Holiday wrap is blue-tote item
Since we're always being encouraged to recycle to help save the environment and cut expenses, I was surprised to hear from the city's recycling director that we should not - repeat NOT - recycle holiday wrapping paper. Between the strong dyes and glittery metallic and even plastic stuff in the paper, director Susan Attridge says it's not recyclable. It's garbage. Blue tote it all! If you're an obsessive recycler upset by this news, it's suggested you can make your own wrapping paper out of material that can be recycled - say paper bags or newspaper. The tissue paper and the styrofoam wrapping accessories, by the way, aren't recyclable either, I was told.
Pridgen on Pridgen on Franczyk:
A few times now, when the Council dealt with preservation issues, I've heard Council President Darius Pridgen talk about how Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk helped him understand the value of old buildings in Buffalo. It happened again earlier this week when the Council was discussing St. Ann's Church on Broadway, a 19th century neo-Gothic structure that is shuttered, and, in the past, threatened with demolition.
"I give him credit," Pridgen said of Francyzk, "for being able to understand the value of preservation."
"When I got to the Council," Pridgen continued, "I wanted neon lights on everything. Modernizataion. He helped me to understand."
Mayor on Puerto Rico
When I started covering City Hall a year or so ago, I never expected to be writing about Puerto Rico. But then came yesterday, when I was told Mayor Byron Brown sent a letter to Congressional leaders, urging them to support President Obama's proposals to help Puerto Rico overcome its current fiscal and economic crisis. "Buffalo is home to a significant population with a deep connection to Puerto Rico that dates back to the early 1900s and this issue touches us very closely," Brown said in a press release. "I recognize that the economic vitality of Puerto Rico has a direct impact on the finances of many who are actively investing in Buffalo neighborhoods."
Buffalo has about 26,000 Hispanics, roughly 10 percent of the city population, according to 2014 census estimates.
I have story in today's Buffalo News and on buffalonews.com on Pridgen and Franczyk's concerns about St. Ann's Church, and the Diocese of Buffalo's response.
Housing Authority meets today.