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City Hallways (Aug. 12) A morning with the mayor

Making  a few stops with Mayor Brown

I followed Mayor Brown around a bit yesterday, attending one of his morning events then a noon-time one.

First up was the Farmers Market on Main Street, where Brown proclaimed it National Farmers Market Week, posed for pictured, and chatted with the Farmers Market workers as well as some Buffalo Place folks.


Left to right: Sandy Schwab, Sheri Senek, Mayor Brown, and Mike Schmand with Buffalo Place

Before leaving, Brown took some unrelated questions from reporters. Among other things, he mentioned that Buffalo was in touch with Lockport, and offered Buffalo's help, if needed, in battling the Lockport tired recycling fire. Lockport didn't request any Buffalo crews be sent, Brown said.

From there, it was on to Niagara Square, which was almost festive. It was kick-off to Hispanic Heritage celebrations that culminate with the Aug. 20 Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day parade.

Pictures tell  much  of  the story:

Raising the Puerto Rican flag

Raising the Puerto Rican flag

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Puerto Rican food truck

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Celebrating Hispanic culture

Also worth noting, among those at the event was Willie Rosas, the mayor of Dunkirk, who took office Jan. 1, 2016 as the first Hispanic mayor in New York State.

Thursday, addressing the Niagara Square crowd, Rosas said that as mayor, he will do the best job he can for all of Dunkirk. But as the first Hispanic mayor in New York, Rosas said, he also feels a responsibility to the larger Hispanic community, to serve as a role model and "make us proud."

Among the Buffalo officials at the event Thursday was Niagara District Councilman David Rivera, who opened the event with a "Blessing of Ceremony." Rivera, who is Council majority leader, is the first Hispanic to hold a leadership position on the Buffalo Council.

In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews. com, my colleague Deidre Williams has story on Mayor Brown's announcement of a new tutoring program in city schools that is looking for volunteers age 50 and older.

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