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City Hallways (Sept. 9) Community asks for public safety building

Can former K-Mart become police/fire building?

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 makes a point of reading petitions city residents file with the Common Council, with the most recent one being a plea by some 200 people for the city to consider placing a consolidated police and fire headquarters in their East Side neighborhood.

Specifically, they are suggesting a public safety complex be located in the K-Mart building on Broadway that's been vacant for years.

"Children, businesses and homes would have a sense of security where they live," the petition states. "Moving the Police Headquarters to the Historic Broadway Fillmore Neighborhood will guarantee a police presence and help revitalize our community."

The city's been talking about a consolidated public safety complex, and while no decision's been made, the former Dillon courthouse in the downtown Buffalo has been mentioned as a possible site.

"I know there was talk of the federal building downtown, but I don't know where parking would be," said Fillmore Councilman David Franczyk. "At K-Mart, there is a pretty large parking lot.

"It's in the heart of the East Side. We believe it would be a good spot," he said.

Suburban supervisor pay would match that of Buffalo mayor

A couple days ago Amherst officials voted themselves a raise that would boost the town supervisor's annual pay to $105,000. That's also Mayor Brown's current salary.

Buffalo's elected officials haven't had a raised since 1997. I periodically ask about pay raises, but so far none of the city's elected leaders has indicated plans to make any moves in that direction.

Council members, did, however, raise their stipends recently. Each earns $52,000 annually plus stipends ranging from $6,000 to head a committee to $15,000 to serve as Council president.

The city's elected comptroller earns $88,412 annually.

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