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City Hallways (April 4): New law could give city comptroller bragging rights

Only CPAs need apply

For about five or six weeks now, City Comptroller Mark Schroeder's been pushing for a law requiring only certified public accountants be appointed to three top jobs in his office – city auditor, city accountant and investment/debt management officer.

It's about professionalism, the comptroller has argued.

But for whatever reasons, it's come to be about more than that at various times.

At one point, it was about the employee union.

At another, it was about minority hiring.

And at another, it was about what future comptrollers may want.

In the end, the union reportedly didn't have a problem with the new law.

Upgrading the position will help minorities – and all employees, a Schroeder spokesman said – since they will have an opportunity to work with a CPA, which is a requirement for anyone seeking to become licensed as a CPA.

And if a future comptroller doesn't like the new law, he or she can ask the Council to change it, lawmakers said.

Given that those concerns were addressed, the City Council is expected today to give its stamp of approval to the CPA requirement – which would seem to give Schroeder, who is running for mayor, bragging rights to say he's professionalized the comptroller's office.

Food beat

A couple more food trucks asking for city licenses: Mobile Fries and Dicky's Barbecue Pit.

Appointed

Mayor Brown is appointing Janice McKinnie of Avery Avenue in North Buffalo to the city's Zoning Board.

Today's calendar items

  • Council meeting this afternoon.

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