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City Hallways (July 15) Politics, politics, politics

Calendar Items
More expected today on the city's Opportunity Pledge encouraging diversity in the workplace.
Outside of City Hall, there a community meeting on the Scajucuada Expressway 6:30  tonight at the History museum.
Also, today's the deadline for candidates to  file campaign spending reports covering period January through July.

More on the LoCurto exit
There were plenty of congrats coming Mike LoCurto's way Tuesday over the new job the Delaware District councilman will  be taking as a deputy commissioner with the Poloncarz Administration next month. But there was also some quiet  rumblings among some in City Hall about the timing. Because LoCurto didn't drop out of the Council race until  after last week's filing deadline for candidate petitions, Democratic Party leaders  will be deciding who replaces LoCurto on the  ballot.
I don't have any first-hand insights on County Executive Poloncarz's timing,   but  I know rumors were swirling around months ago that LoCurto might be headed for a job in county hall. When I  talked with LoCurto Tuesday, the councilman  said he was offered the job in the days leading up to the July 4th weekend, on June 29, but  needed time to consider the offer. Specifically, LoCurto,  who had a heart-liver transplant in 1996 and a kidney transplant  in 2009, said he needed to research health insurance issues before deciding if he would take the county  job.
Meanwhile, the list of people interested in LoCurto's Delaware District seat grows. Amanda  Matyjas Crotty is the latest name being mentioned. She's manager of the Delaware Soccer Club.   Previously mentioned are:  Sam Magavern, an attorney who is co-director of Partnership for the Public Good; Julie Kruger and Joel Feroleto, also both  attorneys and Feroleto is also LoCurto's cousin;  Carima El-Behairy, founder of the WNY Book Arts Center; and Steven Cichon, a former radio personality.

Whose running for what on which line
Here's a complete list of who filed petitions to run in the city races, with political party affiliations. Keep in mind this is preliminary. Petitions are still being challenged, so it's possible some candidates will be knocked off the ballot. We should know by Aug. 1. I put asterisks in front of incumbents.

City Court Judge
*JaHarr S. Pridgen: Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Green, Working Families

City Comptroller
*Mark J.F. Schroeder: Democrat, Conservative, Working Families

Ellicott District Council
*Darius Pridgen: Democrat, Conservative
Terrance L. Heard: Democrat

Fillmore District Council|
*David A. Franczyk: Democrat, Republican, Working Families
Samuel A. Herbert: Democrat
Joseph A. Mascia: Democrat, Conservative
David P. Howard: Independence

Lovejoy District Council
*Richard Fontana: Democrat, Conservative

Masten District Council
Lamone Gibson: Democrat
Ulysees O. Wingo Sr.: Democrat
Sharon M. Belton-Cottman: Democrat
Yvette Suarez: Democrat
Michael A. Woolford: Conservative

Niagara District Council
*David A. Rivera: Democrat
Charles R. Tarr: Green

North District Council
*Joseph Golombek Jr.: Democrat, Conservative

South District Council
*Christopher P. Scanlon: Democrat, Conservative

University District Council
*Rasheed N.C. Wyatt: Democrat, Republican

In today's Buffalo News and, I have short piece on the winner of the city's Opportunity Pledge logo contest.
And here's link to story my colleague Gene Warner wrote on the Tuesday's downtown WiFi launch.


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