New mayor could offer city a fresh perspective
I, for one, am open to the idea that it’s time for a new mayor of Buffalo. I don’t argue there has been great progress in the development on the waterfront and downtown over the last several years. I commend Mayor Byron Brown for not getting in the way of the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund and New York State’s Buffalo Billion program. I only wish not getting in the way of progress wasn’t his signature accomplishment.
Considering that Brown has taken on the responsibility of being the chairman of the state Democratic Party, I don’t believe he can give the necessary attention to address our underserved neighborhoods where Buffalonians actually live and pay taxes. Many of the streets are a mess and quality-of-life issues are plentiful. It’s time for a fresh perspective. We all know the old adage that “one cannot serve two masters.”
History tells us of the dangers of long-term incumbents. We don’t need term limits to defend against corruption and complacency; we just need to support qualified challengers.