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City Hallways (March 13): The last Buffalo comptroller to become mayor

Mayoral  history

Ever since Mark Schroeder announced he's running for mayor, I've been wondering when the last time was – if there was a last time – that a sitting Buffalo comptroller challenged an incumbent Buffalo mayor.

I finally got an answer from Schroeder.

Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder

He told me about Republican Chester Kowal, a three-term city comptroller who, in 1962, challenged then one-term Democratic Mayor Frank Sedita.

Kowal won.

He served a single term, didn't seek re-election, and voters returned Sedita to the mayor's office for eight more years after Kowal's term ended.

He was the last city comptroller to run for mayor.

He was also the last Republican mayor of Buffalo.

This just in:

From Mayor Brown's press office: "Due to the Winter Storm Warning, the city of Buffalo is reinstating the overnight winter parking regulations on bus routes effective immediately.

The overnight winter parking regulations on bus routes are in place from 1:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. All other parking regulations in the city of Buffalo remain in effect."

The City Hall beat

Some changes here at The Buffalo News' City Hall office. My colleague Deidre Williams, who spent the past few years as an education reporter, is now working in the City Hall bureau with me.

Deidre Williams

If you want to get in touch with Deidre, you can email her at

She'll be helping out with day-to-day stories, and with City Hallways, too.

I'll still be here, just needed help getting to all the stories we're trying to do out of City Hall.

In today's Buffalo News and, I have a story on the chairman of the U.S. Judiciary Committee questioning BMHA travel, asking for a full accounting of who goes, how much is spent and more. His inquiry comes after The Buffalo News published two stories last month on BMHA travel.

Today's calendar items

Planning Board meeting this afternoon.

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