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


As winter approaches, the city's emergency weather safety plan for Buffalo's homeless population begins. "Code Blue" is in effect when evening temperatures or wind chills fall to 15 degrees or below. The program runs until March 15 and provides outreach, case management, transportation, shelter and a warm meal, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced Wednesday. Shelters are l…

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Main Place bar will be opening soon in the University Heights neighborhood, but it won’t be marketing to those too young to legally drink. The Common Council approved Anthony J. Sordetto’s special-use application to open the bar at 3144 Main St. despite mounting opposition from neighbors, college students and business owners concerned that the establishment would become…

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown's 2018 Capital Budget proposal has been filed and now it's time for the Common Council to review the $22.8 million spending plan. Council Members will hold a budget workshop at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 in Council Chambers on the 13th Floor of City Hall. The meeting is open to the public. The recommended capital budget is a fine-tuned vers…

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The University at Buffalo’s Undergraduate Student Association has joined many neighbors and business owners in opposing the opening of a new tavern in University Heights. Citing a history of underage drinking and disruptive house parties in the neighborhood, the student group passed a resolution urging the Common Council to deny an application from Anthony J. Sordetto t…

A winter blast is forecast for Buffalo Niagara tonight, bringing gusty winds, heavy rain, snow and thunder. Buffalo officials say the city is ready for it. "We got salt. Equipment's ready to go. We have enough manpower on for tonight. We're going to monitor the situation and make sure that we get salt on the road," said Public Works Commissioner Steven J. Stepniak du…

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Need a new snowblower before the flakes really start flying? In the market for a designer hand bag? Or how about a Buffalo Bills helmet autographed by Tyrod Taylor as a Christmas gift? Those items and more will be available to bid on during the 17th Annual Police Athletic League (PAL) of Buffalo Auction from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention…

Just one day after Mayor Byron W. Brown won re-election to a fourth term, about 50 community members and grassroots leaders stormed his City Hall office to demand that city officials take bold action now to address gentrification. The Buffalo Anti-Gentrification Coalition wants the city to “immediately” implement a mandatory inclusionary zoning policy. Coalition leaders…

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Now that Byron W. Brown has won a fourth term as mayor – something accomplished only once before in Buffalo’s history – he pointed to "bold" initiatives he said have transformed the city and said he will continue in that vein. That should come as welcome news to some critics and allies alike, who rarely associate that word with the buttoned-down mayor. But Brown, mak…

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Joseph McMahon, campaign manager for Democrat Brian J. Kulpa, said he has worked “plenty of campaigns.” So when he started hearing from constituents that a couple of Amherst candidates’ lawn signs had gone missing, McMahon was not too alarmed. But when the reports started increasing throughout last week, McMahon became concerned. Four Democratic candidates for var…

An autopsy has been scheduled for a decomposed body that was found in LaSalle Park on Saturday. A passerby discovered the corpse at around 9 a.m. , said Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. The autopsy, to be performed by medical examiners, is scheduled for Monday, DeGeorge said.    

A pilot program to reduce speeding in Buffalo began this week with the temporary installation of 10 speed humps in five city neighborhoods. The locations were based on residential complaints to the Mayor's 311 Call and Resolution Line and from requests from the Department of Public Works and Buffalo Police, said Mayor Byron W. Brown. The speed humps are rubber mounds…

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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 equipment p…

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 Professional Ser…