Trivial Pursuit - mayoral edition
A few things I learned Thursday about Mayor Brown:
He was a Boy Scout as a kid.
His favorite Girl Scout cookies are Shortbread.
He has a Marvel comic book collection that includes comic books going back to the 1970s.
I learned all this during a Girl Scout cookie kickoff Brown had in his City Hall office Thursday afternoon with Scout troop 31148
During the event, Brown bought lots of cookies, and shared some Shortbread cookies with the girls.
One wants to be a news reporter. One a civil engineer or soccer player. A couple aren't sure yet. And Lizz Nieman of Cheektowaga likes to draw comic book characters.
Brown suggested she consider creating a comic book with him as the superhero. With big muscles and a cool costume.
Lizz seemed to like the idea.
A Smokin' debate
The sidebar discussion on the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority's proposed smoking ban got so hot Thursday that it had to be taken outside the room.
A tenant from the A. D. Price housing development, a non-smoker, spoke in favor of the proposed ban during a public hearing.
"I am for non-smoking," Elizabeth Henderson said. "The air system really is no good. I am getting smoke from other people's apartments, not only cigarettes but drug fumes as well."
A tenant from the Sedita Apartments, a smoker, spoke against the ban. "It's wrong not to be able to smoke in your own home," said Dennis Waite.
The two got to talking after the public hearing ended.
"You should be ashamed of yourself," the A.D. Price tenant said to the Sedita tenant.
"Why," the Sedita Apartments tenant asked the A.D. Price tenant. "This is about civil rights. The Bill of Rights."
"There are no vents going to other rooms," he said.
As the exchange got more heated, a BMHA staffer asked the two to take their argument outside because their raised voices were interfering with other conversations in the room.
The two went into the hallway, where the dispute continued without resolution, until both left to go home.
Deep South Taco News
The Taco restaurant that's the talk of Hertel - sometimes good talk, sometimes bad - is before the Planning Board Monday, and then the subject of a Common Council public hearing 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Last day to vote
A City Hallways poll: Tell us what you think. Which of these nine issues do you consider the most important facing the city of Buffalo? Next most important, and next after that?
As always, I'll leave the poll up all week, then report back on the results next Monday, and try to have an analysis of results later in the week.
City Hallways readers know the routine. Only one ballot per person please.
Some demographic info for analytic purposes please.