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They admit it isn't the only way to prevent shootings, but city officials on Tuesday said an upcoming gun buyback event will get illegal weapons off the street.The city is asking people to bring guns to one of seven local churches on Aug. 18 in exchange for prepaid credit cards."We ask that if you have a gun in the house, and you know it's illegal ... get the gun out of th…

Opponents of a casino in Buffalo are questioning the Seneca Nation of Indians' decision to move forward with building a permanent structure in light of a pending federal lawsuit.In response to the nation's announcement last week that it would begin construction on a $130 million casino downtown, a lawyer for opposition groups reminded the nation in a letter Tuesday that th…

The Olympics in Buffalo?Mayor Byron W. Brown likes the sound of it.A member of the Toronto City Council floated the idea of a joint bid from a U.S. and Canadian city to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, and while it's nothing more than an idea at this point, Brown said he would be open to discussing it.Toronto Councillor James Pasternak told the Toronto Sun that if Toron…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's announcement that the city and the state had reached a preliminary agreement on a crucial part of the Peace Bridge's expansion plans is widely viewed as a step forward to project supporters, but it does not indicate a done deal.Meanwhile, Mayor Byron W. Brown and Niagara Council Member David A. Rivera, who had previously expressed frustration with th…

The public is getting an in-depth look at development ideas for a prime piece of real estate that could continue the evolution of Buffalo's waterfront.In less than three weeks, the city will choose one of two developers to remake the Webster Block, a nearly two-acre parcel just steps from the Inner Harbor, and Mayor Byron W. Brown on Friday said the city is actively seekin…

A group of East Side residents has scheduled its own "opening ceremonies" in August for one of the most anticipated public works projects in the city as a way to put pressure on project developers.A $4.5 million improvement to Martin Luther King Park, which includes a new five-acre splash pad, was originally scheduled to open July 1, but that deadline has lapsed and a new …

Proposals for a mixed-use development on Elmwood Avenue and a new hospital downtown were approved Wednesday by the city's Zoning Board of Appeals.The board approved a request from architect Karl Frizlen to build a three-story building with 24 apartments in the Elmwood Village and another by Women & Children's Hospital to construct a 12-story building in the Buffalo Niagara…

An agreement that will provide the city comptroller with greater oversight of federal anti-poverty funds was amended by the Common Council on Tuesday to ensure that its fiscal watchdog powers are preserved.The administration of Mayor Byron W. Brown was ordered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to change the way it receives and spends block grant fundi…

It took a guilty plea in federal court from one of its former members, but for the first time, the Common Council will have a written policy governing pork barrel spending.The new rules follow accusations in an indictment from more than one year ago that former Council Member Brian C. Davis steered discretionary funds to community groups and then demanded kickbacks.The Cou…

The city comptroller will be much more involved in overseeing the way the city spends anti-poverty funds, following an order from the federal housing department.Under a new agreement between the city and the agency that previously handled block grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the comptroller's office will be the watchdog of how those …

"One call does it all," Mayor Byron W. Brown likes to say about the city's 311 system.The telephone number that city residents use to complain about graffiti and potholes might soon do a little more.The Brown administration is considering a request from Common Council members and the Board of Education to allow the 311 Call and Resolution Center to handle complaints about …

The owner of a controversial demolition yard answered critics of his application for a city license for a solid waste transfer station in Buffalo by saying operations at his facility would not change and that actions at City Hall could threaten the livelihood of his employees.Peter Battaglia, owner of Battaglia Demolition, said Monday that he intends to run his business as…

Behind a row of houses on Peabody Street is a yard that legally accepts materials from demolitions.The neighbors have been dealing with dust from the operation for years, and some say they have suffered harmful effects on their health.Now, the yard owner, Battaglia Demolitions Inc., is seeking to accept garbage, a proposal that has outraged the neighborhood."We're people, …

A boy who jumped into a city pool and started flailing his arms was rescued by a fully uniformed police officer and a lifeguard earlier this week.The 7-year-old boy, who was not identified, ran out of the locker room and into water that is 5 feet deep at Kensington Pool, his rescuers said.The boy usually swam at Shoshone Pool and was unfamiliar with Kensington, said lifegu…

Neighbors of the Peace Bridge could soon learn if the air they're breathing is dangerous.The state Department of Environmental Conservation, in conjunction with the Peace Bridge Authority, announced this week that it will install two air-monitoring devices near the bridge and also will take enforcement actions against truck drivers who violate idling regulations.Air monito…