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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams has covered city schools for The Buffalo News since 2013.


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By an 8 to 1 vote Tuesday, Buffalo's Common Council approved the Brown administration's 2018-19 budget, retaining the 3.4 percent increase in residential property taxes and the 5.5 percent increase in commercial property taxes. Proposed hikes in user fees also were approved. But the Council did make some changes to the $513.6 million spending plan, cutting $1.65 million…

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The Brown administration has what it calls a creative plan to provide an extra $200,000 to the Buffalo Public Schools in the upcoming city budget: form a charitable entity to accept money from those who would see their state and local tax – or SALT – deductions capped at $10,000 under the federal tax overhaul. But the City Comptroller’s Office warns that the plan would …

Construction has started on the new Seneca Babcock Community Center. The project will transform a vacant former public school property into a 12,593-square-foot community center with a 7,644-square-foot gymnasium, computer classrooms and quiet study rooms for students to do their homework. The brick and metal-panel building will be constructed at 82 Harrison St. at t…

More than 200 bikes of various shapes, sizes, makes and conditions will be sold to the highest bidders during the Buffalo Police Bike Auction. The event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in Buffalo Police Headquarters, 74 Franklin St. However, anyone attending the auction should enter the building through the Church Street garage entrance. Auction sales are cash only.

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World War I came to an end the year Rita Durkin Mojzesz was born, four years after Mother's Day became a national holiday. And the year she celebrated her first Mother's Day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. She has seen a lot, and on Sunday, Mojzesz turned 100 years old and celebrated her 83rd Mother’s Day. More than 40 of …

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Looking for housing information in the City of Buffalo? Need specifics on voter registration? Want to know how to enroll kids into Buffalo Public Schools? That data and more now can be accessed through the Good Neighbor mobile phone-based app developed by Clark Dever and Jordan Walbesser. The new app, which is published in multiple languages, is free and provides …

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Property taxes are not the only things going up in the Brown administration’s proposed 2018-19 budget. So are garbage user fees and the cost of attending events at city-owned facilities –  though the amount of that ticket surcharge has yet to be worked out with the venues. In addition to increasing taxes on homeowners  and commercial properties, Mayor Byron W. Brown’s s…

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The proposed 2018–19 budget for the City of Buffalo recommends increases in residential property taxes by 3.4 percent and commercial property taxes by 5.5 percent. The $513.6 million spending plan introduces new licenses and fees and increases other fees, like the garbage user fee. The spending plan maintains funding for programs primarily aimed at youth, while increasi…

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Buffalo residents could see hikes in property taxes and/or user fees for the first time during the Brown era after two credit rating agencies lowered their outlook on the city’s financial prospects just as the mayor prepares to release his 2018-19 budget. Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s Financial Services cited Buffalo’s structurally imbalanced budge…

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The annual Buffalo News Kids Day is coming. On Tuesday, a special edition of The Buffalo News will be on sale to benefit the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, Cradle Beach and the children of Western New York. In a City Hall ceremony Wednesday, Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown and Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz proclaimed Tuesday as “Buffalo News Kids Day” in …

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Well-known preservationist Catherine F. Schweitzer has been appointed to the Buffalo Preservation Board to replace longtime member Paul McDonnell. Schweitzer has been the executive director of the Baird Foundation since 1995 and is a national adviser for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She played a decisive role in bringing the National Preservation Confer…

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April 8, 1932 – April 7, 2018 Eva "Rita" Rogers, a registered nurse for many years at Buffalo General Hospital and Sisters Hospital, died Friday in Heritage Manor in Youngstown, Ohio after a long illness, one day before her 86th birthday. Born in Gloversville, the former former Eva Yutz moved to Buffalo when she was 18 years old to attend Buffalo General Hospital Sch…

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Kelly Galloway is on a mission. In Guatemala, she opened a safe house for victims of sex trafficking. In Nepal, she ran medical camps after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed almost 9,000 people in 2015. http://buffalonews.com/2018/04/07/the-2017-outstanding-citizens-9-people-who-embody-what-makes-wny-special/ In remote villages in South India – where many peopl…

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The Buffalo firefighter exam is coming up May 1, but the Common Council’s immediate focus is on finding someone to administer the psychological portion and re-evaluating 41 potential recruits rejected during the last hiring process on the recommendations of the city's former psychologist. About a dozen African-American applicants – most for the Fire Department – complai…

Part of Northland Avenue has been closed beginning Wednesday as work continues on a nearly $6 million streetscape project. Northland will be closed to automobile traffic between Fillmore Avenue and Grider Street for preliminary work, with construction scheduled to begin Monday. The Northland Avenue Streetscape Project includes street paving, new curbs and sidewalks, …