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City Hallways (Aug. 15) Election 2017 speculation begins in City Hall

From Hillary Clinton to her friend Byron Brown

As my story in today's Buffalo News says, there's speculation inside and outside City Hall that Mayor Brown - the New York State Democratic chairman - could be offered some kind of  Washington, D.C.  post if Democrat Hillary Clinton wins the presidency.

Brown, as the story says, isn't speculating on anything, saying his only focus is his current job as Buffalo mayor.

Nonetheless, as the speculation continues, a letter Clinton sent to Brown makes for interesting reading. In it, Clinton refers to Brown as "my  friend" as she congratulates the mayor on being named state Democratic party chairman.

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Money Matters -  City Comptroller Mark Schroeder

Today's story also talks about speculation that city comptroller Mark Schroeder is gearing up for a mayoral run  in 2017.

As the story says, Schroeder in January had $91,613 in campaign funds, and raised $50,934 and spent $24,632 over the past six months - leaving him with $117,915,  the most in Schroeder's campaign fund since he become comptroller in 2012.

The campaign filing reports show Schroeder's largest contributions over the past six months include $6,500 from the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association.

Other contributions include $5,000 from Maxwell Murphy LLC, a property management company on Delaware Ave., and $2,500 from the Building & Construction Trades Council of Buffalo, located in West Seneca.

Schroeder's spending includes $4,700 to SB Marketing and Consultation, Buffalo; and $1,000 to the Erie County Democratic Party. There's also $100 to the Buffalo Chophouse restaurant for what are listed as two campaign meetings; and $159 for four political or campaign meetings at Doc Sullivan's, an Abbott Road Pub.

The expense report also lists donations to various community organizations and events, including $225 for the Gaelic American Athletic Association, $100 for the Community Action Organization anniversary celebration, $100 for the Grease Poll Festival, $100 for German American Musicians and $75 for the Juneteenth Festival.

(Tomorrow I'll look at Mayor Brown's campaign fund.)

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