A day to remember. July 16th, or 716. Mayor Brown declaring it Buffalove Day during a press conference on Grant Street.
Also, Brown and County Executive Poloncarz join Hollywood film director Fred Olen Ray this afternoon as he puts out a call for extras needed for a new movie he's filming in Buffalo.
Also, Democrats vote tonight on candidate to replace Mike LoCurto for Delaware District seat.
Also, it's Food Truck Thursday in Niagara Square.
And tonight is first day of the Italian Festival.
More on that Rural/Metro contract
The ambulance contract was up for discussion again earlier this week, with little resolved.
Council members weeks ago asked the Brown Administration for copies of the original proposals submitted by three different ambulance companies as well as the rating reports that resulted in the Brown Administration deciding Rural/Metro's proposal was the best of three submitted. The council still hasn't received any of the documents.
The council also asked the city's recently reconstituted Emergency Medical Services board to make a recommendation to the council on Rural Metro's contract, and also on the process the city used in selecting Rural Metro. The council is still waiting for that report, also. The council is inviting that board to meet with them in City Hall Monday. If the council gets all the answers it's looking for, it could vote on the Rural/Metro contract the next day.
Meanwhile, a Rural/Metro representative said his company is gearing up for the new contract, hiring more employees and buying more ambulances. Rural/Metro's main competitor, AMR, is still hoping to be called in for an interview to discuss its proposed ambulance contract with the city.
More on the micro house on the tiny lot
Tim Sick's plan to build a small house on an undersized property at 728 Linwood Ave.,in a recently declared Historic Preservation district, was rejected three times by the city Preservation Board.
Now, Sick is asking for a hearing before the Common Council, which he wants to overturn the Preservation Board rulings, and give him permission to build a home on the lot. Sick wrote that he obtained building permits for the project months before the neighborhood became a Preservation District in December 2014.
More on LoCurto's exit
Poloncarz's Republican opponent issued a scathing attack over the county executive's decision to hire Delaware District Councilman Mike LoCurto as as a deputy commissioner. Assemblyman Ray Walter, the GOP candidate, described LoCurto as too liberal for Erie County. "Soon, the most liberal city councilman will be chief economic development officer," Walter said in a statement that also cast Poloncarz as too liberal for Erie County. Poloncarz spokesman Peter Anderson defended LoCurto and Poloncarz's decision to hire LoCurto. "Mike has a masters in Urban and Regional planning (valedictorian at his 2002 UB class) and has been at the forefront of revitalization efforts on the Elmwood Village and Hertel Avenue areas in his more than nine years on the council," Anderson responded. Here's related story I have in today's paper.
As an aside, with election season upon us, I'm guessing City Hallways will have a bit more of a political flair over the next few months.
In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com, my colleague Jonathan Epstein has story on Gov. Cuomo's announcement on the Northland Corridor business and training center on the city's East Side.
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