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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown Pleased Deal Is Done, But Critical Of Common Council "Pettiness"

BUFFALO, N.Y. -After spending approximately three hours changing roughly one-dozen words in a three page land disposition agreement, the Buffalo Common Council met in a session which lasted one minute and twenty one seconds, to unanimously approved a deal aimed at preserving the future job prospects for thousands of HSBC workers.

Approval came at 10:29 pm Thursday for the deal proposed by Mayor Byron Brown to sell the two acre, city owned Webster Block to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) for for $3.32 million.

The ECHDC would then be able to assist in developing the site on behalf of HSBC, which Brown claims is eyeing the parcel for the possible construction of an office building as the banking giant prepares to re-organize its operation centers throughout North America.

Security Beefed Up for Thursday at the Square

BUFFALO, N.Y.  - There was extra law enforcement as well as security on hand for this week's installment of Thursday in the Square, but they weren't there to serve as extra-protection for Grammy-winning performers Los Lobos. Instead, they were there as part of a new protocol to help keep the streets of Buffalo safe during the free outdoor concert.

The extra forces were placed in response to a number of fights that had been breaking out during and post-concert, when the large crowds begin to overwhelm the city sidewalks.

Urban Farm Shows Off Community's Success

BUFFALO, N.Y. - In an economy that can be truly defined as "hard times," people are often forced to make due with what's around them. In one Buffalo community; however, they are thriving off of it.

The initiative, The Massachusetts Avenue Project, named after its location, held a big fundraiser Thursday evening, showing off the delicious items it's growing in its nearby greenhouse. Located right on the street, the west side urban farm grows more than four thousand pounds of organic vegetables every year.

"We believe that using more sustainable methods for growing food, just in general living, is really just important to the future of all of us," said spokesperson Zoe Hollomon, "For the well being of the planet and certainly youth employment is a big issue in this neighborhood and many neighborhoods around Buffalo."

APIC Convention Attracts Hundreds To Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - People were busy Wednesday night unpacking political memorabilia outside the Hyatt.

"We came for the convention," said Marlys Davis, from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

American Political Items Collectors like everything from campaign buttons and banners to t-shirts. There's even a replica of the president's desk you can sit behind. And all week you can buy, sell or just admire to your heart's content.

Collectors are coming from across the country.And they chose buffalo as the backdrop for their national convention because...

"...of its rich political and presidential history," said Bren Price, co-chairman of the convention.

Presidents Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland were residents. William McKinnley was assainated here and Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as president at a Buffalo home, now a museum downtown.

Mayor Byron Brown Concerned About HSBC's Future in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A Proposal by Buffalo Mayor Byron to transfer an entire 7.7 acre waterfront plot to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHD) for possible future use by HSBC Bank failed to gain the approval of the Buffalo Common Council Wednesday.

"The way the Council treated business today is just inexcusable," said Lovejoy District Council Member Richard Fontana, a supporter of the plan.

Another plan, proffered by a majority of council members to transfer slightly less than 2 acres of the so called Webster Block to the ECHD, also failed to garner the six votes needed for passage.

Instead, a majority of lawmakers approved a resolution directing the city's legal department to start drafting documents that would be needed to eventually transfer the smaller portion of the property to the Harbor Development Corp. if the needed sixth vote can be found.

That group included Common Council President David Franczyk.

National Political Memorabilia Convention

Attention all collectors, students of history and political aficionados, Buffalo will be the host of the National Political Memorabilia Convention August 5th - 7th at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Buy, sell and trade political campaign collectibles and view an astonishing political exhibit featuring New York State related material from George Washington through Jack Kemp.  Attendees will also be ale to sit at a replica of the president's 1876 Resolute Oval Office Desk or stand behind an official replica White House presidential podium!! 

The convention is a massive show and sale of thousands of campaign buttons, ribbons, posters, banners dating as far back as George Washington's 1789 inauguration all the way to Barack Obama's historic campaign for the White House.

All are welcome to attend and the public is encouraged to bring in any political item for a free appraisal by knowledgeable experts.  Auctions will be available on site. 

Roswell Park Holds National Bone Marrow Drive

BUFFALO, NY-Roswell Park and the National Marrow Donor Program are holding a Bone Marrow Donor Drive in Roswell's main lobby on Tuesday, August 3rd from 4-6 PM.

If you're between the ages of 18-60 with no history of cancer, diabetes or heart problems, you can become either a bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell donor.

Marrow and stem cell transplants are used to treat leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases. Only 30% of these people find a matching donor within their own families.

Donor screening is free and involves a simple swab of the inside of the cheek. All information collected at the drive goes into a computerized registry for those who have agreed to potentially donate marrow or stem cells.