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City Hallways (April 4) Back on the Grid

Who's coaching our kids?

City Hallways ended up taking off a little longer than I  planned, but it's back, ready to share some of what I'm seeing and hearing in City Hall.

One thing I heard is the city's preparing some new rules for youth football teams that want to use city fields and parks. It's all preliminary now, but looks like there's a good chance criminal background checks will be required for all coaching staff. That doesn't mean someone gets disqualified for a minor crime when they were young, but other crimes - particularly committed against children - will likely be a game changer.

There's also talk of wanting to make sure there's no gambling going on at these youth games either.

Definitely a more-to- come issue.

Name that flag

The question: Which European flag was flying outside City Hall all last week?
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The answer: Greece.

Why, you ask?  March 25 was Greek Independence Day.

BTW,  the Greek flag was replaced this morning with the Canadian flag.

New to City Hall:

I just read attorney Richard Morrisroe will be appointed to head the city's Commission on Citizens' Rights and Community Relations.  He's a partner with Morrisroe Hebert, a general practice  law firm in Buffalo. He's also bi-lingual, fluent in Spanish as well as English.

 

Countdown to NY primary News

In today's Buffalo News a good fact check story.

And also, who's coming to WNY?

Neighborhood News

Few things I wanted to share from last  Zoning Board:

  • Habitat for  Humanity will be building two  one-family homes at 61-67 Wende.  Zoning variance  was needed because of set back rules.
  • Ellicott Development got  approval  to convert 66 Best St. to  medical offices in a residential district.
  • Watts Architecture got approval to  convert a church at 467 Richmond Ave. to a live performing  arts theater.
  • Westmont on North approved for assisted living senior complex 279-291 North St.

 

 Calendar Items

Snow in April

Looking out my window on second floor of City Hall, 7:20 a.m., April 4, 2016

Looking out my window on second floor of City Hall, 7:20 a.m., April 4, 2016

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