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City Hallways (Sept. 16) p.s. He's a lawyer

Calendar Items
Zoning Board meets this afternoon. Plan to convert Eckerd Drug store building on Main Street into a Family Dollar is back on agenda; so is the Grant Street student apartments proposal.
Outside of City Hall, late morning press conference regarding reuse process for the Women and Children's Hospital campus on Bryant Street. Assemblyman Sean Ryan will be  there along with Kaleida, UB and Elmwood Village Association,

The Mascia fronts
Two Joe Mascia updates. First, on the city's attempt to oust Mascia from his  BMHA commissioner seat because of his racist rant.  Mascia  says he'll be asking the BMHA to pay his legal fees as he fights the ouster. Unless and until that happens, Mascia is representiing himself. He says he participated in an initial pre-hearing conference call  Tuesday. Mascia was told the first step is for both sides to make a witness list. Another pre-hearing conference is scheduled for  Oct.7, he said.
On second front, Mascia offered his thoughts on his Fillmore District primary election  loss: "I don't feel I lost," Mascia said."I feel the loser is the Fillmore District. That is how I feel."

Latest on the microhouse
The last we heard from Tim Sick, he was in City Hall trying to convince Common Council members to overturn the City Preservation Board's denial of his latest plans for  a micro house on an undersized Linwood Avenue lot. I found out Tuesday that Sick's lobbying effort failed. The Council rejected Sick's request based on a law department ruling that the Preservation Board acted properly. Sick, however, still has the option of bringing a new plan to the Preservation Board.

Planted with love
A new tulip garden was planted in Niagara Square Tuesday. One hundred fifty bulbs, one for each wish granted over the past year by the Make- a- Wish Foundation. It's called a Wishes in Bloom garden. The planting occurred after Mayor Brown, accompanied by Make-A-Wish representatives and wish families,  proclaimed Sept. 15 to 21 as Make- a -Wish Week in WNY.

P.S. To those who read Delaware Councilman Joel Feroleto's  answers in yesterday's City Hallways, then asked me if Feroleto is a lawyer, the answer is: Yes. Feroleto is an attorney.

In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com,  I have story on Common Council's continued concerns over Rural/Metro ambulance response time.

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