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City Hallways (April 28): The leaking water & unpaid bills at Marine Drive

CCed to everyone but the FBI

The Marine Drive water bill saga continues.

Attorney Steve Cohen has sent a letter to City Comptroller Mark Schroeder basically asking him to figure out what the heck is going on.

Years-long water leaks. Unpaid water bills. Unpaid heat bills.

Such problems did not exist before 2005, when the Housing Authority changed Marine Drive management, noted Cohen, who happens to be the attorney representing Joe Mascia, the BMHA's often-critical tenant commissioner suspended for a secretly recorded racist rant that was made public last year.

The city comptroller has already begun gathering information for a likely BMHA audit and invited Cohen to share any information he might have with the comptroller's office.

One of the more interesting aspects of this exchange is the list of CCs at the end of Cohen's letter, as well as at the end of Schroeder's response.

In addition to the Common Council and BMHA, the correspondence was copied to the state comptroller, state Office of Community Renewal and state inspector general.

Food item (because we all love to eat!)

Looks like the city could soon be regulating old-style canteen trucks -- those vehicles that sell pre-packaged foods and drinks -- the same way it regulates the newly trendy food trucks that do their cooking on site.

Council President Darius G. Pridgen's been talking about it recently, and lawmakers earlier this week passed a resolution asking the Law Department to get involved.

Seems brick-and-mortar restaurants that once complained about food trucks parking in front of their businesses are now complaining about the canteens. Food trucks are now required to keep a  100-yard radius from buildings licensed to sell food.  That seems likely to become law for the canteen trucks too.

Countdown to Primary Day news

Next primary -- for Democrats and the GOP -- is May 3 in Indiana, the Hoosier State. (So turns out following the primaries is a good way to learn a little something about the 50 states, like  their nicknames.)

Countdown to City Budget news

I'm still hearing the 2016-17 budget plan should be out Friday. The Council scheduled a special 3 p.m. meeting to officially accept the document. But if it turns out the budget isn't ready, I'm told, the lawmakers will adjourn the meeting until they do have a proposed budget to accept.

Today's Calendar Items

PUSH Buffalo's PUSH Green initiative is hosting a session on energy efficiency from 6 to 8  tonight at the North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Ave.

Delaware Councilman Joel Feroleto is encouraging residents to attend to learn ways to make homes and businesses more energy efficient, including ways to harness the sun's energy.

 

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