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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams has been covering Buffalo City Hall for The Buffalo News since 2016. Before that, she covered city schools.


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Buffalo will receive $25,000 as one of 10 winners of the 2018 Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Love Your Block national competition. The contest helps local governments engage in neighborhood revitalization efforts for low-income communities. The money will be used for mini-grants and resources that support efforts by citizen groups and local nonprofit or…

Art

Common Council members want greater assurances from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on how it will meet goals for diversifying the workforce and subcontractors on a $155 million project to expand its Elmwood Avenue campus. The gallery has told the city it will "use commercially reasonable efforts" to get the project construction manager and subcontractors to reach minorit…

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Shannon Street, a 29-year veteran of the Buffalo Fire Department, has been named a deputy commissioner. Mayor Byron W. Brown announced Street's appointment on Monday. Street will be the second deputy fire commissioner working with recently appointed Commissioner William Renaldo. Ramon Suarez Sr. earlier was also named a deputy fire commissioner. Street joined the dep…

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Mayor Byron W. Brown will be the moderator of a panel discussion Monday, July 16 with youth leaders about racial issues affecting young people. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the African-American Cultural Center, 350 Masten Ave., with a screening of "The Blackness Project" documentary. Producers Korey Green and Peter Johnson will be part of the panel discussion that foll…

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Demolition experts on Wednesday imploded the center pier of the two old bridges on Bailey Avenue over the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek as part of the deconstruction of the two spans that were replaced with new bridges in a $22 million project. Bailey Avenue was closed to traffic between McKinley Avenue and Elk Street during the blast: https://youtu.be/mV5TmZP533…

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Shrimp stuffed with crab cakes. Donut Holes. Roasted hog tacos. Demon burgers. Tuna tartar. Judges at the 35th annual Taste of Buffalo festival awarded a long list of restaurants with top honors that included everything from best seafood to "rookie of the year." This year, festival organizers introduced several new awards including The Buffalo News Gusto Critic’s Cho…

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A group of Niagara Falls citizens wants the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara County to get a greater share of money the state brings in from tourism at Niagara Falls. An estimated 150 to 200 people attended a Reclaim Niagara rally in Niagara Falls on Saturday to call on the state to share more of the revenue generated at Niagara Falls State Park and through other state…

Gusto

Looking for a healthy option at the 2018 Taste of Buffalo? That might sound like an oxymoron, but for the 12th consecutive year, each participating restaurant and food truck at the event is required to serve at least one menu item that is lower in fat, sodium and cholesterol. Two of the healthy options were featured Friday afternoon on the steps of City Hall. The …

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Put on your workout gear and head outdoors for the third season of Summer City Fitness at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Every Saturday through Sept. 1, residents will be able to attend free exercise classes from 10 to 11 a.m. near the MLK Jr. statue at the park, located at Fillmore and Best streets. The workout includes a mix of low- and high-impact dance classes desi…

Extreme heat warnings have prompted area cities and towns to set up cooling centers. The Buffalo and Erie County Libraries system will open three additional air-conditioned branches on Saturday – Grand Island, Newstead and North Collins – as well as 11 libraries on Sunday, including the Central Library. Family programs will be offered, and library cards are not required…

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William Renaldo, a 30-year veteran of the Buffalo Fire Department who retired as a battalion chief in 2012, has been appointed the department's new commissioner. Renaldo, 60, replaces Vincent Muscarella, who was appointed commissioner in January but resigned from the position Monday, city officials said. Muscarella, who has been out since March 29 because of the recurre…

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Some of the brides wore fancy jewelry and their wedding gowns from the day they were married. Many of the grooms donned matching tuxedos and bow ties. But they all came out to Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls on Saturday to take help break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Marriage Vow Renewal Ceremony. While more than 1,800 couples regist…

Crime

A Brooklyn man who authorities believe cut off his pregnant wife's right arm and several fingers on her left hand was arrested in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Saturday evening. Yong Lu, 35, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Violent Felony Task Force and Niagara Falls police at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday at One Rainbow Center, the Welcome Center next to the Rainbow Bridge, said De…

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The City of Buffalo will pay a total of $1.2 million to a dozen white Buffalo firefighters who claimed they were passed over for promotion because of their race. The $1.2 million settlement was approved Tuesday by the Buffalo Common Council and brings to a close a 2007 lawsuit that accused the city of illegally allowing two promotional lists to expire because minority f…

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Where did the City of Buffalo’s public access channel go? It’s in "Siberia" along with other public programming, say Buffalo Common Council members. The city’s Public, Educational and Governmental access programs are no longer on channels 19, 20, 21 and 22, said Lovejoy Council Member Richard A. Fontana. Instead, Spectrum cable company moved them "in the cloak of …