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New vendor in the City Hall cafeteria

By Jill Terreri

The audience for this post is likely narrow, but it will be useful to anyone who works around Niagara Square and eats lunch.  

Sue's New York Deli is taking over operations in the City Hall cafeteria, under terms the Common Council is set to approve when it meets at 2 p.m. today. 

It appears, from the restaurant's menu from its other operations, that more healthy options will be offered in the cafeteria. Sue's has locations on Main Street in the theater district and at 130 S. Elmwood Ave., next to City Hall.  

Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak didn't know on Monday when the service would switch over, but said that the new vendor has done a walk-through and wants to bring its own equipment in. 

Eight vendors sought to replace the cafeteria's current operator, Brand-On Services, which made headlines last week following an audit from Comptroller Mark Schroeder about their operation of the Erie Basin Marina and Hatch restaurant. The audit found that the company owes the city $343,245. 

(The city had sought bids for cafeteria operations before the marina audit was released to the public.)

Schroeder's executive assistant, Patrick Curry, reiterated Schroeder's position that the money must be repaid, during Monday's Council caucus meeting. 

"It's absolutely our intention to go after this money," Curry said. The comptroller intends to bill the company, and if the bill isn't paid, go after the company legally. "There was money missing ... from all parts of the agreement," he said.  

Stepniak said he is trying to clarify some expenses that the company made that improved the marina, and to determine the amount of money the company owes the city. 

Brand-On's contract for marina operations expires in December, and the city will seek bids for a new operator for 2014. 

The agenda for today's Council meeting is below. 


Buffalo, NY Common Council Agenda 9.17.13


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