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City Hallways (June 24) Can u say Ga'nigo:i:yoh?

Calendar Items
Zoning board meets this afternoon. Family Dollar store proposed for 2675 Main St., back on the agenda; also plans for a birthing center on Humboldt Parkway and cookie sales cart on Elmwood Ave. The Nottingham fence project won't be on today. It's been postponed until next month at request of the homeowner.

Mayor Brown will be promoting recycling today. He's  heading to the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Tonawanada this morning, where executives will be loading a truck with 50 new recycling bins designated for Buffalo's waterfront
As a side note, the City of Opportunity design contest Mayor Brown scheduled for yesterday was cancelled.  I haven't heard of a new date for that yet.

So long Demone
A couple weeks go, amid rumors that Demone Smith was moving on, I asked the Masten  councilman if he was leaving City Hall. Smith was  open about it.  That rumor, he said, has been floating around for a year, ever seen he applied for the job heading up  the Buffalo  Employment and Training Center. When we spoke,  Smith said he hadn't heard anything about  whether he would be tapped for the position, and  that he was planning to run for a third term as Masten Councilman. But then Monday evening,  Mayor Brown told him he got the job.
Smith's an interesting cog on the council and in Brown's overall political wheel.  He's the council majority leader, a  role that made him the council's primary  link to the mayor's office.  That's a role Smith was very comfortable with. He's been a Brown loyalist  for years, going back to his days as a City Hall intern to then Masten Councilman Brown.

Can you say Ga'nigo:i:yoh:?
When talks of renaming Squaw Island were ongoing, and it was clear Unity Island would likely be the new name,  I asked one of the Senecas how to pronounce the word in the Seneca language. The Seneca word is Ga'nigo:i:yoh. Phonetically, that's Ga'-nego-e-yoh.
After the council yesterday approved the name Unity Island,  I did a little research on the growing opposition to public places named Squaw. I read that Minnesota in 1996 became the first state to ban the word. Oregon, Montana and Maine soon followed.

Money Matters - Council
Today we look at Lovejoy Councilman  Rich Fontana's campaign contributions and spending reports.
Fontana raised $21,152 on council campaigns going back to 2006, and through January 2015. He's spent $16,023 during that period, according to reports filed with the New York State Board of Elections.
Biggest contributors, $1,000 or more since 2006:

  • Buffalo District Council AFSCME 35 - $1,500
  • Carl Paladino companies: $1,100
  • Da New Castle Inc, Canadaigua, $1,000
  • Finger Lakes Bone & Joint, Geneva, $1,000
  • Gail Alexander, Canadaigua - $1,000
  • Harmac Medical, Buffalo - $1,000
  • Profit Media Group INc., Geneva - 1000
  • Super Price Chopper, Buffalo,  - $1,000
  • Flexo Transparent Inc., Buffalo - $1,000

Biggest expenses, over $500 since 2006

  • Potts Deli, Buffalo: $1,486
  • Royal Printing, Buffalo: $1,012
  • Good Government Club, Buffalo: $825
  • Head East Civic Club, Buffalo: $795
  • Restaurant Depot, Cheekotwaga: $668

In today's Buffalo News and my colleague Harold McNeil has story on Demone Smith's new job as well as  the renaming Squaw Island to Unity Island.


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