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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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Michigan Avenue soon will be illuminated with an artistic archway that aims to make the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor a destination point. The $322,000 structure, which will span Michigan Avenue between Broadway and William Street, is Buffalo's first full archway in recent history, said Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen. “It will literal…

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The Buffalo Common Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the Brown administration's $23.2 million capital budget for 2019, which includes $1 million for emergency demolitions and $618,000 for citywide tree removal and planting. But it's still up in the air as to whether those two priorities actually will be funded through the capital budget. Comptroller Mark J.F. S…

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The city has a new contract with Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association Local 282. The eight-year contract — effective July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2025 — provides firefighters with raises averaging 3.3 percent and is projected to save the city $32 million through changes in staffing patterns, drug coverage and other reforms. The Common Council unanimously a…

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The tree was illuminated. The toy drive kicked off. And the holiday season is underway at Buffalo City Hall. The fourth annual City Hall Outdoor Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony was held Friday evening in Niagara Square, hosted by Mayor Byron W. Brown. The ceremony also kicked off the Toy Joy Drop-Off in collaboration with the Buffalo Police and Fire Departments, the P…

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The Buffalo Fire Department has 52 new members. Mayor Byron W. Brown presided over Thursday's graduation ceremony at Bennett High School along with Fire Commissioner William Renaldo. The additions bring the roster of active firefighters to 692. The next class of 25 fire recruits is scheduled to begin 20 weeks of training in mid-February with a June graduation.

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Buffalo has added to its winter snow fighting fleet. One plow and two highlift plows are among a total of 70 pieces of new equipment that represent a total investment of nearly $10 million since 2006, said Mayor Byron W. Brown. Another 20 pieces of are available if needed from other Public Works divisions. About 70 truck drivers, equipment operators and heavy equipme…

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Buffalo has earned a 2018 "Trail Blazer Award" from New York State for its Open Data Buffalo initiative. The award is given to local governments for pioneering innovative practices and serving as models for other municipalities. Buffalo was recognized for its Open Data portal, which makes city information available online for free on a variety of topics – such as cri…

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Buffalo firefighters would see annual raises averaging 3.3 percent under a proposed contract that would alter shift schedules, staffing patterns, prescription drug coverage and make other changes the city says would save $32 million during the eight-year deal. Firefighters would see their maximum base salary jump to $86,666 from $68, 461 under a new 9-step salary schedu…

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The mother of a man her attorneys said was shot in the back and side multiple times by a Buffalo police officer while running away has notified the city that she plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit over the fatal shooting. Rafael Rivera, 32, was shot around 3:14 a.m. on Sept. 12 when police responded to “some incident” on Plymouth Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue …

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Explore and discover Buffalo like never before with the new children's book “Buffalo From A to Z: Come Take a Tour With Me.” The book’s star and tour guide is a young buffalo named Bob Uffalo, who takes kids on an excursion to iconic, fun, historic and cultural destinations throughout the city, from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to the Buffalo Zoo. The aim is to intr…

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As community activists and the state attorney general push for police reforms in Buffalo, the city commission tasked with monitoring police interactions with the community has been without a director for about a year. The oversight panel also has been without a permanent chairperson since mid-November, according to a worker who answered the commission’s phone last week. …

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The city of Buffalo is making free parking available on Black Friday on all street-metered spaces in the city's shopping districts. And as the city gets ready this week for the Broadway hit "Hamilton," the Sabres two-game homestand, Black Friday and the 25th anniversary of the World's Largest Disco, Mayor Byron W. Brown reminded residents and visitors that downtown park…

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Thanksgiving is not just for humans. A three-course gourmet, pet-friendly meal prepared by Chef Malik Von Saint and sponsored primarily by the Buffalo Barkery will be served for "Thanksgiving at the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter" for cats and dogs there beginning at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Mayor Byron W. Brown. The shelter, at 380 North St., will be open from 9 a.…

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The normally unflappable Mayor Byron W. Brown had a lot to say about his critics Thursday. In a meeting with The Buffalo News editorial board, Brown lashed out at Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, for not making changes to a state development program that Ryan claims the city is misusing. The mayor called out Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder for allegedly exce…

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Four local retailers were selected for the 2018 Holiday Edition of "Queen City Pop-Up" at the Shops at Market Arcade, 617 Main St. Their offerings include handmade and custom bow ties, clothing, handbags, home goods and personalized gift box sets, said Mayor Byron W. Brown, who joined representatives from the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. Wednesday to announce the win…