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Campaign 2017: What Buffalo's mayoral candidates are doing

Mayor Byron W. Brown opens his campaign re-election headquarters at 5 p.m. today at Court and Pearl streets.

He will also be stopping at the Bridgewater County Club, where the Police Athletic League is having its annual fundraising golf tournament.

The mayor already today continued what's been an almost daily roll-out of public works projects when he stopped at Regina Place and Mohican Avenue to talk about road paving. The site is one of 75 city streets being reconstructed this season.

On Sunday, Brown stopped by the Pride Festival at Canalside. On Saturday, he was at Broderick Park, where he buried a time capsule at the new Lillion Batchelor garden. Also on Saturday, he received an award from the Theater of Youth for the city's support of the Allendale Theatre.

Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder's listening tour continues this evening with a community session scheduled for 5 p.m. at the North Park theatre.

Today's event follows a weekend of activity that included Schroeder opening his mayoral campaign headquarters at the corner of South Park Avenue and Chicago Street in the Old First Ward on Saturday.

While at the headquarters, Schroeder unveiled the second point of his four-point Compass Plan. Point two focused on the city workforce. Schroeder said that as mayor, he would make sure every department and city agency is headed by qualified professionals with experience and expertise in their field.

Also over the weekend, Schroeder marched in the  Pride Parade and then the South Buffalo Parade of Circles, which celebrates South Buffalo and its Olmsted parks and parkways.

The Committee to Elect Betty Jean Grant is scheduled to meet this evening, when candidate petitions will be handed out to volunteers being asked to collect over 2,000 valid signatures to get the candidate on the September Democratic Primary ballot.

Over the weekend, Grant marched in the Pride Parade, and she also announced on Facebook that, if elected, she would work toward imposing a five-year freeze on tax assessments in high-poverty census tracts in the city.

"This is also one way to slow down gentrification," Grant wrote in a Facebook post.

The candidate also used Facebook over the weekend to post a political resume detailing what she regards as the highlights of her political career.

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