The Common Council green-lighted the purchase of three new police vehicles, which will be paid for with federal forfeiture funds at no additional cost to the city.
Councilwoman Annette Iafallo asked City Attorney Antonio Savaglio whether the funds could be used for other purchases that would benefit the community.
“We can use the funds to purchase items necessary for law enforcement. We could not use them to pay salaries because of the nature of the forfeiture itself,” said Savaglio.
Forfeiture funds are monies or property seized and/or recovered during the course of a criminal investigation by authorities and distributed through the U.S. Department of Justice.
Also this week:
• “Through My Eyes,” an exhibit marking the 30th anniversary of the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, opens Friday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
The display features the work of many artists formerly employed in the steel-making industry. Newly exhibited artifacts include materials used in the production of steel, as well as items from administration offices.
The exhibit runs through Nov. 8 at the museum in the Heritage Discovery Center, 100 Lee St. in South Buffalo.