I stopped in the Buffalo Housing Authority board meeting Thursday. They're worried about further funding cuts from the federal government, which could lead to further staffing cuts, which could lead to less people to help maintain BMHA properties. "It's not enough people to maintain the services our residents deserve," said BMHA chairman Michael Seaman.
And if that wasn't bad enough, seems a flu - or was it a morale problem ? - attacked the BMHA workforce last Friday. Twenty-six BMHA employees called in sick that day among a staff of 172 - actually 26 out of 149, I was told, because one group, that included top staffers, wasn't among those hit by the Friday flu, or whatever it was, keeping workers home that day.
The 60th update
Lots of speculation over Buffalo's 60th district state Senate race, so I'll try to keep track as candidates come forward.
We already know incumbent Sen. Marc Panepinto, a Democrat, is interested in a second term. Also coming forward recently is Amber Small, executive director of the Parkside Community Association, who is ready to primary Panepinto. "Think Big. Vote Small," her campaign slogan says.
A few other Democrats are said to be interested in the spot, and a couple Republicans as well.
Too many deaths
I was heading toward my City Hall office Thursday when I ran into Delaware Councilman Joel Feroleto, who was distributing flyers for an upcoming Town Hall meeting on the growing opioid/heroin epidemic. The idea is to increase awareness of the problem, he said.
The forum will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the North Park Theater, 1428 Hertel. All are welcome to attend. A panel of medical experts as well as political leader will be there, along with Avi and Julie Israel, whose Save the Michaels of the World organization is helping to sponsor the event along with Mayor Byron W. Brown and a host of other government officials. The Israel's son, Michael, committed suicide in 2011 while addicted to prescription opioids. He was 20 years old.
More details are expected to be announced at a press conference in the mayor's office next week.
Black History Month observance in City Hall today. The Var Son Community Choir, which won a Grammy Award in 1980, will be among those honored.