One of the community's best known preservation activists has announced he will challenge incumbent Legislator Albert DeBenedetti in the September Democratic primary.
Tim Tielman, executive director of the non-profit Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture and Culture, said his campaign will center on re-establishing the county's financial foundation and economic revitalization through preservation and public interest planning.
The longtime advocate of planning and preservation already is concentrating on reclaiming as much waterfront land as possible.
"The water can be our salvation, but we've got to get the (Niagara) Thruway out and the parks in," he said. "A long-term goal should be to create a new boulevard in an underutilized rail corridor between Scajaquada Creek and the Youngmann Highway. It would uplift the entire neighborhood and region."
Tielman also seeks more open county government, advocating night-time legislative and committee meetings.
He has been a lecturer and author on the Buffalo waterfront and on local preservation projects.