I was in City Hall, going from one meeting to another Tuesday morning, not paying much attention to the weather until finally getting a chance to go outside around 1 p.m. I took a picture, although there wasn't much going on. It was a little windy, but very little snow. So when Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak later Tuesday was talking about the squall that hit downtown in the afternoon, I didn't know what he was talking about. Then Mike DeGeorge, Mayor Byron Brown's spokesman, showed me a picture he took at noon, about an hour before I took mine. Take a look (BTW there's a lake effect warning for this evening in Buffalo so stay warm, stay safe):
Cops at protests and on Segways
Here's a couple things I learned at all those meetings I sat through yesterday. The Police Department has created an Emergency Response Team that's getting special training to handle demonstrations like those the City of Buffalo experienced in December 2014, for example, as part of the almost nationwide Black Lives Matter movement. That report came from Inspector Josesph Strano, who filled the Council in on how the department spends some of its training funds. Strano also talked about special training for homicide and Internal Affairs officers financed with asset forfeiture funds. And on a different subject, in response to a request from University Councilman Rasheed Wyatt, Strano said the BPD will consider purchasing Segways for officers patrolling the Bailey Avenue and Main Street commercial districts.
Peruvian potatoes and other tasty treats
Christopher DeLorenzo, who owns a juicery on Main Street in Williamsville, told the Council he plans to also open a juicery at 766 Elwmood.
The Council also heard plans for a Latin American cuisine restaurant at 153 Elmwood, formerly home of the Cozumel Grill. The cuisine intrigued some Council members, who asked for a better description of the food that will be served.
"Cuban, Puerto Rican, and South American," the restaurant rep told the Council members.
"Will you have Peruvian," North District Councilman Joe Golombek asked.
"Yes," the woman responded.
"With the potatoes?" Golombek asked.
"Yes," she responded.
What's with the potato talk? I asked Golombek,
"I've been trying to fine Peruvian potatoes," he said, explaining that he has a Peruvian friends whose mother makes wonderful Peruvian potato dishes.
THIS WEEK'S POLL - Please vote if you haven't already, but only one vote per person please
The Common Council seems determined to have a bigger say when it comes to Buffalo schools, particularly since Ulysees Wingo was elected to the Masten Council seat in November. His wife is a teacher, and he’s a youth minister. He’s taken over the Council's Education Committee. While the committee only met sporadically last year, Wingo has scheduled monthly Education Committee meetings for 2016, starting with one Thursday.
Given that theme, this week's City Hallways poll question is education related. Poll is up all week. Results will be posted Monday.
Mayor Brown in Albany for State of the State