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Deidre Williams

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


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A recent scare and lockdown at a South Buffalo community center, coming in the wake of the nation's most recent mass shooting, has Common Council members poised to implement active shooter training for employees at city facilities. A man and a woman acting “suspiciously” came into the community center before any of the regular patrons arrived for the day’s activities, s…

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Calling all techies. Buffalo’s first annual Civic Innovation Challenge has begun. The competition – which runs through April 22 – was unveiled in the mayor's recent State of the City address and is for local computer scientists, coders, software developers, designers, hardware engineers and tech students. Their challenge is to create innovative products and solutions th…

The City of Buffalo's 2018 recruitment campaign for the Buffalo firefighter exam has begun. Base pay for Buffalo firefighters starts at $35,000 a year and can range up to $68,461 annually, said Mayor Byron W. Brown. The deadline for submitting exam applications is April 9. The exam, which is only offered every four years, will be given on May 1. Candidates must: …

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Mayor Byron W. Brown thanked residents for obeying parking restrictions and staying off roads today. And he applauded the work that city crews did in handling the storm. "We are open. We are used to these weather events, and we don't let these weather events stop our city... from doing business and from economic development from taking place," he said during a news conf…

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Construction of a $500,000 Buffalo Police Department substation in the Broadway Market is slated to begin by the end of May and be completed by fall, Mayor Byron W. Brown said Thursday. Meanwhile, a Buffalo Police Mobile Command Bus will serve as a temporary substation outside of the market during the Easter holiday season. Brown made the announcements at the Broadwa…

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After hearing from both the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority administration and its management company, Common Council members are no closer to understanding how some public housing tenants were left without heat and hot water in the middle of winter. Shinda Management Corp. appeared before a Council committee two weeks ago, and BMHA Executive Director Dawn Sanders-G…

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The psychologist who conducts psychological exams for men and women who want to become Buffalo police officers and firefighters may be on his way out, after complaints of racial bias and inappropriate questions probing applicants' sexual histories. And the entire system for how candidates are hired for the departments will be evaluated and likely overhauled. “We have…

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“CBS Evening News” anchor Jeff Glor never forgets his Western New York roots. Even though he is well-known on the national scale, Buffalo is always near and dear to his heart. And he never misses an opportunity to give a nod and shout out to the city and his beloved Bills. A Town of Tonawanda native, Glor kept the good vibes rolling Thursday by setting the stage for …

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Police body cameras. Tasers for officers. Getting the Police Department accredited. Those are some of the challenges facing Byron C. Lockwood after he was appointed Thursday as Buffalo police commissioner. Mayor Byron W. Brown made the announcement during his 2018 State of the City address in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The appointment now goes to the Comm…

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There will be new projects to look forward to on Jefferson Avenue this year: A bank is moving in. A financial education center will open. And free Wi-Fi will be expanded. Those are just some of the initiatives Mayor Byron W. Brown plans to highlight during his 12th State of the City address Thursday during a luncheon in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. …

Coming soon: A youth job fair for people aged 14 through 24. Approximately 50 businesses – including the Buffalo Bisons, GEICO, M&T Bank, Wegmans, Tops Markets, Delta Sonic, Erie County Medical Center, Kaleida Health, Rosina Foods, Mod Pac and Starbucks – will offer a range of positions in fields like health care, banking, manufacturing, food service and production,…

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When Shinda Management Co. wanted to purchase temporary heating systems to replace failing ones for two tenants at the Frederick Douglass I public housing development this winter, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority said no. Instead, the BMHA directed Shinda to relocate the tenants because the housing complex will be rehabilitated and the heating systems replaced  i…

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A proposal to convert a warehouse at 19 Doat St. into low-income apartments and a neighborhood health clinic can proceed after winning unanimous Common Council approval Tuesday. Regan Development Corp. of Ardsley, N.Y., wants to convert the 100,000-square-foot former Monarch Knitting Co. building into 74 affordable-housing apartments, plus 5,700-square-feet of community…

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The $7 million proposal to turn the historic Ascension Church at Linwood Avenue and North Street into affordable housing is still breathing. After the city’s Preservation Board denied the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York’s plan to transform the vacant church into 28 apartments for people 55 and older on fixed incomes, the Common Council had directed developers to g…

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The City of Buffalo is poised to modernize its system for tracking whether contractors are meeting goals for hiring minority- and women-owned business on city projects. The city currently has goals of 25 percent for minority business participation and 5 percent for women-owned companies. Soon, the Office of Contract Compliance will have a new electronic system for track…