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An East Side church is seeking Common Council approval for construction of a two-story addition to its existing structure. The two-phase project, estimated to cost $2.2 million, will allow the First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church at 467 William St. to provide religious services, community outreach, a soup kitchen, a computer lab and youth mentoring services, accordin…

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For more than 100 years, since the days of horse-drawn carriages, Buffalo firefighters emerged from a historic firehouse on Jersey Street to fight blazes on the city's West Side. The bells have been silent for more than 20 years, ever since the station was closed as part of a fire department consolidation in 1997. But they may soon be ringing out something new: last cal…

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Michael Damico has dreamed for years of having a place in the city of Buffalo where adults could go for recreation, and to play some team sports. Now, the sports promoter and league organizer is about to make that happen. After nearly 20 years of coordinating football, soccer, softball and kickball games at various fields scattered through the city, Damico is leading…

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A coalition of social justice and community activists Thursday demanded that Buffalo lawmakers override Mayor Byron W. Brown's plans to increase the city's police department budget by $500,000, arguing that such an increase is unjustifiable given what they characterized as the department's poor record on solving homicides and making residents feel safe. Several members …

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Many Buffalo residents and city officials have noticed a rapid rise in apartment rates as the city experiences its first construction boom in decades. While it may be a positive sign for the city's economic fortunes, it has also had the effect of making rental units unaffordable for longtime residents of some neighborhoods. To ensure they are not displaced, the Buffa…

A special legislative committee of the Buffalo Common Council will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on  a proposed law requiring that new apartment developments set aside a certain percentage of their units as affordable. The inclusionary zoning measure is currently being considered  by the Common Council. The legislative committee will accept comments from th…