Operatives begin contemplating challengers to Feroleto following Scajaquada vote

When the City Council voted last month to ask the state to improve its designs for a proposed reconstruction of the Scajaquada Expressway through Delaware Park, Joel Feroleto — who represents the Delaware District — was the only person to vote against an improved, more pedestrian-oriented design of the roadway.  Observers were baffled why he would vote no on an urban design that would have … Continue reading Operatives begin contemplating challengers to Feroleto following Scajaquada vote

Mascia blasts Council’s Development Committee

BY TERRENCE ROBINSON Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA) Commissioner Joseph Mascia, who is currently suspended from acting in an official capacity by order of Mayor Byron Brown, is outraged that the Development Committee of the City of Buffalo Common Council (Council) has approved the request of the BMHA to act as Designated Developer for a site at 124 Maryland St. The site is adjacent to … Continue reading Mascia blasts Council’s Development Committee

Dave Howard could unseat 28 year incumbent on Tuesday

Buffalo’s Fillmore district is the city’s poorest. The historic Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood that was once the vibrant heart of the district is now commonly and laughably referred to as “Beirut, Lebanon.” The truth, however, is that Beirut is far better off than this section of the city, where unemployment has hovered at 41% for the last decade. David Howard is the Democrat running on the Independence … Continue reading Dave Howard could unseat 28 year incumbent on Tuesday

Opposition candidates for Common Council get shafted by the Buffalo News

The Buffalo News is coming under criticism for refusing to cover the five opposition candidates who are currently vying for Common Council seats this November. This comes after a primary cycle in which the news expended considerable time and resources smearing the outspoken opposition candidate Joe Mascia, acting as an apparent mouth piece of the incumbent. You wouldn’t know it from reading The News, but there are in … Continue reading Opposition candidates for Common Council get shafted by the Buffalo News

Terrance Heard is already at work cleaning up Ellicott

Common Council candidate Terrance Heard is already at work cleaning up the Ellicott District. He is challenging Darius Pridgen, who now goes by the title “Bishop” at True Bethel, an entrepreneuring church with three locations, a Subway restaurant, and rental real estate holdings. The church has grown into a multi-million dollar enterprise at a time when it’s charismatic pastor has become distant from his congregation. In the … Continue reading Terrance Heard is already at work cleaning up Ellicott

Terrance Heard challenges Pridgen on issue of urban blight

Political prognosticators say that Ellicott District Common Council member Darius Pridgen has a lot to worry about this November. A young, successful, and charismatic political newcomer — Terrance Heard — has emerged to challenge the theatrical first term Councilman who has ambitions on the Mayor’s office. Heard is asking supporters to take photos of urban blight in their neighborhoods to visually show people the problem, a strategy that deeply … Continue reading Terrance Heard challenges Pridgen on issue of urban blight

Artvoice (2002): “Dave Franczyk, Racism and a Divided Council”

This article was found via the website Media Study, and is linked to below. It is an insightful assessment of longtime incumbent Councilman David Franczyk, whose history of racist politics has been a shameful chapter in our city’s history. It is equally — if not more — relevant in today’s political discourse than it was at the time it was originally published in Artvoice in 2002. … Continue reading Artvoice (2002): “Dave Franczyk, Racism and a Divided Council”