Food Truck Thursday returns to Niagara Square. First one was yesterday. They'll continue every Thursday through mid-September, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rumor mill in overdrive
When I returned to work this week, I quickly started hearing chatter that something was going on with Modesto Candelario, the deputy director of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.
But as is typical with the rumor mill, I was hearing different things from different people.
I called Candelario.
What's up, I asked him.
After being involved with the housing authority for over 20 years, the last 12 as deputy director, Candelario said, he's thinking he's ready to move on, most likely in the affordable housing industry. He's still working at the BMHA, hasn't started sending his resumes out, and hasn't yet found another job, Candelario said.
But he recently notified his bosses, board chairman Mike Seaman and executive director Dawn Sanders-Garrett, of his plans to start looking for a new job, he said.
He wanted to let them know, Candelario said, before they heard it from someone else once he started applying for jobs. Also, he said, he feels an obligation to give his bosses more than the typical "two weeks notice."
"I could probably further my career in the affordable housing industry, and that is what I would like to do," Candelario said. "That's it. I see this as a good time for me to make that move."
Candelario said he hadn't expected his plans to leak out, but at the BMHA, I've found, few things remain secret for long.
Better budget, but . . .
I'm reading City Comptroller Mark Schroeder's assessment of Mayor's Brown's 2016-2017 budget plan.
"The city has made some progress on moving toward a more structurally balanced budget, mostly by reducing some major expenses," Schroeder wrote. "However, more work needs to be done. . . "
Schroeder remains troubled by the $10.6 million in reserves Brown relies on to balance the budget. Schroeder notes the city's four-year plan calls for reducing the reliance in coming years - $10 million next year, $4.1 million the following year and $5.9 million the year after that.
"While it's encouraging that the city is gradually reducing its reliance on reserves, any fund balance draw is less than optimal," he wrote.
Bond rating agencies, Schroeder said, worry about using reserves to balance the budget. "The continued use of reserves in the our years, could potentially lead to a downgrade," Schroeder wrote.
The Brown Administration, however, has expressed confidence in what they call their conservative budgeting approach.
Today's Calendar Items
That Fruit Belt parking announcement originally expected for yesterday will be this afternoon.
Also, it's Friday the 13th. Just saying.
In today's Buffalo News, and buffalonews.com, here's story I did on the Fruit Belt parking plan and another on the Common Council deciding against granting historic landmark status to four properties.