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City Hallways (July 28) So much Mascia & more

Calendar Items
Planning Board meets this a.m.  Lots of public hearings, including  for site plan of former Trico building being turned into mixed-use development at southern corner of Medical Campus, demolition at Gates Circle development, and a Family Dollar at 909 Jefferson Ave.

The city's pools and splash pads are staying open at least one extra hour today and tomorrow,  from 11  a.m. until 8 p.m.,  because of the high temperatures.

Outside of City Hall, Open Buffalo scheduled a press conference for today to talk about "Successes and priorities of movement for a more equitable  and Democratic city." Folks like Aaron Bartley, Erin Heaney, Sam Magavern and Rev. Giles expected to be there.

Mascia Watch
Again. So much. Where to begin? We'll start with the campaign nominating  petitions. They aren't all reviewed yet, but it's looking like Joe Mascia as well as Sam Herbert will remain on the ballot for the Democratic primary battle against incumbent Fillmore District Councilman Dave Franczyk.
I heard that Franczyk gave up his challenge against Herbert's petitions, but that Mascia's still mounting his against Herbert, who, by the way, is the only African-American in the three-way Dem primary.
"I'd rather have a race between Franczyk and me," Mascia said. "A two-man race, and let's see what the people want."
Mascia said he needs to disqaulify 46 signatures to get Herbert knocked off the ballet. If it can't be done, "so be it," he said.

More on Mascia
Is he ready to resign from the BMHA?
Channel 2 WGRZ tweeted that Mascia is ready to step aside.  Mascia says he's not.
It all started Monday morning when the BMHA Tenants Advisory Board met. The group decided not to take up the Mascia issue because Mascia wasn't there.
But one of the board members told the media that Mascia told him he's ready to talk about resigning with dignity. Mascia, however, said that's not the way the conversation went.  "We were going  to sit down talk about the issues, " Mascia said Monday night.  That discussion, he said, could include whether it was necessary for him to resign.  As of now, though,  Mascia  said, he doesn't believe it is necessary to resign. "People are starting to understand what happened and why," he said.
Meanwhile, the BMHA's Ethics Committee this week is expected to meet on the issue. Following that meeting, the committee has 20 days to make a recommendation on what, if any, disciplinary action is necessary.
Mascia, however, said he's not convinced the BMHA has the authority to force his resignation.

And more
 I was suppose to meet with Mascia Monday afternoon, but he got behind scheduled, then  went to the Apollo Theater on Jefferson Ave. for a couple taped TV  interviews. One is  on today, at  8 a.m. and 4 p.m, on Channel 40 . The other airs 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Saturday, also on Channel 20
"It's a whole hour," he said of the Channel 20 interviews. "A chance for me to get my side out."

That dispute over the big fence at the big house  on Nottingham Terrace is being negotiated privately between lawyers for the two sides. At least for now.

The governor's latest appointment to the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Board will be Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

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