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