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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n50 (12/14/2011) » Section: Week in Review

Dinner Among Friends

It was a last supper for Common Council President Dave Franczyk. And it was a first supper for his probable successor, Lovejoy Councilman Rich Fontana, who has gathered the votes he needs to wrest the presidency from Franczyk.

Odds and Ends

Joe Mascia, the resident commissioner for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority who ran on the Conservative Party line for Erie County Legislature this fall, is submitting his application for a seat on the Buffalo Board of Education. A seat has opened up as a result of Chris Jacobs’s resignation; Jacobs was elected Erie County Clerk last month, and the school board has opened his at-large seat on the school board to applicants citywide. The remaining members of the school board will vote in Jacobs’s replacement.

A Short Walk on a Long Pier

The long pier that forms the westernmost edge of Buffalo’s West Side has many names. Stretching south off the tip of Squaw Island from Broderick Park at the foot of Ferry, there’s a plaque that commemorates the pier as “Nowak Pier,” named for long-serving Buffalo Congressman Henry Nowak, “the Billion Dollar Man.” The plaque was erected sometime in the halcyon early 1990s, those heady days when politicians were lauded for bringing federal dollars home for public works projects.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

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