Buffalo Sewer Authority meets this morning.
Mayor Brown and North District Councilman Joe Golombek are scheduled to kick off the summer pool season by jumping into the Riverside pool later this morning. But as I read the press release I see the small print says "weather permitting." So that's iffy.
The Masten seat
From what I'm now hearing, seems pretty sure bet that the council won't be temporarily filling the open Masten seat created when Demone Smith left the Common Council last week for a better-paying job. Makes more sense to let voters decide since the September primary is just two months away. By the way, one of the people we hear is interested in running for the Masten council seat is school board member Sharon Belton-Cottman.
Meanwhile, the council is expected next week to name Niagara Councilman Dave Rivera to replace Smith as council majority leader. The post carries a few thousand dollar stipend, and involves getting agenda items ready for meetings and negotiating with Brown Administration when necessary. Rivera is now council president pro-tem. That post will go to South District Councilman Chris Scanlon. The pro-tem fills in when the council president isn't around.
New Year in July - fiscal year, that is.
The calendar says July, which to most of us means the year's half over. But in city government, July 1 is the beginning of the fiscal year.
That means, among other things:
- Starting today, traffic tickets received in Buffalo get paid to City Hall -- no longer to the state DMV.
- White -collar unionized employees get a 3 percent raise as part of a multi-year contract approved a few months back. Per the city charter, most political appointees in City Hall also get that 3 percent raise today. A few of Brown's top appointees -- the city attorney, public works commissioner and Strategic Planning director -- are getting more than 3 percent. That's a reflection of the work those city officials do, and how their salaries stacked up to pay scales in other municipalities, Mayor Brown said.
Money Matters - Delaware District Councilman Mike LoCurto
Our continuing look at campaign finances goes to the Delaware District today. LoCurto raised $108,315 and spent $103,084 from January 2007 through December 2014, according to New York State Board of Elections campaign filings.
Here's his largest donors, those contributing $2,000 or more over the eight-year period:
Building & Construction Trades - $3,000
Joan LoCurto -$2,950
Kathryn Foster - $2,500
AFSCME, 35 - $2,650
Citizens for Hoyt - $2,250
SEIU - $2,000
Here's his biggest expenses, $3,000 or more:
Abbey Mecca, Williamsville, printing - $17,298
North Buffalo Printing, - $5,340
Good Neighbor Democrats, Buffalo, contribution - $5,000
Agha Motasim, rent, Buffalo - $5,000
Erie County Democratic Party, contribution - $4,094
Friends of Maria Whyte, contribution - $3,000
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