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City Hallways (Aug. 5) Day 4: How full are Council campaign funds?

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

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. 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:

[poll id="42"]

 And if you have any comments on the issue, just send me an  email or message me on Facebook or Twitter. (I've been getting some really good comments all week from readers, so  please, don't  be shy; send me your ideas.)

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.

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