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City Hallways (Sept. 18) City Hall tailgate

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City Hall tailgate. Sort of. (See below)

Shout out
I got this announcement from the mayor's press office:  "Before the Buffalo Bills season began, Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan called on the 12th Man to send a loud and clear message in support of the Bills. As the Bills get set to take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots this weekend at Ralph Wilson stadium, Mayor Brown is asking city employees to show their support for the Bills on Friday by wearing their best team colors to work. As part of the Bills pre-game festivities in Buffalo, food trucks will be set up at Niagara Square on Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. for downtown workers and visitors, who will be treated to a few rounds of the Bills celebratory 'Shout Song."

Around town
Some neighborhood news:
*The University Heights Collaborative submitted a petition asking the city to create wheelchair access to Shoshone Park from the Rails to Trails path that runs between Main Street and Kenmore Ave. The petition says such a path would allow pedestrians, bicycle riders, and people in wheelchairs direct  access from University Heights to North Buffalo without having to negotiate the Main/Hertel intersection, which can be dangerous.
*The Naval & Military Park wants the city to rename a portion of Marine Drive from Main to Erie streets - in front of the Naval Park - as Naval Park Way.
*North Pearl Street is also have parking issues related to the Medical Campus. Residents there would like the same kind of residential permit parking program being sought for the Fruit Belt.
*The Hatch year-round expansion is more than 85 percent complete, and expected to be done sometime in the fall. Sounds like a soft opening though, with the Hatch operators initially planning limited use of the expansion until more detailed plan is developed for 2016.

Mascia-less BMHA
I stopped  by a Buffalo Housing Authority commissioners meeting Thursday. With Joe Mascia suspended,  the other board members quickly went through the agenda without much comment. There was, however, a lot  of frustration expressed by the executive director and commissioners over funding cuts from Washington, D.C.

Where's Oswaldo?
City Hall's Oswaldo Mestre, aka Mr. 311 (or Director of Citizen Services), is in D.C. today. He was among those invited to serve as a panelist at the Congressional Black Caucus's annual public policy conference.  Mestre, by the way,  was invited not too long ago to a  Government Summit in Australia to explain Buffalo's 311 system and clean sweep program. (The Aussie organization picked up  the tab.)

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