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Today in City Hall

By Jill Terreri

Good morning,

This afternoon the team from IBM is expected to deliver their report about how the city can connect people ages 16 to 24 with jobs

Buffalo won a "Smarter Cities" challenge grant from the technology company, which provided the city with the expertise of five IBM executives for three weeks. The city chose youth employment as the topic the team would tackle. Team members have interviewed people inside and outside of City Hall to understand why youth employment is high and what initiatives are already underway.

At 11 a.m., Mayor Byron Brown will discuss the city's foot and bike patrols.

The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency will meet at 9:30 a.m. today, and will consider an extension to a contract with Belmont Shelter Corp. for a housing rehab program for owner-occupied homes.     

At 6 p.m., a public hearing will be held at the Central Library to discuss amendments to the city's annual action plan for federal block grant funds for 2012-13, which was approved by the Common Council on Tuesday. 

The amendments provide previously unused funding for capital improvements at community centers, street and sidewalk repair, emergency home rehabilitation and homelessness prevention. 

And from today's Buffalo News, firefighters are expected to vote on a contract next week. Contract details are not being discussed by the Brown administration or the union's leadership. The union had rejected tentative contracts in 2007 and 2008, but have protested Brown's events in the last few months because they have not had a new contract since 2001. 

The Buffalo School Board also approved its operating budget of $794 million. 

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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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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, 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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