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City Hallways (May 13) Truckin' in Niagara Square

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Food Truck Thursday returns  to Niagara Square. First one was yesterday. They'll continue every Thursday through mid-September, from 11 a.m.  to  3 p.m.

Rumor mill in overdrive

When I  returned  to  work this  week, I quickly started hearing chatter that something was  going  on with  Modesto Candelario, the  deputy director  of the  Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

But as is typical  with the rumor mill, I  was  hearing different  things from different people.

I called Candelario.

What's up, I asked him.

After being involved with the housing authority for over  20 years, the  last  12  as deputy  director,  Candelario  said, he's thinking he's ready  to move  on, most likely in the affordable  housing industry.  He's still working at the BMHA,  hasn't started sending his resumes out, and  hasn't yet  found another  job, Candelario  said.

But he recently notified his bosses,  board  chairman Mike Seaman and executive director Dawn Sanders-Garrett, of his  plans  to start looking  for  a new  job, he said.

He wanted to let  them  know, Candelario  said,  before  they heard it from someone  else  once  he  started  applying for  jobs.  Also, he said, he feels an obligation to give his  bosses  more than the typical "two weeks notice."

"I could probably further  my career in the affordable housing  industry, and that  is what I  would  like to do," Candelario said.  "That's it.  I see this as a good time for me to make that move."

Candelario said he hadn't expected his plans to leak out, but at the BMHA,  I've found,  few things remain secret for long.

Better budget,  but .  . .
I'm  reading City Comptroller Mark Schroeder's assessment of Mayor's Brown's 2016-2017 budget plan.

"The city has made some progress on moving toward a more structurally balanced budget, mostly by reducing some major expenses," Schroeder wrote. "However, more work needs to be done. . . "

Schroeder remains troubled by the $10.6 million in reserves Brown relies on to balance the budget.  Schroeder notes the city's four-year plan calls for reducing the reliance in coming years - $10 million next year, $4.1  million the following year and $5.9 million the year after that.

"While it's encouraging that the city is gradually reducing its reliance on reserves, any fund balance draw is less than optimal," he wrote.

Bond rating agencies, Schroeder said,  worry about using reserves to balance the budget. "The continued use of reserves in the our years, could potentially lead to a downgrade," Schroeder wrote.

The Brown Administration, however, has expressed confidence in what they call their conservative budgeting approach.

Today's Calendar Items
That Fruit  Belt parking announcement originally expected for yesterday will be this afternoon.

Also, it's Friday the 13th. Just saying.

In today's Buffalo News, and buffalonews.com,  here's story I did on the  Fruit Belt parking plan and another on  the  Common Council deciding  against granting historic landmark status to four properties.

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