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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n18 (05/03/2012) » Section: Week in Review

Common Council Report

On Tuesday, Mayor Byron Brown released his proposed budget for the upcoming financial year. And the Common Council once again punted on filling the vacant South District seat, leaving a substantial bloc of the city’s residents unrepresented as the legislative branch begins to parse that budget. The vacancy went unaddressed in the Council’s Tuesday afternoon meeting, but earlier that day Common Council President Rich Fontana said that he was reopening the process and soliciting a second round of resumes for the position. This, although there is already in the offing a candidate with a solid resume and the endorsement of the South Buffalo Democratic committee: Matt Fisher, who worked as an aide to the departed councilman, Mickey Kearns.

Speaking of Late Files...

David Torke—housing activist, blogger, preservationist, documenter of urban decay—thought on Tuesday that he had successfully late-filed a petition with 124 signatures of residents in two Fruit Belt election districts who favored the landmarking of the Trico Plant #1 complex. Of those, 80 were prime voters—that is, voters who can be relied upon to show up at the polls. Torke says so far 100 prime voters, out of 330 identified in those two districts, had been approached, for a success rate of 80 percent.

All The Governor's Men

When comparing the legislation that defines New York’s four upstate transportation authorities, the theme that emerges is that one of these things is not quite like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

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