I am a advocate for equal fair and non discriminatory education. Bullying, Harassment and discrimination does not belong in our educational system.
City of Buffalo Quality of Life Fee's, Abolish
Our community has been taxed beyond the norm. We will know longer be singled out by our continuances to fund your budgets, create a revenue source or keep us in debt to the city. We can not afford to pay these ridiculous fees for our homes. We have worked hard to get what we have. Most of us are on fixed incomes or our incomes are below the poverty level. These fee's has made life unbearable and caused our quality of life to deteriorate.We need programs to assist the citizens, landlords, and homeowners. Also, the city of buffalo should make sure their city owned properties are up to code. Instead of instructing the police, garbage men/ women and inspectors to harass the citizens of Buffalo, NY. We have been targeted long enough!! Please rescind the following: The Commissioner shall review the fee schedule annually and recommend changes as he deems appropriate, to the Common Council. A. Certificate issuance. The fee, to be submitted at the time of application, for the issuance of a rental dwelling unit registration certificate and the first year fee shall be $20 for a rental dwelling unit in a single-family dwelling and $40 for a two-unit rental dwelling. B. Annual renewal fee. The owner of a rental dwelling unit shall pay an annual renewal fee of $10 for a single-unit rental dwelling and $20 for a two-unit rental dwelling, commencing on January 1, 2006, and payable each year thereafter. The owner remains obligated to pay such fee during ownership of the rental dwelling unit and shall pay any delinquencies therein before transferring all or any part of the ownership of said unit. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a new owner making application for a certificate is obligated, and shall be required, to pay all such current and delinquent annual fees with the application. All funds generated from the Rental Dwelling Unit Registration Ordinance shall be placed in a designated T&A account starting in the 2006-2007 fiscal year. The use of these funds shall be solely for the hiring of an additional staff person and/or necessary equipment for the Rental Dwelling Unit Registration Program in the Department of Permit and Inspection Services. C. No fee for new buildings. There shall be no fee charged for the issuance of a rental dwelling unit registration certificate for new dwellings at the completion of their construction covered by a building permit. D. Inspection fees. Every property owner shall pay a fee of $75, to be assessed against the property, for each inspection after the second inspection in which violations of a state or local building code are found, unless such fee is waived by the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication. Inspectors shall assess the fee, after consultation with the Chief Building Inspector or the Commissioner of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, when, in the evaluation of the inspector, the status of the violation has not progressed or been satisfactorily completed. The fee shall not be applicable to inspections ordered after the commencement of a court action Rental Dwelling Unit Registration RequiredRegistration required. No person shall allowed to be occupied, or rent to another for occupancy, any dwelling unit unless the owner has first obtained a rental dwelling unit registration certificate as hereafter provided. Exemptions. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to owner-occupied properties containing two of fewer dwelling units; hotels; motels; bed-and-breakfast establishments; rooming or boarding houses; hospitals; nursing homes; or other dwelling units which offer or provide medical or nursing services if such units are subject to state or federal licensing or regulations concerning the safety of the users, patients or tenants. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to buildings having an existing and valid certificate of occupancy. Penalties of OffensesA. Any violation of this chapter by a person, firm, corporation or other entity shall be a violation punishable in accordance with the general penalty provisions under Buffalo Code § 1-15, with said penalties to be in addition to the revocation of a rental dwelling unit registration certificate issued under the provisions of this chapter. In addition, the annual registration fee will double 30 days after the due date has passed and a second invoice for payment has been sent first-class mail to the owner. In addition, a summons will be issued 60 days after the due date has passed and a fine in the amount of $75.00 will be imposed in addition to all outstanding registration fees and late charges. Furthermore, a notice to vacate may be issued and all tenants removed for failure to register a dwelling unit 30 days after the due date has passed and after notice to the owner and occupants by the Commissioner. B. Notwithstanding the lack of a specific reference thereto, failure to comply with any section, provision or requirement in this chapter shall be a violation and shall be punishable by a fine or penalty of not more than $1,500 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, for each such offense and any other applicable state statutes. This chapter is a part of the City health, safety, housing, building, fire prevention and housing codes, and a violation thereof shall be deemed to be a violation for purposes of state statutes allowing escrow of rent to remedy violations. Any charges involving violations of this chapter may be brought before the Housing Part in Buffalo City Court. Local Laws For Refuse And Recycling CollectionThe following is a list of the local laws regarding curbside refuse and recycling collection services provided by the City of Buffalo. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in fines against the property owner. If you wish to report properties that are in violation of the following ordinances, please contact Citizen Services at 851-4890 or 311. Fine Class C - $52.50 GARBAGE AND TRASH OUT TOO EARLY - Chapter 216-14: Garbage, 2-piece trash, yard debris and recyclables must be placed out for collection no earlier than 7:00 p.m. the evening before, or no later than 7:00 a.m. on the morning of your regularly scheduled collection day. TOTES AND RECYCLING CONTAINERS NOT REMOVED FROM CURB AFTER COLLECTION - Chapter 216-14: all containers must be removed from the curbline within twelve (12) hours after collection. (By 8:00 p.m.)IMPROPER STORAGE LOCATION OF CITY PROVIDED RECEPTACLE OR TOTE - CHAPTER 216-14: All garbage receptacles shall be kept in rear yards or side yard, 10 feet from the front structure of house and may not be stored in the front of properties, unless authorization is received from the Commissioner of Public Works and Streets. (Please make request for waiver in writing to Commissioner of Public Works, 65 Niagara Square, Room 502, Buffalo, New York 14202)OVERFLOWING TOTES - Chapter 216-15: totes should not be overflowing. The lid must be tightly closed. There should be no garbage placed on top of, next to, or around the tote when set out for collection. The only exception will be yard debris that you are permitted to place out for collection next to your tote in clear bags, and two (2) pieces of large bulk trash items that can be set out each week next to your tote. TIRES, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND FILL OUT FOR COLLECTION- Chapter 216-15: The City does not collect these materials as part of the curbside collection services that it provides. Tires, construction debris or fill may not be placed within or next to the tote. There are regularly scheduled tire drop-off dates that the City provides. In addition, construction material may be brought to a variety of transfer stations in and around the City of Buffalo, including the East Side Transfer Station for a fee. MORE THAN TWO (2) PIECES OF BULK TRASH - Chapter 216-15: Properties within the City of Buffalo are allowed to place out two (2) pieces of bulk trash for collection on their regular collection day. Bulk trash consists of those items that cannot be placed in the refuse container, and yard debris placed in clear bags. Examples of bulk trash include furniture, appliances, box of miscellaneous items, large toys, bundles of wood and brush (properly bundled), mattresses, box springs, etc. (For example: One couch and one 4 feet bundle of tree branches is considered two pieces of bulk trash). Please note that the doors must be removed from refrigerators to avoid injury to neighborhood children. TRASH NOT PROPERLY CONTAINED - Chapter 216-15: Small trash items placed in boxes/crates for collection must not weigh more than 50 pounds and must not contain household garbage. Wood, branches, brush, carpeting and other unwieldy items must be broken up and bundled into compact bundles no longer than four feet in length and no heavier than 50 pounds and shall be free and clear of nails. Each bundle or box placed out for collection shall be considered one piece of bulk trash. Lawn and yard debris shall be contained in clear plastic bags and set out beside the tote and shall not weigh more than 50 pounds.. IMPROPER USE OF CITY-PROVIDED CONTAINERS FOR GARBAGE AND RECYCLING - Chapter 216-15: Recycling containers that have items that are not recyclable, and garbage totes that have items other than regular household garbage are considered to be improper uses of the containers provided by the City. FAILURE TO USE CITY-PROVIDED CONTAINERS - Chapter 216-15: Each property must use city-provided totes and recycling containers provided by the City of Buffalo.FINE CLASS E - $105.00TOTES THAT ARE TOO HEAVY - Chapter 216-15: Totes are only to be used for regular household garbage. Be sure not to overfill your tote. As mentioned above, materials such as building materials, concrete, stones, dirt, etc. cannot be put in the totes, the container will be too heavy. Containers that are too heavy can cause damage to the container or the lifting device, and most importantly, can cause injury to the lifters handling the container. The following weight limitations apply to totes: 35 gallon tote = 46 pounds 65 gallon tote = 85 pounds 95 gallon tote = 125 pounds FINE CLASS H - $350.00 fineEXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF BULK TRASH; UNBUNDLED TRASH - Chapter 216-15 and 341-1 to 341-4: Setting bulk trash out for collection in excess of 4 cubic yards (12 feet long, 3 feet high, 3 feet wide) may result in a $350.00 fine against the property owner. Excessive amounts of bulk trash cannot be placed out at any time of year, including bulk trash season, and will be subject to the above fine.FINE CLASS I - $1500.00 fineILLEGAL DUMPING - Chapter 216-9 and 17: Any person who illegally dumps, or causes to be dumped, trash or debris on a property without the consent of the owner will be subject to a $1500.00 fine. Additionally, the owner of a vehicle that is used for illegal dumping will be subject to a $1500 fine.To report an illegal dumping call Citizens Services @ 851-4890. You must be willing to furnish your name and phone number so that you may be contacted for additional information and you must be willing to testify as a witness at a hearing. You may also report an illegal dumping that is in process to 911. If you witness an individual dumping debris from a vehicle, you should write down the license plate number and make, model and color of the vehicle.SCHEDULED BULK TRASH SEASON: There is a regular scheduled bulk trash season in both the spring and fall. A property is entitled to place out for collection up to 4 cubic yards of bulk trash during the dates designated for your councilmatic district. It is impossible to determine exactly when a garbage truck will be on your street during bulk trash pickup in your district, therefore you must set out your bulk trash only on the SUNDAY designated on your bulk trash schedule for your district. The property owner is subject to a $52.50 fine for bulk trash that is set out prior to, or after, the Sunday designated on your bulk trash schedule and a $350 fine for trash in excess of 4 cubic yards. PICK & PAY PROGRAM: At any time throughout the year, residents can schedule a special bulk trash pick-up at their property for a fee starting at $82 by calling 851-5544. No tires, paint or other hazardous materials allowed. Trash must not be set out for collection until arrangements have been made with the Pick & Pay Program and you have been instructed to put the trash out.
Change Leadership,student handbook or Close the school.
Recent reviews from parents and students: Also the principal has teachers and other staff members reviewing the school so they can rank higher, stay open and receive funding from NYS. Dora Smith reviewed Buffalo United Charter School — 3 starApril 6 · Parents what's going on with Buffalo United Charter School it seems like most of the students want to get out of that school my kids attend this school it used to be good when they first started in 2012 and as years gone by the school is going down hill if anyone have any info please share CommentsNancy Dapp Arnold I have to agree with you. there is almost all new teachers some classes are on teacher #3 or 4. May 26 at 10:33am Maddie McKinney reviewed Buffalo United Charter School — 1 starJuly 7 · I was a former student Here & will not recommend this as a good school . you parents / or guardians or probably reading this thinking she just saying this because she was a bad child & always got calls home & wants revenge . This is a honest report coming from a witness of how this school is terrible lets start off with we eat in a gym , this school does not have any fun activites or programs , the food is freezer Burnt & will make you sick i have came home sick on numerous occasions ,they still give color changes im the 8th grade , did i forget to mention 3 kids came up missing because staff was not responsible for children , they have been contaminated with bed bugs for two years children had to go home with their belongings in trash bags , they are nonchalant about serious situations But will blow your phone up about a tie , a parent of a student recorded another student on school grounds & posted it to social media and the school did nothing at all about it , last but not least the children talk about to students to other students and cause alot of drama or jusy gossips on their lunch break this is all i have to say DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD HERE Issues of concern are as followed: 1. Pg 11 Crisis Management De- Escalation, Isolation and Restraint of Students-s, staff and visitors.The school is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for all students staff and visitors. It is the policy of our school to only untilize seclusion, isolation and restraint in response to emergency or crisis stiuations. Their use should (a) not be viewed as a behavior changeor intervention strategy (b) be implemented only under extreme situations and as a matter of last resort (c) be implemented only by trained personnel and (d) be accompanied by school wide proactive positive behavior supports to prevent the need for their use. Ehen such activities are utilized , documentation procedures are required in addition to timely communication with parents and other key members of the educational system. 2. Pg 18- 26 Acts of Misconduct listed in this Student Code of Conduct are not to be construed as an all inclusive list or as a limitation upon the authority of the school officials to deal appropriately with other types of conduct which interfere witht he good order of the school, the proper functioning of the educational process, or the health and safety or the students A student who engages in any of the acts of misconduct listed in this student code of conduct will be disciplined in accordance witht the disciplinary levels described below. Additionally, a student who engages in an act of misconduct that viloates the law may be referred to the appropriate law enforcement. A student who engages in an act of misconduct when the student was enrolled in another school for which the disciplinary action has not been fully served may be required to serve our the length of the suspension or expulsion. Students are expected to follow the Code of Conduct when: on school property in a motor vehicle being used for school related purpose at a school related activity, function or event en route to or from school at any tim or place when the students behavor has a direct or immediate effect on maintaining order, safety, health and disciplin in the school Acts of misconduct include, but are not limited to the following: Failure to cooperate or comply with directions of school personnel and volunteers False allegations against staff, volunteers or students falsification of records or scholastic dishonesty including cheating and plagiarism misuse of copyrighted materials improper or disrespectful communications to staff volunteers or students use of profane and or inappropriate language disruption of school bullying and harassment cyber bullying as defined by the technology use and internet safety practices and procedures criminal sexual conduct as defined by state law improper dress in violationof the dress code indecency either with clothing exposure pictures or public display or affection any public display or affection having sexual connotations violationa of buildings rules and regulations violations of rules or policies as set forth in the Parent and Student Handbook Smoking, tobacco possession or use Trespassing, loitering Suspended or expelled student on school property or attending school activites false alarms possessionof electronic devices defined by school policy defacement damage of property or theft possession of stolen property coercion, ectortion or blackmail arson possessionof dangerous weapons as defined by state law and dangerous weapons or instruments not otherwise enumerated herein Possessionof personal protecton devices such as tasers mace peper spray etc Fighting, physcial assault and or battery on another person engaging in gangs or gang related activiteies displaying gang relatied items or affiliation e.g. wearign clothing using language throwing signs and writing names or symbols associated with a gang. Biolationof technology use and internet safety practtices and procedures misconduct prior to enrollment verbal assault malicious or willful types of behavior that endanger the safety of others extremes acts of defiance and or threats toward teachers other adults fellow students criminal acts other than as enumerated herein excessive tardiness or absencess as defined in the attendance policy Parents or studnet who are unsure of what conduct is prohibited by each act shoud consult with the Principal.Bullying &harassment from staff to student. Staff should be held accountable for these actions towards students. 3. Pg 19 Disciplinary Procedures Everything listed. A student may be disciplined at any level depending onthe frequency and or severity of the act of misconduct. A behavior referral report will be completed for each violation of the code of conduct and copies are made for the parent and ket in the students file. Discipline records will be included in any student file properly requested by the parent to transferred to a subsequent school. Corporal punishment is prohibited as a means of discipline. An additional concern YOUR Principal continues to deny parents access to their children. Especially when a child asks to call their parent. This Principal has told the administrative staff not to allow the students to call their parents when they are sent to the office or disciplined by the deans.This is unacceptable. The Principal , school staff and the Dean of Students demeans the children by calling them names like smart mouth, bad etc etc. She lacks respect, and she not connected to the students or parents. This principal and the deans lack the skills needed to build proper healthy relationships with parents and students. 4. Pg 27-31 Parental Partnership: Communication- Everything listed. Also page 29 Parental Partnership Attendance If your child is tardy or absent 10-12 days the Dean and Teacher will meet witht eh parent to complete an A-CAP. The student will be reported to CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ( CPS). 5. Pg 32-33 Parental Partnership Dress Code. Personal Hygiene the personal grooming of student should be in accord witht eh standards set by the uniform dress code. Students should be clean and neat when at school. Not Permitted Tattoos or writing on skin Hats of any kind or hooded sweatshirts. No hooded sweatshirts are permitted in the classroom Dark glasses Any distracting jewelry Overly large clothing that sags down below the waist area. Rhinestone silver ringed studded or belts with designs Plain only. Extreme hairstyles. Extreme styles are at the discretion of the principal. Wearing, carrying, and displaying gang paraphernalia, names signs, or symbols of gang membership are prohibited. Blue jean material knit pull on pants joggings pants cargo pants with outside side pockets corduroy pants or decorative embroidery are not permitted. No shoes with wheels, airbrushing house slippers or flip flops are permitted on school grounds in the gym or the sidewalks in the parking lots or in the playgrounds Extreme makeup Leggings or skinny pants are not permitted Bracelets are not permitted Principal and Deans are not following what is on the dress code. They are implementing different dress codes upon their discretion. This type of behavior is unacceptable, confusing and unaffordable to the students and parents. They are implementing a behavioral consequence which leads to repeated practice of harassment. Children are being singled out. This guideline also discusses extreme hairstyles. This is discriminatory act against the students enrolled and not culturally sensitive. Discretion of the Principal leaves to much room for discrimination, harassment and bullying on the part of school staff. We as parents understand the importance of uniforms that is WHY we sent our children to a school that has a uniform policy. However, when your policy becomes a main priority before education this creates an problem. Actions like this creates hostile environment. 6. Pg 34 Parental Partnership Title 1 Parent Involvement Policy. This policy states the school has adopted a policy addressing the importance of parent involvement. in addition to existing policies and guidelines the school also recognizes the need for a policy that meets the requirements under section 1118 of the elementary and secondary education act , as amended by the no child left behind act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110) Currently, there are no know Parent meeting scheduled or Parent Committees, Parent Board established. Also Parents have not been updated on the results of Parent Satisfaction Surveys. 7. Pg 39 Transportation needs to be provided. Currently, lack of Yellow Bus Transportation and use of Metro bus passes raised safety concerns for the urban community being served and the age range of children using public transportation as a means to get to and from school. By no means should a 5yr old catch the metro bus from Manhattan ave to Bailey. 8. Pg 39 Wrap around Program another FREE after school program should be allowed to service our children to assist with their educational and after school needs. 9. pg 47 The Board has failed adequately addresses parental concerns. This Board lacks the ability to investigate, adhere to facts, concerns, and safety issues of students. Also, National Heritage Academies Parent Relations Department has failed to represent parents concerns, lacks the ability to advocate on behalf of parents. Buffalo United Charter School is 97% African American and they do not provide any culturally based programs. There is one African American teacher for the seventh and eighth grade students. Also, 95% of parental concerns brought to the attention of the Board of Trustees and Parent Relations Department are avoided and misrepresented for an outcome favoring the current Principal. 10. The Deans have been instructed by the Principal to take away graduation from 8th grade students for uniform infractions, tardiness, carbon notes, minor suspensions, and by the discretion of school Dean/Principal. .