Getting back in the game?
I ran into Vince LoVallo over the weekend. The former Buffalo councilman, streets commissioner and chief of staff in the Masiello Administration had plenty to say about the way Buffalo is being run.
Spending cuts in City Hall are hurting city services, he says. The Buffalo schools remain a huge problem, he continued.
"I'm itching," said LoVallo, 64,who retired a decade ago.
In other words, he's thinking of getting back in the game, coming out of retirement and getting involved once again.
More on the parking story
We're still waiting for word from Albany on whether the Fruit Belt will get residential permit parking. Meanwhile I've been checking around to learn more about the issue.
I learned the city of Albany has residential permit parking in some neighborhoods near the state Capitol. Residents pay $20 annually for a parking pass. They can also get one visitor pass for $5 a year. Businesses in the parking district can get up to three passes. They pay $20 annually for each permit. Anyone else can park in the district but only for for up to two hours at a time.
In past years, some neighbors complained some residents were letting commuters use their visitor passes. The city responded by developing a computerized license plate registration to replace the sticker program originally used in the program.
In Buffalo, if the state Legislature approves needed enabling legislation, the proposed Fruit Belt parking plan would designate half the spots as permit parking for residents, and leave the rest open to the general public. There are no fees planned.
Lots of neighborhood opposition to a used car lot proposed at 290-300 Kenmore Ave., the site of a former landscaping business.
"We could use a grocery store or a restaurant, not a car dealer please,"one resident wrote to University Councilman Rasheed Wyatt.
"We lost our fight to have another grocery store in the old (Jubilee) building for our seniors residents to walk to, let's not lose this fight as well," another wrote.
The plan is on Wednesday's Zoning Board agenda. Also on the agenda:
- Convert church to multi-family residence at 340 Bird Ave.
- Establish rear patio at existing bar, 317 Hopkins St.
- Establish grocery store at 540 Grant St.
- Establish health care hospitality house, 766 Ellicott St.
- Establish bottle redemption at 320 Connecticut St.
- Establish auto repair and tire shop 1869 Seneca St.
Today's Calendar Events
Council caucus meeting this afternoon.
Meeting on redevelopment plans for Shoreline apartments this evening in City Hall.