Council wants tracking system for Buffalo’s stimulus spending

Deidre Williams

Mayor Byron Brown called Buffalo’s plan for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money a blueprint for solving the city’s poverty and public health challenges.

But “the devil is in the details” in terms of how projects will be rolled out, Common Council members said.

So they want a system set up to monitor progress on the projects, including receiving copies of requests for proposals before they are issued by the city. They say they want to see exactly what’s going out to bid, the costs and other project details.

Council members will ask the administration and Department of Public Works to work with them in establishing a tracking system for the requests for proposals.

“I think that it’s so important that people understand that this is the proposal being sent to the federal government, however … the devil is always in the details,” Council President Darius G. Pridgen said. “So how some of these programs roll out is going to be very important. We’ll have to work that out as a council with the administration.”

The Buffalo News

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