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City Hallways (Aug. 3) Where money came from, where it went - Day 2

Money Matters: Day 2

We're going alphabetically by Council district in reviewing campaign financing, so that brings us to Ellicott, represented by Council President Darius Pridgen.

Pridgen had $25,818 on hand in January, and hasn't raised any money since then, according to his July campaign filing, which also says he's spent $1,215 over the past six months. The biggest expense was $300 for tickets to the United Men's Think Tank awards dinner.

That leaves Pridgen with $24,603 remaining in his campaign fund.

BMHA updates

BMHA executive director Dawn Sanders-Garrett recently disclosed that the housing authority is creating a new assistant executive director position. The BMHA already has one assistant executive director, Modesto Candelario, who handles development and finance-related issues. This second assistant executive director would oversee day-to-day operations at the housing developments, sort of a super superintendent to oversee all the building superintendents.

Sanders-Garrett mentioned the new position when  speaking with the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority, which invited her to a meeting because the board wants to learn more about BMHA operations so it can offer some advice on ways to improve agency operations.

In another BMHA topic, ousted commissioner Joe Mascia was scheduled to return to court this morning to argue Mayor Brown didn't have the legal authority to oust him.

City Hallways poll: The Main Street medians

Main Street median near Hertel.

Main Street median near Hertel.

During a recent meeting, some residents argued the medians are a hazard and eyesore. Cars run into them, and trucks run over them.  It's hard to keep plants in them healthy because there's no irrigation in the medians. They want them removed.

Others argue the opposite: These medians are safety tools. Better to hit the medians than pedestrians. And the medians add to the overall aesthetic appeal of Main Street, their supporters argue. They want them to stay.

This week's poll question is:

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And if you have any comments on the issue, just send me an  email or message me on Facebook or Twitter. (I've been getting some really good comments all week from readers, so  please, don't  be shy, and send me your ideas.)

As always, poll will be up all week and results posted Monday.

And only one vote per person, please.

Today's Calendar Items

Community meeting on Ellicott Development's plan for 905 Elmwood Ave.,  6 p.m. at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 875 Elmwood.

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