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The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s plan to raise money by putting the names of its major donors on banners in the parks has lost a key supporter.North Council Member Joseph Golombek, an original supporter of the banners, has submitted legislation to reverse an ordinance that now allows them. “I don’t want the parks to be too commercial,” Golombek said. “The …

Business

Leaving Pearl Street Grill one recent afternoon, a woman in need of a ride texted the restaurant’s address to Liberty Cab. Within seconds, she received a reply, with the name of the driver, the number of the taxi and the distance away: four-tenths of a mile.The taxi, a large American-made sedan in good condition, arrived four minutes after the text was sent. The cab drop…

More than any other aide, Steven M. Casey has been Mayor Byron W. Brown’s right hand. The guy he relied on to make City Hall run. The guy who got the nasty assignments. The guy who made enemies with union presidents and rival politicians. And he has been performing that job since Brown first set foot in the mayor’s office nearly a decade ago.So where does the mayor go…

A clinic that would dispense drugs to heroin addicts planned for a residential neighborhood on the Lower West Side has faced opposition from Erie County, and now the state may follow suit. The state agency that oversees facilities such as the methadone clinic that Acacia Network and Hispanics United of Buffalo is planning on Virginia Street is expected to write a letter to…

The New York State attorney general won a court order Friday preventing the launch of a ridesharing service in New York City, and he is seeking to shut down the service in Buffalo and Rochester until it comes into compliance with state law.Also, Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said Friday that he will instruct his officers to ticket Lyft drivers if they are driv…

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A ride-sharing service that matches drivers and passengers in Buffalo and Rochester says it will continue to operate despite a state order to stop.Calling Lyft’s practices illegal, the state Department of Financial Services said this week that Lyft exposes drivers and the private auto insurance market “to intolerable risk, cost and uncertainty.”But Lyft does not plan…

Politics

A third unannounced candidate may play a role in what figures to be a hotly contested state Senate primary this year between incumbent State Sen. Timothy Kennedy and Erie County Legislature Minority Leader Betty Jean Grant. And the mystery candidate appears to be receiving help getting on the ballot from a Grant supporter.Based on an audio recording, Kennedy charged that G…

Former Buffalo Police officer Cariol Horne, fired in 2008, came to the Common Council on Tuesday hoping to convince lawmakers that she should have pension benefits.Council members met privately with city lawyers for an hour behind closed doors. Horne didn’t get what she was looking for, but she didn’t have the door slammed in her face, either.The Council will hold anot…

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It was one of those dramatic moments that Darius G. Pridgen – preacher, pastor and politician – has become famous for.On the day he was sworn in as president of Buffalo’s Common Council, he spoke before an enthusiastic audience of friends, family members and big-shot politicians who packed Council Chambers at City Hall. Normally a mundane political event, the ceremon…

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After all Anita Rodriguez and her neighbors did to take back the Lower West Side from drug dealers, the last thing they want in their neighborhood is a clinic for heroin addicts. So a plan by Hispanics United of Buffalo to open a methadone clinic on Virginia Street has come as an unwelcome surprise to residents. They worry their work over the last 20 years to turn around t…

A fireworks display set to music, children’s activities and a performance by Lance Diamond will take place at Canalside on Friday. The Fourth of July celebration is organized by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, though restaurateur Russell J. Salvatore is presenting the fireworks display, and has arranged accompanying patriotic music, which can be heard on 1…

Despite last-minute legal help, a Buffalo resident lost his court fight Thursday to stop a Buffalo Sewer Authority project on his street.Charley Tarr, who has no legal background, had expected to argue his case himself against the authority’s lawyers.But well-known criminal defense attorney Mark J. Mahoney showed up to assist Tarr, and Mahoney argued against the authorit…

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Imagine an underground cesspool of thousands of gallons of raw sewage in your neighborhood, filling up when heavy rains hit.The tank, a few feet beneath the surface, is fed by pipes more than a century old.What happens if those old pipes fail? Will the sewage back up into area basements and flood streets?That’s the fear of residents of Bird Avenue in the city’s West Si…

A group of parents and others frustrated with public education is urging the Buffalo Common Council to explore a city takeover of the school district. “The reality is, one of the biggest things affecting your ability to bring people into the city, to grow the city, is the quality of the schools,” said District Parent Coordinating Council President Sam Radford. “Why w…

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The City of Buffalo has long sought the ability to adjudicate traffic tickets issued within city limits and keep the associated revenue. Now it looks like that day might finally arrive. The State Legislature passed the bill in the waning days of its session and it will be sent to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for his signature.The bill allows the city more revenue, and also allows …