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Another Voice: News editorial glosses over racist history of Route 33

Read the full article from Buffalo News here.

There’s an important petition up at started by University of Arizona Assistant Professor Erika Gault, who grew up in Buffalo. It concerns Mayor Byron Brown’s reluctance to publicly say the name of mayoral candidate India Walton, and the recent replay in Buffalo of historically racist tropes concerning Black women.

I, too, would like to recognize the elision of proper names, albeit in a somewhat adjacent sphere: The Buffalo News editorial board’s opinion regarding the renewed energy around doing away with the Kensington Expressway (“Push to bury Route 33,”May 23).

UB reinstitutes indoor mask mandate effective Tuesday

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The University at Buffalo will reinstate its indoor mask mandate beginning Tuesday for all employees and students regardless of their vaccination status, the school said Monday.

The mask rule is expected to remain in place when students return en masse later this month.

Buffalo’s 14215 ZIP code among those Cuomo targets for vaccine push

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With roughly one in four New Yorkers still unvaccinated against Covid-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said the state will attempt to boost the vaccination rate by targeting 117 ZIP codes that have both low vaccination rates and a high spread of Covid with outreach efforts by community-based organizations.

Twenty-five of those ZIP codes are outside New York City and Long Island and include two in Western New York: 14215 in Buffalo and Cheektowaga and 14770 along the Pennsylvania border in Cattaraugus County.

Can Erie County office close the health equity gap?

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz plans to spend $300,000 in federal stimulus money to attack the racial disparity in health outcomes. It’s a good start. The challenge for Poloncarz: Ensure the spending actually narrows the gap.

In Erie County, African American children are more than twice as likely to die within a year after birth, according to the County Health Rankings report, and twice as likely to die before they turn 18. African American girls are 2 1/2 times more likely than whites to give birth in their late teens.

Underlying all of that is poverty. Nearly half of African American children in Erie County are living in poverty – five times the rate among white children.

Buffalo police community outreach

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The Buffalo Police Department held a community outreach called Taking It to the Streets at New Hope Baptist Church,  across from Schiller Park, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. It provided a chance for the police to interact with the public. Police officials and various officers were on hand as well as  community groups and services. They plan on doing similar events around the city throughout the rest of the summer.