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Not a yes, but not a no I ran into City Comptroller Mark Schroeder Monday as he was heading out of City Hall "You running for mayor?" I asked him. I didn't get a "yes" or a "no."  But Schroeder acknowledged he's interested in the job, and said he'll  have an announcement of some kind sometime after the November presidential election. When Brown's away I ju…

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Water, water everywhere Wonder what's going on here? I did, especially after finding myself with soaked shoes after walking in a few inches of water on the street behind City Hall Thursday afternoon. A water division crew member on the scene told me the water main was being flushed out so work could be done on the pipe. Ouch! That stings I don't know if you saw…

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Nice if you can afford it I'm reading a recent report put out by several Buffalo organizations worried that many low-income residents are being left behind as Buffalo's housing market heats up. Here's how they describe the situation: New apartment complexes built in Buffalo recently include, for example, Hydraulics Lofts on Seneca Street with rents for two-bedroom ap…

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Why Central Terminal should be a train station Add the Common Council to the list of those who like the idea of moving the Exchange Street train station to the Central Terminal on Paderewski Drive. Here are some of the "Whereases" of the resolution, drafted by Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk, and passed by the full Council Tuesday: WHEREAS: The Central Terminal …

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Rent  to own? Lots of talk yesterday about the Brown Administration's plan to obtain dozens of houses - between 30 or 40 is likely, but possibly more -- at this week's tax foreclosure sale. All of  the  houses, the city's top planning official told Council members, are owned  by out-of-town landlords who do not  live  in the  houses  themselves. Most  of …

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Some Buffalo payroll trivia I was just checking through city payroll information on the city comptroller's webpage. Here's a few things I noticed: *City Payroll: $145.5 million in 2013-14 fiscal year; $143.1 million in 2014-2105; $139.4 million 2015-16. So far in 2016-17: $45.9 million (current fiscal year started July 1) * Overtime: $24 million in 2013-14; $27.6 …

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Wingo's protest to continue Masten Councilman Ulysees Wingo a couple weeks ago told me he'd made his point, and feels he got a conversation on race started, so would likely be saluting the flag during the Pledge of Allegiance at the upcoming Council meeting. No more raised fist. But much has changed in the  past two weeks. Wingo says his support is growing. More …

This time, Scanlon says, he's speaking out Councilman Chris Scanlon spoke up a few days ago in a way he didn't a year ago, but wishes he had. The South District councilman says he was watching CNN a few weeks ago, hearing the hatred and divisiveness of the presidential race, and seeing reports of African-Americans being shot by police, leading to protests around …