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City Hallways (April 14) What's up with these parking meters?


My $2 experience with four different 50-cent an hour parking meters

Seems like 24-7 politics lately, so I thought I'd take a break and follow a parking meter tip  from a Buffalo News photographer. He told me he parked on  Main Street at a meter with a 50-cents- an-hour sign posted on it, but when he plopped in his two  quarters, it only gave  him 30 minutes.

I found some of the meters the photographer was talking about between Goodrich and North, and tested them out.

I went to a double-headed meter. I plunked two quarters in one of the meters. The photographer was right. It only gave me 30 minutes for  50 cents - 15 minutes per quarter.

Then I plunked a quarter in the other half of the two-headed meter, then another quarter. The two quarters got me a full hour this time - 30 minutes per quarter.

I got back into my car and drove down to the 800 block of Main, which  the  photographer also mentioned.  I found the same 50-cents-an-hour sign on the  meters.

I put in two quarters.

I got nothing.

The meter was broken.

I put another 50 cents in the next meter on the street. This time the first quarter I put in gave me 30 minutes; the second quarter gave me 30 minutes more, so it really was 50 cents an hour.

Back to politics

With an 11 a.m. town hall at the University at Buffalo today, you have to figure GOP candidate Ted Cruz will stop for lunch somewhere before  leaving the Buffalo area.

So a few of us in the newsroom yesterday tossed around some possibilities as we played the "Where will Ted Cruz stop to eat?" game. Our best guess was Ted's Hot Dogs.

Sen. Ted Cruz celebrates his win in WisconsinþÄôs Republican presidential primary during a rally in Milwaukee, April 5, 2016. Cruz soundly defeated Donald Trump and Gov. John Kasich in Wisconsin, showing his ability to appeal to more than just hard-line and religious conservatives. (Eric Thayer/The New York Times)

I subsequently found out that's not the Cruz campaign's plan.

Check back this afternoon and I'll let you know where he dined.

Answer: Charlie the Butcher's.

Presidential primary straw poll

Please vote if you haven't already.  You can vote in the Democratic or Republican primary, or both.

I'd truly appreciate if you would include your party affiliation. It's for analysis only.

And please, only one ballot per person.

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Countdown to NY primary news

Ted Cruz in Buffalo for a Town Hall meeting. I'll be there.

Here's an interesting story in today's Buffalo News and by Buffalo News reporter Jerry Zremski on the Bill Clinton-era crime bill that has been a point of contention in the current presidential race.

CNN Democratic debate in Brooklyn tonight.  Zremski will be covering it.

Republican State Republican Dinner tonight in New York City, featuring the three GOP candidates. Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy will be there.

Calendar Items

Public hearings 2 p.m. today in Common Council on proposals to give historic landmark status to the North Park library building, Bachelor Building and Crosby complex.

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