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City Hallways (Dec. 11) December to remember

Thanks Ares, RIP (July 2010-December 2015)
Here's a Buffalo "thank you" to Ares, a German Shepherd who helped protect the city for the past three years.
As posted on the Buffalo Police Department Facebook page: Ares was born in New Brunswick, Canada in July 2010 and trained by the Niagara Police Services in Ontario. He then joined the BPD's  K9 unit, and had been assigned since October 2013 to Officer James Duffy.  Ares was certified in police patrol work and explosive detection. He was part of a dog team that performed 75 bomb sweeps, conducted 29 demonstrations for school  children and community groups, and assisted the patrol force with over 1,100 calls, performing  building and open area searches as well as criminal apprehensions. Ares died Dec. 9 following complications from emergency surgery to correct Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), more commonly known as "Bloat."

RIP K9 Officer Ares

RIP K9 Officer Ares


A lesson in open government
While Comptroller Mark Schroeder yesterday was unveiling a new Web portal that allows the public to access a wealth of city financial data, including vendor and  payroll information,  he spoke of the importance of an open and transparent public in the context of the recent shenanigans in Albany.
Comptroller Mark Schroeder

Comptroller Mark Schroeder

“As a former member of the New York State Legislature, I can assure you, anything that is done in secret is usually not in the best interests of taxpayers,” said Schroeder, referring to the recent conviction of Assembly Speaker Sheldon  Silver, and the ongoing corruption trial of  former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
Here's my story on the Web portal Schroeder unveiled:

Also from the comptroller...
Schroeder sounds like he isn't backing down on his insistence that the Brown Administration limit borrowing on new 2016 project to $17.5 million. The administration wants to go to $20.6 million. The conflict needs to be settled soon. It's the basis of the city's 2016 capital budget, which needs to be in place by Tuesday. The Common Council scheduled its vote on the capital budget for Monday, which means the lawmakers hope  the Administration and comptroller's office settle their differences by then.

Beautiful holiday music
The Symphony Chorus from Buffalo's Academy of Visual and Performing Arts was in City Hall yesterday performing beautiful holiday songs.
Here's just a short piece from what was an amazing concert:


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