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City Hallways (March 3) "Now it's just 'the hood.'"

Restore the neighborhood

Marva and Michael Threat live on Detroit Street on Buffalo's East Side. They've lived there for decades. It's where they raised their family.  It's the neighborhood they call home.

But over the years, Marva Threat said, while they were busy working and tending to their  children, "We lost our neighborhood and now it's just 'the hood.'"

It's time, she said, to bring the neighborhood back.

Michael and Marva Threat

Michael and Marva Threat

The Threats spoke at a recent Common Council meeting also attended by Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda.

The couple said they were speaking on behalf of the Greater East Side Fields of Dreams block club association. They asked for a stronger police presence - foot patrols and two-man police car crews.

"I will set up a  meeting with you," Derenda responded.  "Every neighborhood in this city is important. We will make sure your concerns are addressed."


Neighborhood News

AJR Automotive Wholesale, 2377 Bailey Ave., asking for used car dealer license.

Progress Food Market, 289 Hamburg St., asking for food store license.

Sycamore Halal Meat & Fish Market, 1064 Sycamore St., asking for food store license.

Mike's Tropical Market, 475 Fargo Ave., asking for food store license.

Asia Super Bazaar, 294 W. Ferry St., asking for food store license.

The 60th Districct

Incumbent State Sen. Marc Panepinto  at rally today in Frontier School District supporting more state funding of public schools in New York State.  It's the first of three rallies the Buffalo Democrat's planning across the Senate District to highlight his call for more state funding for  public schools.

Panepinto's Democratic primary challenger,  Amber Small,  meanwhile,  put out a statement saying that she won't seek the Conservative  line in her quest for the Senate seat. "The Conservative Party is anti-women, anti- LGBT, anti-environment, and anti- reasonable gun safety laws," she said.

Our Poll
 City Hallways poll: Tell us what you think. Which of these nine issues do you consider the most important facing the city  of Buffalo? Next most important, and next after  that?

As always, I'll leave the poll up all week, then report back on the results next Monday, and try to have an analysis of results later in the week.

City Hallways readers know the routine. Only one ballot per person please.

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Calendar Items

Buffalo Municipal  Housing Authority pubic hearing this morning on its proposed smoking policy and other issues.

Town  Hall meeting tonight on the opioid/heroin epidemic, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at North Park theater.


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