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Democrat with colorful past runs as Green Party candidate for mayor

Terrence A. Robinson, who is registered as a Democrat, is the Green Party candidate for Buffalo mayor.

He serves on the Buffalo Preservation Board and is a founding member of Preservation Buffalo Niagara.

Even though Byron W. Brown won the primary election last month and seems to be a shoe-in for next month’s general election, 62-year-old Robinson is not deterred.

“I actually think it’s a steep climb, but I actually think that there’s a reasonable possibility that we’ll win,” Robinson said recently in a revealing chat.

He attended Princeton University from 1972 to 1976 and was a classmate of Sonia Sotomayor, he said. Sotomayor became the country’s first Latina Supreme Court Justice.

Political activist, author and university professor Cornel West was a teaching assistant at Princeton when Robinson was a student there, Robinson said.

Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash was a freshman at the Ivy League school when Robinson was a sophomore, the candidate said.

Robinson even dated architect H. H. Richardson’s granddaughter and visited the architect’s house in Brookline Massachusetts, he said.

Robinson went on to become a Buffalo Police Officer and was convicted of manslaughter in 1989 from an incident that happened when he was off-duty and assisting another off-duty officer.
Robinson was sentenced to 5 to 15 years and served almost 10 at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. He pointed out it’s the same facility that convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat would eventually escape from in 2015.

Robinson said his colorful past all in stride.

“I always say I’m not famous," he said. "I’m infamous.”

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