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City Hallways (July 20) No laughing matter

Back story on today's photo. Twice in two days, while in the lobby of City Hall, I heard two different tour guides talking about the four statute-like carvings in the center of the room. So I took pictures of the four, including the one pictured here. Each carving, according to the tour guides, represents a trait desired in our elected officials - virtue, diligence,  service and fidelity. The above carving is Service.
Some of the skeptics on one of the recent tours got a kick out of the these virtuous characteristics being  associated with elected officials.
"They sure had a good sense of humor," one tourist quipped, referring to the statue designers.
"No laughing," the guide responded. "This is a tour."
Side note: Two of the statues crafted by the building designers are male;  two are female. Right now, all elected officials in City Hall are male.

Calendar Items
City, state and federal leaders will be in City Hall this afternoon to sign Mayor Brown's Opportunity Pledge,  a celebration of the city's diversity and  promise to ensure that all city residents and businesses benefit from Buffalo's economic upturn. The pledge seems to be picking up steam. Last week, Leadership Buffalo came to City Hall to sign.
Rural/Metro ambulance contract on the agenda when Common Council has its pre-meeting caucus later this afternoon. If the council gets answers to its questions, it might vote tomorrow on a new ambulance provider contract for the city.

On the Campaign Trail
With the Delaware District bruhaha settled with Joel Ferleto's appointment,  the focus now turns to the Masten and Fillmore district races, among the few contests with  Democratic primaries. There also  is a Democratic primary in the Ellicott District, but it's not considered much of a race. The Masten Democratic primary  is expected to be a strong battle between four candidates. The three-way Fillmore Democratic primary is expected to be nasty. The first salvo is being thrown out by challenger Joseph Mascia, who thinks incumbent Dave Franczyk should lose his Democratic endorsement for also seeking a Republican line. Democratic leadership says that's not going to happen.  I'll have more on this later in the week.

p.s. This being political season, City Hallways is likely to have a regular On the Campaign Trail item for the next few months.

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