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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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The East Delavan Branch Library has a new name: the Leroy R. Coles, Jr. Branch Library. A widely-known and respected community leader, Coles was president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Urban League for 26 years before retiring in 1998. During his time at the helm, the organization established the first black adoption agency in upstate New York, and he led a…

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Buffalo residents can head to Elim Christian Fellowship on Nov. 3 for free document shredding, clothes recycling and a bike donation drive. The event will be held 9 a.m. to noon at the church at 70 Chalmers Ave. Bring your confidential documents that contain account or social security numbers, bank or medical statements and tax documents for shredding. Items such as …

Buffalo

Buffalo is EVolving with its new electric vehicle charging program. Available now at eight city-owned parking ramps downtown are 16 charging stations with 32 electric vehicle supply equipment ports, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced last week. The free charging stations are available at the following ramps: Gallagher, 499 Elmwood Ave. (2 ports) One Seneca, 1 HSB…

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Free public wireless service is now available on a 1.2-mile stretch of Jefferson Avenue. The JEFFREE Wi-Fi provides hotspot access points for residents and small business owners along Jefferson Avenue between Best Street and East Delavan Avenue. Blue Wireless provides the Wi-Fi service. Mayor Brown announced Tuesday the completion of the free internet service inst…

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The Buffalo Fire Department will celebrate National Fire Prevention and Safety Month with open houses, smoke detector giveaways, activities for kids and a chance to meet Alice, the accelerant detection canine. Alice was trained by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and has been working with the department's Fire Investigation Unit since Dece…

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Buffalo will offer a free, four-week course that teaches the basics of how to use data available on the Open Data Buffalo portal. "Data 101" will be open to city residents with beginner to intermediate computer skills. "When we launched the Open Data Buffalo initiative in February, our goal was to increase transparency and create a more engaged community through onli…

Education

Western New York Maritime Charter School is re-evaluating its expansion plans after a lawsuit and a request from the state to conduct an environmental assessment and an archaeological study of a site near what once was the burial ground for Seneca chief Red Jacket. Plans for the $13 million project include constructing a three-story classroom building for high school st…

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National Hispanic Heritage Month – which runs through October 15 –  continues in Western New York with events celebrating Hispanic culture. The Buffalo History Museum will offer a free program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday featuring directors from the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York, discussing the Hispanic History Project that will be on display. As pa…

Crime

A big blaze broke out at a Subway shop on West State Street in Allegany late Saturday afternoon, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office reported. The fast food restaurant is located at 3015 Route 417, the dispatcher said, near the Olean city line. Videos posted online by bystanders showed flames engulfing the building. Information was not immediately available as to…

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Community Action Organization’s plans for new day care and medical clinic are back on track. CAO wants to build a one-story facility of about 38,352 square feet at 600 Northampton St. — which the nonprofit owns. The proposed new building would include a Head Start early childhood facility and a primary care medical clinic. The Buffalo Common Council is expected to…

Crime

A shooting victim walked into Sisters Hospital for treatment about 2 a.m. Saturday, Buffalo Police reported. The victim, described as a 37-year-old Buffalo man, was wounded in the arm area, police said. He was transferred from Sisters Hospital to Erie County Medical Center with injuries which are believed to be non-life threatening, police said. Detectives are inv…

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The driver of a passenger car was extricated from the vehicle following an accident with a dump truck on Walden Avenue early Saturday morning, Depew Police reported. Police were called at 7:04 a.m. to investigate the accident, which happened near the 3000 block of Walden. It resulted in the closing of Walden Avenue between Dick Road and Transit Road for most of the morn…

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A fire that started on the porch of a Freund Street house is under investigation. Buffalo firefighters were called to the scene of 177 Freund St. at around 2 p.m. Saturday, Buffalo Fire dispatchers said. The fire started on the porch and spread into the walls of the house, but didn't extend further than that, dispatchers said. Roofers were on the second floor of t…

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From long wait times just to pay a bill to having the city’s public access channels moved to a spot in the guide where many viewers don't think to look, city lawmakers feel that cable subscribers in Buffalo are not getting a fair shake. And while Spectrum cable's parent company – Charter Communications – wrangles with state regulators to be able to continue providing ca…

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A week dedicated to minority- and women-owned businesses in Buffalo wraps up Friday with a Big Opportunities for Small Business conference from 8 a.m. to noon at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Registration is $25. Click here for more information. Mayor Byron W. Brown issued a proclamation Wednesday declaring Sept. 24-28 as Minority Business Enterpri…