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City Hallways (July 17) Calabrese's LoCurto story

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I haven't heard of any meetings or press conferences for today yet.

Extra, Extra, read all about it
In case you haven't heard, hundreds of "extras" are needed for a new movie being filmed in Buffalo, a thriller titled: "Trial."  The movie director talked about it during a City Hall press conference, and said  anyone interested should send a photo and contact info (name, age,email and phone number) to: PutMeInTheMovie@gmail.com

Even more on the LoCurto exit
Here's an interesting Mike LoCurto story I heard this week in the midst of the bruhaha over his early exit from the Delaware District council race. It comes from Carl Calabrese,  Republican former Tonawanda Town supervisor and Deputy Erie County Executive. Calabrese now works for a lobbying/government relations  firm. He was in City Hall  representing one of his firm's clients. We got to talking about LoCurto, and Calabrese told me this story:
Years after getting his undergraduate college degree, Calabrese said, he returned to UB to get a masters  in regional planning. When it was time to write his thesis, Calabrese got a bit  panicky. His research skills were fine,  but Calabrese was unsure about some format rules -- citations and such -- for scholarly papers. He told his department head he needed help with the format. She told him about the department's  annual  competition for the best graduate thesis. The winner that year was Mike LoCurto. "He put together a dynamite thesis," Calabrese said she told him. So Calabrese contacted LoCurto,  who went though Calabrese's thesis do make sure the citations and other format issues were correct. Calabrese said he paid LoCurto for his help, and also  included an acknowledgement to Mike LoCurto in the thesis.

And a bit more
I'm looking through campaign finance reports. Looks like  the family of Joel Feroleto, who will likely replace LoCurto as Delaware District councilman,  contributed about $20,000 to the Erie County Democratic Party between 2006 and 2015; and  another $1,000 in 2011 and 2015 to campaigns supporting Jeremy Zellner,  the Erie County Democratic Party chairman. Total contributions from the Feroleto family since 2000 to numerous state and local campaigns, PACs and party organizations totals almost $200,000, according to state Board of Elections documents. Joel Feroleto's contributions were about $1,500 of that. Most contributions seem to be from Joel's,  father, John A.,  a personal injury attorney in Buffalo.

The 716
Mayor Brown stopped by The Buffalo News's City Hall office yesterday and offered me a copy of the proclamation declaring July 16 - 716 - Buffalove Day. Obviously, Brown issues lots of proclamations, and I don't think I've written one down in its entirety before. But c'mon. This is Buffalove Day. We should all know what it says, right? So here it is:
WHEREAS,  “Buffalove”  is an affectionate term for Buffalo, New York, used by a wide variety of Buffalo residents – past and present – to describe the City of Good Neighbors; and
WHEREAS,  Support for “Buffalove” continues to grow in Buffalo, Western New York and across the United States and beyond as New York’s second largest city re-claims its spot as one of the greatest cities in America; with over $5 billion in new economic development activity expected to create over 12,000 new jobs, Buffalo is experiencing a significant revitalization that’s transforming Buffalo, strengthening neighborhoods citywide, bringing new businesses, residents and opportunity to Buffalo; and
WHEREAS, “Buffalove Day” is a celebration of Buffalo pride and coincides with the date, July 16th…or 7-1-6…Buffalo’s well recognized and iconic area code; and
WHEREAS,  Buffalo Boosters Jason Lloyd Clement and Casey William Milbrand recently opened Buffalove Headquarters at the ‘Pop-In’ on Grant Street, a community-based storefront; Buffalove Headquarters celebrates a growing brand of Buffalo pride, captured both by the Buffalo-inspired art on the space’s walls and by its owners’ vision to offer a community space to creatively contribute to the wealth of Buffalo’s cultural life; and
WHEREAS,  As part of Buffalove Day, other Buffalo Boosters, made up of city residents and business owners, will show their support for our city by signing The Buffalo Opportunity Pledge as a reflection of their support in building a city of diversity, inclusion and equity in Buffalo; and
WHEREAS,  If everyone in Buffalo strongly advocates for inclusion and equity, Buffalo will continue to grow and thrive, while ensuring that every city resident - every city business owner – can succeed and participate in Buffalo’s significant revival.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT I, BYRON W. BROWN, Mayor of the City of Buffalo, do hereby proclaim July 16, 2015 …or 7-1-6… as  Buffalove Day in the City of Buffalo and encourage my fellow citizens to celebrate Buffalo, embrace diversity and support opportunity for all Buffalo residents.

In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews. com, here's story on Democratic Party's pick to replace LoCurto in Delaware District, and also story by my colleague Harold McNeil on the new movie being filmed in Buffalo.

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