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									REPORT
May 4, 2006 Public Forum
 & Additional Public Comments on
 2006-07 Budget and Four Year Financial
 Plan, City of Buffalo and Other Covered
 Entities

 A report submitted May 10, 2006 to the
 Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority by:

 Monique Emdin
       &
 Joseph P. Borgese




BUFFALO FISCAL
STABILITY AUTHORITY
May 4, 2006 Public Forum & Additional Public Comments
        2006-07 Budget and Four Year Financial Plan, City of Buffalo
                     and Other Covered Entities

                                Table of Contents

   I.      Introduction…...……………………………………….2

   II. Background….…………………………………………3

   III. Arrangements for Soliciting Public Input…...……….4

           A. Public Forum………………………………………………………..4
           B. Other Methods for Submitting Comment…………………….…...4
           C. Accessibility of City of Buffalo Budget and Financial Plan..……..5
           D. Publicity Campaign…………………………………………………5

   IV. May 4 Public Forum……………...……………………7

           A. Process………………………………………………………………..7
           B. Participation………………………………………………………….8

   V.      Public Comments on the City of Buffalo’s Four Year
           Financial Plan and 2006-2007 Budget……………...…9

           A. Primary Themes Emerging from Public Comments…………..…..9
           B. Specific Comments (In Chronological Order)…………………….11
                 1. Oral Comments at Public Forum……………………..……..11
                 2. Written Submissions………………………………..………...14
                 3. Emailed Submissions……………………………..………..…14
                 4. Faxed Submissions……………………………..……………..15
                 5. Online Submissions…………………………...………………16

   VI. Post-Forum Process…..………………………………19

   VII. Addenda………...…………………………………….20
I.     Introduction

This report is submitted by Monique Emdin and Joseph P. Borgese, two graduate student interns
from the University at Buffalo, at the request of the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority (BFSA).
The purpose of this report is to summarize public comments pertaining to the 2006-2007 Budget
and four-year financial plan of the City of Buffalo and covered entities. Included is an overview
of the process for soliciting public comments, a summary of all efforts to publicize a public
forum for the purpose of seeking public comments and finally, a summary of all public
comments delivered at the May 4, 2006 public forum and submitted in writing or online by the
midnight, May 4 deadline. Included addenda consist of all materials available to the public at the
forum to assist in the explanation of the Budget and Financial Plan. A video recording of the
public forum and copies of all written testimony have been delivered to the BFSA as a verbatim
record of the public commentary on the financial plan.




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II. Background
The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority Act (Act), signed into law in July 2003, requires the
BFSA to review the City of Buffalo’s Four-Year Financial Plan, revisions to the plan and any
related annual budgets to ensure balanced major operating fund operations and to assist the City
in closing projected gaps.

As part of this review process, the legislation mandates that the BFSA solicit public comment on
the plans and budgets through a community or educational entity, which then must submit to the
BFSA a report on such public commentary. Specifically, Section 3857 of the BFSA legislation
states:

       “…prior to the approval or disapproval of the financial plan of the city by the authority, the authority
       shall request community, educational or other entity or entities to seek public input and comment
       relating to the city’s and/or any covered organization’s financial plan. Such community, educational
       or other entity or entities shall report to the authority on such public input and comment ten days
       after the city has submitted the financial plan to the authority…”

The BFSA commissioned University at Buffalo graduate students, Monique Emdin and Joseph
P. Borgese as said entities to receive public comment on the City of Buffalo’s 2006-07 budget
and Four-Year Financial Plan.

Specifically, Monique Emdin and Joseph P. Borgese convened a public forum on May 4, 2006 to
collect any public comment on the budget and Four-Year Financial Plan. Public comments were
collected at this public forum, through hand-written comments as well as through email. In
compliance with state legislation, all comments received from the May 4, 2006 public forum are
summarized herein.




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III. Arrangement for Soliciting Public Input
In preparing to receive public comments, Monique Emdin, Joseph P. Borgese and the BFSA
sought to design a process that made it easy for citizens and groups to comment on the City of
Buffalo’s 2006-2007 Budget and Four-Year Financial Plan. It was determined at the outset that it
would be critical to ensure wide accessibility to the financial documents, to design an efficient,
convenient and fair process for submitting comments and to achieve broad citizen awareness of
the BFSA’s public commenting process.


A. Public Forum
Arrangements were made for a public forum to be held on May 4th, 2006 at the Common Council
Chambers, City Hall 13th floor from 5:30 PM to 8:00PM. Cindy Abbott Letro a local community
leader was hired to moderate the forum. Specific arrangements for the forum were determined at
the outset as follows:

AGENDA
5:30 PM               Doors open, registration to speak at the forum begins; registration
                      concludes at 7 PM.
5:45 PM – 5:55PM      Introductions
5:55 PM – 8 PM        Public comments period

PANEL
  • Alair Townsend Vice Chair
  • Dorothy A. Johnson Executive Director
  • Darryl McPherson Chief Counsel

OTHER PROCESS ISSUES
  • All major portions of the 2006-2007 Budget and Financial Plan were summarized into
     readable pamphlets and made available to all attendees of the public forum.
  • Hard copies of the 2006-2007 Budget and Financial Plan were made available for public
     viewing.
  • To ensure and fair and open process, the order of speakers was determined by random
     selection via lottery conducted at the forum.
  • Citizens had five minutes to verbally submit their comments to the three person panel.
  • Comments were carefully recorded by Monique Emdin and Joseph P. Borgese for
     inclusion in the summary report.

B. Other Methods for Submitting Comments
In addition to the public forum, it was determined that the public would submit comments
through the following methods:



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•   Mail, personally deliver or fax to BFSA
        o Market Arcade Building, Suite 400, 617 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14203
        o Fax: (716) 853-9052
•   Online via the official BFSA Website (www.bfsa.state.ny.us) (Addenda R, S and T)
•   Email (info@bfsa.state.ny.us)
•   At the public forum, comment forms would be distributed to forum attendees and attendees
    would submit their written comments to the registration desk (Addendum A).


C. Accessibility of City of Buffalo Budget and Financial Plan
It was agreed that convenient and wide public access to copies of the 2006-07 Budget and Four-
Year Financial Plan would be of critical importance to the public commenting process. To this
end, arrangements were made for citizens to view copies of the Budget and Financial Plan at
each of the City’s branch libraries prior to the forum. To ensure speedy delivery of these
documents, copies of each the budget and financial plan were delivered to the Central Library on
May 1 immediately following their release by the City of Buffalo. The Central Library retained
one copy and distributed the remaining copies to the other City library branches. A digital copy
of the Budget was posted on the BFSA Web site on May 3rd while the financial plan was made
available online May 2nd.

Additionally, copies of executive summaries of the Financial Plan for the City of Buffalo,
Buffalo School District, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and Buffalo Urban Renewal
Agency were distributed to all attendees of the May 4th forum (Addenda N, O, P, and Q). Finally,
hard copies of the Budget and Financial Plan were available for review on the day of the forum
at the registration table.


D. Publicity Campaign
The BFSA and University at Buffalo graduate students, Monique Emdin and Joseph P. Borgese,
utilized the aggressive publicity campaign methods first used in 2005 to bolster public awareness
and understanding of the entire process. Once again, the public was given access to financial
documents (both in hard copy and online) and was offered a variety of options for submitting
comments. In addition, several means were adopted in order to ensure a widespread knowledge
of the Public Forum including: other websites, web mailings and radio broadcast.

The following publicity program was agreed to and subsequently implemented by the graduate
students in cooperation with BFSA:

• A flyer (Addendum B) announcing the Public Forum and describing the process for seeking
  public input on the City’s Budget and Financial Plan was developed and distributed to:
             (1) Attendees of BFSA Meeting on April 12th.
             (2) Local Government representatives through a letter (Addendum C) from BFSA
                 Chairman Lipke which encouraged elected leaders to announce details of the



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                   forum at public meetings and advocated for constituent attendance at the
                   forum. (See Addenda C and D)
               (3) Community groups, including specific individuals and organizations,
                   attendees of the prior BFSA public forums and City of Buffalo public housing
                   complexes via email (Addenda E, F and G).

• Broadcast Media: News Releases were distributed to outlets and specific reporters and
  editors to ensure full coverage of the forum (Addendum J) and the entire public comment
  process (See Addendum H for the initial news release distributed on April 18th and
  Addendum I for the follow-up news advisory distributed on May 4th). The news release
  emphasized both the importance of covering the forum as a newsworthy event, and in
  providing the public with advance notice of the forum. Media efforts also resulted in
  coverage on WBF0 88.7 FM and on public access television.

• Newspaper Advertisement: To further publicize details of the forum, an advertisement
  (Addendum K) was developed and placed in the following publications:

           o   The Challenger (Wednesday, April 26)
           o   The Buffalo News (Sunday, April 30)
           o   South Buffalo News (Wednesday, April 26)
           o   Panorama Hispano (Tuesday, May 2)
           o   Rocket Communications, Inc.
                      West Side Times (Friday, April 28)
                      Riverside Times (Friday, April 28)
                      Buffalo Rocket (Thursday, April 27)

•   Online Resources: In all forum communications, the public was directed to the BFSA
    Website (Addendum R) which then linked to a temporary Website for the May 4th forum
    (Addendum S). These online resources provided more specific details on the forum and the
    public comment process, access to digital copies of the financial documents and the methods
    available for submitting comments on the Budget and Financial Plan.

    In addition, information about the forum was placed on two community bulletin boards,
    WBFO’s online community bulletin board as well as the Buffalo Place website’s e-report
    bulletin board (Addendum U). The e-report was also emailed to 20,000 Buffalo Place
    subscribers who had the opportunity to view the e-advertisement for the forum.




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IV. May 4 Public Forum

A. Process

To facilitate public participation at the forum, the process for registering to submit verbal
commentary was designed to be accessible, efficient, fair and clearly communicated. All forum
attendees were handed an “Information Sheet” (Addendum L) outlining specific instructions for
speaking at the forum or submitting other written or online comments. All forum speakers were
asked to sign in by completing a registration card (Addendum M). Several volunteers were
present to answer questions and assist the public in submitting comments.

The forum took place as follows:

5:30 PM              Introductions made by moderator, Cindy Abbott Letro.

5:45 PM              The evening’s agenda was reviewed, comment submittal methods were
                     explained and the process and rules of speaking at the forum were
                     described.

5:55 PM              Public Comment Period Opened

6:55 PM              Public Comment Period Closed

7:00 PM              Closing remarks

The order of speakers at the forum was determined by random selection of registration cards
from a basket. Speakers were named five at a time to give upcoming speakers time to prepare.
Speakers were asked to keep their comments to a maximum time length of 5 minutes. They
presented their comments to a panel of three BFSA representatives (Alair Townsend Vice Chair,
Dorothy A. Johnson Executive Director and Darryl McPherson Chief Counsel). Public comments
delivered at the forum were carefully recorded by several note takers.

A video recording of the forum and hard copies of written comments were also submitted to the
BFSA.

Additionally, forum participants were reminded that, regardless of whether or not they spoke at
the forum, they could submit comments through other methods. Comments, identified by name,
must have been received no later than midnight, May 4th, to be included in this report.




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B. Participation
In total, 16 submittals to the BFSA are covered in this report. Approximately 40 citizens attended
the forum, 8 of which voiced their opinions on the Budget and Financial Plan during the public
comment period. Additionally, there was 1 written submittal, 2 emailed submittals, 1 faxed
submittal and 4 online submittals.

It should be noted that all citizens and organizations indicating the desire to speak at the forum
were given the opportunity to do so, and no person was excluded from speaking and one speaker
was given extra time to deliver prepared remarks, as time permitted.




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V.     Public Comments on the City of Buffalo’s Four-Year
       Financial Plan and 2006-2007 Budget
The following summary of all public comments received by Monique Emdin and Joseph P.
Borgese in reference to the 2006-2007 budget and Four-Year Financial Plan of the City of
Buffalo and other entities under the BFSA’s review is presented in two parts:

       (1) A narrative summary of the primary themes emerging from the public comments.

       (2) A chronological summary of the specific points made in each submittal, whether
       derived from oral comments at the public forum or from other comment submittal
       methods.

In total, the chronological listing includes all 16 submittals. The collection of comments
represents diverse perspectives and several common themes. It is important to understand that
the following summaries are designed to portray a fair and accurate synopsis of what was
actually said or written in the public forum comments. It is not an attempt to provide a full and
balanced analysis of any given issue or proposal.



A. Primary Themes Emerging from Public Comments
As previously mentioned, 16 comments were delivered at the May 4, 2006 forum or through
alternative means, compared to 129 submittals for the first BFSA forum convened on September
6, 2003, 33 for the second forum held on May 8, 2004, and 16 for the third forum held May 7,
2005. Given the relatively low degree of public participation in this process, it cannot be
assumed that the following points of view are representative of the diverse interests of the
community; however, some speakers at the public forum appeared on behalf of large
organizations.

The following represents a summary of the primary threads that ran through the individual
submittals. Accompanying each of the themes is a listing of recommendations offered by the
speakers.

Quality of Life: An overriding theme in public comments over the past four years has been the
need for an improved quality of life in the City of Buffalo; as it relates to the standards of living
for City residents, and to sustainable economic development of the City, and the entire region.
Several speakers emphasized the need to focus on the safety and well-being of the youth and
elderly of the City of Buffalo. One citizen commented on the lack of security in senior housing,
and another protested for better treatment of the Hispanic youth and elderly communities.

Additionally, many citizens believed that certain apartment housing would be better off in the
ownership of its tenants. It was argued that this would be in the best interest for the well-being
and long-term security of its tenants.



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Specific Participant Proposals

•   Keep our public libraries open, especially with the struggles the City is currently facing. This
    is the true answer for how to improve Buffalo.
•   Do not take School Bus aides for granted, they are the first line in our children’s safety.
•   Bass Pro, a Casino, opening Main Street, etc. will not truly help Buffalo. It is the quality of
    life that the City offers that will really turn the City around.
•   Protect the assets afforded to Buffalo Public Schools to ensure that Buffalo’s children will
    enjoy and appreciate the arts.
•   Help to provide more funding to the Hispanic youth and elderly on the lower west side of the
    City.
•   The Marine Drive apartment complex ownership should be in the hands of the tenants.
•   Increase security at the Fredrick Douglass apartment complex.

City of Buffalo Finances: It was suggested that the Control Board try to obtain a larger share of
the local portion of the sales tax. Citizens believe that Buffalo can do more to cut costs and more
equally distribute sales tax. For instance, the proportion of a municipality’s population living at
or below the poverty level and the value of its tax exempt properties should be a consideration. It
was also mentioned that large business projects such as Bass Pro and a new Casino will not help
the City, but rather hurt it.

Marine Drive tenants that spoke in favor of giving ownership of the apartments to its tenants,
suggested that tenant ownership will take the burden off of the Buffalo Municipal Housing
Authority (BMHA) and allow private citizens to help BMHA achieve long-term financial
stability.

Specific Participant Proposals

    •   Implement a formula to help equally distribute sales tax dollars that recognizes the value
        of urban centers and includes consideration of a municipality's differing needs.
    •   Avoid Bass Pro and a Casino.
    •   Ownership of the Marine Drive apartments by its tenants will expand the tax base of the
        City and help ease financial hardship at the BMHA.

Labor Issues: In regard to the four-year plan union employees are convinced that they are not
being treated fairly with respect to the BFSA and City’s cost-cutting strategies. For instance,
some employees have not negotiated a new contract, and due to the wage freeze imposed by the
BFSA - will not receive wage increases, including step increments and longevity pay. It was
expressed that some citizens feel wage freezes and layoffs are not necessarily the most effective
strategy for reducing costs. Comments expressed that savings from the wage freeze aren’t
sufficient to help Buffalo’s bottom line anyway, while, high-salary administrative/supervisory
positions are maintained in good faith and lower paying union employees are terminated. Not
only do these job cuts create hardship for City employees and their families, but they affect the
quality of critical public services, including fire and police protection. Additionally, the union
employees are ready and waiting to bargain in good faith, but BFSA has broken their agreement
and refused to meet the employees half way.


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It was also mentioned that the public perception of union employees is distorted and unfair. A
speaker mentioned that the BFSA categorized union employees as “under-worked and over-
paid” and as a large source of the City’s financial troubles; but in actuality union members work
hard to provide citizens with crucial services and deserve adequate health care and benefits as
well as the community’s acknowledgment.

Specific Participant Proposals

   •   Examine more closely the proposed cuts to union members employed by the City of
       Buffalo.
   •   The BFSA should bargain fairly with the unions and mend their broken agreements.
   •   There is no need to bring in “silver-bullet staff” to get things done, but rather look within
       the City for good managers that can make effective decisions.


B. Specific Comments (in chronological order)

1. Oral Comments at Public Forum

Pat Dryier, Queens Landing Tenant Action Group (TAG), #1

   •   The tenants of Marine Drive would like to purchase the apartment complex.
   •   The tenants have enough capital to purchase the apartments.
   •   The tenants want to take ownership of the apartment complex to help stabilize the
       ownership by the tenants.
   •   This can help Buffalo’s bottom line and allow them to build equity.
   •   The tenants have spoken to Eliot Spitzer and other representatives, and have lobbied and
       attended all major City meetings for the last two years.

Nadia Moore, Hispanics United of Buffalo, #2

   •   Hispanics United of Buffalo is in financial difficulty
   •   The organization has a plan to improve Hispanics United of Buffalo.
   •   The youth and senior programs are of great importance and should be valued.
   •   74,000 elderly on the lower west side, 7% of which are Hispanic.
   •   These Hispanic elderly do not speak English, for which the organization exists to help.
       This organization provides bilingual services on a daily basis for these individuals.
   •   These are necessary services for the health and well-being of the Hispanic community.
   •   Due to budget cuts, the organization has had to drastically cut services.
   •   Cutting funding to this organization leaves these Hispanic individuals without hope. The
       City should take better care of its elderly and invest more into the youth.
   •   The City of Buffalo should take an opportunity to give back to the Hispanic community.




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Jerry Butler, Queens Landing TAG, # 3

   •   There is a plan in place to take ownership of the Marine Drive Apartments.
   •   As owners, the tenants will finally be allowed to make necessary improvements that the
       City failed to do for years.
   •   There is great structural damage to these apartments that has gone unnoticed for years.

Marilyn Gallivan, Marine Drive Resident Association, #4

   •   The City should allow the tenants of this apartment complex to become homeowners.
   •   The current residents of Marine Drive respectfully request that the current ownership of
       these apartments not be renewed.
   •   Hutchens & Kissling have not created a good situation for the tenants and their
       management contract should end.

Bill Travis, President of AFSCME Local 264, # 5

   •    Represents 1450 municipal employees.
   •    Without the City workers, all City services would stop (plows, transportation, Police,
        Fire, Sanitation etc.)
    • The employees are the life blood of the City and need to be allowed to work at their full
        ability/capacity.
    • These employees have historically cooperated and bargained in good faith.
    • The BFSA has violated their covenant by unilaterally changing the terms of their labor
        agreements.
    • The employees have not received a pay raise in 23 months. They have been without a
        contract for over 4 years.
    • It is felt that the BFSA has not cooperated with City employees by not allowing
        improvements in healthcare or pension benefits.
At this point the speaker’s time ran out, he requested a time extension, which was granted.
    • The City of Buffalo is not meeting the wage standards of their employees.
    • There has been an increase in aid of $36 million, however, the BFSA has intercepted over
        $12 million of that financial aid.
    • Byron Brown has been elected to run the City, not the BFSA; let him make the financial
        decisions.
    • The City employees have been made into public enemy number one, and have been made
        to seem overpaid. Don’t create an image of the overpaid government worker.
    • Vendor and contractor agreements remain untouched.
    • All that is asked is fair treatment and fair bargaining; lift the wage freeze.

Duane Ruth, Bus Aide Board Member, #6

   •   The City is losing bus aides because of a lack of healthcare and benefits.
   •   Bus aides are the first line of defense in the safety of the City’s children.
   •   Bus aides help avoid fights and let the driver focus.


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   •   Don’t forget about bus aides; let them keep the busses under control.

Elizabeth Berry, President of Save Our Libraries, # 7

   •   The process of the Control Board is supposed to save Buffalo, however there are many
       plans that will not be beneficial to the City.
   •   The Casino, Bass Pro, new transportation systems and opening up Main Street will not
       help the City.
   •   What will help Buffalo boils down to quality of life (good jobs w/ benefits).
   •   Removing Buffalo’s tolls was brought up 15 years ago and needs to be done.
   •   Half of the City’s libraries have been slashed from the budget.
   •   Some small communities have had to work hard themselves to reopen their own local
       libraries.
   •   Libraries are a vital part of people’s lives, education, quality of life, and assista parents,
       teachers and the elderly.
   •   There should be a Buffalo Library Board to run and make the financial decisions for the
       libraries.
   •   Reopening Buffalo libraries will be good for small businesses.
   •   There is a meeting of the Buffalo Library Committee on Monday , May 8th that should be
       attended by as many people as possible.

Rudolphus Boans Jr., President of Fredrick Douglass Resident Council & Vice-Chair of
Stop the Violence Coalition (STVC), #8

   •   He is a candidate for Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Commissioner.
   •   There is a desperate need for security for seniors in Buffalo Municipal Housing.
   •   There is no security and some elderly tenants’ apartments are being ransacked and
       causing them to become evicted.
   •   The Housing security should be independent from City workers; but could be a division
       of the Buffalo Police Department.
   •   Many past officers have harassed tenants, and those types of employees need to be
       avoided in the future.
   •   Fredrick Douglass apartments have three buildings, all or which can be secured by only
       one guard.
   •   The tenants are most vulnerable at night and in the early morning, so there is a strong
       need for security at these times.
   •   Also, the apartment owners are too vicious in posting tenant eviction notices all over the
       apartment. This is embarrassing and unnecessary.




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2. Written Comments

Elizabeth Berry, President of Save our Libraries

       (Also spoke at the forum)
   •   “In addition to my spoken comments, please read the attached form regarding public
       libraries for the City of Buffalo residents.”
   •   Enclosed are 3 pages.
           o A flyer advocating the reopening of City libraries.
           o A flyer showing what services were lost from the City Library system.
           o A flyer advocating the reopening of City libraries with a synopsis of the current
               library closing situation and results.


3. Emailed Comments
Lourdes Iglesias, Executive Director of Hispanics United of Buffalo

   •   The Hispanic community faces neglect from our politicians that are responsible in
       assuring that all constituents are serviced equally.
   •   In Buffalo that does not happen within the Latino community. Because Latinos do not
       have an elected official representing our interest our elected representatives believe that it
       is not their responsibility. Those in office believe that it is not their problem to take care
       of those Latinos/Hispanics that don’t vote.
   •   Reality is that Hispanics young, old, professional, and paraprofessionals are not going
       anywhere; we will continue to grow. As the population grows, the needs increase.
   •   The fact is the Hispanic population in Buffalo is approximately 45,000, constituting about
       11% of the City’s total population and growing faster than any other ethnic group in this
       region.
   •   The lower west side of Buffalo receives less than $30,000 for services to our community;
       the Father Belle center receives no economic assistance to fund programs for its youth.
   •   Hispanics United of Buffalo received a decrease in funding from $33,000 last year to
       $23,000 this year which has resulted in a decrease in senior service programming.


Beverly McLean, Research Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Planning

   •   What is not clear is the process for determining layoffs and the potential impacts on the
       City. The deputy planning director position in the City currently has been instrumental in
       putting together the Queen City HUB plan and the City’s comprehensive plan.
   •   The Queen City HUB plan received national accolades because of the collaboration and
       input from the City’s Deputy Planning Director. To achieve that level of
       accomplishment comes from the combination of technical expertise and savvy; these are
       skills that involve years of experience.




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   •   Junior planners with Masters of Urban Planning may leave graduate school with technical
       competencies, but few possess the skills for several years to put together a comprehensive
       plan.
   •   Already, the City has benefited by the draft Good Neighbors Planning Alliance (GNPA)
       plans for other grant submissions. The proposed Lower East Side Weed and Seed
       application to the Department of Justice (DOJ) is one of 28 proposals seriously being
       considered by the DOJ. Without the work of the GNPA, the document would not have
       been received as well as it did.
   •   Collaborative skills evolve from years of practical experience and hard work, and now,
       when the fruits of this labor is being recognized nationally, you chose to let go some of
       the City’s hardest working staff.
   •   There has to be an alternative. The City should be embracing the talents of its middle
       managers not letting them go.
   •   Buffalo has had a hard time trying to turnaround, but planners with vision and the
       foresight to look at outside of the box will eventually help the City revitalize and
       stabilize. It is not always bringing in a silver bullet new manager that will
       accomplishment the miracle, but rather taking a good look at who you already have on
       staff and recognizing their skills and accomplishments actually may lead to a City
       turnaround.



4. Faxed Comment Submissions

Kathleen M. Carmody, Raquel Brioso, Patricia Dryier, Willie Mae Simpson and Geraldine
Butler: Queens Landing Tenant Action Group


   •   Mayor Brown's fiscal plan sees an expansion of the tax base in the City of Buffalo. The
       residents of Marine Drive Apartments as owners of 616 condominiums will create a
       significant expansion of the tax base in the City of Buffalo.
   •   Mayor Brown and the BFSA are committed to the creation of structural changes in the
       way the City of Buffalo conducts its business in order to resolve its long-term financial
       instability. The residents of Marine Drive will create a critical structural change - from a
       dependant rental housing complex to a positive and independent community of
       homeowners.
   •    Mayor Brown and the BFSA are acutely aware of the serious structural and financial
       state of the BMHA, and its impact upon the management and quality of life at Marine
       Drive.




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5. Online Comment Submission on BFSA Website


   Cass Clarke, Coalition of Arts Providers for Children

       •   Student learning in and through the arts plays a vital role in the health of a school
           community and in high student achievement.
       •   Over the past 7 years, combined projects have leveraged $969,200 in New York
           State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) funds for Buffalo Public School-based
           partnership projects. NYSCA guidelines require school districts to contribute up to
           45% of the project total (55% of the project cost is leveraged by our agencies and
           brought to work in the District from other sources).
       •   Historically, most of our projects, in most years, have been able to secure some level
           of District contribution through Title 1, Title V, or other grant sources. We
           understand that at this point in time there is no guarantee of this.
       •   We urge the BFSA to protect the assets afforded to BPS by these arts agencies.
           Without a dedicated District funding source, NYSCA funding will diminish, as will
           these innovative, parent-friendly programs.
       •   The opportunity to enhance, support and design standards-based academic programs
           for all Buffalo students is limited only by the district’s ability to provide a percentage
           of financial support.
       •   Other districts that participate in NYSCA’s state-wide arts in education initiative are
           able to do so. It is our genuine desire to bring those dollars to our own underserved
           district.
       •   We ask that BFSA support the district in its efforts to identify and secure a dedicated
           funding source for arts programs and arts agencies as we continue to support the
           staff, parents and students in the Buffalo Public Schools.



Members of Queens Landing Tenant Action Group, LLC

   •   A tenant co-op was created ("Limited Dividend Housing Company,") which involved the
       formation of Marine Drive Apartments, Inc., which entered into a 40-year lease with
       BMHA from 1965 to 2004.
   •   Marine Drive was operated under the NYS Division of Housing and Community
       Development (DHCR). Under its regulations, the tenants became shareholders and
       were solely responsible for improvements made in their residences. The complex
       recovered, thrived, and became a safe and wonderful community.
       During 2003, with the expiration of the lease looming in January, 2004, the tenants
       worked tirelessly for a renewal of the lease in order to continue the strong community
       they had built over the years.
   •   The goal is for residents of all incomes levels to have the opportunity to become
       homeowners, which will restore the complex to the tax rolls. It is understood that the
       City of Buffalo would receive tax benefits of over $600,000.00 per year, and that the sale


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       would provide financial relief to BMHA and end its present subsidy of Marine Drive
       operations.
   •   The plan provides that all residents will have an opportunity to purchase their units in
       accordance with the guidelines established by the NYS Attorney General for
       condominium ownership (Part 23 of Title 13 NYCRR). The group has obtained
       permission from the Attorney General to make a preliminary survey of the feasibility of
       such conversion pursuant to Cooperative-Condominium Policy Statement No. 3.
   •   Many Marine Drive residents have expressed their desire for ownership, and over 100
       residents have made a financial commitment of more than $20,000.00 to pursue the
       conversion. The emphasis is that all residents will have the opportunity of ownership
       including those with low or fixed income and those who are disabled, and that residents
       who want to remain in occupancy as tenants will be accommodated.
   •   The group has engaged an experienced group of real estate professionals to advise and
       facilitate the conversion process. Education Programs have been held for residents about
       achieving condominium home ownership, financing, Fair Housing laws and regulations,
       environmental issues and tenant rights.
   •   The financing is in place which will enable the entire group, including those with low
       incomes, to attain home ownership.
   •   The Common Council has supported these efforts toward ownership, and the group has
       communicated to the BFSA about our desire to become homeowners and to take part in
       improving Buffalo's financial stability.



Anne Huberman, League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara

   •   The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the
       informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase
       understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through
       education and advocacy. The League has about 400 members living in the Buffalo
       Niagara area, including a substantial number who live in the City.
   •   Last year, in testimony at the Control Board's public forum, the League urged the Board
       to investigate various possibilities for obtaining for the City a larger share of the sales tax.
   •   The League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara has done a study of Erie County's sales
       tax distribution, and our members support a change in the way the Erie County sales tax
       is distributed. Specifically, the League supports a formula that recognizes the value of
       urban centers and includes consideration of a municipality's population, percentage of
       residents at or below the poverty level, amount of tax-exempt property and relative fiscal
       capacity.
   •   The League supports the application of these criteria to the 4th percent (at the time of the
       consensus) of the sales tax that presently goes to Erie County as well as to the three
       percent that is presently allocated to the county and its cities, towns, villages and school
       districts.
   •   The local League has not developed a specific position on the merit of sales taxes as
       opposed to property taxes or other sources of revenue. We simply acknowledge that the
       sales tax exists, and that with a fairer system of distribution, the City would receive a


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       larger share. We note that the national League position on the federal tax system is that,
       taken as a whole, the tax system should be progressive not proportional.
   •   It is further noted that the local League has a position that supports development of
       redistributive revenue programs which would narrow the inequities between the City and
       the suburbs and would strengthen the region economically.
   •   Since last year's public forum, state legislators have insisted that the county share some of
       the "extra penny" of sales tax with the cities and towns, a positive development for the
       City. The County Legislature has appointed a task force to study the distribution of the
       sales tax, opening up the possibility of a change in the distribution formula.
   •   The League urges the Control Board to study the issue (our educational pamphlet is
       attached) and to make the case for a larger share of the sales tax for the City. Control
       Board testimony before the new Sales Tax Task Force headed by David Rutecki could
       influence the task force to develop a distribution formula that would increase the City's
       portion. This is one way to improve the "fiscal stability" of the City.


Judi Milks, Buffalo Public School Teacher

   •   I am currently a City of Buffalo Teacher who has been under the pay freeze for many
       years now. One would think that my job working in the City would make me want to
       work for another district.
   •   The truth of the matter is, I very much enjoy working for the Buffalo Schools; however,
       the pay freeze has made me look at other districts both in New York State and out
       of State due to not having a wage increase in over three years.
   •   My husband and I have three young children and our own home. The price of daily
       living has dramatically increased over the years, but I am making the same wage since
       2002. Property tax increased, sales tax increased, gas to heat my home increased, gas to
       drive my car increased, and day care has increased, and yet the control board says "pay
       freeze for another four years".
   •   I am a teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty for my students. My idea for
       the four year plan is to lift the pay freeze that burdens my life as well as my family’s.
   •   You are forcing people out of the City and into the arms of other districts because we are
       treated with little or no concern or respect. It is my hope that Mayor Brown at least can
       get an understanding of how life has been for me since this pay freeze has been in effect.
       I feel as if Mayor Brown is the only one who is working for us. In an article published a
       few weeks ago, Mayor Brown was hopeful that the pay freeze could be lifted, but the
       Control Board "Was not hopeful that this would happen since Buffalo would suffer
       greater debt".
   •   Here is the future picture as it appears with regards to public education in the City of
       Buffalo - no young teachers want to work for the District due to the diverse needs of the
       students and the fact that we have had no contract or pay increase for 3 years.
   •   Teachers who work here, are now looking to get out and work for other districts just to
       complete with daily cost of living increases. You will have no teachers wanting to come
       in and a large amount of teachers leaving. This will equal teaching positions opening that
       no one will fill.



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VI. Post-Forum Process
This report, in addition to verbatim copies of public comments (video-recording of public forum
and hard copies of online and written comments), will be delivered to the BFSA on Wednesday,
May 10, 2006. Monique Emdin and Joseph P. Borgese will also orally present the report and its
findings to the BFSA at its board meeting on May 16, 2006.

Similar to the Budget and Financial Plan and details regarding the public forum, wide
distribution of and accessibility to this report will be achieved by its posting on the BFSA
website (www.bfsa.state.ny.us). Also, the City of Buffalo’s Office of Telecommunications,
which videotapes the forum, will air the entire proceedings on the City’s government access
channel (Channel 21 in the City of Buffalo) several times during the next month.




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ADDENDUM A (Comment Submittal Form)

       BUFFALO FISCAL STABILITY AUTHORITY


        SUBMIT COMMENTS
    CITY OF BUFFALO AND OTHER COVERED ENTITIES
   2006-2007 BUDGET AND FOUR YEAR FINANCIAL PLAN

* All fields are required except for organization or affiliation and email.
ANONYMOUS COMMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

* Additional comment forms are available at the Information desk outside the
Council Chambers. Please limit your comments to 5 pages or fewer.

Name:___________________________________________________
Organization/Affiliation_____________________________________
Address:_________________________________________________
City, State, Zip:____________________________________________
Email:____________________________________________________

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ADDENDUM A (con’t)



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   2006-2007 BUDGET AND FOUR YEAR FINANCIAL PLAN
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ADDENDUM B (Public Forum Flyer)


             BUFFALO FISCAL STABILITY AUTHORITY

             CONTROL BOARD
                             th
MAY 4
PUBLIC FORUM
ON THE:          City of Buffalo
                 Buffalo School District
                 Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
                 Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency

                  2 0 0 6 -0 7 Budget and
                  Fo ur -Year Financial Pl an
Speakers will have 5 minutes to
present their comments, which             DATE:    Thursday, May 4, 2006
will be recorded and summarized
in a report to be submitted to the        TIME:    5:30 PM – 8 PM
BFSA.

Comments may be submitted until          PLACE:    Common Council Chambers
midnight Thursday, May 4,                          City Hall 13th floor
2006 by several other methods:
                                        AGENDA:    5:30 PM
• Submit written comments at the
  Forum.
                                                   Doors open, registration to
                                                   speak at the forum begins;
• Email: info@bfsa.state.ny.us                     registration concludes at 7
                                                   PM.
• Online: www.bfsa.state.ny.us
                                                   5:45 PM – 5:55 PM
• Mail or fax:
   Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority
                                                   Introductions
   Public Forum
   617 Main Street, Suite 400                      5:55 PM – 8 PM
   Buffalo, NY 14203                               Public comments period
   Fax: (716) 853-9052




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ADDENDUM C (Government Officials & Stakeholders
Receiving Public Forum Flyer)
Hon. Byron W. Brown- Mayor, City of Buffalo
Hon. Brian C. Davis- Ellicott District, Buffalo Common Council
Hon. Dominic J. Bonifacio- Niagara District, Buffalo Common Council
Hon. Richard A. Fontana - Lovejoy District, Buffalo Common Council
Hon. David A. Franczyk- Fillmore District, Buffalo Common Council
Hon. Joseph Golombek Jr. - North District, Buffalo Common Council
Hon. Michael Kearns- South District, Buffalo Common Council
Hon. Michael J. LoCurto- Delaware District, Buffalo Common Council
Hon. Bonnie Russell- University District, Buffalo Common Council
Hon. Antoine M. Thompson- Masten District, Buffalo Common Council
Hon. George A. Holt Jr. - 3rd District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Michelle M. Iannello        - 10th District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Timothy Kennedy- 2nd District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Kathy Konst- 5th District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Daniel M. Kozub- 1st District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Cynthia E. Locklear- 9th District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Lynn M. Marinelli- 11th District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Thomas J. Mazur- 8th District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. John J. Mills- 13th District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Michael H. Ranzenhofer- 4th District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Robert B. Reynolds Jr. - 12th District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Demone A. Smith- 7th District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Barry A. Weinstein MD- 15th District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Maria R. Whyte- 6th District, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Jim P. Hayes- 48th District, Assembly member, State of New York
Hon. Sam Hoyt III- Assembly member, 144th District, State of New York
Hon. Crystal Peoples- Assembly member, 141st District, State of New York
Hon. Robin Schimminger- Assembly member, 140th District, State of New York
Hon. Mark J. Schroeder- Assembly member, 145th District, State of New York
Hon. Paul A. Tokasz- Assembly member, 143rd District, State of New York
Hon. Marc A. Coppola- Senator, 60th District, State of New York
Hon. George Maziarz- Senator, 62nd District, State of New York
Hon. Mary Lou Rath- Senator, 61st District, State of New York
Hon. William T. Stachowski- Senator, 58th District, State of New York
Hon. Dale M. Volker- Senator, 59th District, State of New York
Hon. Brian M. Higgins 27th District, U.S. Congress
Hon. Louise M. Slaughter- 28th District, U.S. Congress
Hon. Thomas Reynolds- 26th District, U.S. Congress
Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton- U.S. Senator
Hon. Charles Schumer- U.S. Senator
Lt. Robert P. Meegan Jr. - President, Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, Inc.
Mr. Timothy E.Wanamaker- President, Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation
Mr. Ronald Brown- Board Member, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority




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ADDENDUM C (con’t)
Ms. Betty Calvo-Torres- Board Member, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
Mr. Charles J. Flynn- Board Member, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
Mr. Hal D. Payne- Board Member, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
Mr. Aqiel Qadir- Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
Ms. Mary Rogers Resident Commissioner, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
Mr. Michael A. Seaman- Board Member, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
Dr. Catherine Collins- Member at Large, Buffalo Board of Education
Mr. Jack Coyle- Park District, Buffalo Board of Education
Mrs. Janique Curry- Central District, Buffalo Board of Education
Mrs. Vivian Evans- East District, Buffalo Board of Education
Mrs. Betty Jean Grant- Ferry District, Buffalo Board of Education
Mr. Ralph Hernandez- West District, Buffalo Board of Education
Mr. Christopher Jacobs- Member at Large, Buffalo Board of Education
Mrs. Florence D. Johnson- President, Buffalo Board of Education
Ms. Virginia Purcell- Board Member, Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency
Mr. Donald Van Every- North District, Buffalo Board of Education
Ms. Denise Hanlon- Vice President-Executive Affairs, Buffalo Public Schools
Mr. Donald O. Allen Sr. - Commissioner of Community Services, City of Buffalo
Ms. Alisa A. Lukasiewicz- Corporation Counsel, City of Buffalo
Mr. Lee VanRiper- Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority
Mr. Michael F. Drennen- President, AFSCME Local 650, AFL-CIO
Mr. Thomas Finger- Labor Relations Specialist, CSEA, Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO
M. Joseph E. Foley- President, Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association, Inc.
Mr. Edward R. Hoock Jr.- Business Agent, International Union Of Operating Engineers
Mr. Robert E. Klinko- Business Agent, Teamsters Local Union No. 264
Mr. Philip Rumore- President, Buffalo Teachers Federation, Inc.
Mr. Tracy Sammarco Esq. - Counsel, Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association, Inc.
Ms. Maggie Springs- President, Buffalo Crossing Guards Association
Mr. William Travis- President, AFSCME Local 264, AFL-CIO
Ms. Pamela Walker- Unit President,'BURA Unit Local 815




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      ADDENDUM D (Cover Letter from BFSA Chairman)


                    BUFFALO FISCAL STABILITY AUTHORITY

                     April 18, 2006

                     Name
                     Title
Chair
Brian J. Lipke       Company
                     Address
                     City, NY Zip
Vice Chair
Alair Townsend
                     Dear
Secretary
Rev. Richard A.      On behalf of the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority (BFSA – Control Board), I am
Stenhouse            pleased to invite you and your constituents to participate in a Public Forum, to be
                     held on Thursday, May 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Hall on the 13th floor in
Treasurer            the Common Council Chambers. I want to thank the Council for making this space
H. Carl McCall       available for this important purpose.

Board Members        The Forum’s focus will be on the 2006-2007 budget and four-year financial plan of
Byron W. Brown
John J. Faso
                     the City of Buffalo, Buffalo School District, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
Joel A. Giambra      and the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency. Please see the attached flyer for more
Robert G. Wilmers    details.

Executive            BFSA will receive a report on the public’s diverse perspectives, as presented at this
Director             Forum, prior to making recommendations and acting on the City’s budget and four-
Dorothy A.
Johnson              year financial plan. As an engaged public servant, you recognize the importance of
                     knowing how your constituents feel. This Forum represents an important opportunity
                     for the citizens of Buffalo to make their voices heard.

                     I would appreciate your help in distributing the enclosed flyer throughout your district,
                     at public meetings, by mail or email to neighborhood groups, PTAs, block clubs and
                     other specific organizations or individuals, or by posting it where your constituents
                     can see it. The flyer can also be found on the Control Board’s website at:
                     www.bfsa.state.ny.us under “May 4 Public Forum.”

                     Thank you in advance for your assistance. We look forward to seeing you at the
                     Forum.

                     Sincerely,


                     Brian J. Lipke
                     Chairman
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ADDENDUM E (Additional Recipients of Flyer)
Advisory Board for Lovejoy Elderly and Youth (ABLEY)
African Methodist Ministers Alliance - East Ferry
Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County
Asarese-Matters Community Center
Association of Hispanic Pastors of Western New York, Inc.
Bailey Delavan Community Services, Inc.
Bethel AME Church
Black Leadership Forum
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Buffalo Urban League
Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
CEPA Gallery
City of Buffalo Animal Shelter
City of Buffalo Commission on Citizens Rights and Community Relations
Community Action Information Center
Community Action Organization of Erie County, at East Utica
Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. at CAO Classrooms Center
Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. at CAO Southtowns Center
Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. at Main Street
Community Action Organization of Erie County, Inc. at West Side office
Concerned Ecumenical Ministry to the Upper West Side of Buffalo, NY Inc.
Crucial Human Services Center
Delavan-Grider Community Center
Eastern Orthodox Council of Churches
Father Vincent L Belle Community Center
George K. Arthur Community Center
Gloria J. Parks Community Center
Good Neighbors Planning Alliance
Grace Lutheran Church - Buffalo
Hamlin Park Community Board
Hennepin Park and Community Center
Hispanics United of Buffalo, Inc.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. (H.O.M.E.)
Islamic Society of Buffalo, Inc.
J.F.K. Community Center
James A. Dockery Community Center, Inc.
Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, Inc.
Leadership Buffalo, Inc.
League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara
Local Color Gallery
Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY
Martha Mitchell Community Center
National Association for Advancement of Colored People - NAACP
National Conference for Community and Justice
Network of Religious Communities
North Park Evangelical Lutheran Church
Northwest Buffalo Community Center


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Old First Ward Community Association, Inc.
Parkside Lutheran Church
Peter Machnica Community Center
Polish-American Journal
Preservation Coalition of Erie County
Resurrection Lutheran Church
Rural/Metro Medical Services
South Park Community Center
St Lawrence District of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
United Neighborhoods
United Way of Buffalo and Erie County
Valley Community Center
VOICE-Buffalo
Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & Western New York
West Side Community Services
Working for Downtown


Additional Email Recipients

Buffalo 2032
Campaign for Buffalo’s History, Architecture & Culture
Darwin Martin House
50 Women with a Vision
Massachusetts Avenue Project
Meals on Wheels
New Millennium Group
Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Preservation Coalition of Erie County
Revitalize Buffalo
West Side Community Collaborative
Working for Downtown
Leadership Buffalo
Arts Council of Buffalo and Erie County (Check this name)
United Way of Buffalo and Erie County
Hispanics United and their email network Antecesores
National Conference for Community & Justice
Western New York Delegation
Buffalo Common Council




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      ADDENDUM F (Cover Letter to Community Groups)

                      BUFFALO FISCAL STABILITY AUTHORITY

                            April 17, 2006

                            Organization
Chair                       Address
Brian J. Lipke
                            City, NY Zip

Vice Chair                  To Interested Citizens and Organizations:
Alair Townsend

                            The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority (BFSA – The City Control Board) invites
Secretary                   organizations and individuals to participate in a Public Forum on the proposed
Rev. Richard A. Stenhouse
                            2006-07 budget and four year financial plan for the City of Buffalo, Buffalo School
                            District, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, and the Buffalo Urban Renewal
Treasurer
H. Carl McCall
                            Agency, scheduled from 5:30 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, May 4, 2006, at City
                            Hall on the 13th floor in the Common Council Chambers. Community feedback
                            is important to BFSA. Speakers’ comments will be recorded and summarized in a
Board Members
Byron W. Brown              report to be submitted to BFSA. The City Control Board hopes many will
John J. Faso                participate in this important opportunity for public comment.
Joel A. Giambra
Robert G. Wilmers
                            Please see the enclosed flyer or visit www.bfsa.state.ny.us for additional
                            details. We urge you to post the enclosed flyer and to distribute it to as many
Executive Director
Dorothy A. Johnson
                            other individuals and organizations as possible.

                            Thank you in advance for your assistance. We look forward to seeing you at the
                            Forum.

                            Sincerely,



                            Dorothy A. Johnson
                            Executive Director
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ADDENDUM G (Email letter sent to community groups)

To Interested Citizens and Organizations:

City Control Board Hosts Public Forum

The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority (BFSA - The City Control Board) invites organizations and
individuals to participate in a Public Forum on the proposed 2006-07 budget and four year financial plan
for the City of Buffalo, Buffalo School District, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, and the Buffalo
Urban Renewal Agency.

The forum is scheduled from 5:30 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, May 4, 2006, at City Hall on the 13th floor
in the Common Council Chambers.

Community feedback is important to BFSA.

Speakers' comments will be recorded and summarized in a report to be submitted to BFSA. The City
Control Board hopes many will participate in this important opportunity for public comment.

Please see the attached flyer or visit www.bfsa.state.ny.us for additional details. We urge you to post the
attached flyer and to distribute it to as many other individuals and organizations as possible.

Thank you in advance for your assistance. We look forward to seeing you at the Forum.

Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority
Market Arcade Building
617 Main Street
Suite 400
Buffalo, NY 14203
tel: 716.853.0907
fax: 716.853.9052
www.bfsa.state.ny.us




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ADDENDUM H (News Release)




News Release
For Release: April 18, 2006

Contact:        Nancy Brock (716 842-5373 or 716 866-3913)


                          BFSA ANNOUNCES MAY 4 PUBLIC FORUM

        Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority (BFSA, known locally as the Control Board)
announced today it will sponsor a public forum on May 4, 2005 to hear comments on the 2006-07 budget and
four-year financial plan of the City of Buffalo, Buffalo School District, Municipal Housing Authority and
Urban Renewal Agency.

         The forum is scheduled for Thursday, May 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Hall on the 13th
floor in the Common Council Chambers.

         The forum is part of the BFSA review process of the proposed budgets, mandated by New York
State legislation to occur between the budget’s release by the City on May 1 and the deadline for the BFSA’s
action 20 days later. The BFSA held similar forums in 2003, 2004 and 2005, all of which have been archived
on the Control Board’s website www.bfsa.state.ny.us.

         BFSA Chairman Brian J. Lipke stated that the forum is designed to be as open and as convenient as
possible to ensure a full range of public input.

       “We are very eager to have the perspective of the public as we review the budgets,” he said. “We
encourage all interested organizations and individuals to attend. This is a unique and important opportunity to
make your voice heard regarding the budgets’ implications for the citizens of the City of Buffalo.”

         Copies of the budget and financial plan will be distributed to City of Buffalo libraries and posted
online at www.bfsa.state.ny.us by May 3.

        The order of speakers at the forum will be determined by random selection via a lottery conducted at
the forum. Speakers will have 5 minutes to present their comments to Control Board members and staff.
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ADDENDUM H (con’t)

         Registration to speak begins at 5:30 p.m. and concludes at 7 p.m. The forum will begin at 5:45 p.m.
with introductions followed by a public comment period beginning at 5:55 p.m. Please visit
www.bfsa.state.ny.us for more information on the forum.

        There are several other methods available for submitting comments on the budget and financial plan:

    •   E-mail (info@bfsa.state.ny.us)
    •   Online via www.bfsa.state.ny.us
    •   Mail or fax
              Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority
              c/o Public Forum
              617 Main Street, Suite 400
              Buffalo, NY 14203
              Fax: (716) 853-9052
    •   Submit written comments at the forum

         Comments must be submitted by midnight on May 4. No anonymous comments will be accepted;
all submittals must include a name and address. Speakers will have 5 minutes to present their comments,
which will be recorded and summarized in a report to be submitted to the BFSA at its May 16 meeting
(Central Library).




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ADDENDUM I (News Advisory)




News Advisory
For Release: May 4, 2006

Contact:      Nancy Brock (716 842-5373 or 716 866-3913)

           BUFFALO CONTROL BOARD INVITES PUBLIC TO MAY 4 PUBLIC FORUM

         Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority (BFSA – Control Board) invites organizations and
individuals to participate in a Public Forum on the proposed 2006-07 budget and four year financial plan for the
City of Buffalo, Buffalo School District, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, and the Buffalo Urban Renewal
Agency, scheduled from 5:30 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, May 4, 2006 at City Hall on the 13th floor in the
Common Council Chambers.

DATE: Thursday, May 4, 2006

TIME:            5:30 PM – 8 PM

PLACE:           Common Council Chambers
                 City Hall 13th floor

AGENDA:          5:30 PM
                 Doors open, registration to speak at the forum begins; registration concludes at 7 PM.
                 5:45 PM – 5:55 PM
                 Introductions
                 5:55 PM – 8 PM
                 Public comments period
PROCESS:
   • Order of speakers at the forum to be determined by random selection via lottery conducted at the forum.
   • Speakers will have 5 minutes to present their comments.

OTHER METHODS FOR SUBMITTING COMMENTS:
• Submit written comments at the forum.
• Email: info@bfsa.state.ny.us
• Online: www.bfsa.state.ny.us
• Mail or fax:
      Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority
      Public Forum
      617 Main Street, Suite 400
      Buffalo, NY 14203
      Fax: (716) 853-9052




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ADDENDUM J (Recipients of the News Release & News
Advisory)
  Erie County Legislature
  Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority
  Western New York Delegation (Greater Buffalo Contingent)
  City & School District Union Officials
  Buffalo Common Council
  Buffalo Board of Education
  Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
  Mayor of Buffalo
  Erie County Executive
  City of Buffalo –
          a. Commissioner of Human Resources
          b. City Comptroller
          c. Director, Office of Telecommunications Utilities and Franchises
          d. Commissioner of Administration & Finance
          e. Corporation Counsel
          f. Council Staff
  Buffalo Public Schools
          a. Superintendent
          b. Chief Financial & Operating Officer
          c. Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
  Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency
  Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation
  BFSA Media Consultant
  The Buffalo News
  Business First
  The Bond Buyer
  The Associated Press
  Art Voice
  Am-Pol Eagle
  Buffalo Alternative Press
  Buffalo Challenger
  Buffalo Criterion
  Buffalo Gazette
  Front Page Pub
  La Ultima Hora
  Panorama Hispano
  Riverside Review
  Rocket Publications: Westside Times
  WGRZ TV (Channel 2)
  WIVB (Channel 4)
  WKBW (Channel 7)
  WBF0-FM-WNED-AM
  WBEN-AM
  WYRK, WJYE, WECK, WBLK, WBUF
  Nancy Brock



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ADDENDUM K (Public Forum Advertisement)




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ADDENDUM L (Information Sheet)

           BUFFALO FISCAL STABILITY AUTHORITY

         Detailed Instructions for Submitting Comments on
        The 2006-2007 Budget and Four-Year Financial Plan.

                          TO SPEAK AT PUBLIC FORUM

1. Fill out registration card (available at the information desk outside the Council Chambers)
clearly and completely. All attendees of the public forum are asked to fill out the card, regardless
of whether you wish to speak. Please enter all required fields, as no anonymous comments will
be accepted. Return card to the information desk outside the Council Chambers before leaving.

2. The order of speakers will be decided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Note that the
opportunity to speak at today’s forum is not guaranteed as time is restricted to 8pm.

3. Each speaker will have 5 minutes to present comments to the panel. Time will be strictly kept
in the respect of fairness to all those speaking. There will be a 2 minute signal, and a 1 minute
and 30 second warning as well as a cut off at the end of the speaker’s allotted time. Each speaker
must adhere to the time limit.

               OTHER METHODS FOR SUBMITTING COMMENTS

   • All comments must actually be received, whether via email or hand delivery, by no later
     than midnight, Thursday, May 4.
   • Please limit written comments to 5 pages.
   • No anonymous comments will be accepted. All required fields must be completed on
     online forms and emails, and name and address must be included in written comments.

   1. Fill out a “comment form” (available at the Information Desk) and submit at the forum.

   2. Personally deliver other written comments at the public forum (with all necessary
   information provided.) These materials can be submitted at the information desk.

   3. Submit comments online at www.bfsa.state.ny.us.

   4. Email comments with all necessary information to info@bfsa.state.ny.us

                      THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS IMPORTANT FORUM.
                   YOUR COMMENTS ARE A VALUABLE PART OF THE BFSA’S REVIEW PROCESS.




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ADDENDUM M (Registration Card)



 SPEAKING AT THE FORUM
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 Registration closes at 7 PM.
 Speakers will have 5 minutes to present their comments.
 Please see the "Information Sheet" for further details on speaking at the forum or submitting comments through alternate methods.




 BUFFALO FISCAL STABILITY AUTHORITY
 PUBLIC FORUM                                                              May 4, 2006

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         Comparison 2005-06 Budget
         to 2006-07 Mayor's Recommended in
         $Millions
           420
                                            $412.418

           400                               27.885
                    $384.553

           380




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           360


           340
                                                                 ADDENDUM N (City of Buffalo Presentation)




           320


           300
                   2005-06 Budget   2006-07 Recommended Budget
         Fixed costs increases vs General Fund
         Initiatives
                       Fixed costs                                       General Fund Initiatives
         Utilities                               $      4.667     Capital Outlay                        $   5.542
                                                                   - Demolitions                                    $   1.300
         Gasoline                                $      0.458      - Tree Trimming & Planting                       $   0.500
                                                                   - Vehicles & Equipment                           $   2.542
         Healthcare                              $      4.257      - Repairs to Buildings                           $   1.200

         Other Fringes                           $      1.000     Human Resources                       $   1.600
                                                                    - Risk Management and
         Personal Services                       $      5.061     Other Consultants and Investigators               $   0.900
                                                                    - Nurse Case Management




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         Misc. Services & Supplies               $      0.450
                                                                  Consultant                                        $   0.700
         Elimination of one-time expenses        $      (0.390)   Community Services                    $   0.579
                                                                    - After school and youth
         Debt Service & Related Charges          $      1.295     programming                                       $   0.579
         Total Fixed Costs                       $     16.798     Housing                               $   0.250
                                                                   - Middle Income Housing Initiative               $   0.250
          The 2006-07 General Fund Budget is increased            Public Safety                         $   1.080
          $27.885 million from the current year budget of          - Major Crimes Investigation,
          $384.533 million , an increase of 7.25%. The            Narcotics / Homicide Tip Line                     $   1.080
          recommended budget for 2006-07 is $412.418              Buffalo Public Schools                $   2.036
          million. The increases in the budget fall into two
                                                                    - Increased School Aid                          $   2.036
          broad categories: Fixed Costs and New General
          Fund Initiatives.                                       Total Initiatives                     $ 11.087
         Major Revenues
         Net Change from 2005-06


         16.000
                   13.645
         14.000
         12.000
         10.000
                                                      7.109




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          8.000
                               5.899
          6.000
                                                                    3.400
          4.000
                                                                                  0.164
          2.000
          0.000
                   State Aid   Sales Tax    BURA    Fund Balance   State Aid   Miscellaneous
          -2.000                                                   (Spin Up)

                                           -2.332
          -4.000
         Four Year Plan
                                                                                                                                                                     85.664


         80


                                                                                                                                                                    Increase
                                                                                                                    70.569                                           22.214    Revised Gap     58.458
         70




         60                                                                                                                                                                                    59.107
                                                                                                                   Increase
                                                                                                                                                                                              Peg Action
                                                                                                                    21.349
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Total
                                                                  52.997                                                      Revised Gap     41.992                                            14.889
                                                                                                                                                                                             Property Tax
         50                                                                                                                                                                                      8.376
                                                                                                                                                                                               CitiStat
                                                                                                                                                                                                 1.825
                                                                 Increase
                                                                                                                                                                                             Health Care
                                                                  17.067                                                                      43.962                                             4 688
                                                                            Revised Gap      20.872                                         Peg Action
         40                                                                                                                                     Total
                38.074      38.074                                                                                                             22.449
                                                                                                                                             Sales Tax
                                                                                                                                               14.629




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               Increase                                                                                                                       Savings
         30     15.584                                                                                                                          5.000
                                                                                                                                              CitiStat
                                                                                                                                                1.820
                                                                                                                                            Health Care
                                                                 Baseline   Decreases                              Baseline   Decreases                             Baseline   Decreases
                                                                                                                                                1.000
                                                                  35.930      32.125         21.276                 49.220      28.577                               63.450      27.206
         20
                                                                                          Peg Action
                                                                                          Total 17.311
                                                                                                                                                                                             Recurring
               Baseline   Decreases                                                        State Aid                                        Recurring                                          Peg
                22.490      38.074                                                           12.746                                           Peg
                                                                                            Savings                                                                                            44.218
         10                                                                                  3.000                                            21.513
                                                                                            CitiStat
                                                                                             1.815
                                                                                          Health Care
                                            2.745                                             .750

                                           Utilities                                         2.965
          0


                                                       (2.745)                                           (0.404)                                          (1.970)                                           (0.649)
                                                       Surplus                                           Surplus                                          Surplus                                           Surplus
         -10
                                 2006-07                                           2007-08                                          2008-09                                          2009-10
              Buffalo City School District
              2006-07 Preliminary Budget




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          Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority Public Forum
                            May 4, 2006


         “Putting Children and Families First to Ensure High Academic Achievement for All”
                                                                                             ADDENDUM O (Buffalo School District Presentation)
                                  Buffalo City School District
                                     Preliminary Budget
                                            2006-07
                                          ($$$ in millions)




                                   General Fund
                                      $573.9
                                       77%
                                                                       Grants
                                                                       $151.8
                                                                        20%




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                                                                 Food Service
                                                                    $20.7
                                                                     3%

         Total 2006-07: $746.4m
         Total 2005-06: $695.3m
                                                1
                                  Buffalo City School District
                                   General Fund Revenue
                                           2006-07
                                           ($$$ in millions)




                                      State Aid
                                       $455.6
                                        80%




                                                                                 Other




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                                                                                 $10.9
                                                                                  2%


                                                                                Federal
                                                                                 $5.6
                                              City             County Sales Tax   1%
         Total 2006-07: $573.9m               $70.8                 $31.0
         Total 2005-06: $524.7m               12%                    5%

                                               2
                                    Buffalo City School District
                                     General Fund Expenses
                                             2006-07
                                            ($$$ in millions)

                                                                Charter Payments
                                                                     $61.0
                                                                                Transportation
                                                                      10%
                                                                                    $36.2
                                                                                     6% Special Ed Agency
                         Compensation
                                                                                                          Payments
                          & Benefits
                                                                                                           $25.7
                           $326.0
                                                                                                            4%
                            55%
                                                                                                     Utilities
                                                                                                      $17.6




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                                                                                                       3%

                                                                                                     Custodial
                                                                                                      $15.5
                                                                                                       3%
                                                                                       Debt Service
                                                                                          $62.3
                                                                                          11%
                                                                Other*
         Total 2006-07: $590.1m                                 $45.8    *includes equipment & facilitiy leases,
                                                                         contract services, supplies, textbooks,
         Total 2005-06: $524.5m                                  8%      repairs & maintenance, equipment
                                                                         purchases & interfund.
                                                  3
                                                  Buffalo City School District
                                                          Enrollment

         50,000



                     44,831
         45,000                                                                     Declining Enrollment
                                        43,412
                     $437 m                                                         Increasing Costs
                                                         41,101
                                 $441 m
         40,000                                                           38,479
                                                    $459 m
                                                                                         36,706




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                                                                       $494 m
                                                                                                        35,000
         35,000
                                                                                     $525 m
                                                                                                   $590 m*


         30,000                   Total General Fund Expenditures



         25,000
                    2001-02             2002-03          2003-04          2004-05        2005-06       2006-07

             *needs to be cut by $16m
                                                                   4
         Major Structural Challenges:

         District costs are primarily fixed in nature. District costs consist principally of classroom-related and building-related costs. Combining
         classrooms to reduce costs has some significant challenges. Enrollment declines are not concentrated in any one grade or classroom. They tend
         to be spread out across the majority of schools in the District. The opportunity to combine classrooms generally exists only when there are less
         than 14 students each in two classrooms in the same grade level at the same school. The Choice program poses an additional challenge as it
         enables parents to choose a District school for their children thereby limiting the District’s flexibility to reduce costs. The opportunity to close
         schools is driven in part by the ability to combine classrooms. A major challenge to closing schools is also the community itself. The
         announcement of a school closing is usually met by an outcry from parents, neighbors and elected representatives. As a result of these
         dynamics, operating costs do not decrease proportionately with enrollment declines. In the meantime, even with a wage freeze, certain
         operating costs are increasing significantly beyond the District’s immediate control and more than offset the costs reductions from declines in
         enrollment. Even with increasing amounts of State aid each year, the District is unable to balance its budget without forcing cost reductions.
         The increases in State aid help offset some of the cost increases but this new money does not make it into District classrooms. The forced cost
         reductions inevitably impact the classroom directly or indirectly.

         Charter Payments. The impact of charter payments on the District’s budget is quite significant. This is because the State formula for charter
         payments is based on the assumption that District costs are all variable. When a student transfers to a charter school, the District must pay to
         the charter school a formula-based amount essentially equivalent to the District’s total operating costs divided by the District’s enrollment.
         Because the District’s costs are more fixed in nature than variable, the District is unable to reduce operating costs quickly enough, in a
         significant way, to offset the increase in costs from charter payments. This contributes to the District’s structural budget deficit. The District
         estimates that in contrast to the $51 million in total charter payments projected for 2005-06, the District’s costs to educate the charter students
         is $18 million. The difference of $33 million is the order of magnitude for the negative impact of charter payments on the District’s budget.
         The District has no immediate control over charter payments because the granting of charters rests with the Board of Regents.




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         Charter payments comprise a very significant percentage of the District’s budget. The Board of Regents asked the State Education Department
         for a financial guideline that the Regents can use when considering charter applications and the fiscal impact of such applications. In a letter
         dated October 18, 2004 to the Board of Regents from James Kadamus, Deputy Commissioner of the State Education Department, he suggests
         that the Regents should be concerned where the cumulative fiscal impact of charter payments exceeds 7.5%. The BCSD projections included
         herein indicate that BCSD charter payments, as a percentage of the General Fund, were 8.2% in 2004-05, increasing to 9.7%, 10.6%, 11.7%,
         13.2% and 16.0%, in 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10, respectively.

         Health Insurance Costs. Despite the elimination of approximately 1,000 positions in the District since 2001-02, health insurance costs have
         been increasing because rates have been increasing sharply reflecting the exceptional benefits enjoyed by District employees and retirees and
         the number of retirees increases each year. Currently, health insurance costs $3,000 more for a retiree than an employee.

         The District has attempted to bring down the overall cost of health insurance with a plan to use a single carrier, rather than three carriers.
         Benefits remain the same in the form of three HMO plans and one traditional indemnity plan. The overall savings from a single carrier is
         estimated at $13 million in 2006-07. The spending plan projections included herein assume the higher cost multi-carrier plan because the single
         carrier plan is being aggressively challenged by the union leadership.



                                                                                5
                                                  Buffalo City School District
                                         Major Cost Increases - Structural Budget Deficit
                                                           ($$$ in millions)
         $90.0


         $80.0                                                                                               $78.3 ***

                                                                                  Health Insurance
         $70.0
                                                                                               $60.2 **         $61.0
         $60.0                                                                 $55.8
                                                                                               $51.3
                                                         $47.5
         $50.0
                                            $41.0                              $40.1
                        $37.7
         $40.0




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                                                                                  Charter Schools Payments
         $30.0                                           $26.4
                                                                                               $19.5            $20.2
         $20.0                              $15.5                              $15.7
                        $12.0
                                                          $6.4
                                                                                          Retirement
         $10.0
                         $2.6                $2.6
          $0.0
                       2001-02              2002-03      2003-04               2004-05        2005-06*         2006-07*

                 * Projected as of April 14, 2006
                 **With Single Carrier Savings
                 ***Without Single Carrier Savings.

                                                                   6
                                                         District Employment
                                                                 FTE's

                    Total: 6,308
         7,000                         Total: 6,043
                                                          Total 5,656
                                                                             Total: 5,446
                                                                                            Total: 5,332
         6,000                                                                                               Total: 5,183


         5,000

                      4,490
         4,000                           4,310              3,802                 3,668      3,589           3,509
         3,000




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         2,000

         1,000        1,818              1,733              1,854                 1,778      1,743           1,674


            0
                   2001-02           2002-03      2003-04                   2004-05      2005-06*          2006-07*
                                        Grants & Food Service                    General Fund
             *Budget
             Assumes multi-carrier health insurance. No single carrier savings.

                                                                        7
                                                    Buffalo City School District
                                      Compensation vs Benefits - Without Single Carrier Savings
         $250
                                                          General Fund
                  $230.5                                             ($$$ in millions)

         $230                    $222.4

                                               $206.5
         $210
                                                           $193.3
                                                                          $185.2         $184.4
         $190
                        Compensation                                                                $173.5
                                                                                                               $169.3
         $170                                                                                                                $163.5
                                                                                                                             $155.0
         $150




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                                                                                                               $142.9
         $130
                                                                                                    $132.3
                                                                                         $125.4
         $110
                       Benefits                            $107.3         $109.7
          $90
                                                   $86.5
          $70                    $76.2
                   $70.6
          $50
                  2001-02       2002-03        2003-04     2004-05       2005-06*        2006-07*   2007-08*   2008-09*   2009-10*

                * Projected as of April 14, 2006

                                                                            8
                                                     2006-07 General Fund Budget Estimate
                                                  Based on State Aid Adopted by the Legislature
                                                              as of May 2, 2006
                                                                                                  Formula Aid             $28.3
          Total Formula Aid Increase including JSCB/Bldg. Aid                       $ 41.9        Building Aid incl. JSCB 13.6
                                                                                                                         $41.9
          Nursing Aid                                                                  5.3
          City Funding Increase*                                                       2.0
                    Total Increase in Revenues                                      $ 49.2

          Increase in expenditures (detail below)                                   $ 62.2

          Net Deficit                                                               $ (13.0)
                                                                                                   Assumes multi-carrier
         Increase in expenditures over 2005-06 Budget:                                             community rates. Single carrier
                                                                                                   savings estimated at $13m
           Classroom                                                                $    0
                                                                                                   would eliminate most of the net
           JSCB/Othe r Debt Service                                                     12         deficit above.
           Charter Payments                                                           11.3
           Health Insurance - budgeted at multi-carrier rates in 05/06 & 06/07        11.3
           Compensation                                                                8.7        Positions picked up by General




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           Utilities                                                                   4.6        Fund because of Title I cutbacks
                                                                                                  (to redirect funds for extended
           Transportation                                                              3.6
                                                                                                  schools year initiative), decrease
           Teacher Retirement/Other benefits/Custodial Benefits                        2.5        in Early Grade Class Size
           Special Ed. Agency Payments                                                 1.5        Reduction Grant, other grant
           Nursing Services                                                            1.2        cutbacks and new alternative
           Equipment/Rental Contracts                                                  1.0        school.
           Other - including grant subsidies/contract services                         4.7
                                                                                    $ 62.2
         Assumptions:
          No wage increase.
          No single carrier savings.

         *excludes $500k to be funded directly by the City for expanded after-school programs.

                                                                    9
                                  Buffalo City School District
                                        General Fund
                                       Closing the Gap
                                           2006-07

                Preliminary Deficit - before school closings              $    (16.2)
                Savings from school closings                                      3.2
                Preliminary Deficit - after school closings               $    (13.0)

                Single Carrier Health Insurance Savings
                                   or                                           13.0




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                       163 Position Eliminations*

                Balanced Budget                                           $       -

                *Actual number of position eliminations will vary based on
                 the type of positions that are cut.



         “Putting Children and Families First to Ensure High Academic Achievement for All”

                                               10
                                             Buffalo City School District
                                                    General Fund
                                             Projected Baseline Deficits


                                    2005-06         2006-07       2007-08    2008-09    2009-10
         Total Revenue               $ 524.7         $ 573.9      $ 576.8    $ 577.5    $ 578.2
         Total Expenditure            (524.7)         (590.1)      (617.9)    (653.8)     (693.0)
         Baseline Gap/Deficit        $    -          $ (16.2)     $ (41.1)   $ (76.3)   $ (114.8)




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         Assumptions:
            - No additional operating aid.
            - No wage increase.
            - No single carrier savings.




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ADDENDUM P (Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
Executive Summary)

Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

Executive Summary – Fiscal year ending June 30, 2007

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) is an independent authority created in
1934 to manage all public housing within the City of Buffalo. The BMHA’s four year plan
presented here reaffirms our commitment to remain independent of financial assistance
from the City of Buffalo. The BMHA continues to receive no direct subsidy from the City
of Buffalo.

The proposed BMHA budget represents a radical change from previous years. Federal
funding cuts continue as in previous years but are larger this year as The Department
Of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) transitions to a new funding formula. A
review of operating costs shows little can be done about fixed costs such as New York
State pension and retiree health benefits. Energy costs are also an area of concern.
The rate increases in utilities are being addressed through energy efficiency initiatives
that will mitigate these costs to some degree. The only strategy left is to look at cuts in
the BMHA staffing levels. This budget will be presented to the BMHA Board of
Commissioners in May.

Our staffing plan for next year anticipates the possibility of layoffs. Layoffs of staff may be
required to balance the budget in view of the dramatic funding cuts expected under the new
Department of Housing and Urban Development funding formula. The transition to the new
funding methodology has made the budgeting process more difficult as there are still many
unanswered questions. The final operating subsidy figure for the current year ending June 30,
2006 will not be available until July 2006. The 2007 fiscal year subsidy will be available some
time after that. The level of funding cuts will undoubtedly affect Authority’s ability to deliver
services to its residents. In order to remain viable as a housing option for low to moderate
income households the authority will need to consider future staffing carefully. As part of the
transition to project based management BMHA will be evaluating both the structure of the
organization as well as the personnel skill sets that will be required to be efficient and effective
in the future.
Last year’s elimination of our Department of Public Safety was a difficult transition for the
BMHA and the City of Buffalo. The management at BMHA believes safety and security is an
important quality of life issue for our residents and their neighbors. The BMHA is appreciative
of the efforts of the City of Buffalo Police Department during the transition and looks forward to
working closely with them in the future.




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ADDENDUM Q (Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency Executive
Summary)
BUFFALO URBAN RENEWAL AGENCY
FOUR YEAR FINANCIAL PLAN
JULY 1, 2006 – JUNE 30, 2010

Entitlement Grant Revenues administered by BURA are based on actual funding allocations from
the federal government. Grant revenues for 2006-07 saw significant changes from the prior year.
• Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program – $16.5 million, a decrease of $1.5
    million;
• HOME program - $4.7 million, a $300,000 decrease
• Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) - saw a reduction of $6,000 to $709,936
• Housing for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) – an increase of $24,000 to $480,000
• American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) at $60,626 was essentially cut in half from the
    prior year

We used the 2006-07 grant award and forecast no other changes in grant income for future years.

Other Grant Revenues include a Lead Grant of $1.5 million from HUD and a NYS Department of
Environmental Conservation grant for the remediation of contaminated soil in the Sycamore Village area
of Buffalo. These are one-time only awards that are shown at the full grant award and are not expected to
recur.

Program Income for the CDBG and HOME grants is budgeted based on historical amounts.

Budgetary Considerations Derived from Grant Regulations - Grant dollars and related program income
are restricted for use in conducting eligible activities as specified under the applicable grant regulations.
Grant expenses under BURA’s grant programs are forecast at an amount equal to the grant award plus
any budgeted program income expected to be generated through grant activities.

Budgeted Expenditures
• Overall, the CDBG and HOME budgets were reduced to reflect the reduction of the grant awards.
   The cost reduction primarily impacted public works projects and demolitions; however, those cuts are
   expected to be replaced with City bond funds and anticipated New York State funding of demolitions.
• Staff reductions and reduced public service funding was also incorporated due to the effect of the
   grant cuts on the administrative and public service cost caps required under the CDBG regulations.
• The budget provides for 63 paid BURA positions with salaries totaling $2,423,613. We have
   implemented staff layoffs to meet the reduced grant budgets. Staff levels and salaries for the future
   years are forecast to remain consistent with the 2006-07 level for the four-year budgetary period.
• The 2006-07 and subsequent budgets include a new budgetary line for the repayment of a Fannie Mae
   $6 million loan that was approved by both the BURA board and the BFSA. This loan leverages the
   CDBG program dollars by providing for immediate funding of housing projects but allowing
   repayment over the next 5 years with CDBG funds.
• Debt service repayments for Section 108 are based on actual repayment schedules.
• We included an $800,000 allocation to reduce the outstanding BURA deficit

Summary - BURA has forecast a balanced budget for each of the next four fiscal years.


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ADDENDUM R (BFSA Website)




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ADDENDUM S (BFSA Website Forum Information)




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ADDENDUM T (Online Comment Submission Form)




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ADDENDUM U (Buffaloplace.com Advertisement)




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