A subsidized marijuana plant is set to open in South Buffalo. How many jobs will this create? Will they offer recreational products? What company? We have the answers.
What else do you need to know today?
- 👩🏿🏫 The teachers’ union is rallying for better pay and more classroom support.
- 🛍️ Buffalo Black Business Month is ending this weekend. How did it go?
- 🗳️ Carl Paladino conceded to Nick Langworthy.
And if you or someone you know might be interested in tabling at a Holiday Maker’s Market, applications are closing sooner than you might think. More information below!
⛅ Cloudy weather. Yuck! At least it’s not looking like rain. High: 84 Low: 64.
Here are the top stories today in Buffalo:
$27.8 million was given to subsidize the development of a cannabis production company in South Buffalo. The cannabis farm, which will be occupied by medical marijuana company, Etain, will create 20 full-time and 34 part-time jobs. Mayor Byron Brown, who received funding from the development company, Zephyr, between his 2021 primary loss and 2021 mayoral win, says that “the new construction of Zephyr’s cannabis manufacturing facility is a welcome addition to the impressive revitalization efforts that continue to propel our local economy forward.” Etain expects to grow recreational marijuana products once they receive a license to do so from the state.
Learn more on Investigative Post.
The Buffalo Teachers Federation rallies for better pay and better staffing, claiming that “Buffalo teachers’ salaries are many thousands of dollars behind other school districts” in a recent union news release. Teachers and supporters crowded in front of city hall yesterday evening, asking for better wages and more classroom support. Under-staffing has taken a serious toll on members of the union, which stated that “teaching conditions are unacceptable” due to the increasingly large class sizes and lack of support.
Read more on WIVB.
This weekend marks the close of Buffalo’s first Buffalo Black Business Month, which has proven a success among black business owners. Sharon Holley, owner of Zawadi Books at 1382 Jefferson Ave., describes it as a “good promotion to bring back some old customers, maybe establish some new ones that haven’t really been shopping in that area.” The promotion includes a sticker system where you can win prizes such as Bills tickets or autographed jerseys. There is no better time “for our entire region to learn more about Black-owned businesses,” states Shannon Johnson of M&T Bank, a partner of Buffalo Black Business Month. If you have not yet had the chance to participate in the promotion, this weekend would be an excellent opportunity to explore black-owned businesses in the city. As Gio McKnight, owner of Premier Cigars and Lounge on Jefferson Ave., puts it, “if you don’t support yourself, who will?”
Read more via Deidre Williams’ article in The Buffalo News.
Carl Paladino, Buffalo native and politician, concedes in the Republican primary in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. While Paladino carried a large lead in Erie County, opponent Langworthy won all of the six other counties in the Southern Tier. Following a statement from Paladino yesterday morning that his team was looking into “statistical irregularities in multiple counties,” it appears these efforts have been dropped after he released a written statement later that afternoon claiming, “it is time to move onto the next chapter in my life.” The state’s GOP chair has been won by Nick Langworthy.
Learn more via WBFO.
Sewer explosion repairs downtown leave roads closed. If you were planning to drive on Genesee St. between Washington St. and East Huron St., or on East Huron St. between Main St. and Washington St., plan to take other routes for the foreseeable future. The efforts to fix the collapsed section of sewer have been complicated by other utility lines downtown, but pumps are being used to ensure residential and business properties in the area can function properly.
Read more on Niagara Frontier Publications.
Things to do this week:
- Urban Farm Day. City-wide talks and tours! August 27th. 10a.m.-3p.m. Details
- Elmwood Arts Festival. Elmwood Village. August 27th and 28th. Details
- Northwest Jazz Festival. Lewiston, NY. August 26th and August 27th. Details
- Windy Brew’s Hop Fest. Windy Brew Brewery. August 28th, 1 p.m. Details
- 48 Hour Film Project. Virtual. August 26th-August 28th. Details
What to put on your schedule:
- Besties of Broadway. The Bittersweet Piano Lounge. September 16th, 8p.m. Details
- 75th Annual Buffalo Horse Show. 950 Amherst St. September 15th-18th. Details
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