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Yesterday, we were excited to attend the Kick-off Celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic and Latino professio...
09/16/2021

Yesterday, we were excited to attend the Kick-off Celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic and Latino professionals, educators, scientists, artists help make our communities more resilient & equitable. We celebrate the start of #HispanicHeritageMonth that runs through October 15.

Today was a busy day in the Ellicott District. We were only able to make it to a few of the many events happening today....
08/14/2021

Today was a busy day in the Ellicott District. We were only able to make it to a few of the many events happening today. Pictures here are moments from Mt. Moriah MBC Community Day on Northampton, the Jefferson Ave. Business Bazaar, and the Frederick Douglas Apt Family.

Today will be the first Wellness Power Pop-Up event from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There will be City Hall departments and com...
07/21/2021

Today will be the first Wellness Power Pop-Up event from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There will be City Hall departments and community organizations all tabling and offering resources that all center around the concept of wellness to residents. Event will take place at 238 Carlton Street.

Today will be the first Wellness Power Pop-Up event from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There will be City Hall departments and community organizations all tabling and offering resources that all center around the concept of wellness to residents. Event will take place at 238 Carlton Street.

Good to be back in Council Chambers for today’s meeting. You can always tune in to meetings at Buffalo Common Council FB...
07/20/2021

Good to be back in Council Chambers for today’s meeting. You can always tune in to meetings at Buffalo Common Council FB page.

Good to be back in Council Chambers for today’s meeting. You can always tune in to meetings at Buffalo Common Council FB page.

Yesterday, Council President Darius G Pridgen had the privilege of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new “Dr...
07/16/2021

Yesterday, Council President Darius G Pridgen had the privilege of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new “Dr. Eva Doyle Auditorium” at the Merriweather Library. What a tremendous way to honor the life and work of Dr. Eva Doyle. Make sure you stop by and check out not only the auditorium, but grab a book from the library while you’re there.

Today, Council President stood with his colleagues on the Council and the Administration to announced a proposed plan to...
07/02/2021

Today, Council President stood with his colleagues on the Council and the Administration to announced a proposed plan to spend $13 million to expand the Water and Sewer Amnesty program to provide financial assistance residents who are behind on their water or sewer bill.

The announcement also included a policy to permanently end shut-offs for low-income residents who are struggling to stay current on their water and sewer bill payments. If you would like more information on the programs, you can reach out to Buffalo Water at 716-847-1065.

In an effort to honor the freedom that Juneteenth celebrates, there is a Seal & Expungement of Criminal Records event. T...
06/08/2021

In an effort to honor the freedom that Juneteenth celebrates, there is a Seal & Expungement of Criminal Records event. This event will begin the process of expunging and sealing criminal records for those disproportionately impacted by the failed “War on Drugs”. This event is being hosted by Rashied Hamid McDuffie and Buffalo Nan. Please see the flyer for information on how to register. #juneteenth #freedom

In an effort to honor the freedom that Juneteenth celebrates, there is a Seal & Expungement of Criminal Records event. This event will begin the process of expunging and sealing criminal records for those disproportionately impacted by the failed “War on Drugs”. This event is being hosted by Rashied Hamid McDuffie and Buffalo Nan. Please see the flyer for information on how to register. #juneteenth #freedom

On Saturday, Council President Darius G Pridgen was able to stand with and introduce Kelly Diane Galloway and participan...
05/03/2021

On Saturday, Council President Darius G Pridgen was able to stand with and introduce Kelly Diane Galloway and participants of The FreeThem Walk. They will being an over 900 mile walk from Lynchburg, VA back to Buffalo to bring awareness about human trafficking.

To learn more or support, go to: www.theefreethemwalk.com

Don't miss the Be in Buffalo Virtual Career Fair! Connect with career opportunities of all levels at some of WNY's most ...
04/28/2021

Don't miss the Be in Buffalo Virtual Career Fair! Connect with career opportunities of all levels at some of WNY's most innovative companies. Tuesday, May 4th from 11am - 2pm - Register for free today!

To register, click this link: https://app.brazenconnect.com/events/0ZVo0?utm_medium=Partners&utm_source=LB%2C+Buf+Bridge%2C+etc.

Don't miss the Be in Buffalo Virtual Career Fair! Connect with career opportunities of all levels at some of WNY's most innovative companies. Tuesday, May 4th from 11am - 2pm - Register for free today!

To register, click this link: https://app.brazenconnect.com/events/0ZVo0?utm_medium=Partners&utm_source=LB%2C+Buf+Bridge%2C+etc.

Yesterday, it was announced that Sheila Brown & Vision Multi Media Group, parent company of Power 96.5 WNY, is being rec...
04/23/2021
WUFO Radio selected for location in African American Heritage Corridor

Yesterday, it was announced that Sheila Brown & Vision Multi Media Group, parent company of Power 96.5 WNY, is being recommended as the tenant for the renovated 509 Michigan building.

In a statement by Council President Pridgen:
“I am excited to hear the recommendation that will be submitted to the Common Council for an occupant to 509 Michigan.”, said Council President Pridgen. “As Ellicott District Councilmember, 509 Michigan has been a focus of mine for a couple reasons: It’s placement in the historic Michigan Avenue Corridor and its proximity to the first known Archway in the City of Buffalo. This recommendation is another step toward the continuation of making the Corridor a travel destination in Western New York.”

https://buffalonews.com/news/local/wufo-radio-selected-for-location-in-african-american-heritage-corridor/article_0eb46f7e-a3b4-11eb-9fbe-1754497ce93c.html

A Black-owned Buffalo radio station will occupy a soon-to-be-renovated building in the city's African American Heritage Corridor.

This morning we were able to celebrate the opening of the Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc. Financial Education Ce...
04/22/2021

This morning we were able to celebrate the opening of the Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc. Financial Education Center, powered by Northwest Bank. The Center is open to provide information to individuals looking to enter the housing market.

Also, earlier this week, murals were unveiled on the Jefferson Avenue buildings in cooperation with the tenants and neighbors. Thanks to People Inc. for your work and dedication.

For our Lower West Side residents by Niagara and 7th Streets, please make sure you in attendance for this project for a ...
03/30/2021

For our Lower West Side residents by Niagara and 7th Streets, please make sure you in attendance for this project for a new Tim Hortons’s at 380 Niagara Street. This Zoom meeting will be Wednesday, March 31 at 5:30pm.

For our Lower West Side residents by Niagara and 7th Streets, please make sure you in attendance for this project for a new Tim Hortons’s at 380 Niagara Street. This Zoom meeting will be Wednesday, March 31 at 5:30pm.

In the Ellicott District, one of the biggest challenges we work on is "slumlord" properties. We are looking for communit...
02/22/2021

In the Ellicott District, one of the biggest challenges we work on is "slumlord" properties. We are looking for community input again, identifying problem properties in our district. They can be residential or commercial structures.

We are not trying to humiliate or attack struggling homeowners, but those who receive income for their property should be taking care of their properties.

You can call our office at 716-851-4980 or email [email protected] to inform us of the property and we will reach out and investigate the property in question.

Please take the time to read this post and fill out the survey. Buffalo is creating a new plan for city parks and we wan...
02/19/2021
The Buffalo Parks Master Plan

Please take the time to read this post and fill out the survey.

Buffalo is creating a new plan for city parks and we want to hear from YOU. Take this survey from @TheTrustforPublicLand to share your vision for Buffalo’s parks. Then share this post so your friends and neighbors can take the survey too!
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BuffaloParks

Share your vision for Buffalo parks!

Council President Darius G Pridgen was able to join other colleagues in government and Buffalo Public School officials, ...
02/01/2021

Council President Darius G Pridgen was able to join other colleagues in government and Buffalo Public School officials, as they welcomed back some students into school today.

We are posting a notice of the availability of new senior apartments at the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers W...
01/25/2021

We are posting a notice of the availability of new senior apartments at the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers Westminster Commons Community. These apartments are for seniors individuals 55 and older.

Please see the flyer for more details.

The Ellicott District office would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!
12/25/2020

The Ellicott District office would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

11/26/2020
Buffalo Common Council

Buffalo Common Council

We’ve been through many difficult days and because of it we are stronger! Together we can accomplish anything. Happy Thanksgiving from The Buffalo Common Council.

We wish everyone a Safe, Healthy, and Happy Thanksgiving.
11/26/2020

We wish everyone a Safe, Healthy, and Happy Thanksgiving.

11/23/2020

The latest update on Towne Gardens and Towne Gardens Plaza.

11/19/2020

Our office just received word that The Moot Center on High Street will be giving away 600 turkeys today, sponsored by BFNC.

11:00 - 12:00 walk thru
12:00 P.M. drive thru
after 1:00 P.M. - whatever is still available

Getting calls about the power being shut off in an area in Ellicott and households only being informed after 4 tonight. ...
11/10/2020

Getting calls about the power being shut off in an area in Ellicott and households only being informed after 4 tonight. We are checking into it and will let you know what I find out. The children must have power for school in the morning so that they are not penalized. Will keep you updated.

**UPDATED** Ellicott District: Early voting starts today in NYS. The site located in our District is Ss. Columbia-Rigid ...
10/24/2020

**UPDATED** Ellicott District: Early voting starts today in NYS. The site located in our District is Ss. Columbia-Rigid RC at 75 Hickory Street. Early voting runs from Saturday, October 24, 2020 – Sunday, November 1, 2020 with the hours of:
Monday-Friday Noon-9pm
Saturday-Sunday Noon-6pm

However, you can vote at any of the 37 locations in Erie County during this time.

**UPDATED**A federal court has upheld the extension to October 31st. Today is still a good day to fill out your form. To...
10/05/2020

**UPDATED**
A federal court has upheld the extension to October 31st. Today is still a good day to fill out your form.

Today is the last day to complete the 2020 Census. It takes less than 10 minutes to be counted. It helps bring the necessary resources into our communities and schools for the next decade.

https://my2020census.gov/

For those that live around which is currently called Pilgrim Village, there is a virtual community meeting scheduled for...
09/30/2020

For those that live around which is currently called Pilgrim Village, there is a virtual community meeting scheduled for this Thursday at 6pm. Login credentials are in the flyer below.

It was truly an honor to stand with the FB Community Land Trust and Habitat for Humanity as we celebrate the constructio...
09/10/2020

It was truly an honor to stand with the FB Community Land Trust and Habitat for Humanity as we celebrate the construction of two homes on Rose Street. Since Council President Pridgen learned about the concept of a land trust and the importance it has to a neighborhood that faces gentrification, it is imperative that we focus on opportunities that allow the community to stay in their community. This project is just the first of many projects that the FB Community Land Trust will embark on, and it’s a great first step. Thank you to the Office of Strategic Planning, Habitat for Humanity, and the Fruit Belt community and stakeholders for making this a reality.

Yesterday, Common Council President Darius Pridgen stood with his colleagues in government to officially dedicate Dr. Rh...
08/31/2020

Yesterday, Common Council President Darius Pridgen stood with his colleagues in government to officially dedicate Dr. Rhonda Ricks Way on her actual birthday.
Council President Pridgen says about Dr. Ricks that he'll always remember her as bold, daring and fearless.

"Rhonda was all of that without apology," Pridgen said. "Some people feel like when you're daring and you're fearless, that you should have to apologize especially if you're a Black woman because they'll say you're an angry Black woman. She was not angry. She was audacious. She knew what she wanted to get done and she got it done."
Pridgen says some of Ricks' best work was done during her hardest times.”

Congratulations to her, her family, and the residents of this luxury affordable housing project that was her vision.

This week, Council President Darius Pridgen stood with colleagues in government for the groundbreaking of Mount Aaron Vi...
08/06/2020

This week, Council President Darius Pridgen stood with colleagues in government for the groundbreaking of Mount Aaron Village. This is a $20 million project on the East Side of Buffalo that will provide quality affordable housing. Congratulations to Pastor Dwayne Jones and the Mount Aaron Baptist Church, and all of the partners involved.

On Friday, we stood with our colleagues in government to announce the Trailblazing Sign and naming of a street after a f...
08/03/2020

On Friday, we stood with our colleagues in government to announce the Trailblazing Sign and naming of a street after a friend to the Ellicott District, Dr. Rhonda Ricks.

“Dr. Rhonda Ricks was one of those dreamers that could see the possibilities and endlessly worked until she accomplished those dreams .", said Council President Darius Pridgen. "Dr. Ricks deserves the naming of this new street, located in the middle of her dream project, as a lasting memorial to her hard work and dedication to this project, and to the City of Buffalo. We should all continue to work to accomplish our dreams, like Dr. Rhonda Ricks."

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Dear Councilman Pridgen . While celebrating the fourth of July with your family please know That the 420 + softball players in the city will not be allowed to play this season. We were lied to again By deputy Commissioner Andrew Rabb. We were told if we quarantined, wore masks, and social distanced we would be Granted phase 4 status and be allowed to return to the parks. Recreation is a big part of Phase 4. Andy Rabb had months to get the parks department ready for phase 4. The leagues worked on plans to be able to play softball safely with proper safe distance standards developed by the States HHS. Mr. Rabb refuses to even look at our permit applications. Whenever Andy is forced to make a decision on adult recreation leagues he defaults to the needs of the “Youth Leagues” citing some secret passage in the city charter putting youth leagues ahead of Adult leagues. When pressed he never produces this secret passage he instead smugly says he is not required to produce the document but his word is law. We do not take away fields or space from Youth Leagues but he uses that excuse to close fields and deny access to adult leagues. Please find out why adult league permits were cancelled for this year. If the city is not able to afford the maintenance on the fields we suggested the parks department lease the diamonds to the leagues and we’ll pay for the upkeep. The suburban leagues start next week. If recent events the last couple of weeks show anything It’s that the people and taxpayers are tired of Elected officials not listening to the voice of the people. Government should work towards the needs of the people not the other way around. We shouldn’t have to jump through hoops every year to get to use the fields our taxes and permit fees pay for. If the city can’t afford to maintain these fields they should be turned over to the leagues. The lying must stop. We ask for equal protection. Please get back to me. Thank you for your time and support. Michael A. Damico 553-3839
Trailblazer unveiling for Irene Gault. Thank you Councilman Darius Pridgen and Ellicott District Council Staff for all of your help.
If you love books and animals, well this is the Saturday Academy foryou!!!! We will bre welcoming the SPCA Of WNY along with the P.A W.S Adoption Van from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter. Children will have the opportunity to read to animals and families will have the option to adopt animals as well. In addition to all that fun, we will be having character visits from your favourite comic book stories, comic book writing sessions as well as games of Book Bingo where every game has a winner, swimming, Basketball, crafts and so much more! Come out and be a part of the greatest happenings in Buffalo, Strong Community Schools Saturday Academy's! This will be epic and an event you won't want to miss!!! See you there! 😊
Hey everyone we are putting the work In instilling better in our communities you want change in your community reach out and spread positive information that’s going to help change the community. WE ALL ARE SICK &TIRED OF LOSING LOVE ONES TO GUN VIOLENCE. Come Sign your children up M-F at 6:00. Football season is ending let’s keep these children active. I would like to challenge all of my friends and family to hit the SHARE BUTTON IT TAKE LESS THAN A SECOND TO DO THE TIME IS NOW.Full Circle Family Services are looking to sign up as many youth as possible. $25 1yr membership fee for the Delevan Grider. Here is a FREE After school Program M-F at the Delevan and Grider center fun filled schedule with different art mentoring programs stop the excuses and let’s make the changes, and remember the YOUTH is our future. Full Circle
A change is coming to the city of Buffalo I'm coming home to run for office
Please help medical patients get access to cannabis flower ! To whom it may concern : Medical cannabis is my medicine. NYS forces its medical patients to v**e or take oils or capsules. We don’t have access to full plant medical cannabis. I am one of the people in this state that doesn’t absorb and metabolize THC/CBD via my digestive system due to weight loss surgery and lack of a gallbladder..... I use our products and it is better than nothing ...but please consider patients need full plant medicine .... flower ..... high THC and High CBD flower! We need to know the complete information on the products. It’s complete terpene / content / strain profile. Please look at successful medical programs in other states ..... they have access to full plant medicine .....cannabis without being broken down into oils or tinctures..... I should be able to choose my plant medicine. I should be allowed to grow my own effective medicine .... strains that work specifically for me. Cannabis has saved my life. I don’t want to v**e. I want to not be ashamed I am a medical patient. My story is below and I feel you will get a better idea of a medical patients journey and quest for some type of quality of life ..... please share my story with others .... I am very open to sharing my situation further should you or anyone have any additional questions. Meet Nikki Lawley, Cannabis Patient and advocate for the plant Imagine having your entire life change in an instant. Almost 3 years ago, (10-11-2016) Nikki Lawley was an active pediatric nurse who enjoyed outings with her husband and dogs, often to nearby casinos where the 49 year old professional moonlighted as a card dealer in the past . A native of Buffalo, NY, Lawley had it all - until one fateful day when everything came crashing down. “Life changed in a second , no warning , no preparation , just like that ..... BOOM” Doing her job just like any other day at a busy pediatric office , During a routine vaccination, a child, frightened by needles head butted Lawley as she was restraining him from behind while another nurse attempted to vaccinate the 10 year old boy. Nikki was hit frontally and then bounced off a plaster wall and back into the boys head in a significant whiplash motion. This was Lawley’s 3rd TBI and the one that changed her life forever. The impact was so severe that there was immediate left arm paralysis and weakness along with severe head and neck pain. Confusion ,disorientation and vision issues occurred at the same time. Lawley was diagnosed with a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and cervical instability and was subsequently run through the mill of medical specialists, tests, and treatments. That was the last day she was able to work. The once joyful, energetic nurse was all of a sudden plagued with intense headaches, issues with fine motor skills, sensitivity to light, and cognitive issues that caused her great emotional and physical pain. When conventional treatments , medications and tests aggravated her symptoms, and desperate for relief, she eventually turned to medical cannabis out of desperation rather than it being presented as an option for treatment. Traumatic brain injury you only really understand it once you or a loved one suffers from it. Life was very dark for Lawley at this time , the constant frustration of not being who she always was. So many of the side effects from the pharmaceuticals they tried caused Lawley to feel out of control and hopeless. Overwhelmed with the most simple of tasks , unable to do basic math , remember appts , to feed her pets , to feed herself . This once social , fun and active woman became a shell of who she was. Never wanting to leave the house or do anything at all socially . Nikki’s husband for Christmas , purchased a gift for her , a trip to Las Vegas which normally would have been amazing. instead it was dreaded and all she saw was the negative and the fact of the pain of doing anything it would be aggravated while on vacation . In January of 2017 while being in Vegas , severely depressed , Nikki spotted a mobile billboard advertising medical cannabis cards in Nevada. She mentioned this to her husband and he jumped at the chance for anything that could possibly help her as life seemed impossible for her. She went to a cannabis clinic in Las Vegas and received her medical cannabis card for California. In Nevada they offer reciprocity for California patients. She then found her way to a medical dispensary and the bud tender recommended products at the time that took Lawley “off the ledge “. She was totally suicidal and she had gone as far as planning her death and writing letters. Lawley states “cannabis saved my life that day, cannabis gave me hope for the future that day and the following days” With her husband Jack by her side, Nikki began researching the potential benefits of medical ma*****na. At the time, cannabis was available in NY but only in oil , pill and v**e formulations. When leaving Las Vegas she assumed the same products would be available in her home state. Quickly realizing that this was not the case , Lawley had to find an option of anything. She was forced to medicate out of the country , In Canada where she has an address and access to Canadian Medical cannabis. Unfortunately she can not bring her medical cannabis home because of it being international and a schedule 1 substance. As a result Lawley spends a lot of time with friends in Ontario so she can have some quality of life back by having access to full plant medicine. Nikki finds the most relief for her symptoms by smoking specific cannabis flower strains which are not available to medical patients in NY state. Lawley was hopeful That the legalization bill would have passed for NY state because that would offer her the products she needs to be able to find relief. Lawley registered as a New York State medical cannabis patient in May of 2017 hoping that medical dispensaries would provide her with a quality and affordable alternative to at least be in the comparable market of Ontario medical cannabis. Since then she’s become frustrated by the limited scope, treatment options, and the high price tag on products available through New York’s program. Being on workers compensation for her injury initially all treatments for cannabis were denied. However ,recently through the appeals process her insurance company has been mandated to reimburse Lawley for her medical cannabis purchases. She experimented with countless products, strains, and dosage forms, before arriving at the conclusion that smoked or vaporized cannabis flower, in its most natural form, provides her the most relief. Nikki says it took her some time to find the correct strain with the specific terpene profile that worked for her. Nikki is a strong believer in the entourage effect, the idea that all of the phytocannabinoids present in cannabis flower work together to provide synergistic benefit, and the effect produced from these compounds is greater than the effect produced from any isolated compound(s) alone. Terpenes are chemicals found in plants, including cannabis, responsible for the different aromas such as citrus, berry, spearmint, and evergreen. Terpenes can modulate the effect and uptake of cannabinoids and have therapeutic properties of their own. After seeing the difference that cannabis made in her life and realizing the grief she could save other patients, Nikki has become outspoken on the benefits of cannabis for head injuries. She’s a member of online support groups for individuals that have suffered head injuries such as Brain Tumors, TBIs, concussions, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the controversial neurodegenerative disease that is caused by repeated head injuries that can occur in sports like football, boxing and other combat and high impact sports. CTE was discovered in 2005 when Pittsburgh researchers examined brain tissue from deceased NFL players. Nikki is supporting and consulting with organizations conducting studies with cannabinoids for the treatment of symptoms associated with CTE and other head injuries. A warm soul, Nikki is passionate and infinitely interested in the benefits of cannabis, many of which are still being researched. She is determined to help patients find access to medical cannabis products that provide them relief, in the hopes that no one has to suffer what she has. Frequent trips across the border from her residence in Buffalo, NY to her so-called “safe house” in Ontario are uncomfortable, and often wear on Lawley. However, she is determined to continue her fight for better access for patients in New York - and beyond. And while Lawley never thought she would become an outspoken medical cannabis advocate, she knows her journey as a patient is for the greater good and may have a far reaching impact, even more so than her previous life as a nurse. At the end of the day Nikki hopes her story can inspire others to never give up , to live in the moment .....” embrace the journey you have been given and let the universe direct your path” . “Living in the past creates depression , living in the future creates anxiety , living in the moment creates peace and comfort. Enjoy life to its fullest . Cannabis saved my life and it has given me back a quality of life that I can appreciate so much. “ “Cannabis is my medicine and my hope is that others don’t have to suffer to the point I did .... cannabis should be offered as a treatment for TBI / Concussion symptoms. “