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The Buffalo/Grand Island "War" of 1819

The Buffalo/Grand Island "War" of 1819

All but forgotten today is Buffalo's own "Civil War." It was a time 193 years ago that squatters living on Grand Island set themselves up as a sovereign nation, elected their own governor, issued their own currency and stoutly resisted all efforts to bring them into the Union.    

 The State of New York, by a treaty held with the Seneca Indians at Buffalo, September 12, 1815, purchased Grand and several other small islands in the Niagara River. Immediately after it's purchase by the State, numerous squatters flocked onto Grand Island, and built cabins along it's shores on both sides--on the west or Canadian side mostly--for the purpose of cutting, and working into staves, the valuable white-oak timber which abounded there, for the Montreal and the Quebec markets. From those cities the staves were shipped, mainly, to the British West Indies. The staves were taken from Grand Island in scow-boats to Chippewa, then wagoned around the Falls to Lewiston, and there put on board sail vessels for Montreal and Quebec. 

Applications Now Available For Mayor Brown's Citizens' Participation Academy Spring 2012

Applications Now Available For Mayor Brown's Citizens' Participation Academy Spring 2012

A Statement Released by The City of Buffalo

 Mayor Byron W. Brown is pleased to announce that applications for the Citizens’ Participation Academy are now available for interested citizens.  Classes for this session are scheduled every Thursday from June 14th 2012 – August 9th 2012, with an additional Saturday and Tuesday.

Live from Cairo: From Tahrir to the Muslim Brotherhood

Live from Cairo: From Tahrir to the Muslim Brotherhood

On Tuesday, January 25, 2011, the people of Egypt led a campaign of non violent civil resistance against the 30 year regime of dictator, President Hosni Mubarak.

Hany Ghoraba, a journalist, businessman and political analyst in Cairo, describes on live audio, the years preceding, during and up to present Egypt, focusing on The Egyptian Revolution:


Live from Cairo: From Tahrir to the Muslim Brotherhood

 

Ahmed Salah, an Egyptian activist, public speaker and advocate of non violent resistance,  shared his account through photos HERE.
 

Homeless Alliance of Western New York Releases 2011 Data

Homeless Alliance of Western New York Releases 2011 Data

The Homeless Alliance of WNY has released the results of their State of Homelessness 2011 for the federal reporting year October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011.  The data used to create this report were compiled from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) as well as the annual Point in Time count, Housing Inventory Chart, Unsheltered Street Count, and the Erie County Department of Social Services and Veterans Administration.

Throughout the year of 2011, there were an estimated 5,050 people who experienced homelessness in Erie County and on any given night there were approximately 1,000 homeless people.  These figures include people in Emergency Housing, Transitional Housing, Safe Havens, the unsheltered, and those taking part in the Code Blue Warming Center beds.  Although the majority of homeless persons are single, the number of homeless families increased by 4% from 2010 to 29%.

The City of Buffalo Common Council Announces a Vancancy in the South Common Council District

The City of Buffalo Common Council Announces a Vancancy in the South Common Council District

 

BUFFALO, NY—The City of Buffalo Common Council hereby advertises the vacancy for the position of South District Common Council Member.

Pursuant to Section 3-6 of the City of Buffalo Charter, “In the case of a vacancy in the office of District Council Member, otherwise than by expiration of the term, the remaining members of the Council shall appoint a qualified resident of the same political party and district as the Council Member whose place is vacant to fill such vacancy until the first day of January following the next general election at which a District Council Member may, pursuant to law, be chosen for the balance of the term.”

The Common Council is seeking to obtain a current resume and letter requesting appointment to the vacancy from any qualified resident seeking consideration for the appointment.

Interested applicants should deliver the required documents (in person or by mail, email will not be accepted) to the Cit

Clamp-Down on Under-21 Nights, and Other News from March 20 Meeting

Clamp-Down on Under-21 Nights, and Other News from March 20 Meeting

Meeting Summary

for

MARCH 20, 2012

Authorizing Resolution – The Council approved a resolution sponsored by Majority Leader and Masten District Council Member Demone A. Smith authorizing an amendment and restatement of a ground lease for certain educational facilities to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (“ECIDA”). The resolution also authorizes other matters related to certain bonds issued by the ECIDA for financing the refunding of Series 2004 Bonds, determining the terms and conditions of such agreements, and other matters in connection therewith.  It is the Council’s position that these actions will be beneficial to the City and will promote educational opportunities for City residents.

Mehaffy Reports on Green Code to Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group

Mehaffy Reports on Green Code to Urban Land Institute Young Leaders Group

Brenday Mehaffy, Buffalo's head of strategic planning, will be providing an update on the re-write of the City's archaic zoning ordinance.  The event is sponsored by the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Group of Western New York (ULI YLG of WNY), a subsidiary of the global nonprofit research and education organization, the Urban Land Institute. 

The one hour presentation takes place on Thursday, March 29, at noon in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership offices, 665 Main Street.  Price is $5 dollars for ULI members, $15 for non-ULI members, with lunch included.  Space is limited.  Please register in advance as there will be no on-site registration.