Contact Us

WNY-ers Voice Displeasure Over Elmwood Village Christmas Lights Controversy


One would think there are bigger things to worry about than Elmwood Village putting up Christmas lights (not to mention, who would NOT want Christmas lights?!). But, Elmwood Village businesses received a letter from Michael Hoffert, the city’s senior engineering for street lighting, saying that their lights need to go.

That is, unless…

  • They’re at least 14 feet and 6 inches above the street.
  • Business gets liability insurance of $1 million.
  • Any installation is performed by a licensed and insured electrician.

Keep in mind that Elmwood has been lighting up their sidewalks for YEARS, and suddenly this is coming in. The Buffalo News reports that:

Buffalo city officials have warned small businesses along Elmwood Avenue that they won’t be able to tap into city power sources for their festive holiday light displays unless they hire licensed electricians to do the work and take out liability insurance of at least $1 million.

Some business owners say the regulations are so onerous that they won’t be able to keep up the lights, which have become a holiday shopping tradition along the city’s most successful strip of retail stores.

People around Buffalo have no problem voicing their concerns either:

Best of WYRK

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.