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City Hallways (June 21) Success = traffic+noise

Big turnout last April 19 for opening day of Food Truck Tuesday in Larkin Square (Sharon Cantillon/ Buffalo News file photo)

Growing pains

"We are dealing with success," Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk said as he explained to his colleagues that he's received some Larkinville-related complaints.

Things like traffic. Noise. Parking issues. Litter.

"One of the  biggest  concerns is the  parking issue," a  South Division Street resident wrote. Often, during events at Larkin Square and the nearby Hydraulic Hearth, the man said, "I have arrived at my home to find I cannot pull into my own driveway due to cars parking too close to my driveway entrance."

Franczyk said police and business owners are being asked to addresses some of the issues raised by residents. Meanwhile, the councilman Monday asked Public Works Commissioner  Steve Stepniak if the city can, as the letter writer requested, post no parking  signs on one side of South Division street between Grosvenor and Emslie  streets so that vehicles can get through.

Stepniak said his department will check into  it.

"We'll go out there," Stepniak said.

It was a close race

Turns out the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority tenant commissioner election isn't over.

And this time it has nothing to do with ousted commissioner Joe Mascia.

This is about a recount.

As City Hallways reported earlier this week, the two top vote getters in the six-person race for two seats were tenants Leonard Williams, with 175 votes; and Robin Edwards, with 144.

But we now learn that tenant Rebecca Soto, who came in third with 142 votes, wants a recount, which will be held Wednesday in the BMHA board room.

The candidates will be there as the Erie County League of Women Voters and representatives of the county Board of Elections recount the ballots.

The League runs elections for the BMHA.

Today's Calendar Events

  • Mayor Brown to be officially named chairman of the state Democratic Party during a meeting  in New York City.
  • Council meeting today. Agenda includes 23-story Queen City Landing building planned to replace former Freezer Queen on the city waterfront.
  • Buffalo Fiscal Stability Board meets this afternoon.


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