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City Hallways (Feb. 8): Feroleto on Italian festival move: 'It's bittersweet.'

The good and the bad: A Hertel Avenue perspective

"What do you think of the Italian Festival leaving your Council district for the Outer Harbor," I asked Delaware Councilman Joel Feroleto, who, by the way, lives close enough to Hertel Avenue that he could walk to the festival all these years.

"It's bittersweet," Feroleto responded, echoing comments made earlier Tuesday by members of the Hertel Business Association.

Some district residents who liked to walk to the Hertel festival are unhappy about it, but district residents who couldn't park on their own streets during the festival don't mind it will be moving, he said.

Similarly, some Hertel businesses that benefited from the festival are sorry to see it go, but those whose businesses dropped so much during the festival that they ended up closing for vacation during the event, don't mind the new venue.

Visiting the mayor's office

Among those attending the Italian festival announcement in Mayor Byron Brown's office Tuesday was City Comptroller Mark Schroeder. Schroeder was also among those Brown acknowledged as being in the audience during his remarks to the crowd.

Which all seems noteworthy only because the comptroller is planning to run against Brown in the upcoming Democratic primary. Which means Schroeder would like to make the office he was visiting Tuesday his own workplace for the next four years.

Notes from Tuesday's Council Meeting

- Lawmakers talked about resurrecting a transportation committee to address myriad transportation issues facing the city in a more holistic way.

- The current topic is the Scajacuada, but other recent issues include the Kensington Expressway and Skyway, lawmakers noted.

- Lovejoy Councilman Rich Fontana was at the meeting – his first Council meeting since mid-December. Fontana was out sick, with problems related to clots founds on his lungs.

- Two groups of students were in attendance.

Lafayette High School's girls swimming and undefeated volleyball teams were there.

A choir from Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts School was there.

The choir performed. The athletes were recognized.

When both groups sat down, Council President Darius Pridgen decided to throw down a gauntlet.

Which Buffalo high school is the best, he asked the students.

"P.A.," shouted the Performing Arts students.

"Let's go Violets," the Lafayette students shouted back just as forcefully.

One of the Lafayette High School administrators turned to Pridgen with a smile:"You started it," he said. "To the principal's office."

In today's Buffalo News and buffalonews.com, my story on the Italian Festival moving to the Outer Harbor.

In case you missed it, here are links to my BMHA travel stories, on Sunday and Monday.

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