In recognition of the Iowa caucus, City Hallways is sponsoring its own straw poll. It will be posted all week. You can vote in both the Republican and Democratic polls, but please, only one ballot per person. Results published next Monday.
Zemsky on Green Code
A letter from Larkinville founder, creator and financier Howard Zemsky to City Hall makes it clear he's no fan of of LED billboards.
Zemsky writes he supports the city's proposed Green Code, and hopes it gets adopted, but with one key change. As of now, the code permits LED billboards in Larkinville, and similar neighborhoods identified as N-1S or "mixed-used industrial clusters." Zemsky wants LED and billboard advertising banned in N-1S neighorhoods, including Larkinville.
"These signs are a form of visual blight " Zemsky wrote.
"LED and billboard advertising is counter to what we have rebuilt in this historic district," he continued, adding: "The look and feel of places like Larkinville are key to their success. To safeguard these successes, I ask that the Green Code be revised to prohibit LED dynamic displays and billboards in the N-1S zone."
January death count
First homicide victim of 2016 was Karon Slaughter, 32, a Cheektowaga man shot in Buffalo on Dec. 23, who died Jan.10.
Also shot to death last month was Elroy Damidaux, 55, killed Jan. 29 outside his Curry Walk apartment in Towne Gardens off Clinton Street.
Also in January, Shoshana Lilien, 85, found dead in her Cunard Street home, apparently killed by her daughter, Hannah, 55, who was found dead of a self-inflicted wound (not from a gun, we are told) in a Pennsylvania hotel Jan., 27. (I just read Shoshana Lilien's death notice. It says that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo. The woman, as well as her late husband, Max, were believed to be Holocaust survivors.)
Big neighborhood meeting in Delaware District
Reminder on that Deep South Taco meeting, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Buffalo Community Center on Sanders Road. I'm still getting emails on the meeting. Could be a big turn-out.