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Why Wasn't Public Allowed at Train Station Meeting?

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown explains...

Mike Baggerman
April 21, 2017 - 4:00 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - With such a high level of public interest in Buffalo's train station selection, many locals were outraged that they were not allowed entry to the final committee meeting on Thursday morning.


Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown explained why Empire State Development was the site of the committee meeting.

"We have met here since the very beginning of this process," he said. "One of the reasons to hold a meeting here is that we have a 17-member committee. Some of those members of the committee are legislators at the federal and state level. We needed to make sure there was teleconferencing capabilities. One of our members at the last meeting, Senator Kennedy, he participated in the meeting completely via teleconference."

WBEN asked Mayor Brown if there was any consideration of having the meeting at the Buffalo Common Council Chambers:

"There is camera accessibility," Brown said. "We could have done the live streaming at council chambers but we started out here. That was a decision made at the beginning of this process because of the teleconferencing abilities."

Why wasn't public allowed into train station meeting?

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