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City Hallways (May 24) The ice cream conundrum

Is that an ice cream truck? Or a food truck selling ice cream?
There's an ice cream conundrum in City Hall.

One of the latest food truck applications coming before the city is for a truck that would sell ice cream.

Green Acres Ice Cream in Depew submitted an application for a food truck license  (that costs $800 and has a yearly renewal fee of $500) just like other food trucks that sell everything from tacos and hot dogs to grilled cheese and waffles. But ice cream trucks have been around forever -- long before the city began licensing trendy food trucks.

And therein lies the conundrum. Is it fair to license the new-styled food truck that sells ice cream and not the old-styled, ice cream truck?

Said Council President Darius Pridgen: "I don't want to be the one going after the ice cream man."

"I want a voice heard"
I had a sort of lengthy conversation Monday with University Councilman Rasheed Wyatt, who sounds  frustrated with the state of city schools.

Wyatt says the current superintendent, Kriner Cash, seemed like a good guy. But it's nonetheless time, Wyatt said, for major changes:

  •  Returning to neighborhood schools, including creating neighborhood components for all magnet schools.
  • Making school facilities -  pools, libraries, gyms - available to their neighborhood communities when school is not in session.
  • Giving the mayor and Common Council more control over education in Buffalo.

Wyatt stopped short of advocating a mayoral take over the schools, but  the councilman said it's obvious  the current management structure of the city school system isn't working.

And  public education is too important -- for the future of the city as well as the school children -  to be permitted to continue the way it has been going,  Wyatt said.

"I'd like to see a dramatic makeover," Wyatt said, adding that, as a councilman: "I want a voice heard" on education issues.

Today's Calendar Events
Buffalo Common Council meeting this afternoon

In today's Buffalo News and on, I have story on low-income tenants being  forced out of the Shoreline  Apartments homes; and  my colleague,  Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy, has story on Mayor Byron Brown becoming the  next New York State Democratic Party chairman.


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