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Council Delays Parks Appointment

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo lawmakers were not ready to vote Tuesday the request to create a new deputy parks commissioner job.

The city is supposed to regain control of all Buffalo parks from Erie County by the end of the year. But lawmakers say until the Brown administration provides the plan, they're not gong to approve the appointment.

South District council member Michael Kearns says the Mayor wants approval to appoint a new deputy parks commissioner, without showing them a parks plan. He believes this high paying job is being shoved down their throats.

But Masten District lawmaker Demone Smith is ready to approve the parks job. Smith says the Mayor's office claims no request for information was received from lawmakers.

Council leaders met with two attorneys from the Brown Administration Tuesday to update them on the draft plan for a parks takeover. But lawmakers say until it is filed for their review, they won't vote on the parks job.

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