Added twist to that surplus money
Lots of talk in Common Council yesterday about how the city should make sure folks whose homes get foreclosed upon and then sold by the city are made aware of any proceeds due to them. But several council members added they want to make sure the city also gets its due. If, for example, there's extra money from a foreclosure sale after all taxes and other liens are paid, the city should be reimbursed for any grass cutting, snow blowing, boarding up, or debris removal that the city took care of because the homeowner didn't, North District Councilman Joe Golombek said. Only then should proceeds go back to the original homeowners, he said. In fact, Golombek said, he'd like to see more tickets issued by the city on these properties. "I feel bad for people who lose their properties," Golombek said. "But if they are walking away from it, in the case of an absentee landlord, then the city ends up responsible for it. A lot of these properties are the properties we get calls on because the snow is not removed, the grass is not cut," he said.
First, protect the children
Council members want school officials to explain to them what's going on with bus aides. The request comes in response to the recent attack of a 9-year-old on a school bus. School officials have said there are aides on 56 percent of city school buses. South District Councilman Chris Scanlon wants an aide on every bus. "We hear the district can’t educate the children," Scanlon said. "How about we start with getting them to and from school safely. I don't think that is too much to ask."
The concert capstone
I stopped in the mayor's office for a few minutes yesterday when Kiss 98.5 folks met with Mayor Brown to chat up the upcoming Kissmas Bash.
"Familiar faces and voices," Brown said when announcing the Kiss 98.5 personalities, including Janet Snyder and Nicholas Picholas (is that his real name?)
Brown noted the Dec. 13 Kissmas Bash is capping off a concert year that included Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder at First Niagara Center. I'm pretty sure Brown went to both the McCartney and Stevie Wonder concerts. I didn't ask the mayor if he going to Kissmas Bash, which, by the way, Snyder said is sold out. Here's the line-up: Robin Thicke, Shawn Mendes, Adam Lambert, Silento, Omni Charlie Puth, Becky G., Nathan Sykes, Alessia Cara and Jocelyn Alice.
While I was in the mayor's office, I also took this other holiday themed photo:
I have story in today's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com on city effort to license bouncers.
South District Councilman Chris Scanlon is hosting a district meeting on the city's proposed Green Code 6 to 8 tonight at Southside Elementary School, 430 Southside Parkway.
Buffalo control board meets this afternoon.