Local Lawmakers Have Big Plans

January 20, 2011 Updated Jan 20, 2011 at 12:43 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

January 20, 2011 Updated Jan 20, 2011 at 12:43 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY
It is the latest effort of local lawmakers giving community members a front seat look at the issues they are working on. Newly elected Ellicott District Council Member, Darius Pridgen laid out at least five initiatives he plans to make happen, including streaming council meetings live over the internet, establishing automatic payment technology for payments to the City, getting parents involved in schools, and connecting unemployed residents with top business leaders in the community.

Council member Richard Fontana promised to work on neighborhood safety, improve the 50 percent high school drop out rate, and putting a band-aide on depreciating property values.

But, there is one hurdle they will have to overcome first, one being what Grant calls Erie County Executive Chris Collins' quote "anti city, anti poor people agenda."

Erie County Legislator Maria Whyte says Collins shut down inner-city health clinics, closed WIC locations, pulled funding from every minority cultural organization, and cut funding for Buffalo libraries.

"This county executive has literally intentionally chosen to cater to his base which is the white suburban Spalding Lake millionaires, and to leave behind the folks in the City of Buffalo," said Whyte.