Brown, Pridgen are considering a $100m privatization of the Urban Development Corp

Sources tell The Chronicle that Mayor Byron Brown and Common Council President Darius Pridgen are considering a sweeping privatization of the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC) and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (BURA) that could raise upwards of $100 million


Peoples-Stokes will shape housing legislation this session

The newly ascendant Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes is expected to play a key role in housing legislation that is expected early this session. Agencies like the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, have


Ambitious picture of Pridgen, or did he not go far enough?

BY FRANK PARLATO Buffalo Councilman and Pastor of the True Bethel Baptist Church, Reverend Darius G. Pridgen has evidently created and had posted on Facebook a photo-shopped, Mount Rushmore-esque image where he appears alongside Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and


Pridgen must apologize for putting tenants at risk

THE EDITORIAL BOARD Councilman Darius Pridgen is circulating a two paragraph legal opinion on social media, appearing to be on the stationary of Harter, Secrest & Emory, making the claim that the residents at his True Bethel Townhomes development are not at risk


Pridgen knew about toxins at housing site

Councilman Darius Pridgen was well aware of toxic contaminants at 858 East Ferry Street, long before he developed the industrial site into market rate residential housing, located across the street from his ministry. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) awarded a

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Terrance Heard challenges Pridgen on issue of urban blight

Political prognosticators say that Ellicott District Common Council member Darius Pridgen has a lot to worry about this November. A young, successful, and charismatic political newcomer — Terrance Heard — has emerged to challenge the theatrical first term Councilman who has ambitions on the

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Does Darius Pridgen have trouble with his base?

Council President Darius Pridgen has political problems with the base of support that elected him. A wealthy pastor of one of the poorest congregations in the city, the Councilman’s expensive tastes, flamboyant style, and coziness with the city’s most wealthy


Mascia, Pridgen, Schroeder take the Conservative Party nomination

On Thursday night, the Conservative party offered its nomination to Housing Commissioner Joe Mascia — a clear rejection of the longtime incumbent David Franzcyk, who has overseen the utter collapse of his Fillmore district neighborhood over the past three decades. Franzcyk requested


Candelario’s privatization strategy endorsed by the Common Council

At Common Council proceedings earlier this week, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority was authorized to transfer ownership of AD Price Courts, a historically significant public housing complex that has long suffered from deliberate disinvestment and mismanagement. The complex, now entirely vacant,


Activists want Fillmore district Councilman to retire

David Franczyk has served on Buffalo’s Common Council since the 1970s. He has overseen the social and economic collapse of the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood, which was once one of the city’s most bustling commercial districts. Despite his long tenure and


Who will be Buffalo’s next Mayor?

As Deputy Mayor Steve Casey prepares to leave City Hall, political observers expect Mayor Byron Brown to forgo a fourth run for the office. It has been long rumored that Brown will pursue a lucrative position in the private sector.