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City Hallways (June 22) City Hall Solstice Mystery

Back story on this week's City Hallways picture. Simple. It's June. So when I noticed this door - and the bunting on the wall behind it - of the City Clerk's office recently, I figured now was the right time of year  to post this picture.

Calendar Items
Council members caucus today. It's when they discuss what's going to be on  agenda for tomorrow's formal Council meeting.

Lesson from S. Carolina: Silence not Always Golden
Like so many people, I've been following the South Carolina massacre stories. As part of that, I've read comments Buffalo's Common Council president- a pastor and elected official -  posted on social media. There's one Twitter post from Pridgen I thought was worth noting here: "Silence is not a leader it is an agreement."

 Money Matters - Comptroller 
As promised, I'm going to be looking at campaign money for all the City Hall candidates. First up this week is incumbent Comptroller Mark Schroeder, who, from  2011 through January 2015, raised $236,996 and spent $203,096, according to campaign filing reports.
Biggest contributors listed, those giving Schroeder's campaign more than $3,000
  • Buffalo Firefighters union: $3,350
  • Phillips Lytle, Buffalo, law firm: $3,455
  • Louis Ciminelli, developer: $3,500
  • Dansa and Darta, Buffalo accounting firm: $4,000
  • Harter Secrest & Emery,  Albany, law firm: $6,500
  • Mosey Persico, Buffalo, law firm: $6,750
  • Maxwell Murphy, Buffalo, law firm: $7,500

Biggest  expenses listed, those exceeding $5,000

  • Ditondo's restaurant: $5,522
  • Higgins For Congress campaign: $5,705
  • SB Marketing, Buffalo: $5,826

City Hall Solstice Mystery
The sun rises early this time of year. I don't. So I didn't independently verify this yesterday. And before I go on, I gotta say this isn't a subject I know a lot about, so my apologies to the scientific community if I don't get this precisely right. But it's kind of cool, so I want to give it a try. Here goes:

Just before 6 a.m., Sunday,  the day of  the summer Solstice,  I'm told the path of the rising sun's rays was perfectly aligned  with the downtown section of the Kensington Highway,  and if you followed the line a short distance further, that sun's rays led straight to City Hall.

Apparently, if true - and I have no reason to believe it's not -  that means City Hall has something in common with the Taj Mahal, Stonehenge and Machu Picchu, which all have features that align with the rising sun at the solstice.

I'm not sure what that means in term of  the City Hall or lower Kensington designs, but if anyone knows,  I'd love to hear about it. And will post your comments. Also, if you're interested,  here is link to the sun calculator that shows this phenomenon. Just put in Buffalo City Hall, with the June 21 Summer Solstice date.

(p.s.  The Solstice was 12:39 p.m. Sunday, so the alignment was the day of, but about 7  before the actual Solstice. Thanks to those who pointed this out.)

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