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Deidre Williams

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


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Education and public schools. Recreational facilities and after-school programs. Participatory budgeting. Those were some of the main points that residents told city lawmakers they would like to see money allocated for in the Byron W. Brown administration’s 2018-19 recommended budget that will be made available to the Common Council on May 1. Tuesday’s public meeting…

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Cab companies that want the city to treat the taxi industry and new ride-hailing services the same took their case directly to Mayor Byron W. Brown on Tuesday — but may have to go even higher. License fees, background checks and set rates put cab companies at an unfair disadvantage, they say, because ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are not bound by those same r…

Reform solitary confinement in Erie County. Certify Buffalo as a “Welcoming City.” Provide affordable housing opportunities county-wide. Those are the top three components to the Partnership for the Public Good’s Community Agenda for 2018. The organization - which describes itself as a community-based think tank - comprises 276 community groups ranging from soc…

The Game Changers ceremony honoring at-risk youth in Buffalo has been canceled. The event - which was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Burt P. Fleckinger Athletic Center at Erie Community College - was canceled due to a winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service, said city officials. A new date will be announced once the event has been reschedu…

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The City of Buffalo's "After the Holidays Recycling Event" has been canceled. The event was scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Engineering Garage at 1120 Seneca St., but because of a winter storm warning forecast for Friday and Saturday the event has been called off, city officials said. The recycling event was aimed at helping residents discard old electronics a…

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The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York didn't get its wish, but its $7 million proposal to turn the historic Ascension Church into affordable housing units still has life. The Diocese appealed to the Buffalo Common Council to reverse a project denial made by the city's Preservation Board to transform the vacant church at 16 Linwood Ave. and 67 North St. into 28 apart…

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For the first time since 2010, the Buffalo Fire department has a commissioner who is a uniformed officer who rose through the ranks. Deputy Commissioner Vincent V. Muscarella, who holds the civil service rank of captain, was promoted Tuesday by Mayor Byron W. Brown and unanimously confirmed by the Common Council. Muscarella replaces Garnell W. Whitfield Jr., who reti…

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A longtime Buffalo firefighter will become the next commissioner of the city’s Fire Department. Vincent Muscarella, a firefighter for the last 21 years, became a lieutenant in 2009 and captain in 2013. In July 2016, he was appointed by Mayor Byron W. Brown as deputy commissioner of Buffalo Fire Operations, one of three deputy commissioner posts in the department. Mus…

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The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York is hoping for a turn of fate to be able to turn the historic Ascension Church into affordable housing units. And it’s appealing to the Buffalo Common Council to make it happen. The diocese’s $7 million project calls for transforming the vacant church at 16 Linwood Ave. and 67 North St. into 28 apartments for people 55 and old…

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Garbage pickup will be delayed by one day this week in the city of Buffalo due to harsh weather conditions over the weekend. Sanitation crews will resume picking up garbage in the Delaware and North districts today, after being forced to stop early due to the bitter cold temperatures on Saturday. If you’re regularly scheduled garbage pickup day is Monday, crews will …

Fix it. Don’t ditch it. Bring your broken lamps, vacuum cleaners, toasters and toys to the University Heights Tool Library’s Dare to Repair Cafe. It’s where expert volunteer “fixers” show people how to rewire their old lamps, reglaze old windows, stitch torn clothing and fix small appliances. The Dare to Repair Cafe is a free community event in which skilled repai…

The Community Action Organization of Western New York is hosting a training session to help block club leaders better navigate social media and email messaging. The workshop is free and open to any block club leader in Western New York. Participants are asked to bring their own laptops, tablets or cell phones. The training will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Masten …

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Due to extreme weather conditions, nine senior and community centers in Buffalo will be open as temporary warming centers for residents seeking shelter from the cold, Mayor Byron W. Brown said Thursday. “With dangerously cold weather in the forecast, we must take extra safety precautions because it’s simply unsafe for anyone to be outside for prolonged periods of time. …

“Bigs in Blue” is coming to Buffalo. The one-to-one mentoring program is aimed at recruiting local law enforcement officers to serve as Big Brothers or Big Sisters to Littles - youth, specifically aged 10 to 12. Buffalo police officers will volunteer their time at least once a week for a year or more with the Littles they are paired with. Special activities led by th…

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As the Brown administration’s 2018 capital budget was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Common Council, concerns were raised about a $35 million gap in the 2016-17 operating budget. Last year, the city budgeted $10 million to balance the 2016-17 operating budget; but in actuality, the city comptroller said, $34.5 million in unassigned reserves is needed to close the b…