Gwen Ifill

Remembering Gwen Ifill

Buffalo Common Council meetings start with traditions, including having individual Council members memorialize people who died in recent weeks.

Usually, Council members mention people from their districts. But not always.

"I know she's not local, but someone I've admired - Gwen Ifill. She has really made an impact on the world," said University District Councilman Rasheed Wyatt at the start of Tuesday's Council meeting.

Wyatt was referring to the ground breaking journalist, and co-host of the PBS "News Hour," who died Monday at age 61.

As it turns out,  Ifill did once live in Buffalo.

As I was read news reports on Ifill, who broke barriers for decades as a woman and African-American journalist, I read that she lived in Buffalo for a couple years as a child.

Her father was an African Meethodist Episcopal pastor and civil rights advocate. Ifill was born in New York City, but her father's ministry required her family to live in several North East cities during her childhood,  including Buffalo, where, from what I read, she lived while attendng second and third grade.

Wingo update

For those wondering, yes, Masten Councilman Ullysees Wingo continued his silent protest at Tuesday's Council meeting, raising his fist in the air while his colleagues recited the Pledge of Allegiance with hands over their hearts. Wingo is protesting police killings of African-Americans throughout the country.

Licata update

As expected, the Council  Tuesday approved a $9,144 payment, as recommended by the city law department,  for foreclosure notices Robert Licata posted in 2015.

There was no action on the $12,400 Licata says he's owed for work done in 2016. The Council is expected to take that up at a future meeting, after it's reviewed by the city law department.

Licata is the longtime city exterminator whose part-time city job as a foreclosure notice server caught the attention of city auditors, who questioned how Licata was able to do both jobs on days he worked extensive overtime at his full-time exterminator  job. They also challenged Licata's working his part-time job for the city on days when he called in sick at his full-time city job.

He recently retired from his exterminator job.

Today's calendar items

Zoning Board meets this afternoon

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