By THOMAS O’NEIL-WHITE
Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off Friday at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. A soaring rendition of the National Anthem by Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy Assistant Principal Maria Cala was followed by remarks by local leaders including Congressman Brian Higgins.
Much of the talk during the ceremony was about the continued redeployment of the Niagara Street corridor. Hispanic Heritage Vice-Secretary Amy Casillias-Osorio said there are a lot of wonderful things going on in the largely Hispanic neighborhoods on Buffalo’s West Side.
“This is such a diverse project,” she said of the redevelopment. “We have partners from everywhere. Like I said, we know it takes a village.”
A huge addition to the redevelopment is the creation of a Hispanic Cultural Heritage Institute, which will be situated at the corner of Niagara and Hudson, and act as cultural hub for the Hispanic Heritage District.