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City Hallways (July 20) A no comment from the schools chief

Not in their purview

As it has done in many years past, the Council recently adopted a resolution asking the state to move Buffalo school board elections, now held in May, to November to coincide with the general election.

North Councilman Joe Golombek Jr., the prime sponsor of the perennial request, says it would reduce costs and likely increase voter turnout.

A copy of the resolution was forwarded to Superintendent Kriner Cash, asking for his comment on the idea.

"On behalf of Superintendent Cash, and pursuant to our administrative practice, district officials do not offer comment on election matters,"  Will Keresztes, one of Cash's top assistants, responded in a memo to the Council.

Dance floor update:

The Common Council Tuesday voted unanimously to send the Allen Street Hardware cafe's request for a dance license permit to its Legislation committee for review and discussion.

Allen Street is in Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk's district, and he's also chair of the Legislation Committee. So Franczyk will have a lot of say in whether the application gets approved.

I asked Franczyk his thoughts on the application at this point.

"I want to see what the community wants," he said.

Move it

The outdoor exercise craze often spotted at Canalside is branching out to the city's East Side, courtesy of the City of Buffalo and its health insurer, BlueCross BlueShield.

The health insurance company agreed to sponsor the classes at no cost to the city or its residents, Mayor Brown said.

I wasn't able to make it to Tuesday's press conference when Brown unveiled the plan, so I asked the mayor's communication office for any photos they might have taken.
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The young women in the photos are fitness instructors (Jocelyn Guthrie, Jayme Smith, Tiffanie Washington and Lancia Woods, in no particular order) and the man posing with Brown and the young women is David Anderson, BlueCross BlueShield president and CEO.

Starting today and running through Sept. 3, fitness classes will be held 6:30 a.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays at MLK Park and 6:30 a.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. on Saturdays at Perkins Park, 325 E. Ferry St.

No registration is required.

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Today's Calendar Items:
Zoning board meets this afternoon.

Mayor Brown meets this afternoon with Cornell U. working in Buffalo this summer, who will be signing Opportunity Pledge.

Community meeting this evening on Main Street medians.

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