ABOUT

Brendan R. Mehaffy, Chair
Executive Director
Office of Strategic Planning
City of Buffalo

Thomas R. Hersey, Jr., Commissioner
Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

Frank E. Krakowski, Secretary
City Assessor
City of Lackawanna

Joseph L. Maciejewski, Treasurer
Director
Erie County Department of Real Property Tax Services

Timothy A. Ball
Corporation Counsel
City of Buffalo

Oluwole “OJ” McFoy
General Manager
Buffalo Sewer Authority

James Comerford, Jr.
Commissioner of Permit and Inspection Services
City of Buffalo

Joseph M. Hogenkamp, Vice Chair
City Treasurer
City of Tonawanda

Christopher J. Schoepflin
WNY Regional Director Empire State Development

Donna J. Estrich
Commissioner of Administration, Finance, Policy, and Urban Affairs
City of Buffalo

Michael A. Siragusa, County Attorney
Erie County Department of Law

Resolutions

2016-1 Approve Bid for Exterior Improvements of 316 Doris

2016-2 Approve Bid for Exterior Improvements of 310 Wagner

2016-3 Approve Bid for Exterior Improvements of 64 Hedwig

2016-4 Authorization to Submit List of RFF Property to ECL

2016-5 Approve Bid for Exterior Improvements of 50 Aurora

2016-6 Approve Bid for Basement Walls of 332 Wabash

2016-7 Authorization to Bid at County of Erie Foreclosure Sale 2016-8 Disposition of 290 Atlantic

2016-9 Acquisition of City of Buffalo owned Properties

2016-10 Request to Transfer Tax Certificate of 393 Walnut

2016-11 Approve Bid for Demolition of 33 Donna

2016-12 Approve Bid for Exterior Improvements of 365 Northumberland

2016-13 Approve Bid for Exterior Improvements of 59 N Main

2016-14 Approve Bid for Exterior Improvements of 64 Hedwig

2016-15 Approve Bid for Exterior Improvements of 316 Doris

2016-16 Disposition of 0 Harlem Road

2016-17 Approve Bid for Interior Improvements of 69 Ross

2016-18 Approve Bid for Interior Improvements of 93 Fuller

2016-19 Approve Bid for Interior Improvements II of 64 Hedwig

2016-20 Approve Bid for Interior Improvements I of 12 Lyman

2016-21 Approve Bid for Interior Improvements I of 310 Wagner

2016-22 Disposition of 1519 Eggert Road

2016-23 Approve Bid for Exterior Improvements of 898 E Delavan

2016-24 Approve Bid for New Construction of Modular Structure at 33 Donna

2016-25 Disposition of 0 Buffalo

2016-26 Disposition of 465 Broad

2016-27 Disposition of 53 W Main

2016-28 Acquisition of 179 Westminster Buffalo

2016-29 Approve Bid for Interior Improvements I of 316 Doris

2016-30 Approve Bid for Exterior Improvements I of 332 Wabash

2016-31 Disposition of 74 Stillwell 2016-32 Approve Bid for Complete Project of 22 Allegany

2016-33 Approve Bid for Interior Improvements III of 64 Hedwig

2016-34 Disposition of 585 Morgan

2016-35 Approve Bid for Complete Project of 365 Northumberland

2016-36 Approve Bid for Exterior and Basement Project of 898 E Delavan

2016-37 Disposition of 272 Kohler

2016-38 Approval to Bid Properties at County of Erie Tax Foreclosure Auction – RFF Properties

2016-39 Approval to Bid Properties at County of Erie Tax Foreclosure Auction – Other Properties

2016-40 – Authorization of BENLIC-City of Buffalo Pre-Emptive Bid Agreement

2016-41 Hiring Part Time Property Inspector

2016-42 Authorization to Enter into Agreement with Brisbane

2016-43 Disposition of 316 Doris

2016-44 Disposition of 69 Ross

2016-45 Disposition of 93 Fuller

2016-46 Disposition of 64 Hedwig

2016-47 Approval of 2017 Budget

2016-48 Disposition of 12 Lyman

2016-49 Disposition of 71 Central

2016-50 Approve Bid for Complete Project of 72 Schauf

2016-51 Approve Bid for 332 Wabash

2016-52 Approve Bid for Demolition of 365 Northumberland

Problem

The Erie County Department of Real Property Tax Services has determined that there are in excess of 73,360 tax liens within Erie County worth more than $53,529,325 in taxes owed to Erie County. This reflects the growing problem in Western New York posed by vacant, abandoned and foreclosed properties to neighborhoods and communities throughout the region. Creation of a land bank can serve as a major tool in addressing this problem.

 

Benefits

The following are some of the benefits attributable to a land bank

1. ONE-STOP SHOP: A land bank places all the tools to deal with distressed properties in one place … a one­ stop shop for tackling vacancy and blight.

2. TAX REVENUE: Since land banks can speed up the process for converting vacant, abandoned, and foreclosed properties to productive use, the local government will experience an increase in property tax revenue generated by those parcels.

3. COST SAVING: Local governments are able to reduce costs associated with added police services, emergency protection, inspections, etc. now required in blighted neighborhoods.

4. MAINTENANCE: Provides maintenance services for vacant lots and abandoned properties.

5. DEMOLITION: Able to undertake selective demolition of structures that are in serious disrepair.

6. FUNDING: Able to obtain outside financial resources to further its goals and supplement the revenue it receives through day-to-day operations.

7. PARCEL ASSEMBLY: The land bank can assemble and hold parcels that are in close proximity to one another for future transfer to a developer for housing, retail, and other purposes.

8. LIABILITY: By transferring problem properties to the land bank, local government would no longer be liable for claims brought against them by entities that may have been damaged as a result of their exposure to vacant and abandoned properties.

9. SPEED: A land bank can shorten existing foreclosure processes and speed up the return of vacant, abandoned, and tax delinquent properties to productive use.

10. AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Affordable housing opportunities can be created through the land disposition policies of a land bank. Priority in the conveyance of property can be given to non-profit community organizations willing to construct or rehab the abandoned parcel for the benefit of low­ income families.