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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v12n5 (01/31/2013) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

"Green Code" Information Forum Raises Many Concerns

The Elmwood Village Association (EVA) sponsored an information forum on the “Green Code,” Buffalo’s proposed zoning and development ordinance. I left the meeting concerned that no one—not the EVA, City planning staff, or local councilmembers—is looking out for the needs of city residents. Here are some examples:

Can't We Vote on the Bills' Lease?

In typical New York State closed-door fashion, local and state politicians have voted to approve a 10-year lease deal for the Buffalo Bills. The deal commits the state to providing stadium upgrades pegged at $123 million, plus another $103 million from Erie County with the Bills kicking in $44 million. Taxpayers are providing $226 million in improvements for a 10-year lease extension at Ralph Wilson Stadium, but are given no mechanism to vote on the deal.

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