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City Hallways (Sept. 4) Oh say, they can sing

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It's Friday before a three-day weekend. That says it all. No meetings I'm aware of.
Second day of school. How did Day 1 go?

On the campaign trail:
The Challenger newspaper endorsed Sam Herbert for Fillmore council seat and Sharon Belton-Cottman for Masten. Of the Masten District, the Challenger wrote: ".. all the candidates have shown great promise....only one is unquestionably qualified to lead." Of the Fillmore District, the Challenger wrote: "Mr. Herbert is a fighter. ...the incumbent,  - having served three decades with little to show for it -- has served long enough." The Challenger made no mention of the third candidate, Joe Mascia.

Grassroots political club endorsed Ulysees Wingo for Masten. It didn't endorse anyone for Fillmore

Herbert's reaction
When I was talking to Herbert yesterday, I mentioned I saw he got the Challenger endorsement. "I was sitting in Gigi's  yesterday having lunch, and they brought the Challenger and said 'Mr. Herbert, I'll give you the first one,'"Herbert told me. "It brought chills to my body,"he said. "I'm overwhelmed. I didn't expect it."

Carl's view
I contacted Carl Paladino to see if there was any reason he didn't give any more campaign money to Joe Mascia (he said he just doesn't want to be involved in local campaigns) and Paladino got to talking about the length of the Common Council term.  They currently serve four-year terms. "They should be two-year terms," Paladino said. "These people aren't competent to serve four years. It's foolishness to give them four years."

Oh say, they can sing
It's been quite a week in Buffalo for the Star Spangled Banner. Wednesday night, I heard a young girl belting out the song at the final Bison's game of the season.  I tried to find her name, but haven't been able to. Then Thursday,  at a City Hall event in Niagara Square, Victoria Perez-Maggiolo,  sang the anthem to a rousing applause. Amazing voice.  And now it looks like Vanessa Williams will be singing the song at the Sept. 20 Bills-Patriots came. Perez-Maggiolo sang at an event featuring the city's Hispanic community, a flag-raising ceremony that was a prelude to the upcoming Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day parade.  Mayor Brown opened the event, talking about, among other things, the city's Opportunity Pledge, which many of the Hispanic leaders in attendance signed.  "Diversity is not just good will," said Rafael Toro, representing Goya Foods at the event.  "It is good business. If you do not include everyone, you will be left behind."

Count down: Six days until  the primary.

In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com,  I have story on campaign money in the Fillmore and Masten races

P.S. Enjoy the Labor Day Holiday. City Hallways returns Tuesday.

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