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By Jill Terreri

Good morning,

Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown will be joined with John Ciminelli from LP Ciminelli to announce the demolition of the last piece of Central Park Plaza. 

Louis P. Ciminelli announced in May that he would redevelop the 27-acre East Side property, which his company purchased for $800,000. The site is part of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's Brownfield Cleanup Program, to address "low-level contaminants" in the soil, The Buffalo News reported in May. 

An event will be held on E. Amherst Street, off of Main Street, at 10 a.m.

Also today, the Common Council will hold a pre-meeting caucus at 2 p.m. in Room 1417. The topics of discussion at the caucuses are somewhat unpredictable, but here are a few notable items on their agenda: 

Another subrecipient agreement between the city and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, on how to handle federal HOME grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, was filed with the Council last week. The Council has already approved a similar subrecipient agreement concerning Community Development Block Grant funds. HUD has told Buffalo, and other cities, that federal funds must be distributed by cities, and not their urban development agencies, which has moved a lot of the work up to the Comptroller's Office. BURA will still decide how to spend the money, but personnel there won't write the checks. 

Kevin J. Kaufman, a CPA, was hired to be city auditor. His appointment, by Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder, was filed with the Council. His annual salary is $86,685. He replaces Darryl McPherson. 

A measure to reinstitute a deli task force is being considered, something pushed by Council Member Bonnie E. Russell, among others, as is a measure to clarify the city's licensing of such delis and how the city can close problem stores. The delis can be a magnet for illegal activity in some areas of the city, Council members and neighbors have said. 

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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