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Deidre Williams

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


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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, …

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Buffalo has a new chief information officer to develop a long-term plan for restructuring its Department of Management and Information Systems in an age of emerging cyber threats. Luis E. Taveras was approved Tuesday by the Common Council as a full-time employee and not as a simultaneous consultant to Kaleida Health, as was suggested last month. Kaleida had made a “mult…

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The Buffalo Fire Department is looking for a few hundred more men and women to sign up for the city's 2018 firefighter entry exam by the April 9 deadline. In addition, exam training classes and opportunities to discuss the job with a current firefighter are being offered. About 900 people have signed up to take the exam so far,  Mayor Byron W. Brown said during a Monday…

The MLK Business District has undergone a face-lift. Four buildings along Fillmore Avenue – including one apartment – received improvements, such as new lighting, doors, roofs, windows, signs, and, for the flat, a new kitchen. The streetscape now features portraits of African-American leaders on banners placed on street poles along Fillmore Avenue from East Ferry Str…

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More than 2,500 protesters are expected to take a stand against gun violence in Buffalo’s March for Our Lives rally and cavalcade on Saturday, according to Mayor Byron W. Brown. The event is in solidarity with other March for Our Lives demonstrations also happening Saturday in Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities. Buffalo’s rally begins at 1 p.m. at the steps of C…

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The Buffalo Common Council will wait for more information before deciding whether to confirm the Brown administration’s pick for chief information officer, Luis E. Taveras. Questions have come up because it turns out the city would be sharing Taveras, who would be a consultant for Kaleida Health while also developing a strategic plan for restructuring the city’s Departm…

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The Brown administration wants to hire former IBM expert Luis E. Taveras as its chief information officer. But questions surround the appointment because it turns out the city would be sharing Taveras with Kaleida Health. He would be a consultant for Kaleida while also developing a strategic plan for restructuring the city’s Department of Management and Information Syst…