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Today in City Hall

By Jill Terreri

Good morning,

The Common Council will meet today at 2 p.m. in Chambers and is set to approve a contract with EB Jacobs, which will be hired to write a new exam for firefighters. The current firefighter list expired, and the department needs to test new candidates for future hires. The process could take several months, Human Resources Commissioner Patricia Folts told lawmakers yesterday. 

A resolution urging Congress to hold hearings related to Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill will also be considered, and was recommended for adoption in yesterday's caucus. The measure is sponsored by Council Member Michael LoCurto. 

The Council is also expected to approve a new subrecipient agreement between the city and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency regarding management of grants from U.S. HUD's HOME program, as well as a measure that would allow "little libraries" to be put in city rights-of-ways at 10 places in Parkside. 

The full agenda is posted below. 

At noon today, the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation's Real Estate Committee will meet at ECIDA headquarters at 143 Genesee St. On the agenda are updates to a proposal to put a golf course on two landfills in South Buffalo and updates on a host of other initiatives by the corporation, including dredging of the Buffalo River and updates on brownfields in the city. 

A meeting of the Buffalo Brownfield Restoration Corporation will immediately follow. On that agenda is an update on the Trico Building and an update on an application to the Wendt Foundation related to Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park. 

The big news in City Hall yesterday, of course, was that Mayor Byron W. Brown had hired Antoine Thompson to run the Buffalo Employment and Training Center, a job that pays nearly $80,000.  

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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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