A Poll: Is the tower too big?
City officials recently approved construction of a 23-story tower on Buffalo's Outer Harbor amid criticism that the building is too tall, its glass and metal design is unattractive, and that a 197-unit apartment building may not be the best use for the waterfront property on Fuhrmann Boulevard.
Given that, City Hallways wants to know what you think.
As always, the poll will be up all week. Only one ballot per person, please.
Results to be announced next week.
City government's $100,000 club
I recently got a copy of the city's 2015 end-of-year payroll, which gives me a chance to do some always interesting number crunching.
Here's some of what I calculated so far:
- 688 city employees earned over $100,000 last year. About two-thirds of those employees - police, white-collar and political appointees - got back pay averaging $7,500 each from contract settlements.
- Most of the six-figure incomes are police and firefighters, but there are some blue and white-collar workers, as well as City Hall department heads and other political appointees on the list.
- Mayor Brown's $105,000 pay check ranked 576th on the list.
Mascia looking to remain a player
Joe Mascia's trying again - this time running for a seat heading up one of the authority-wide tenant associations at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.
We'll find out later today if he was able to unseat the incumbent president of the BMHA's Resident Advisory Board.
Today's Calendar Events
Planning Board meeting this afternoon
Delaware Councilman Joel Feroleto joining Sen. Tim Kennedy and County Legislator Peter Savage for morning press conference regarding two sex offenders they say were moved from a West Seneca group home to a home for developmentally disabled in North Buffalo.
In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com, my colleague Mark Sommer has piece on a lawsuit challenging the Common Council on its recent decision to not grant landmark status to three buildings.