Petition season kicks off today in the race for Buffalo mayor.
Candidates can start collecting signatures for their nominating petitions, which have to be filed with the Erie County Board of Elections July 10-13, said Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner.
Prospective candidates must obtain at least 2,000 valid signatures to be named on the ballot for the Democratic party primary race on Sept. 12.
Mayor Byron W. Brown was expected to deliver opening remarks Tuesday morning to welcome attendees at the Homeland Security National Convention in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Brown also is scheduled to announce a new curbside recycling record for the city and plans to thank residents. The event is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Niagara Square.
Also Tuesday afternoon, the mayor will meet with Jill Horner, the new executive director of the Alzheimer's Association of Western New York.
Monday night, Brown opened his campaign headquarters at Court and Pearl streets. About 400 people were in attendance, including Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul; Hollywood actor William Fichtner, who grew up in Cheektowaga; Zellner; most Common Council members, including Majority Leader David Rivera; and many of Brown's family members, including his wife, son, mother-in-law, sister, niece, and two brothers-in-law.
Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder released a video detailing the third point of his Compass Plan, this one focusing on policing and safety.
If elected, Schroeder said, he will:
- Increase police training.
- Implement programs to reduce gun violence, get guns off the street and address the heroin epidemic.
- Double the number of community policing officers in each district.
- Create an open dialogue between police and residents..
"As mayor of Buffalo, I will make sure every street is safe," Schroeder said.
Schroeder Monday night hosted a "listening session" at the North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue that attracted about 20 people who came to ask questions and offer their support to Schroeder's campaign.
Legislator Betty Jean Grant is out collecting signatures today on her petitions.
"I'm out there getting signatures to get the magic 2,000," she said.
She met with volunteers Monday night who are helping with her petition drive.