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

2017-1 Corporation Address Change

2017-2 Authorization for New Checking Account and Check Sign Up to Five Hundred Dollars

2017-3 Authorization to Submit List of RFF Property to ECL

2017-4 Disposition of 69 Ross, Buffalo

2017-5 Disposition of 278 Reiman, Sloan

2017-6 Approve Bid for Complete Project of 1040 Backus, Evans

2017-7 Disposition of 69 Ross, Buffalo

2017-8 Disposition of 365 Northumberland, Buffalo

2017-9 Approve Bid for Complete Project of 1040 Backus, Evans

2017-10 Approve Bid for Rehab Project at 24 Miller, Depew

2017-11 Approve Bid for Demolition of 286 Pilgrim, Tonawanda

2017-12 Disposition of 22 Allegany Ave, Kenmore

2017-13 Disposition of 121 Irwinwood,
Lancaster

2017-14 Disposition of 76 Chestnut, Evans

2017-15 OAG Rd2 Extension

2017-16 Disposition of 50 Aurora, West Seneca

2017-17 Approve LISC Grant Award Receipt

2017-18 121 Irwinwood Buyer Financing

2017-19 Approve Bid for Complete Project of 166 Pearl, Blasdell

2017-20 Disposition of 392 Frankhauser, Amherst

2017-21 Disposition of 310 Wagner, Sloan

2017-22 Disposition of 26 Meadow Lea, Amherst

2017-23 Disposition of 59 N Main, Angola

2017-24 Disposition of 100 Sawyer Ave, Tonawanda

2017-25 Disposition of 850 Tonawanda Creek Rd, Amherst

2017-26 Disposition of 83 Roland Ave, Sloan

2017-27 Approve Bid for Rehab Project at 652 Lisbon, Buffalo

2017-28 Approve Bid for Design-Build 286 Pilgrim, Tonawanda

2017-29 Disposition of 310 Wagner, Sloan Revised

2017-30 Disposition of 121 Irwinwood, Lancaster

2017-31 Approval of 2017 Proceeds Distribution Policies

2017-32 Disposition of 44 Sandrock, Buffalo

2017-33 Disposition of 12880 Schutt, Sardinia

2017-34 Disposition of 4639 Broadway,
Depew

2017-35 Demolition Subcontract With Village of Depew

2017-36 Approve Bid for Roof at 66 Burch, West Seneca

2017-37 Revise Request for Foreclosure Forms

2017-38 Approve Accounting Firm for BENLIC Accounting Services

2017-39 Disposition of 310 Wagner Sloan Revised

2017-40 Disposition of 33 Donna Ct, Depew

2017-41 Disposition of 26 Newton, Angola

2017-42 Disposition of 93 Lake St, Angola

2016-43 Approval to Bid Properties at County of Erie Tax Foreclosure Auction

2017-44 Approval to Bid Properties at County of Erie Tax Foreclosure Auction – City of Buffalo Property

2017-45 – Authorization of BENLIC-City of Buffalo Pre-Emptive Bid Agreement 2017

2017-46 Approve Bid for Roof & Doors 234 Carl, Buffalo

2017-47 NCST Donations

2017-48 86 Caldwell Transfer

2017-49 Authorization to Bid Properties at Buffalo In Rem 2017

2017-51 Approve Bid for Asbestos Abatement 77 East End, Cheektowagat

2017-52 Approve Bid for Roof & Doors 234 Carl, Buffalo

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.