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Hickory Woods Residents Protest

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Hickory Woods homeowners staged a protest outside of City Hall Friday afternoon demanding that Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello relocate them from the subdivision.

Rich Ammerman, president of the Hickory Woods Homeowners Association, says one year ago, the Common Council voted to assist in relocating residents and nothing has happened.

"There's ample evidence to show that there's toxins in the properties in Hickory Woods," Ammerman said. "Homes never should have been built there. People need to be moved out."

The South Buffalo homes were built on a former steel industrial site redeveloped by the city.

A State Health Department study concluded that the residents are not in danger from the toxic exposure.

Council Member at Large Charlie Fisher could not explain the delay. He says he is ashamed of the city for not assisting the homeowners.

Mayor Masiello claims his administration has helped residents. In the past year, he said the city has convened the best health risk experts available to evaluate environmental conditions. And he said his administration has laid the ground work for implementation of a Fair Market Value Plan for homeowners looking to sell their homes.

"I continue to support the rights of the residents to advance their cause for solutions to conditions affecting their neighborhood," Masiello said.