City Comptroller Mark Schroeder announces he’s challenging Mayor Byron Brown. (Buffalo News photo/Mark Mulville)

Interesting times

I don't know what I was expecting on this, the first official workday when there's a primary battle within the walls of City Hall, but when I walked into the iconic building today, nothing looked any different.

But of course, something is different – now that City Comptroller Mark Schroeder officially declared on Sunday that he's running against incumbent Mayor Byron Brown.

It should make for some interesting times.

Don't count her out 

Still checking on the mayoral race,  I'm now looking at Betty Jean Grant's Facebook page.

She's saying don't count her out.

"If I run," the Erie County legislator wrote, "I'm running to win."

And she's listing her grievances with the way Brown runs the city.

Neighborhoods need work. Homicides aren't getting solved. Not enough money is allocated for low-income homeowners to fix up their houses. And more.

Grant, by the way, hasn't forgiven Brown for twice supporting her opponent, state Sen. Tim Kennedy, when she ran for state Senate.

In today's Buffalo News,  I have story on Buffalo police getting new weapons, but not the ones the PBA requested.

Today's calendar items

  • Council caucus meeting this afternoon to get ready for tomorrow's Council meeting.

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