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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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City of Buffalo plow crews were salting residential streets Wednesday as the storm cleanup continued in advance of winter parking regulations on bus routes that go into effect at 1:30 a.m. Friday, said city spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge in a prepared statement. The winter rules mandate no parking on bus routes from 1:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. each day. Residents also are remind…

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It's about to get a little easier for motorists trying to get home from events at KeyBank Center. For the next two weeks, the new traffic signal at the intersection of Michigan and Scott streets will become a four-way flashing red light, as per federal regulations for activating new traffic signals, Public Works Commissioner Michael J. Finn said Tuesday. The traffic …

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The City of Buffalo closed out its 2018-19 fiscal year with a $948,715 surplus, as expected, thanks to a $7.5 million advance from the state on $17 million in disputed casino funds owed by the Seneca Nation of Indians. In addition to the surplus, spelled out in the annual financial report released Friday, the city anticipates millions of dollars more in Seneca Nation re…

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The City of Buffalo is expecting a surplus of about $1 million to close the books on the 2018-19 budget year, thanks to New York State advancing $7.5 million of $17 million in Seneca Nation casino funds owed the city. But though the anticipated advance lets the city turn a potential deficit into a surplus, the turnaround may not be enough to reverse a recent downgrade i…

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David A. Rivera was re-elected to a fourth term on the Common Council to represent the Niagara District, one of the city’s most diverse districts. Majority Leader Rivera, 61, easily defeated longtime business owner and Republican Mark T. Supples, 60, and Green Party candidate Charley Tarr. The Council remains an all-male body after Tuesday's elections, but now it has…

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Interim Buffalo Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams can drop the "interim" from her title now. She easily defeated Republican Ross Kostecky, 32, to become the first woman and the first African American to hold the post, with The Buffalo News declaring her the winner. Miller-Williams, 63, was appointed in April on an interim basis by the Common Council after Mark J.F.…

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Buffalo now has a local law that regulates vacation rental websites – like Airbnb – operating in the city. The new ordinance mirrors legislation already in place for bed and breakfast establishments, said the legislation's co-sponsors, Delaware Council Member Joel P. Feroleto and South Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon. Under the new law, hosts of short-term rent…

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The City of Buffalo continues its outreach workshops for the 2019 Senior and Enhanced STAR exemptions ahead of the Dec. 1 filing deadline. Homeowners who are at least 65 as of Dec. 31 and people with disabilities and limited incomes can save up to 50% on property taxes. Military service veterans also are eligible for property tax exemptions. Homeowners at least 65 are e…

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Buffalonians are bracing for the impact of their 2020 reassessments, the new property values based on the first citywide revaluation since 2001. How so? The Common Council recently established a property tax exemption for about 350 low-income senior citizen homeowners in targeted areas who would otherwise be affected by the reassessment. Council members now hope to expa…

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Interim Buffalo Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams will face Republican Ross Kostecky, a senior legislative clerk for the Erie County Legislature, in the Nov. 5 election. Miller-Williams, a Democrat, was appointed to the position in April by the Common Council to fill a vacancy. She said she is running for a full, four-year term because "numerous years in elected publi…

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Incumbent David A. Rivera will face Republican Mark T. Supples in the Nov. 5  election for the Niagara District Buffalo Common Council seat. Rivera said his accomplishments since taking office in 2008 include expanding affordable housing options, advocating for more infrastructure dollars spent on the West Side and leading the effort to implement "language access" initi…

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The booting industry – which has been called predatory – now has regulations dictating procedures for vehicles illegally parked on privately owned lots in the City of Buffalo. The Common Council approved the local law Tuesday. Effective immediately: • The maximum charge to remove a boot is $75. • Boot operators must be licensed by the city. • Signs must be p…

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The city has a new contract with AFSCME Local 650 employees. The terms run from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2024, cover 502 white-collar workers and include 2% annual salary increases from July 1, 2019, through July 1, 2022, and a 3% increase on July 1, 2023. Cost-saving measures include requiring members to receive generic equivalents of newly prescribed medicati…

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LaSalle Park officially has a new name to go with its upcoming transformation. It is now Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park in honor of the Buffalo Bills founder and owner for more than 50 years and his dedication to Western New York. The Buffalo Common Council and Mayor Byron W. Brown officially renamed the park Tuesday as Mary Wilson, wife of the late Bills owner,…

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The City of Buffalo's annual foreclosure auction started Tuesday with less than 370 properties on the auction block. The number is "one of the lowest in recent memory," said Jason Shell, commissioner of assessment and taxation. One of the reasons for that is the city's annual Foreclosure Assistance Program, officials said. To keep homes or businesses off the auction …