Much was written and said about the merits of the two highly qualified candidates for Buffalo's Common Council presidency. My positive experiences with James Pitts on two important civic projects compel this letter about his vital leadership.
Pitts' energetic, patient and passionate leadership transformed the former St. Mary of Sorrows Church into the King Urban Life Center. He united in common cause a broad and diverse group of people to re-create an abandoned church that was the last thing of value in its inner city neighborhood into a beacon of learning and hope. This project not only benefits our community and children, it is a nationally significant example of such urban revitalization projects.
Pitts' visionary and conscientious leadership gave Buffalo its last chance to build the superspan. In creating and leading the Common Council's Superspan Signature Bridge Task Force, Pitts hosted the only community table to which all the interested parties were invited for fair debate and honest dialogue.
Without his early leadership, we would not have had the opportunity before us now. Pitts invited Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan to speak before the citizens of Buffalo in the Council Chambers on the ongoing bridge controversy.
With these two important civic regeneration projects, and many other such examples, Pitts has shown outstanding leadership that creates a better Buffalo for everyone.
CLINTON E. BROWN Buffalo