Buffalo, New York

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Buffalo, New York
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General information
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Mayor:Byron Brown
Mayor party:Democratic
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:2011
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:9
2013-14 FY Budget:$482 million
Composition data
Population in 2013:258,959
Gender:52.1% Female
Race:White 45.8%
African American 38.6%
Hispanic or Latino 10.5%
Asian 3.2%
Two or More Races 3.1%
Unemployment:8.6%
Median household income:$30,502
High school graduation rate:81.7%
College graduation rate:23.4%
Related Buffalo offices
New York Congressional Delegation
New York State Legislature
New York state executive offices
Buffalo is a city in Erie County, New York. As of 2013, its population was 258,959.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Buffalo utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body while the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Byron Brown is the current Mayor of Buffalo.[3][4]

City council

The Buffalo City Council - also known as the Common Council - is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[3]

Membership

The Buffalo City Council is made up of nine members, each of whom is elected by one of the city's nine districts.[3]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council Committees

The Buffalo City Council features thirteen standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[5]

A current list of Buffalo City Council committees can be found here.

Elections

2015

See also: Buffalo, New York municipal elections, 2015

The city of Buffalo, New York will hold elections for city council in 2015. Information on election dates will be posted once they are made available. All nine city council seats are up for election.

Budget

Buffalo's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was $482 million.[6]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
201 City Hall
Buffalo, NY 14202
Email: Mayor@city-buffalo.com

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Erie County, New York ballot measures

The city of Buffalo is in Erie County. A list of ballot measures in Erie County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in New York

As a charter city, Buffalo follows the initiative process dictated by state law.

Lobbying

As of October 2014, information on Buffalo's federal lobbying related expenses beyond 2012 is unavailable.

City website evaluation

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Budget Y
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Meetings P
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Lobbying N
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Public Records P
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Local Taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • The current budget, as well as archived budget documents, are available.[7][8]
  • Meeting agendas are posted.[9]
  • The Mayor and Common Council's contact information is posted.[10][11]
  • Administrative contact information is listed for each department.[12]
  • Permits are available electronically and zoning information is posted.[13]
  • Audit reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial reports are posted.
  • Formal bids are posted.[14]
  • A public records request form is available.[15]
  • Local tax information and online payment options are provided.[16]

The bad

  • Meeting minutes and schedules are not posted.
  • Contracts are not posted.
  • The city's Code of Ethics Annual Disclosure Form and Booklet is posted, but information about current lobbying activities is not provided.[17]
  • Public records request information and relevant contact information is not provided.

See also

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