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City Hallways (May 31) Making City Hall safe in a post-San Bernardino age


City Hall security is back on the agenda today, with the Common Council set to discuss details of the Brown administration's plan to bring a private security firm into the building. The private security would replace some, but not all,  police officers now assigned to City Hall. The plan also includes metal detectors installed at the main entrances of the building, as well as additional security cameras in City Hall.

Summer fun
I was recently chatting with Delaware Councilman Joel Feroleto, whose district includes the Hertel and Elmwood strips.

The councilman said the Lexington Co-op will start construction very soon on its Hertel Avenue location and that Deep South Taco anticipates a July opening of the indoor-outdoor restaurant planned at the Hertel/Starin corner.

Feroleto also said the Slow Roll comes to Hertel on June 13 and that the Great Hertel Dog Walk will be June 18.

Also, the Buffalo Philharmonic will be performing a free concert sometime in July at the Shakespeare in the Park hill in Delaware Park.

And, Feroleto said, the Elmwood-Bidwell concert series starts June 21.

Lots of documents related to Mayor Byron Brown's decision to oust suspended BMHA commissioner Joe Mascia are posted on the city website.

Here's a link to the hearing officer's report.

Here's link to related  memos, notes and other documents.

Today's calendar items

  • Council committee meetings today, with Civil Service and Finance in the morning; and Community Development and Legislation in the afternoon.
  • Noontime flag-raising ceremony in Niagara Square to celebrate beginning of Pride Week.
  • Planning board meeting this afternoon. Agenda includes plan to demolish and rebuild Shoreline Apartments.
  • Special Common Council public hearing on Shoreline Apartments 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, focusing on the timing and concerns of residents, who were told to leave their apartments by November.

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