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City Hallways (April 29) From Monet to Kandinsky in City Hall


There's a great student art exhibit in City Hall. This piece is among my favorites: "A House for Hermit Crab," by Ms. Nadine Jones's Pre-K class at Houghton Academy, School 69.

Here's another, this one Paul Klee-inspired art by Mrs. O'Brien and Mrs. Jarmusz's Hillery Park School youngsters:



The other  election

We're hearing so much about  the upcoming school board elections next week, but I thought I'd update a lower-profile election - the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority tenant commissioner election coming up June 14.

Two candidates initially knocked off the ballot - Leonard Williams and Rudolphus Jones - have been reinstated, so now seven candidates are competing for two tenant commissioner posts.

Normally, the media pays little, if any, attention to a BMHA race. But this year is a little different.

Joe Mascia, the suspended tenant commissioner, is seeking re-election. That's  happening even though the BMHA passed a "Mascia law," banning anyone forced off the board for cause from returning for at least two terms. In this case, the hearing officer who listened to testimony for and against Mascia hasn't get made a recommendation on whether or not Mascia should be kicked off the board for a racist rant he made while being secretly tape-recorded last year.

And even if the hearing officer prior to the June election calls for Mascia's ouster, Mascia is expected to appeal that decision.

Also running are  Rebecca Soto, Dennis Waite,  Robin Edwards and Renato Graham.

Countdown to City Budget news
It's budget day in City Hall. Brown has a press conference scheduled for this afternoon to present the budget to the  media, and therefore the public. The document will also be officially presented to the Common Council, which has scheduled a special session for later today to accept the document. Budget hearings begin Monday, and the budget must be adopted by May 21. It goes into effect July 1.

Countdown to Primary Day
The Indiana primary is Tuesday.

In today's Buffalo News and, I have story on the city budget as well as one on a 13-month-old whose family credits a Buffalo police officer with saving her life.

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