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City Hallways (June 26) #34 helping Buffalo

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Friday. Remember? Not a big day at City Hall for official meetings.

So long Demone
It's Councilman Demone Smith no more. Today is the  Masten councilman's last day in City Hall/ first day at his new job as head of  the city's Employment and  Training Center.  He got a big raise with the move. As council majority leader he made $57,000 last year. The ETC center director gets $89,000.

I mentioned yesterday that the council has the option of appointing someone to the Masten seat temporarily until the end of the year. I  meant to mention  the council also has the option of leaving the seat vacant, and waiting for voters to pick a replacement in the fall election. When I got to work yesterday I was hearing the council might make an  appointment, possibly of a woman. By the time the day  ended, I heard neither was going to happen -- no temporary appointment, and therefore no woman. Or man for that matter.

Some promotions yesterday on police force.
Lt. Robert V. Rosenswie was promoted to captain while officers Derrick R. Banaszak, Edwin L. Garris and edmond  J. Labby were promoted to Lieutenant.

Money Matters -  Niagara Councilman Dave Rivera.
As part of  our continuing look at campaign finances. Rivera raised $91,043   for his council campaigns since 2007, and spent $ 66,135 , according to campaign reports filed with the State Board of Elections.
Here's his major contributors, those  giving him $1,500 or more:

Edwin Martinez - $5,000
Erie County Democratic Party - $3,500
Carl Paladino companies - $3,250
Buffalo Firefighters' Union, local 282 -$2,240
Marc Panepinto - $2,050
IUOE Local 17, $1,625
Buffalo Police union- $1,600
Arab American Business Association - $1,500

Here's his major expenses, over $1,500:

Abbey Mecca advertising company, Williamsville - $7,037
Delaware North Printing , Buffalo, - $6,545
Marc Panepinto, literature, Buffalo, $5,500
U.S. Post Office, $3,183
Friends of Maria Whyte contribution - $3,000
DVD Printing - $2,342
Sean Cooney consultant, Buffalo,  $1,594

34 and more
Quick. When you hear the number 34, what do you think of? That's a question some city officials asked themselves recently while working on Buffalo's "34 or more" campaign to bring the city's recycling rate  above the  national average of 34 percent. Thirty-four, someone in the room noted, was the number worn by Thurman Thomas, the Buffalo Bill's  Hall of Fame running back. Thomas was contacted, and agreed to help out the city by  by volunteering to do some radio ads promoting recycling  in Buffalo.. Listen for the ads on WUFO.

In today's Buffalo News and, my colleague Mark Sommer has story on major student housing project planned in a neighborhood near Buffalo State College. I wrote about Mayor Brown's  announcement that the city is launching a design contest for a logo to help promote  economic diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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