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David Robinson: Buffalo Niagara worker shortage slows the Covid-19 recovery

Read the full article from Buffalo News here.

That’s worrisome because it’s a sign that the low-hanging fruit in the recovery has been pretty much picked. And we’re still down about 30,000 jobs from where we were in June 2019, so the recovery is far from over.

Now that the economy is operating without many Covid-19-related restrictions, it is the more difficult structural issues that are holding back the recovery.

Buffalo’s last school zone speed camera shut off

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After at least two lawsuits, accusations of a money grab by the city and more than a year of conflict between the Common Council and Mayor Byron W. Brown, the last school zone speed camera in Buffalo has been turned off.

The move followed what Brown described as a “passionate plea” from University Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt in a Facebook post Thursday.

Brown commits to mayoral debate co-sponsored by The Buffalo News

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Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown has committed to participating in a debate against his opponent in the mayoral race, Democratic Party nominee India B. Walton, in an event being sponsored by The Buffalo News, WGRZ and Buffalo Toronto Public Media.

Walton, who defeated Brown in the Democratic primary, was out of town, and her campaign has not yet committed to participating in the 7 p.m. Oct. 12 debate. 

‘Supply is not the issue’: Why rural places like Allegany County lag in vaccinations

Read the full article from Buffalo News here.

The vaccination campaign is running up against the independence prized in rural areas, vaccine hesitancy, lingering animosity over the governor’s public health restrictions and the continuing spread of misinformation about Covid-19. Those and other factors have contributed to the low vaccination rate in Allegany and elsewhere, experts say.

Professionals from city’s wealthier areas powered India Walton to victory

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Walton grew up poor in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, but she beat Buffalo’s four-term mayor, Byron W. Brown, with votes – and a lot of campaign help – from professionals in the city’s wealthier enclaves. And now Walton and her supporters are working to defeat Brown’s write-in bid in November and create a progressive city administration led by a self-proclaimed democratic socialist.

Six Takeaways From India Walton’s Historic Victory in Buffalo

Read the full article from Jacobin here.

As clichéd as it sounds, Buffalo’s historic June 2021 primary, in which democratic socialist India Walton won a major upset over four-term incumbent Byron Brown, is something of a tale of two cities. And it’s the same tale that Buffalonians have discussed for generations: the “East-West divide” carved by Main Street through the heart of the city.

At Albright-Knox, steel frame for expansion is in place: ‘This is a remarkable moment’

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The expanded museum, at a cost of $168 million, is expected to reopen in fall 2022, three years since the museum closed in November 2019. When it reopens, the museum will become known as the Buffalo AKG Art Museum. AKG stands for the museum’s major contributors: John J. Albright, Seymour H. Knox Jr. and Jeffrey E. Gundlach.