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Where We Live: Buffalo


Mayor Byron W. Brown will unveil his budget to the Common Council and the public this week.

The Council will meet in special session at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Council chambers to accept the budget. On Thursday and Friday, the Council will host budget hearings beginning at 10 a.m. in chambers.

Last year’s spending plan was $1.3 billion. The Council must approve the budget by May 22.

Also this week:

• The Council will hold its pre-meeting caucus at 2 p.m. Monday in Room 1417 of City Hall, and will discuss federal block grant funds administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

• The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. will meet at noon Tuesday in the Erie County Industrial Development Agency offices at 143 Genesee St.

• The Council will meet in regular session at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, and is expected to pass a resolution calling on the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to grant development rights to a group that would like to build a football stadium and convention center on the Outer Harbor.

The Council will also vote on a local landmark designation for the Trico complex on Washington Street. The designation, which would give the city’s Preservation Board more oversight over whether the complex is demolished, was sent to the Council from a Council committee without recommendation as to whether it should be approved or denied.

• The New York State Department of State and the city are hosting a meeting to offer updates about the South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road. The state offers grants for communities to plan revitalization strategies for areas affected by previous industrial activity.

• The Preservation Board will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 901 of City Hall.

• The Enterprise Charter School Board of Trustees is holding a meeting of the audit/finance committee at 4:30 p.m., Monday, 275 Oak Street.