North District Councilmember Joe Golombek

North District Councilmember Joe Golombek Promoting the Representative of the north Council District.

Joe is a graduate of All Saints Grammer School and Riverside High School. He has a Bachelors Degree in History and a Masters Degree in Social Studies Education from Buffalo State, and a Masters Degree in European History from Marquette University.

11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving to all the North and our great City.

06/19/2019

I hope you can take an hour on this gorgeous day to attend the Rediscover Riverside Meeting at 6 PM at St Mark's on Hall on Riverside Avenue. Buffalo Council member Joe Golombek Jr will be with us as will the Buffalo Recycle folks to share valuable information, along with our usual updates. Get your neighborhood news and ask your questions tonight. Meeting is in the lower church hall at 256 Riverside Ave. Refreshments will be served.

Councilmember Golombek will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 La...
05/30/2019

Councilmember Golombek will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue, on Monday, June 24th and Tuesday June 25th from 12:30 to 3:30.

There is a $20.00 charge for the course for AARP members ($25.00 for non-members) and you must attend both days and have a valid NYS driver’s license.

Please contact Councilmember Golombek’s office at 851-5116 to register or for more information.

Councilmember Golombek will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue, on Monday, June 24th and Tuesday June 25th from 12:30 to 3:30.

There is a $20.00 charge for the course for AARP members ($25.00 for non-members) and you must attend both days and have a valid NYS driver’s license.

Please contact Councilmember Golombek’s office at 851-5116 to register or for more information.

Mayor Byron W. Brown
05/21/2019

Mayor Byron W. Brown

Councilmember Golombek will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 La...
04/16/2019

Councilmember Golombek will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue, on May 6th and Tuesday May 7th from 12:30 to 3:30.

There is a $20.00 charge for the course for AARP members ($25.00 for non-members) and you must attend both days and have a valid NYS driver’s license.

Please contact Councilmember Golombek’s office at 851-5116 to register or for more information.

North District Councilmember Joe Golombek will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue, on May 6th and Tuesday May 7th from 12:30 to 3:30.

There is a $20.00 charge for the course for AARP members ($25.00 for non-members) and you must attend both days and have a valid NYS driver’s license.

Please contact Councilmember Golombek’s office at 851-5116 to register or for more information.

311 Call and Resolution Center
03/30/2019

311 Call and Resolution Center

WWII vet from Tonawanda glad he served on a ship
03/27/2019
WWII vet from Tonawanda glad he served on a ship

WWII vet from Tonawanda glad he served on a ship

Sometime in the late spring of 1945, Allen Judd remembers going up on the deck of his Landing Ship Medium, an amphibious assault ship tha...

Portion of Hertel Avenue to close for 6 months
03/16/2019
Portion of Hertel Avenue to close for 6 months

Portion of Hertel Avenue to close for 6 months

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) A portion of Hertel Avenue will soon be closing to make way for a "Smart Sewer' project which will eventually reduce the amount of human waste that ends up in the Great Lakes.

REMINDER:North District Councilmember Joe Golombek will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course at the Northwest Buff...
02/19/2019

REMINDER:
North District Councilmember Joe Golombek will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue, on Monday, March 11th and Tuesday March 12th from 12:30 to 4:00.

There is a $20.00 charge for the course for AARP members ($25.00 for non-members) and you must attend both days and have a valid NYS driver’s license.

Please contact Councilmember Golombek’s office at 851-5116 to register or for more information.

North District Councilmember Joe Golombek will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue, on Monday, March 11th and Tuesday March 12th from 12:30 to 4:00.

There is a $20.00 charge for the course for AARP members ($25.00 for non-members) and you must attend both days and have a valid NYS driver’s license.

Please contact Councilmember Golombek’s office at 851-5116 to register or for more information.

Buffalo State College will transform city impound lot
02/19/2019
Buffalo State College will transform city impound lot

Buffalo State College will transform city impound lot

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) What is now the City of Buffalo's auto impound lot on Dart Street may soon become something more suitable to the students at Buffalo State College.

Buffalo North District
02/15/2019

Buffalo North District

North District Councilmember Joe Golombek will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue, on Monday, March 11th and Tuesday March 12th from 12:30 to 4:00.

There is a $20.00 charge for the course for AARP members ($25.00 for non-members) and you must attend both days and have a valid NYS driver’s license.

Please contact Councilmember Golombek’s office at 851-5116 to register or for more information.

Buffalo North District
02/06/2019

Buffalo North District

Want your kids to earn while they learn this summer? The Mayor's Summer Youth Internship Program Application 2019 are now being accepted. Click to link below to apply:

WWW.BUFFALONY.GOV/MSYAPP

01/29/2019
Buffalo North District

Buffalo North District

As of now garbage and recycle pickup is still on for North for Friday. I will add info as I get it.

12/25/2018
Buffalo North District

Buffalo North District

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!! (Garbage and recycle pickup will be one day late in Buffalo).

11/22/2018
Buffalo North District

Buffalo North District

Just a reminder to put your garbage and recycling out for Friday. It is regular pickup.

Polish American Congress WNY
11/11/2018

Polish American Congress WNY

A Polish flag flies in front of Buffalo City Hall this weekend, thanks to Councilmember Joseph Golombek, Mayor Byron Brown, and PACWNY Vice President, Irena Woszczak. Join us on Sunday to sing at the same time Poland sings the Polish National anthen.. There it'll be noon. Here it'll be 6 a.m.

Buffalo Maritime Center
09/07/2018

Buffalo Maritime Center

It’s a Friday gratitude day with another thank you shout out this morning. Thanks to Councilmember Joe Golombek for the new bicycle racks out front of BMC. David Essrow added in for good measure.

ReddyBike comes to North, Grant Amherst neighborhood.
08/06/2018

ReddyBike comes to North, Grant Amherst neighborhood.

08/04/2018

This is a very fair article about IZ (Inclusionary Zoning)

Can a posh apartment complex with affordable units work? This developer thinks so.
By Jonathan D. Epstein | Published 6:00 a.m. August 4, 2018 | Updated 1 hour ago
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A strange thing happened on Buffalo's West Side this week: One of the city's leading advocates for affordable housing celebrated a high-end apartment project.

That's because the Rochester developer behind the $25 million project to construct a 10-story apartment building overlooking the Niagara River agreed to set aside nearly 15 percent of the 95 units for low-income tenants.

The advocacy group, PUSH-Buffalo, said the decision proved that developers can make affordable housing work as part of a larger market-rate or luxury project.

They argue the project illustrates what "inclusionary zoning" could look like in Buffalo if the city's lawmakers adopted a rule mandating that new development projects include a fixed percentage of affordable units.

"For years, developers and others in the city have been telling us that inclusionary zoning would not work, that it could not be done," said PUSH organizer John Washington. "Now we have a developer that has figured out how to make it work."

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What the group didn't highlight are the added financial hurdles that developer Andrew Crossed of Park Grove Realty said he must now overcome to ensure the project can work.

Under the agreement with PUSH, 14 apartments will be set aside for people earning at or below 60 percent of the area median income. So while one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments would regularly rent for $1,550 and $2,150 per month, the prices would be reduced by hundreds of dollars for affordable units.

"It creates a challenge to get the economic support to fill that gap for us," said Crossed, who plans to pursue programs for affordable housing.

While expressing confidence the project will go forward, Crossed now is seeking additional lower-cost financing through the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal to cover a gap of $500 to $750 per unit per month that he now faces.

The project also is expected to receive historic and brownfield tax credits, along with property tax breaks, said Brendan Mehaffy, executive director of the city's Office of Strategic Planning. "It will be an exclusively publicly-funded project," he said.

Many developers and some city officials don't believe mandatory inclusionary zoning would work in Buffalo without subsidies. Adding lower-rent units, they say, would make it harder for ventures to become profitable.

Jake Schneider, whose Schneider Development has done Turner Brothers Lofts, Apartments at the Hub and AC Lofts, said he already has to turn to gap financing to make projects in Buffalo work. That's without any requirements for affordable housing.

"I have a hard enough time making my projects pencil out as it is," said Schneider said.

Hot topic

Inclusionary zoning has become a hot topic in Buffalo as rents have risen amid a surge in redevelopment activity.

Advocates say Buffalo rents are rising at the third-fastest rate in the country. That makes it harder for those with moderate or low incomes to afford some neighborhoods, and community advocates fear longtime residents will be forced out of their homes.

"There's a major affordable housing crisis, and we need to be using every tactic, from inclusionary zoning to rent control, to make sure that people have a decent place to live," Washington said.

Advocates led by the Partnership for Public Good have been pushing for the city to require all new residential development projects to include a certain number of apartments that will be affordable for those who make 50 or 60 percent of the area median income. They have lobbied for a 30 percent minimum, as part of what would be a mandatory inclusionary zoning code.

Some Common Council members have backed the concept.

"We are beginning to see how gentrification without an affordable housing plan can displace people from neighborhoods that they have lived in for generations," said Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen. "This is very important. There needs to be a plan sooner rather than later."

But the Brown administration has been hesitant. That's because developers have expressed vehement opposition, saying future development would grind to a halt in the city if such a requirement were put in place without ensuring that other sources of funding, such has additional tax breaks or credits, were available.

"If this comes to pass, it's just going to make it harder for developers to make these projects happen," Schneider said.

Consulting report

City officials last year hired an outside firm, CZB, to study the city's housing market.

Its November 2017 report found that housing conditions, successes, demand and opportunities vary widely from neighborhood to neighborhood. It concluded that while inclusionary zoning could work in certain areas of the city with moderate to high demand for new housing, it "must be paid for through cost offsets or outright cash subsidies."

"Not doing so risks reducing market-rate activity to a level that would yield few, if any, inclusionary units as a by-product," the report said.

Some developers agreed.

"It would just put another layer of bureaucracy into an already difficult process, in an environment when there are so many unknowns already," said Karl Frizlen, who has converted three former public schools into apartments.

Frizlen said construction costs for some trades have risen by 40 percent to 50 percent in the last year, while tariffs have increased the price of lumber and steel.

Schneider noted that market-rate rents in Buffalo are about 14 percent below the national average, while construction costs locally are about 5 percent above average, creating a gap in financing that developers already have to overcome.

"I don't think that inclusionary zoning is going to help developers by any stretch. It's going to make it harder to do something that's already very hard to do successfully," Schneider said. "Where's all this gap money going to come from?"

Pridgen acknowledges the concern, but insists that "there still needs to be some type of zoning policy," although "whether that is citywide or targeted, I'm not sure at this time."

"I'm a realist," Pridgen said. "At the end of the day, I know there are some projects that will not be able to do affordable housing. I get it. It is simply a matter of pushing an issue that if it did not get pushed, we might never have seen affordable housing in market-rate projects."

Still supportive

Developers insist they support affordable housing initiatives. They just don't want to be forced into it for every situation.

"We're not against it. We're just saying it shouldn't be mandatory," said Ellicott Development CEO William Paladino. "Where you can do it, you do it. Where you can't, you can't."

In fact, as the push for inclusionary zoning has gained steam, developers are taking it upon themselves to demonstrate that they can do it voluntarily.

Paladino and Nick Sinatra are planning a 10 percent affordable housing component as part of the redevelopment of the former Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo site into the new Elmwood Crossing.

Pridgen said he's had more developers recently come to him to express interest in such projects.

"Some developers are really trying to find ways to make it work," Pridgen said, "but I don't believe as many would be trying to make some affordable housing work in their projects if it were not for this public discourse."

PUSH advocates note that a city policy would not have to be all-or-nothing with their target of a 30 percent requirement.

"Thirty percent is what we really need," said Washington, an organizer with PUSH. "If we start with 15, hopefully one day we can get to 30."

990 Niagara

The plan by Crossed and his Buffalo-based partner, Roger Trettel, calls for a 10-story complex at 990 Niagara St., using a long-vacant two-story former train car repair facility and an adjacent parking lot as the site for the new construction. The project would include 95 one- and two-bedroom apartments, plus 4,000 to 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

Crossed and Trettel would build a 110,000-square-foot tower and would transform the blighted structure and the first two floors of the combined new structure into a 58,900-square-foot garage, with two levels of indoor parking.

The upper eight floors would contain 48 one-bedroom and 47 two-bedroom apartments, overlooking the Niagara River. Each unit would have a private balcony.

Construction is slated to begin in the spring with completion by the fall of 2020, Crossed said.

Developers say they will be closely watching the project to see how the affordable component plays out.

"It's an honorable effort by Roger [Trettel] to do this, but to really carry it all the way through, that needs to be seen," Frizlen said. "He's just getting started. It's fine that he wants to hit that. But in reality, is this realistic?"

Story topics: 990 Niagara/ affordable housing/ Andrew Crossed/ buffalo/ Buffalo Planning Board/ inclusionary zoning/ jonathan d. epstein/ Park Grove Realty/ People for Sustainable Housing/ PUSH Buffalo/ Roger Trettel/ site plan approval

Jonathan D. Epstein – Jonathan Epstein is a business reporter at The Buffalo News, where he covers commercial and residential real estate and development. He has worked at The News since 2004.

Buffalo North District
03/26/2018

Buffalo North District

North District Councilmember Joe Golombek will be sponsoring an AARP Driver Safety Course at the Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue, on Monday, May 7th and Tuesday May 8th from 12:30 to 4:00.

There is a $20.00 charge for the course for AARP members ($25.00 for non-members) and you must attend both days and have a valid NYS driver’s license. Please contact North District Councilmember Joe Golombek office at 851-5116 to register and for more information

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03/19/2018
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Happy birthday joe
I was wondering where would we start to have owners of cats have to sprayed or neuter them and keep them in. Unless on a leash. We have so many problems with cats outside freezing having kittens. I love animals and cats are not being addressed . People are killing them, duck taping them. Its horrible. We need help now for them
I just had to say something about Mr. Golombek. I just spent the better part of two months trying to help my father (a 74 yr old retired vet) with a situation he was having. My frustration in trying to find help was beyond words. I honestly never thought trying to get ahold of a councilman or representative would help in any way. More dismissing or passing to another department. Finally I contacted Mr. Golombak's office. (Approximately 1:30pm)I spoke with a lovely women who came across as concerned and caring. She told me the steps that she would take after our call. Not long after I received a call directly from Mr. Golombak letting me know who he contacted and was personally looking into the matter. That was at 6:00pm. The next morning (9:30am)I received a call from a nice gentleman from the department handling my situation. He was at my house within 15 minutes of our call. He was very informative and caring of the problem. He called me an hour after he left stating that he was taking over the situation. He was very detailed in what was going to go on, above and beyond my expectation. My point I guess is that Mr. Joseph Golombek really came through! I cannot express my gratitude enough. On behalf of my father and my family thank you so very much Mr. Golombek!
hi joecwas wondering if u can find out any news about working again .saw steve macula last week.
Press Conference about Soccer Field funding behind Wegman's.
Could you call me I need a favor for this Sunday 868-1942
Hi Mr. Golombek, do you have time for a call in the next week? I am a tenant on Chandler St. and took the risk of moving my business from Amherst to the city. I am looking for an update on the road completion. We moved last year with 20 full time employees and now employ over 40. We are growing and anticipating an additional 20 employees. I was willing to take a chance in the city and hoping the city recognizes that. Let me your availability and be in touch.
No Primary Election this year? Or did I miss it
Just a reminder that big garbage is the week of June 9. You can put trash out starting Sunday.
Hi Joe, missed your Presidents posts. R u ok? Our follow up appointment at cancer center is aug 28 at 1. Hope we can meet there. Hope all is well!