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City Hallways (Feb. 13) State of the City

Will be Brown's 11th

It's State of the City week in City Hall, and Mayor Byron Brown and some of his staff will be spending part of the week getting ready for the event on Friday.

Brown's State of the City speech typically looks back on the past year, then outlines the mayor's plans and priorities for the coming year.

The event itself, however, grows larger every year,  and is a bit of a "see and be seen" for the many attorneys, developers, bankers, politicians and others who buy a seat or even a table to attend the luncheon.

Last year, some 1,700 people came to Brown's 2016 State of the City address at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

This year will be Brown's 11th State of the City, as he enters the final year of his third term, and, it's speculated, gets ready to seek a fourth four-year term (although he hasn't announced it yet).

A day at the movies

Speaking of the mayor, Brown, County Executive Mark Poloncarz, state Sen. Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes paid for more than 200 Buffalo public high school students to go to the movies last Friday to see "Hidden Figures," the Oscar-nominated film that tells the true story of three African-American women who broke racial and gender barriers while working as mathematicians for NASA in the early 1960s.

"It's important for our young people to learn about the lesser-known and often untold history of the civil rights struggles as it played out not only in marches and demonstrations, but in companies, classrooms, colleges and government agencies such as NASA," Brown said.

In today's Buffalo News  and buffalonews. com, here's the story my colleagues Jay Rey and Tiffany Lankes did on an ongoing issue involving a home school mom that Councilman Ulysees Wingo discussed  in Council chambers last week.

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