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City Hallways (Aug. 2) Who is giving how much money to whom?

 Money Matters 

I'm going through campaign finance reports elected officials filed with the state Board of  Elections last month to see who city leaders are getting their money from, what they are  spending it on and much they have left.

I'll start with the Common Council, and then to the mayor and comptroller.

And I figured I'd go alphabetically by Council District, so Delaware is up first:

Delaware Councilman Joel Feroleto had $2,334 in his  campaign  fund at the start  of  the year, and received a  single donation over the past six months: $1,000 from AFSCME.

Feroleto  spent $2,644 during that time, with the biggest expense being $750 in contributions to the Erie County Democratic Committee.

The councilman has $690 left in his campaign fund.

More than a pledge

Interesting twist  on  Mayor Browns' Opportunity Pledge.

When  the Buffalo Philharmonic signed  it recently,  orchestra officials went a step further.

They are forming a Diversity Council with stated goals that  include working to further diversify the orchestra as well as the BPO staff and its Board of Trustees.

The BPO also pledged to feature artists of  color at events, create programs tied to a more diverse audience, and support music education in under served areas.

This week's Poll: Main Street medians -  should  they stay or should they  go?

Main Street median near Hertel.

Main Street median near Hertel.

During a recent meeting, some residents argued the medians are a hazard and eyesore. Cars run into them, and trucks run over them.  It's hard to keep plants in them healthy because there's no irrigation in the medians.

Others argue the opposite: These medians are safety tools. Better to hit the medians than pedestrians. And the medians add to the overall aesthetic appeal of Main Street, their supporters argue.

This week's poll question is:

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If you have any comments on the issue, just send me an  email or message me on Faceboook or Twitter. I've been getting some good responses, so feel free to share your thoughts.

As always, poll will be up all week and results posted next Monday.

And only one vote per person, please.

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