Compromise ends dispute
The public spat between the Brown Administration and the Comptroller's office ended quietly Monday the way most such government disputes end - with a compromise.
Mayor Brown wanted $20.6 million in new capital spending in 2016. Comptroller Schroeder wanted new borrowing capped at $17.5 million. In the end, the two settled on $18.6 million. Most of that savings was reached by shifting some spending to the city's operating budget.
"I remember some painful capital budgets over the years," said Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk, who's been on the council for some 30 years, including the loud years when former Mayor Griffin battled with former Council President Jim Pitts.
"This was a smooth process," Franczyk said of this year's negotiation between Brown and Schroeder.
Bryan Keith Allen Jr., the 4-year-old left in the house alone, not realizing his mom died, has touched many hearts, as shown by the outpouring of gifts. Council President Pridgen was telling me that his True Bethel congregation is buying the little boy an electronic car - maybe with cool police sirens on it - for Christmas. Then Pridgen mentioned he posted on his Facebook earlier this month that he heard from a family who lost everything they owned in a fire, and needed help. Pridgen planned a subsequent post listing what the family needed, but before he did that, he was contacted by a Tonawanda woman who said she's moving out of her house soon, and offered everything inside - all the furnishings - to the victims of the fire. Pridgen - pastor at True Bethel - said the church picked up the furnishings last weekend. Truly a city of good neighbors, Pridgen said.
Neighborhood News- zoning board (correction, Zoning board is Wednesday, not Thursday, as originally posted)
Here's some items on Wednesday''s zoning board meeting:
*Construct Canterbury Woods, six-story senior citizens assisted living complex at 3 Gates Circle.
*Convert two-story rooming house at 11 Whitney Place to a two-story dwelling.
*Construct 12-story, 109 room hotel, with 28 apartments, offices a restaurant and six floors of parking at 500 Pearl St.
*Convert store at 208 E. Delavan Ave to a coffeeshop.
*Construct Sweet Pea Market, 226-228 High St., a four-story building with grocery, pharmacy and outdoor cafe.
*Re-establish retail grocery store at 635 E. Delavan.
Mayor Brown joining other elected officials when the 500 block of Main Street is reopened to cars this morning.
Council committee meetings today.
Chippewa Alliance in City Hall to sign Opportunity Pledge. (Erie Canal Development Corp. signed Monday.)