Money Matters - Day 4 plus recap
Our continuing look at campaign finance on the Buffalo Common Council brings us to Lovejoy Councilman Rich Fontana.
Fontana started with $8,216 in January. He hasn't raised any money in the past six months, and spent $750 between January and July, campaign reports filed last month show. His biggest expense was a $250 contribution to New Generation Ministries on Doat Street.
Fontana's campaign has $7,466 remaining.
Recap from the week
All nine Buffalo Council members ran for election in 2015. The next Council election isn't until 2019. Here's what's left in campaign funds of Council members City Hallways reviewed this past week:
- Delaware Councilman Joel Feroleto: $609
- Ellicott Councilman Darius Pridgen: $24,603
- Fillmore Councilman Dave Franczyk: $5,624
- Lovejoy Councilman Rich Fontana: $7,466
Ask what you can do for your city
It seems there are always openings on the many city boards and panels. I noticed Mayor Brown is appointing attorney John Calvin Davis to a three-year-term on the Buffalo Commission on Citizen Rights and Community Relations. Davis is a former president of Sheehan Health and chief of staff to the Erie County legislature.
Brown is also reappointing two city representatives on the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Board of Trustees.
Sheldon Berlow, a finance broker who has served on many arts and education boards in the city, including the BPO and Buffalo State College Foundation, is being reappointed to a new five-year library board term, as is Frank Gist, a retired firefighter who has served on the library board for the past 16 years.
Last day to vote City Hallways poll: The Main Street medians
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. They want them removed.
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. They want them to stay.
This week's poll question is:
As always, poll will be up all week and results posted Monday.
And only one vote per person, please.
Today's Calendar Items
Fruit Belt meeting this evening about land trust proposal.