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City Hallways (July 2): Everyone loves Masten

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The newly reconstituted Emergency Services Board is scheduled to meet today. May be taking up the ambulance contract, but I don't know that officially.

Mayor's office announced  Household Hazardous Waste drop off  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11 at Martin Luther King Park, near the Science Museum.

NOTE: City Hall is closed tomorrow for the July 4th Holiday.

Masten Update:

Seems soon as Demone Smith dropped out of the  Masten council race, others thought about joining it.  Latest I'm hearing is DeMario Badger, who ran unsuccessfully against  Smith in 2011, is interested in the seat this year, as is Ulysees Wingo,  whose name is generating the most buzz in City Hall. Wingo  worked as a program coordinator at Buffalo Promise Neighborhood.  Also, as I said yesterday, School Board member Sharon Belton-Cottman is considering a run.

Traffic Update:
Kevin Helfer, City's Hall's parking commissioner , is temporarily taking on extra duties as head of the new City Hall traffic violations agency.

It opened yesterday.  So anyone wanting to challenge a traffic ticket in Buffalo now goes to City Hall Room 115 rather than the state DMV office.  When I ran into Helfer yesterday, he said things were running smoothly so far. By the way, no extra pay for Helfer, just extra work until someone is tapped to permanently fill the top traffic violations administration job.

Money Matters -- University District Councilman Rasheed Wyatt

Our look at campaign spending today takes us to the council's newest member, Rasheed Wyatt,  first appointed after former councilwoman Bonnie Russell resigned in January 2014. Wyatt then ran in a special election in November to keep Russell's seat through the end of the term.

That term ends this year.

Wyatt got $5,571 in donations and  spent $3,046 from April 2014 thorugh the end of 2014, campaign reports filed with the state Board of Elections show.

Here's his biggest donations, of $200 or more.

  • WNY Food Mart, Bailey Ave: $700
  • AM/PM Gss Mart, Kensington: $500
  • Michael and Nancy Miranda, Buffalo: $448
  • Food Plus Market, E. Amherst St.: $300
  • Buffalo Niagara No Kill PAC, Buffalo: 200
  • Michael Vertino, Buffalo: $200

Here's his biggest expenses, those of $200 or more.

  • Designs  by God, Buffalo, t-shirts: $600
  • D&D Printing, Buffalo: $533
  • Steer Restaurant, Buffalo, fundraising: $326
  • Maranello Inc., Buffalo, campaign mail: $300
  • Royal Printing, Buffalo: $239
  • Crystal Peoples campaign, contribution: $200

64 degrees and cloudy

Follow up from Wednesday's  city pool openings. As I said, the press release stated that "weather permitting" the mayor would be jumping into Riverside pool to kick off the opening of city pool season.

For the curious among us, the answer is "No." Sixty-four degrees and cloudy didn't qualify as weather permitting.

Brown announcing opening of pool, but not jumping in himself. Photo supplied by mayor's office.

Brown announcing opening of pool, but not jumping in himself. Photo supplied by mayor's office.

"Did you jump in?" Brown was asked when he returned to City Hall from Riverside pool.

"It was too cold," Brown responded. "Even the kids who went in came right back out."

Special Announcement: Goin' Fishin' (not exactly)

City Hallways will be off the  Grid for a week or so. It will return Monday July 13.

Have a good week, and please come back on the 13th to get the latest City Hall happenings.

Thanks to all who have been reading City Hallways. It's been fun to write. I'm so glad to hear people enjoy it.

Sue

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