It may not be a bad idea, when you think about it; Developer/politician/critic/bad boy Carl Paladino has offered to buy most of the Commodore Perry low-income housing complex near downtown Buffalo and to redevelop it into a residential and commercial neighborhood.
His opening bid: $1.
In response, Gillian Brown, the executive director of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, didn’t precisely laugh the idea off the table, but he didn’t endorse it, either.
Noting that the BMHA isn’t seeking proposals and that Paladino’s offer doesn’t constitute one, anyway, Brown nonetheless observed that if BMHA does, at some point, seek a request for proposals, “Mr. Paladino is free to submit his proposal to buy the development for $1.”
Still, it’s clear that something has to be done with the dilapidated property that any community should be ashamed to tolerate. Do we hear $2?
Another reason to be grateful for what cops do:
In Florida this week, a sheriff’s deputy pulled over a pickup truck that had run a stop sign. The driver and a woman inside told him they had been collecting frogs and snakes, but when the officer found 41 turtles in the woman’s backpack, he asked what else they had.
From her yoga pants – pants she was wearing, mind you – Ariel Machan-Le Quire, 25, pulled a foot-long alligator. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has taken over the investigation, according to the Associated Press.
Now, aren’t you glad to live in New York?
On the subject of wildlife, Saturday is World Migratory Bird Day, a global campaign to raise awareness of those birds and their habitat.
As it happens, the Niagara River has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society and, given the population of birds here and the resources our waterways provide, it’s easy to see why. It’s a good day to have a look around. If you’re lucky, you might spot an eagle.