I was talking football yesterday with City Clerk Jerry Chwalinski (Carolina vs. Denver ) and specifically about how tall some top quarterbacks are. (Cam Newton, age 26, and Peyton Manning, 39, are both 6'5" ). It got Chwalinski thinking of Buffalo Bills he's spotted in the city clerk's office over the years. Ted Washington, a former defensive tackle, came to get a birth certificate for his daughter, Chwalinski recalled. He was a big guy - "massive," the city clerk said of Washington, who was 6'5" and, at one point in his career, 375 pounds. Former running back Willis McGahee (6 foot), Chwalinski noted, also came into City Hall to get a birth certificate for his child, while former Bills kicker Steve Christie (also 6 foot) came in for a marriage license.
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Looks like the town of Alden is laying down the gauntlet.
Back in September, Republican County Executive candidate Ray Walter proposed scrapping the existing sales tax formula - created in and unchanged since 1977 - and replacing it with one tied to current populations, shifting some money now going to Buffalo into the suburbs. Walter, of course, lost the November election. But the town of Alden - complaining of state tax caps and state mandates - is now supporting a similar tax formula change, and is sending that message to local elected officials throughout Erie County. A copy of the Alden resolution made its way to Buffalo City Hall.
No response yet from Buffalo, but Mayor Byron Brown previously said that, at a time when Buffalo is on an upturn, the tax change would sabotage city finances. Others have noted that while Buffalo gets a bigger share of the sales tax, the city houses a bigger share of the region's poor. The U.S. Census estimates 9.2 percent of Alden's 10,865 population is living in poverty; while 30.9 percent of Buffalo's 258,700 residents live below the poverty line.
Quick follow-up on that proposed Housing Authority smoking ban, which seems to be getting plenty of support from nonsmokers, but plenty of opposition from smokers.
The proposed ban covers all things smoked - not just cigarettes, but cigars and e-cigarettes too. And of course illegal substances, already banned, such as marijuana.
Common Council committee meetings today, with Civil Service and Finance in morning and Community Development and Legislation in the afternoon.
In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com, I have a short piece on what happened when the Deep South Taco proposal was before the Planning Board on Monday.
"I might not do it," the developer said after leaving the meeting.