City of Tonawanda Common Council - The Buffalo News

Share this article

print logo
Art

The City of Tonawanda hopes to erect a 16-foot-tall abstract metal sculpture that pays tribute to the Erie Canal on top of the covered canal if supporters can raise $50,000 to $60,000. The city's Visual and Performing Arts Council has commissioned sculptor Henry J. Schmidt to create a sculpture called "The Canal Remembered" that would sit in Niawanda Park along the Niag…

Erie County

Deputy City Attorney S. Michael Rua was named city attorney on an interim basis by the Tonawanda Common Council on Tuesday. He replaces Ronald C. Trabucco, the city attorney for 22 years, who announced his retirement. Rua will serve in the position until the end of December, but will need to run for election in November to remain in the position. Tuesday was Trabu…

Erie County

Tonawanda City Clerk Gayle Syposs said she never saw her job as just issuing dog licenses and marriage certificates. Instead, she saw her role as advising the City Council. "Anybody can issue marriage certificates and dog licenses, but the city clerk needs to be the eyes and ears to the City Council," she said. "My value to the Council is my history with the city." …

Erie County

All 30 officers in the City of Tonawanda Police Department have had body cameras for the past three years, but Chief William Strassburg says he would like to consider dashboard cameras for patrol cars. "At first I didn't think we needed them, because we had body cameras, but now I'm seriously considering putting them in patrol cars," Strassburg recently told the Council…

Town of Tonawanda

Ronald C. Trabucco is retiring as attorney for the City of Tonawanda after 22 years with the city. Michael Rua, who was sworn in to his 10th year as deputy attorney, said he would like to move into the top role. No plans for Trabucco's replacement were announced and Council President Jenna Koch said the council was "still processing" Trabucco's departure. The Coun…

Local News

The City of Tonawanda Common Council approved closing part of Young Street for the next six months — and approved plans to put a temporary ice rink on the street for the winter. The Council approved the measure by a 4-1 vote. Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Toth rejected the closure. Toth said he felt there had not been a clear plan for developing the area and had also he…

Erie County

The Common Council is expected to vote in favor of closing a portion of Young Street for the next six months and putting a temporary ice rink on the street when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. A plan for a permanent closure of the street will be made by May 1. A large turnout of residents in City Hall late last summer overwhelming favored the plan, which wou…

The City of Tonawanda city clerk and plumbing inspector serve at the behest of the Common Council and are appointed or reappointed each year. The city is accepting resumes for several Council-appointed positions, including the city clerk and plumbing inspector, which are currently held by Clerk Gayle Syposs and Inspector Sanford Belsky. Both have the option to reapply. …

The City of Tonawanda Common Council has approved a plan to streamline economic development and planning for new subdivisions by allowing final site plan approvals at the Planning Board level. Subdivisions and projects larger than half an acre currently must go to the Council for site plan approval, to make sure a project has proper zoning and meets state and federal st…

Erie County

City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick Davis' $22.3 million budget proposal went into effect Tuesday -- after the Common Council failed to adopt an alternative budget. Davis' 2018 budget calls for an increase in property taxes of 4.99 percent, which would raise taxes nearly $90 per year for an average home. The Council held a public hearing on the budget Nov. 8, but had publis…

Local News

Republican challenger Michael R. Young declared himself the winner Tuesday of the City of Tonawanda Third Ward Common Council seat after absentee ballots were counted and his slim lead over Councilmember Sean Rautenstrauch grew slightly. Young was ahead by 11 votes after absentee ballots were counted at the Erie County Board of Elections two weeks after the Nov. 7 elect…

Erie County

On Tuesday the City of Tonawanda Common Council is scheduled to adopt is 2018 budget, but will councilors be legally able to vote? A budget hearing notice published in The Buffalo News listed the budget hearing date as Tuesday, Nov. 7, which is Election Day, but the Council had moved its meeting and hearing to Wednesday, Nov. 8. The city's website did list the Wednesday…

Some City of Tonawanda residents doing home repairs or large clean ups have turned to portable soft-sided "dumpsters in a bag" to replace a traditional dumpster, but Building Inspector Erik Lindhurst said homeowners should not leave the bag for their weekly residential garbage pickup. Lindhurst said the dumpster bags are sold at retailers for about $29, but are clearly …

Politics

Republican Michael R. Young is clinging to an 8-vote lead over Democratic Councilmember Sean Rautenstrauch in the race for the Third Ward City of Tonawanda Common Council. Young has 521 votes, Rautenstrauch 513, according to the Erie County Board of Elections. And with at least 33 outstanding absentee ballots, the outcome is too close to call. The winner won't be …

Politics

Social media has helped heat up a City of Tonawanda mayor's race, one that both candidates admit has turned nasty. Rick Davis, mayor for the past four years and Fourth Ward Common Councilman from 2006-2009, is running on the Democrat, Independent, Working Families, Green and Women's Equality lines. Fourth Ward Common Councilman Timothy Toth will be on the Republican, Re…