Common Council meets this afternoon.
This is one of final council meetings before a shortened August break, so there's lots on the agenda today, but as always, I can't say for sure which items the lawmakers will vote on.
One thing I do know, the ambulance contract isn't ready for a vote. There was a noontime meeting Monday on that issue between council members, the fire commissioner and the city attorney's office. The Brown Administration folks turned over to the council some of the material it was waiting for. That includes copies of the initial proposals submitted by the different ambulance companies, and copies of the scoring used by the Administration's sub-committee that reviewed the documents. Council is waiting for more information from the city's Emergency Services Medical board. As of now, it looks like the new contract will be voted upon in August. The council's usually on recess in August, but is talking about having a special meeting at the beginning of the month for the ambulance contract, and some other items, including, I hear, the new police contract.
After more than nine years, this is likely last council meeting for Mike LoCurto, the Delaware District Councilmember who starts his new job as Erie County's deputy director of Environment and Planning July 31.
On the Campaign Trail
Let's suppose efforts by some city GOP succeed, and a Republican candidate for the Delaware District council seat lands on the November ballot. Of the 15,724 registered voters in the Delaware District, 12,642 are Democrats. So even if all the 974 Republicans, 1,619 unaffiliated voters, and minor party voters cast ballots for the Republicans, you'd still expect a landslide victory for the Democrat Joel Feroleto. It might even translate into more Democratic votes for the incumbent Democratic county executive, Mark Poloncarz. Here's story in today's paper on the GOP effort.
We are the world
Mayor Brown assembled 15 of Buffalo's federal, state and city elected officials to a City Hall ceremony Monday to sign his "Opportunity Pledge" embracing diversity.
Council President Darius Pridgen noted the group itself was kind of diverse.
"Some of us are short, some of us tall. Some have grey hair, some have black hair. Some have no hair," he quipped.
I took the opportunity to do my own diversity head count. The 15 included: one Hispanic male (Councilman Dave Rivera) , one black female (Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes), three black males (Brown, Council President Darius Pridgen and Councilman Rasheed Wyatt) , and 10 white males -- Congressman Higgins, State Sen. Tim Kennedy, Assemblymen Micky Kearns and Sean Ryan; City Comptroller Mark Schroeder, and Councilmen Rich Fontana, Mike LoCurto, Chris Scanlon, Dave Franczyk and Joe Golombek. There was also one more white male invited who did not attend, Sen. Marc Panepinto. There were no white women.
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