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City Hallways (Nov. 9) Presidential election is signal that the Buffalo mayor's race is up next

And now for some mayoral politics

Here's another result from Tuesday's election: No  more speculation that Mayor Brown  - who is NYS Democratic Party chairman - will be going to Washington with the newly elected president.

With the Clinton-Trump contest over,  Buffalo politics now turns to next year's mayoral race.

Mayor  Brown  has told  some  fellow  Democratic leaders  locally that he's planning to  seek re-election.

And I've been told we'll hear within weeks whether City Comptroller Mark Schroeder will also run.

That's it for now in terms of likely candidates for the 2017 mayor's race.

Rev. Michael Chapman has been toying with a run, but he's not registered with any party designation so can't run in the Democratic primary.


More cops on the street

A few more details on the new police class recently appointed by the city.

Of the 75 new officers,  31 - or 42 percent--  are minorities; and 13 - or 17.8  percent  -  are women.

Brown's happy with the numbers. He's been trying to get a police department that better reflects the  racial  diversity of the city.

One thing that helped attract minorities to the city police department is a recruitment and education program, known as BPD 21C,  but it appears two other key factors were the city's decision to drop the college requirement for police recruits  as well as the residency requirements for new  police officers negotiated into the city  police contract.

As an aside, this  is the first of two new police classes planned now  that  the city has a new, and  valid civil service test for police applicants.

The new officers is  expected to  cut into  the  overtime  bonanza available to some police over the past year or so because of all  the  police openings.

Today's Calendar Events

Common Council committee meetings today, staring with Civil Service and finance in the morning, followed by Communit Development and Legislation the afternoon.


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