No meetings or announcements I'm aware of yet today.
Morning drive in Fruit Belt
I drove through the Fruit Belt shortly before 8:30 this morning. It was already tough to find a parking spot. This photo is on High Street going east toward Jefferson. It was pretty much the same on Carlton, Maple and Mulberry.
The parking shortage is the reason Fruit Belt residents want residential permit parking. Nearby Medical Campus employees take up their parking spots, the residents say. "We have seniors who must park three blocks down to get to their homes, not to mention the issues of loading and unloading groceries and the like," said neighborhood advocate Veronica Hemphill-Nichols. As my colleague Tom Precious is reporting from Albany, the plan needs state approval, and CSEA opposes the plan. Seems the unionized workers prefer free parking on Fruit Belt streets to paid parking on the Medical Campus. The union also says there's not enough on-campus parking. No surprise there since Med Campus administrators have long said there wouldn't be, and urge employees to consider mass transit, car pooling or walking or biking to work. Still, as long as the legislature is in session, neighborhood advocates aren't giving up. "We still have time. Please keep calling all the state senators and spread the word," Nichols emailed supporters Wednesday night.
All candidates in New York State running for office this year are suppose to file their latest campaign fundraising and spending reports next month. So with all nine council members as well as the city comptroller up for re-election, I thought I'd make a quick check on how much money each had the last time they filed. For most - but not all - that was January, which was the last campaign filing deadline.
We'll start with the comptroller, Mark Schroeder: $33,172
Then the councilmembers:
Rich Fontana, Lovejoy: $5,094
Dave Franczyk, Fillmore: $4,691
Joe Golombek, North: $25,231
Mike LoCurto, Delaware: $14,974
Darius Pridgen, Ellicott, , council president: $24,737
Dave Rivera, Niagara:$17,520
Chris Scanlon, South: $4,380
Demone Smith, Masten: -$1,720
Rasheed Wyatt, University: $2,525
Heard in the Hall
I learn so much by eavesdropping on the tours given in City Hall just about every day. Earlier this week, for example, I learned the City Hall elevators don't have electric eyes. So don't throw your arm into a closing elevator door thinking that's going to get the doors to reopen. Apparently all it will do is hurt your arm. Useful advice.
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