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City Hallways (Aug.9 ) Golombek repays his mom, financial reports show

Money Matters: Week 2, day 2.

Alphabetically speaking, we are up to the Niagara District, represented by Dave Rivera, in our continuing look at Common Council  financial disclosure reports filed with the state Board of Elections a few weeks ago.

Rivera's campaign treasurer filed a "No Activity" report, indicating that no money was raised or spent between January and July 2016. Rivera's prior financial disclosure filings show he had $17,520 in his account as of January 2015.

Rivera said he hasn't had any fundraisers in a while, and that, in general, does very little spending, beyond making some contributions to nonprofit organizations. Still, Rivera said he would check with his treasurer to make sure his most recent reports are complete.

Given Rivera's July report was so thin, I'm continuing on to the financial disclosure reports for our next Council District, North, represented by  Joe Golumbek.

Golombek started out with $35,633 in January,  raised $9,865 and spent $19,731 over the next six months. He ended up with $25,767, the reports show.

Golombek's biggest supporters included the taxi cab industry.  Golombek, who seems to serve as Council liaison to the taxi industry, received $500 from the International Taxi Association and another $100 from Liberty Cab of Buffalo.

His biggest expense was $13,660 transferred to the Golombek for Reform committee set up in 2010 when Golombek  ran  for state Assembly. Golombek's mother, Elizabeth Golombek, loaned the Assembly campaign $16,000 at the time.

Golombek repaid that $16,000 loan last month, using the $13,660 he transferred into the Golombek for Reform account, as well as some funds already in that fund.

The Golombek for Reform Assembly account is now empty.

The Committee to Elect Joseph Golombek Council account is what has $25,767 remaining.

Medians on  the  Mend
Given the recent City Hallways poll on the Main Street medians, I took a ride past yesterday morning and noticed city crews out doing some work on them. So I took this picture. I'll be writing more on the issue in the next day or two.


In today's Buffalo News and, my colleague Jonathan Epstein has story on Mayor Brown's view on the  One Seneca tower and another  on AM&A's development.

Also, if you missed it, here's my story from last Sunday on Steve Pigeon's political money maze.

Today's Calendar Items

New program being announced to help Say Yes college students with day-to-day college expenses.

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