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Recent hires in City Hall

Buffalo has a new special events coordinator and a new director of real estate among its latest hires.

Kimberly C. Trent has been hired to fill the vacant special events position in the Brown administration, a post that pays $70,215 a year. Trent's appointment was effective April 30, and she lived in Orchard Park at the time she got the job, according to documents filed in the City Clerk's Office. She will have to move into the city to comply with the residency requirement for most city employees.

Christie R. Nelson has been appointed the city's director of real estate in the Office of Strategic Planning. Nelson, whose appointment was effective May 29, will earn a starting salary of $72,872.

In City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder's office, the city's chief fiscal watchdog has hired a new special assistant and changed the title of one of his aides.

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Recent hires in Buffalo City Hall

One of Mayor Byron W. Brown's key advisors recently received a promotion and pay raise.

Peter J. Savage III earlier this month was named senior deputy corporation counsel, filling a vacancy left after Timothy A. Ball was appointed as the city's top attorney. former acting Corporation Counsel David Rodriguez left for a job with the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.

Rodriguez held the title of senior deputy corporation counsel before becoming acting corporation counsel (his appointment was never confirmed by the Common Council, hence the acting). Timothy A. Ball was appointed as the city's top attorney on Feb. 7, but Rodriguez did not leave for the housing authority for several weeks.

Savage, who was deputy corporation counsel, has a new salary of $84,564, up from $82,326. That amounts to about a 2.7-percent raise.

There were two new hires also made in the Law Department: Delia Cadle was named to Savage's old spot as deputy corporation counsel (with the $82,326 salary); and Bryan Dolin was hired as assistant corporation counsel, with a starting salary of $53,686.

In the Department of Public Works, Edward F. Anken and Richard M. Veroba were hired in late March as senior first-class stationary engineers at $15 an hour. The department also hired two laborers in its Streets Division: Bonita Brown, who had been an account clerk typist in the department, got a permanent job with a $34,139 salary; and Delano Fabor was hired for a seasonal position at $12.06 an hour.

University Council Member Bonnie E. Russell appointed Tanika Hubbard as a clerk in the City Clerk's Office. Hubbard will earn a starting salary of $30,507.

Two employees of the DPW's Buildings Division and two employees of Management Information Systems saw their jobs change from provisional to permanent status. In the Buildings Division, they were architect Joseph Fanara and engineering aide Joseph Ziemba. In MIS, they were computer programmers Kathryn Barker and Janet SanFilippo.

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City of Buffalo hires environmental affairs director

Editor's note: An early, incomplete version of this post was mistakenly published last week.

A City Hall post that hasn't been occupied since the Masiello administration was recently filled.

Nadine Marrero is the City of Buffalo's new environmental affairs director. Her hiring was effective March 12.

Brendan R. Mehaffy, executive director of the Office of Strategic Planning, said Marrero's duties will include overseeing the environmental review processes for city projects, as well as helping to develop the city's environmental policy. She will be managing several projects, including a few related to the Buffalo River, Mehaffy said.

He called Marrero "a perfect fit" for his office.

Marrero has worked for American Consulting Professionals of NY and has worked on projects including the once-proposed Ambassador Bridge and projects on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

From 2001 to 2006, she worked as a project planner and planning associate for Buffalo Place, where she co-authored sections of a downtown planning document called the Queen City Hub, according to her resume. She also worked for Heart of the City Neighborhoods in Buffalo in 2001 as a housing development specialist.

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Recent hires in Buffalo's City Hall

The City of Buffalo's Department of Public Works has made a number of hires in the last month or so.

In the Streets Division, Michael Murphy was promoted to head exterminator, a post that carries a $45,723 starting salary. Murphy was previously an exterminator in the department, earning $36,119.

Michael Edwards was hired as a truck driver, with a starting salary of $22,468.

In the Water Division, Cecelia Folmar was hired as a clerk, which carries a $30,507 starting salary.

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Recent hires in City Hall

The latest hires in city government include new interns and an aide for Common Council members.

Both South Council Member Michael P. Kearns and Niagara Council Member David A. Rivera have hired former aides as paid interns.

Kearns hired Matthew Fisher, while Rivera hired Sean Mulligan -- both at a rate of $15 an hour.

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Recent hires in City Hall

--Updated 4:09 p.m.--

The City of Buffalo has a number of recently hired employees.

At the Buffalo Sewer Authority, Michael Crapo, Brian Ray, Matthew Dunford and Brian Nagy were hired as seasonal laborers at a pay rate of $95 per day.

Mark Lewandowski and Daniel O'Sullivan were made permanent wastewater treatment plant operators at an hourly rate of $16.89.

In the Comptroller's Office, Ronald L. Wachowski was given a temporary promotion moved from provisional senior accountant to assistant auditor. Wachowski was bumped from his previous position because of a series of personnel changes. His starting salary is $44,375.

Deborah Tucker was hired as an intern in the City Clerk's office at a rate of $10 an hour. Tucker had been an aide to Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen.

In the Office of Strategic Planning's Real Estate Division, Mark Welch was hired as a seasonal laborer at $11.87 an hour.

Last month, Lyana M. Luciano was appointed to an $11.87-an-hour seasonal clerk post in the Department of Assessment and Taxation, a job she previously held.

Also last month, the Sewer Authority provisionally appointed Dawn Cordero as a senior sanitary chemist, at a $66,015 salary. At the same time, Robert Carroll was appointed as a temporary sanitary chemist, with a $62,084 salary. Two others were made permanent laborers: William Conroy and Gregory Reusch. Their pay rate is $16.39 per hour.

Here's a recent story I did about other recent hires in the comptroller's and clerk's offices, as well as to Common Council central staff.

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