed contract to next Wednesday's Legislation Committee meeting.

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Buffalo's Commission on Citizens' Rights and Community Relations doesn't have an executive director and has several vacant seats. Tuesday morning, the Buffalo Common Council's Civil Service Committee gets a chance to interview two nominees for board vacancies.

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The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority now has a full board and a permanent executive director. Now Common Council members want to see evidence of a turnaround.

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Buffalo's Common Council had actually taken a vote Tuesday on a long-running fight over development on one of the last open parcels of city waterfront land...when a deal fell apart.

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It took only minutes Thursday for downtown Buffalo's brand new Market Arcade Cinema to have that eternal sign of a movie theater: the odor and sound of fresh popcorn, as customers arrived for the first day of shows.


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Buffalo's budget needs led to a tax on tickets sold for most of the city's entertainment venues. However, the tax is in the city budget, but has yet to take effect.

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Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen says he hopes the next owner of the Towne Gardens housing complex and shopping plaza, located on Clinton Street and bordered by William Street and Jefferson Avenue, will be a better landlord than the individual being forced out in a foreclosure.

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For many residents of Buffalo's Fruit Belt, recent years have been a battle, trying to save the community against the all-enveloping Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and developers. The neighborhood now has new weapons to save an old community.

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