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MAYOR'S HARSH WORDS STING BUSINESS OWNERS

I feel great empathy for Frank Ganci and his family, who closed their West Side business after 74 years. Mayor Anthony Masiello's comments in a Sept. 19 News article about the grocery store's closing stung like a Band-Aid ripped off a fresh wound. There are many of us like the Ganci family. It's not the new computer and cable companies that have saved this city -- it's the small businesses that have stood by Buffalo for the last 20-odd years, optimistically hoping for improvement.

Trying to survive in business on the city's West or East Side is a battle few can win. Many of us would like to relocate to hot new areas of the city or suburbs, but it is not economically feasible. I cannot believe Masiello called Ganci "bitter." I'm sure "devastated" is the word, along with exhausted and unappreciated by the City of Buffalo.

KELLY FORNESS

Buffalo

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