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Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams has been covering Buffalo City Hall for The Buffalo News since 2016. Prior to that, she reported on public schools in the city and was a suburban beat reporter for The News. Williams joined the Buffalo News in 1999.


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Eight Days of Hope is providing free home repairs for 100 families in need in Buffalo's University District. About 1,500 volunteers from 32 states arrived in Buffalo Friday to serve families over an eight-day span. Repair work, which begins Saturday, includes painting, roofing, landscaping and gutter work, said Steve Tybor, president and chief executive officer of the f…

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With extreme heat and humidity expected this weekend, Buffalo officials will be monitoring weather conditions to determine if the city's public swimming pools and splash pads should stay open extra hours, Andrew R. Rabb, deputy commissioner of parks and recreation, said Thursday. The facilities generally are open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and weekends, with each poo…

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The City of Buffalo intends to pay $250,000 to a Buffalo man who was wrongfully imprisoned and $125,000 to the family of a Buffalo woman who died as an innocent bystander during a violent encounter between police officers and a suspected drunken driver. The Common Council's Claims Committee Tuesday recommended the settlement with Jerome A. Thagard, who spent nearly four…

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The Buffalo Common Council's investigation into Lightning Towing's booting operations got a little heated when the company's attorney attended a Council Community Development meeting Tuesday to answer questions from Council members – some of whom say the company charges motorists seemingly whatever it wants, is not giving receipts and has required cash on demand. Corey …

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Buffalo resident Kathy Gielow had a surprise waiting for her in the early morning hours of July 6 when she returned to her parked car after having dinner with friends at a Chippewa Street bar and grill. The front and rear driver's side tires of her car were booted, she said. There were no visible signs indicating no parking, she said, and she had to pay $150 before some…

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Buffalo's newest City Clerk is young in age, but she's kind of an old-timer in City Hall. Tianna M. Marks, 29, is the city's youngest and first African American female Clerk in the city's history, said Mayor Byron W. Brown in a Facebook post congratulating Marks. And she's the first woman in the position, said Marks, who was sworn in Tuesday by Common Council Preside…

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Delaware Avenue will be closed between Eagle and Tupper streets starting at 5 p.m. today as setup continues for the Taste of Buffalo, according to Buffalo Police. Inbound lanes on Delaware Avenue already have closed. Motorists should use alternate routes. The Taste of Buffalo runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday in Niagara Square and n…

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Hundreds of employees working for the City of Buffalo and some private companies will see an increase in their minimum wage hourly rate — known as the living wage. The Common Council unanimously approved Tuesday a single-rate increase, to $15.38, for city employees and 28 private companies that do business with the city and are covered by the living wage law. The liv…

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Buffalo has expanded its Residential Food Scraps Recycling Program to five locations. The free food waste collection drop-off program will run through September at the following locations: • South Buffalo Farmers Market, Cazenovia Park Casino, Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Massachusetts Avenue Project Farmstand, 387 Massachusetts Ave., Wednesdays 4 to 6 p.m. • Nor…

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The City of Buffalo is accepting applications until July 26 for the 2019 Love Your Block mini-grant program. Small grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 are available to neighborhood associations, block clubs and community-based organizations for volunteer-led, community-driven neighborhood revitalization projects in three categories: • Vacant Lot Activation for project…

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Another familiar face is coming back to Buffalo City Hall. Ellen E. Grant is returning as deputy mayor, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced in a written statement. Grant will work closely with Brown to enhance Buffalo as an Age-Friendly City – a designation from AARP and the World Health Organization, the statement said. She will also work with Buffalo Schools Superintend…

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Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown is among the guest speakers for the 2019 season of the Chautauqua Women's Club lecture series. Brown's lecture – "Inclusion Infusion: How embracing diversity and inclusion is bettering the City of Buffalo in government and beyond" –  will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hall of Philosophy at the Chautauqua Institution. His talk wil…

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Grab your workout gear. Summer City Fitness is here. Beginning Saturday, the La'Movement fitness center will lead dance fitness classes at 10 a.m. every Saturday through Aug. 31 at the foot of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue in MLK Park, Fillmore Avenue at Best Street. The free outdoor program accommodates all levels of fitness with a mix of low- and high-impact da…

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Buffalo’s outdoor public swimming and wading pools opened for the summer Monday. The facilities are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and weekends, with each outdoor pool closed one day per week for routine maintenance. Detailed schedules are posted at the individual pools. The Cazenovia indoor pool, which operates year round, is open Tuesday through Friday, fr…

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A former Buffalo comptroller is coming back to City Hall just a month after a budget analysis fiasco left Common Council members questioning the numbers the comptroller's office puts out to help guide their decision-making. Andrew A. SanFilippo, executive deputy state comptroller the past eight years, will resign his Albany job Friday to become Buffalo's deputy comptrol…