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City Hallways (Oct. 19) City lawmakers like idea of Central Terminal as ... a train station

Why Central Terminal should be a train station

Add the Common Council to the list of those who like the idea of moving the Exchange Street train station to the Central Terminal on Paderewski Drive.

Here are some of the "Whereases" of the resolution, drafted by Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk, and passed by the full Council Tuesday:

WHEREAS: The Central Terminal was built by the premier railroad station architects in the nation, utilizing the finest construction materials, and has been deemed structurally sound in an architectural feasibility study;

WHEREAS: Unlike the so-called former “Am-shack” station on Exchange Street, the rail lines of the Central Terminal connect to many of the major cities in the nation, such as Chicago, New York and elsewhere, which the Exchange Street Station does not;

WHEREAS: The designation of the Central Terminal would also be a tremendous boost and catalyst for greater revitalization of the East Side;

and the "Therefore"

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Common Council asserts its support for Congressman Brian Higgin’s plan to use $1 million to $2 million in New York State transportation funds for studying the use of the Central Terminal as the city’s new train station, particularly since not a penny of the $70-million state and federal funds spent on upstate train station improvements has been used in Buffalo;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That the Common Council supports the Central Terminal on Paderewski Drive as Buffalo’s new principal  passenger train station.


The Wingo protest

Councilman Wingo continued his protest Tuesday, raising his fist for the third consecutive Council meeting while his colleagues recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Some Wingo protest supporters were in the audience, about 25 or so, which seemed like a  smaller group that at the previous Council meeting two weeks ago. Among those attending Tuesday's meeting to support Wingo's protest was Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant. Wingo is protesting police killings nationally of African-Americans.

Wingo,  by the way, captured the whole thing on  Facebook Live, from the time he left his office and headed to Council Chambers to  his fist raising during the pledge, and then a presentation that followed in Council Chambers, featuring Family Court judges talking about a program aimed at addressing racial inequity for children and families going through the courts.

Today's calendar items

The Zoning Board meets this afternoon.

Mayor Brown at Col. Ward Pumping Station Wednesday morning released independent test results showing Buffalo water is lead safe.

Mayor Brown was joined by U.S. Attorney William Hochul as well as Avi and Julie Israel for a press conference this afternoon on Red Ribbon Week, supporting efforts to end drug abuse. The Israels' son, Michael, was addicted to prescription drugs when he took his own life in 2011.


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