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


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There is $6.8 million set aside for city-wide street and sidewalk improvements. Another $1.5 million will go toward city-wide demolitions and building code compliance. And $1.3 million will pay for equipment for the Parks Department and the Sanitation Division. The spending is part of Mayor Byron W. Brown’s $22.8 million proposed capital budget to fund equipme…

The plan to open a Main Street establishment in University Heights is not a done deal yet. Anthony J. Sordetto requested a special use permit from the Common Council to open Main Place, a restaurant located at 3144 Main St. that would serve alcohol and have live music. And it would occasionally host special events for people 18 and up. Sordetto's request was sent …

Tis’ the season  for the City of Buffalo to start preparing for snow removal on sidewalks. And it’s stirred some debate in City Hall over whether it’s a better idea for the city to purchase its own equipment to do the job rather than contract out the work. For now, the city is prepared to contract with two local companies – Ground Control Inc. and KD Profess…

Buffalo's Department of Permits and Inspection Services received statewide recognition for helping people with disabilities become members of the city's workforce. Commissioner James Comerford received the award on Monday from the Western New York Employment Consortium for the hiring of two individuals with disabilities in Permits and Inspections. The department was…

"Renovate Right!" That's the message on 60 new billboards posted throughout Buffalo and Erie County to mark National Lead Poisoning Week, which ends Saturday. The 60 billboards, including 30 in Buffalo, are aimed at homeowners and tenants who make renovations that could disturb pre-1978, lead-based paint. The ads will be posted in rotating locations through next J…

Anthony J. Sordetto says he’s received a “lot of support” from the University Heights community for his proposed Main Place restaurant that would serve alcohol and have live music – but would not initially have a kitchen. But many nearby residents and business owners argue that the establishment is really a bar and, given the well-documented problems the commu…

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Buffalo’s 2017 Clean Sweep season ended on a high note Thursday. The neighborhood improvement program broke a record for completing the most sweeps in one year: 32 of them, said Mayor Byron W. Brown. The sweeps were conducted in all nine Council districts: five each in Masten and Ellicott; four each in the North, University, Niagara and Fillmore districts; three in…

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Jerome Evans had just negotiated a payment plan with the city to keep his Riley Street home off the auction block. The home was a gift from his mother-in-law, he said, but this was not the first time the dwelling was at risk of being sold in Buffalo’s foreclosure auction. But this time will certainly be the last time, he vowed. “It will never be again,” sai…

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The titanium screws inserted in Amber Simone Baker Chinn’s skull when she was 6 months old are still in her head. And they probably will be for the rest of her life. But that hasn't stopped the singer/songwriter from performing on TV or wanting to give back to the hospital that made an imperfect baby look "fine." Baker Chinn was born with a rare condition with…

Terrence Robinson is the Green Party challenger to incumbent Byron W. Brown in next month’s general election for mayor. Robinson laid out his five-point agenda for his long-shot chances of becoming the next mayor. Brown won the primary election last month, which essentially put him on the road to his fourth term. Still, Robinson says he’s in the race until the en…

A controversial plan to open a bar on Main Street that appeals to people as young as 18 is on hold. University District Common Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt sent the plan back to the Council's Legislation Committee for further information. "We're going to talk to the law department to see if there's standing not to approve it," Wyatt said. "Residents don't want …

A 21-year-old Niagara Falls man has been arrested in a fatal shooting in a gas station’s parking lot Saturday morning. The incident occurred at around 10:20 a.m., when the Niagara Falls Police Department received a call that a man was shot at 19th Street and Walnut Avenue. Witnesses told police that after the victim was shot, he was put into a car and driven off. P…

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Fake news is obviously anything that does not check out factually, but it’s not just a matter of fact or fiction. Fake news has some gray areas. That’s according to Les Trent, a senior correspondent with the nationally syndicated television show “Inside Edition.” “Fake news can have an element of truth to it, but the dissemination of that I think makes it e…

Public opposition to a plan to open a bar on Main Street that will market to people as young as 18 has a city lawmaker reconsidering his support. University District Common Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt said his office has been flooded with neighbors and nearby property owners who oppose the bar.  Because of that opposition, Wyatt said, he will rethink approval of …

Terrence A. Robinson, who is registered as a Democrat, is the Green Party candidate for Buffalo mayor. He serves on the Buffalo Preservation Board and is a founding member of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Even though Byron W. Brown won the primary election last month and seems to be a shoe-in for next month’s general election, 62-year-old Robinson is not deterred. …