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City Hallways (July 14) Standing room only

Calendar Items
Planning board meets this morning. The agenda includes the student housing complex planed for 643 Grant St., a new Rite Aid Store at  789 Tonawanda St., and a medical pediatric office planned for a former florist shop on 2924 Main St.,
Also, Council committee meetings today, starting with Civil Service and Finance in the morning then Community Development and Legislation in the afternoon.

Busy Day. More calendar items....
Mayor Brown is expected to announce this morning the winner of the Buffalo Opportunity Pledge  logo design contest. That's the one for a design celebrating diversity and inclusiveness in Buffalo.
Also,pretty big press conferecne this afternoon when Mayor Brown joins top officials from M&T Bank, UB, and NFTA to unveil details of the Wifi network being installed downtown, right into canalside.

Silly Season
I walked over to the county Election Board office Monday figuring I'd take a quick look at the nominating petitions filed by candidates for Common Council  seats.
Was I in for a surprise.
There wasn't an empty computer to be found in the second- floor, Eagle Street office where the Election Board makes petitions available for review.
It was more like 'Take a number" til a seat is available.
From what I could tell most of the folks there were going through signatures obtained by opposing camps, looking for signatures or entire petitions that might not be legit.
In particular, seems like there were folks going through the Masten and Fillmore district petitions, which makes sense since those are the council seats with plenty of candidates.
On the flip side, the  University, North and South District races seem to be pretty much over. No one filed petitions to run against incumbents in those districts. Similarly, Comptroller Mark Schroeder and City Court Judge JaHarr Pridgen are running unopposed right now.

Money Matters - Fillmore District Councilman Dave Franczyk
In the final installment of this first-round look at campaign spending, we examine the $60,028  raised and $56,666 spent by Franczyk  from January 2007 through the end of 2014.
Here's Franczyk's largest contributions, those of $1,000 or more:
AFSCME 35 - $5,700
David and AnnMarie Franczyk -  $2,993
Jon and Heather Williams - $1,950
Dominic Carnevale - $1,750
Michael Kuzma - $1,050
Lucky Market - $1,000

Here's Franczyks' largest expenses, those greater than $1,500:
Brand-On Services, fundraiser - $7,111
U.S.Postal Service - $4,928
Partners Press,  literature - $3,304
Erie County Democratic Party, contribution - $2,774
Zenger Group, literature - $2,491
Keller Bros. & Miller Printing - $2,135.
Panagrahics, literature - $1,986

In today's Buffalo News and, check out my story on Delaware District Councilman Mike LoCurto exiting City Hall for the Poloncarz Administration.
Also, a short piece on Buffalo-New York City tourism campaign.

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