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City Hallways (Feb. 29) A Poll: On the Issues

Jobs to housing, crime to  taxes

 City Hallways poll: Tell us what you think. Which of these nine issues do you consider the most important facing the city  of Buffalo? Next most important, and next after  that?
As always, I'll leave the poll up all week, then report back on the results next Monday, and try to have an analysis of results later in the week.
City Hallways readers know the routine. Only one ballot per person please.

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And for analysis purposes, we'd like to get some demographic info from you:

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Thursday  Town Meeting

During a  news conference on the upcoming Town  Hall  on the  heroin/opioid epidemic, I heard what sounded like a  new  approach emerging from law enforcement.

"Addicts need treatment. Dealers need jail,"  said  acting District Attorney Michael Flaherty.

And Mayor Brown  spoke of the Buffalo Police Department working with other law enforcement on a  plan to assist addicts who ask  for  help in getting  them  that  help,  rather than criminalizing their behavior.

There were over 200 overdose deaths  in  Erie  County last  year.

Thursday's Town Hall is  being held  7 p.m.  to 9 the  North Park Theater on Hertel Avenue. It was organized by Avi and  Julie Israel working  with  Delaware Councilman Joel  Feroleto. A full slate of politicians, law enforcement officials  and medical experts will be there. The Israel's  son  killed  himself  in 2011  while  addicted  to  prescription opioids.

BTW,  Buffalo and Erie County aren't the only localities looking  for  new approaches to the epidemic. I  read  over  the weekend  that the mayor of  Ithaca wants to create a safe zone in that  city  where addicts can inject heroin under supervision to help reduce the overdose deaths.


Senate District 60 Update

Latest  is Republican County Clerk Chris Jacobs considering run for  the high profile state Senate race.

Some money facts: Jacobs doesn't have  an active Senate  finance campaign fund, but  his  county clerk  campaign  fund  had $316,957 in  it at the  end  of January.  Kenmore attorney Kevin Stocker, also  considering a GOP run  for  the 60th Senate GOP  primary, had  $6,238 in the Senate campaign  fund,  set up from past elections.  Assistant D.A. James Gardner, also talking  about jumping in on the  Republican side, doesn't have  a  campaign finance  fund  set  up.
On Democratic side, incumbent state Sen. Marc Panepinto  has $140,922 in his campaign fund.  Amber Small, the  Parkside Community  Association executive  director who recently jumped into the  Democratic  race, has not yet reported any campaign  funds,   but  she  just announced a $25-per-person  event on  March 16.   Democrat Al Coppola is also  again talking about a run. Coppola's campaiagn  fund, set  up  from prior races,  had $10,240 left from 2014 campaign, finance reports show.

Calendar Items

City officials  this  morning  announcing  a  "language access plan" to help the city  police department better serve residents with limited English language  proficiency.

Common Council has pre-meeting caucus this afternoon.

Also, Happy Leap  Day!


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