Urge New York State to Pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination ACT– The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Council Members Michael J. LoCurto, David A. Rivera and David A. Franczyk endorsing the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (“GENDA”) and urging the New York State Senate to pass GENDA and extend basic human rights to all New Yorkers, regardless of their gender expression and identity. GENDA is a bill that is meant to provide basic civil rights for transgender New Yorkers by adding special protections based upon gender identity and expression to the already existing New York State Human Rights Law. Gender identity and expression refer to the way people self-identify and present their masculinity and/or femininity to the world, including such things as external characteristics and behaviors such as dress, hair style, name and pronoun use. While currently it is illegal in New York State to discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, marital status and other specific categories in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, education and credit, the New York State Human Rights Law does not explicitly ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression. Thirteen states, the District of Columbia and over ninety localities across the United States, including the City of Buffalo, have passed transgender and gender expression non-discrimination laws. The Council maintains that there is a need to protect gender variant New Yorkers from unequal and unfair treatment and so it is imperative that the New York State Senate pass GENDA and take a stand for all New Yorkers.

 

Contractor Noise Abatement – The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Delaware District Council Member Michael J. LoCurto and Niagara District Council Member David A. Rivera requesting that the City of Buffalo Department of Permit and Inspection Services (“DPIS”) prepare and attach copies of all applicable noise ordinances to all new contractor licenses and permit applications. Construction season has begun for both municipal and private projects throughout the City and construction workers must frequently spend significant amounts of time at a site to complete a project. Having numerous workers at a job site can lead to unwelcome noise however, unrelated to the necessary use of tools or machining, which can negatively affect the quality of life of area residents. When this occurs, contractors may be in violation of City ordinances relating to noise that they are not even unaware of. The Council maintains that all people wishing to become a licensed contractor in the City of Buffalo should be made aware of applicable noise restrictions at the time of their application. The resolution additionally directs DPIS to ensure that applicants have both read and understand the City’s noise ordinances, as well as the penalties associated with their violation, by requiring a signature upon review and approval by DPIS.

 

Waiver of Fees

  • The Council approved a resolution sponsored by Majority Leader and Masten District Council Member Demone A. Smith waiving all user, permit and other associated City fees for the following events:
  • The Juneteenth Festival held June 16 & 17, 2012
  • The Masten District Jazz Festival held July 22 & 29, 2012
  • The Pine Grill Reunion being held August 7 & 14, 2012
  • The Taking it to the Streets Event being held August 18 & 19, 2012
  • The Masten District Unity Day held August 26, 2012; and
  • The Science Museum events being held throughout the summer.

 

Appointments

  • The Council appointed the following individual as  a Marriage Officer within the City of Buffalo:
  • Abraham Munson-Ellis
  • The Council approved the appointment of the following individuals to positions within various City of Buffalo Departments at a step above the base salary:
  • Department of Police
  • Cellblock Attendant
  • Margaret Hanrahan
  • Department of Law
  • Deputy Corporation Counsel
  • Delia Cadle
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel I (Muni)
  • Bryan Dolin
  • Senior Deputy Corporation Counsel
  • Peter J. Savage, III
  • The Council accepted the appointment of the following individuals to positions within various City of Buffalo Departments at the base salary:
  • Department of Police
  • Report Technician
  • Rosemarie S. Kolb
  • Michelle Stanford
  • Amelite C. King
  • Elizabeth E. King
  • Cellblock Attendant
  • Jason C. Stachowski
  • Jeffrey D. Saleman
  • John L. Rossi
  • Tamika N. Hinton
  • Jerome Barber
  • Paul J. Ramunno, Jr.
  • David E. Beyers
  • Darnell Hardy
  • Corvair A. Bennett
  • Tania M. Matos
  • Robert J. Przybyszewski
  • Nicholas A. Bautz
  • Richard L. Taczkowski
  • Frank J. Gibbs, jr.
  • Damien C. Mitchell
  • La-Kisha S. Champion

 

 

License and Permit Approvals—Upon the recommendation of the Department of Permit & Inspection Services, the Council approved the following license and permit applications:

  • Delaware District
  • Permit to Place Sidewalk Café w/ Awning in Front of an Existing Restaurant
  • M. Christiano, owner of the property located at 1416 Hertel Avenue
  • Ellicott District
  • Permit for a Bar/Sit In Restaurant and Sidewalk Café
  • D. Forness, owner of the property located at 197 Allen Street
  • Restaurant Dance License
  • Barcelona On Pearl, located at 416 Pearl Street
  • Restaurant Dance Class License III
  • Sinful, located at 334 Delaware Avenue
  • Fillmore District
  • Food Store License
  • Genesee Grocery & Deli Inc., located at 1522 Genesee Street
  • Super Price Chopper Inc., located at 1580 Genesee Street
  • Masten District
  • Food Store License
  • Alawde Food Market, located at 471 East Ferry Street
  • Niagara District
  • Food Store License
  • Chez La Camer Rock Center Market, located at 941 Niagara Street
  • North District
  • Permit to Erect Signage to a Sit-In Restaurant
  • R. Bender, agent of the property located at 2200 Elmwood Avenue

 

License and Permit denials—The Council denied the following license and permit applications:

  • Delaware District
  • Permit for Extending Hours for Rear Patio and Requesting Recorded Music to be Played with Speakers Outdoors
  • K. Brinkworth, owner of the property located at 727 Elmwood Avenue
  • Food Store License
  • A & H Main Florence Grocery Deli, located at 2248 Main Street
  • Ellicott District
  • Permit to Place a Ground Sign
  • R. Johnson, agent of the property located at 68 Barker Street
  • Permit for a Sign
  • J. Swezy, owner of the property located at 1131 Delaware Avenue

 

Claims, Contracts, Change orders & Agreements

  • Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning (“OSP”), the Council:
  • Authorized a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) agreement between the City of Buffalo, County of Erie, and Belmont Housing Resources for Western New York (“WNY”) for the development of the True Bethel Townhomes. Belmont Housing Resources for WNY is proposing to construct 30 residential townhomes that will provide housing opportunities for moderate to low income households. Project amenities will include onsite parking and a community building that will feature a site management office, community room with kitchen, laundry facilities, a computer room with internet access, an activity room, and access to a recreation/playground area for tenant use.
  • Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Department of Administration, Finance, Policy and Urban Affairs, the Council:
  • Authorized the Division of Purchase to enter into a contract with Fox Tire Co, Inc. for the sale of City-owned used tires. The contract will take effect immediately and will expire on June 30, 2013 with the option of three one year renewals.
  • Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Department of Police (“BPD”), the Council:
  • Authorized BPD to transfer a K-9 dog to its handler, Police Officer David Acosta. Due to the dog’s age and health, and the fact that Officer Acosta is transferring out of the K-9 unit, it has been determined that the dog is no longer able to fulfill the requirements of a Buffalo Police K-9 Corp dog.
  • Authorized BPD to accept funds in the amount of $351,198 from the United States Department of Justice as part of a Justice Assistance Grant (“JAG”) and to distribute such funds to participating entities as follow:
  • City of Buffalo – $323,870
  • Count of Erie – $10.810
  • Town of Cheektowaga – $16,518
  • Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Department of Human Resources (“HR”), the Council:
  • Authorized HR to enter into a contract with EB Jacobs, LLC to secure assessment center testing facilities at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo for the Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, and Division Fire Chief examinations.
  • Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works (“DPW”), the Council approved the following contract change orders:
  • The contract with D.V. Brown & Associates, for the Cazenovia Casino HVAC Improvements Project, was increased by $6,670 for additional services necessary to complete the project. The contract was initially awarded in the amount of $103,000 and with this change the contract will increase to $109,670.
  • The contract with Bison Elevator, for the City Court Elevator Upgrade Project, was increased by $11,890 for additional services necessary to complete the project. The contract was initially awarded in the amount of $194,422 and with this change the contract will increase to $206,312.
  • Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works (“DPW”), the Council:
  • Authorized DPW to enter into reimbursement agreements with Keep Western New York Beautiful and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy for services and supplies provided to plant trees in various City of Buffalo parks as part of the 2007-2008 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Urban and Community Forestry Grant. The grant allocates $37,500 to each organization.
  • Authorized DPW to request proposals and hire a consultant for the design, inspection and construction of the South Park Loop Bridge at South Park Lake as well as to enter into all agreements necessary for such project with the Federal Highway Administration (“FHWA”) and the New York State Department of Transportation (“NYSDOT”).
  • Authorized DPW to accept funds in the amount of $200,000 from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (“DASNY”) as part of its Economic Development Assistance Program Grant. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for City of Buffalo parks.
  • Authorized DPW to accept funds in the amount of $750,000 from the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee for the Bird Island Pier Project. The Council also authorized DPW to enter into all necessary agreements with the United States of America Army Corps of Engineers for the project.
  • Authorized DPW to purchase one Dodge Ram small dump truck for the amount of $51,759.
  • Upon the request of the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works, the Council approved the following reports of bids and proposals:
  • Of the proposals that were received for the LaSalle Park Skateplaza Master Plan, New Line Skateparks, Inc. was the lowest, with a proposal of $24,600.
  • Of the emergency bids that were received for the J.B. Wiley Sports Pavilion Emergency Concrete Rebuild Project, Morris Masonry Restoration was the lowest, with a bid of $22,180.
  • Of the bids that were received for the 2012 Citywide Tree Removal Project, Schneck’s Tree Removal, Inc. was the lowest, with a bid of $437,825.
  • Of the bids that were received for the Coca Cola Field Installation of Hurricane Bars Project, Grove Roofing Services was the lowest, with a bid of $9,170.
  • Of the bids that were received for the Clinton Street at Public School #32 (Cedar Street) Project, South Buffalo Electric, Inc. was the lowest, with a bid of $106,869.

 

 

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