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By Jill Terreri

Good morning,

Today the Common Council will hold a public hearing on the sale of the Webster Block during its 2 p.m. meeting in Chambers. A vote on the $2.2 million sale is expected today. The Council does not meet again until March 5, and the Buffalo Sabres' Harborcenter Development is planning a groundbreaking on or around March 1. 

Harborcenter is planning a $172.2 million hockey-themed mixed-use development near the waterfront between Main, Perry, Washington and Scott streets. Also today, at 143 Genesee St., the Erie County Industrial Development Agency is considering a package of tax abatements for the project, including $28 million in real property tax credits, $7.5 million in sales tax savings and $1.2 milion in mortgage recording tax savings. 

The Council will hold a pre-meeting caucus in Room 1417 at 11 a.m. today. 

Also today, the Michigan Avenue African-American Heritage Corridor Commission will hold meetings in Chambers at noon and 6 p.m. on a draft management plan

Of note for Elmwood Village homeowners is Tom Precious's story today about historic tax credits for home rehabilitation, which get a boost in a recent amendment to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2013-14 proposed budget.  

Buffalo Common Council Agenda 2.19.13 by

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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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