BUFFALO, NY - Despite a rally by preservationists Saturday morning, crews went ahead and demolished a synagogue on Buffalo's East Side.
Preservationists told us the Jefferson Avenue shul was the oldest synagogue in the area and should have been protected as a recognized landmark. But city officials say the building posed a serious safety hazard.
Activists who chained themselves to a pillar inside the structure to prevent its demolition early Saturday were peaceably removed by Buffalo police officers.
Building and Inspections Commissioner James Comerford said that he gave the bulding's out-of-state owner ample time to make some changes but he says nothing was ever done.
It cost the city in excess of $80,000 to demolish the synagogue but they plan to go after the building's owner for that money.