Schroeder is too conservative, say party activists

City Comptroller Mark Schroeder is among the Erie County Conservative Party’s most loyal patrons. Local Democrats want to know why. In 2008, Schroeder was running for Assembly and even wrote the Conservative Party a check for $1,500 — and did so directly from his campaign account.  That Schroeder would use Democrat donations to his campaign to funnel money to the Conservatives has infuriated liberal activists. For years, … Continue reading Schroeder is too conservative, say party activists

Some activists want Schroeder to step aside and endorse Grant

Some activists are expressing dissatisfaction with the candidacy of City Comptroller Mark Schroeder.  His campaign will split the vote, they contend, potentially undermining the pioneering County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, a longtime leader in the city’s growing social justice movement. They argue that South Buffalo already controls the region’s only Democratic state senate district, and the region’s only Democratic congressional district.  A mayor from South Buffalo would only exacerbate … Continue reading Some activists want Schroeder to step aside and endorse Grant

Mayor Brown accepts Grant’s call for body cameras on all police officers

Earlier this week mayoral candidate Betty Jean Grant called for the mandatory use of body cameras for all City of Buffalo police officers — a program that Mayor Byron Brown has long resisted without explanation.  But just one day after Grant’s call on social media, Brown announced that officers would be wearing the cameras within three months. It comes the same week that Buffalo police officers Joseph Acquino … Continue reading Mayor Brown accepts Grant’s call for body cameras on all police officers

Grant tells WBEN she will announce her candidacy for Mayor this week

In an interview on Hardline with Dave Debo, on WBEN NewsRadio 930 AM, County Legislator Betty Jean Grant said she intends to enter the race for Mayor of Buffalo in a formal announcement later this week. Grant says that conditions of the city — especially on the East Side — “are just as prevalent” as they were the day Mayor Byron Brown was elected.  She points to … Continue reading Grant tells WBEN she will announce her candidacy for Mayor this week

In race for Mayor, Robinson rumored to be considering parking reforms

Terrence Robinson, the candidate for Mayor of Buffalo and member of the City Preservation Board, is rumored to be considering a package of parking reforms for introduced later this year.  While a concrete version of any plan is a long ways from being finalized, a source said that Robinson is considering a wide ranging set of proposals — including a drastic cut in parking fines, peeling back metered … Continue reading In race for Mayor, Robinson rumored to be considering parking reforms

Terry Robinson, candidate for Mayor, calls for the complete removal of the Scajaquada

Terry Robinson, the high profile preservationist who is expected to enter the Democratic Party primary for Mayor of Buffalo, is planning to call for the complete removal of the Scajaquada Expressway.  Robinson opposes the reconstruction of the roadway, preferring to repurpose it as public park space. In an interview this morning on WBEN’s Hardline with Dave Debo, Robinson reiterated his long held belief that the expressway irreparably … Continue reading Terry Robinson, candidate for Mayor, calls for the complete removal of the Scajaquada

Poll: Vote for Mayor of Buffalo 2017

Despite much criticism of Mayor Byron Brown’s three terms in office, he is considering a bid for a fourth term. City Comptroller Mark Schroeder has announced his intention to unseat the Mayor, and Preservation Board Member Terry Robinson is preparing to enter the race. County Legislator Betty Jean Grant continues to consider the contest, in the event that she is unable to persuade Common Council … Continue reading Poll: Vote for Mayor of Buffalo 2017