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Considered while watching a fisherman sleep in his lawn chair at the foot of Smith Street

■ Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III, marking four months on the job, is holding a fundraiser at the Marcy Casino in Delaware Park today—that’s Thursday, May 7—at $250 per person or $400 for the couple.

But Sedita’s isn’t the big show beside Hoyt Lake that evening. South District Councilmember Mickey Kearns will finally announce he’s running for mayor at Marcy Casino at 5pm. The incumbent, Byron Brown, will announce he’s running for re-election on Saturday, May 9.

■ Champ Eve, the son of the venerable pol Arthur Eve, took up his new duties on Sunday at the Erie County Board of Elections. Champ Eve is the new Democratic deputy commissioner there, replacing Alonzo Thompson, a member of the Grassroots political organization and a close ally of Mayor Byron Brown.

At least he was. Erie County Democratic Chairman Len Lenihan may have pushed Thompson out, byt it doesn’t seem as if Brown rushed to Thompson’s defense. Over the past couple years, Champ Eve has created a network of Democratic Party county committee members and zone chairs on the East Side of Buffalo, independent of the Grassroots organization. This has made Champ a pivotal figure: Will he and his allies work for or against the mayor’s re-election? Will they sit the race out? Champ’s coalition can probably determine who will replace Ellicott District Councilmember Brian Davis, should he be forced to resign. They could nominate another Democrat to primary Davis, should he stick around and run again in 2011. What will Champ Eve do?

■ Speaking of Brian Davis, the city’s Ethics Committee has asked the Common Council for guidance on the matter of Davis’s history of bad checks, liens, etc., as reported in an April 12 story by Jim Heaney of the Buffalo News. Essentially, Council President Dave Franczyk tried to knock the ball into the Ethics Committee’s court, and the committee shot it right back to him. Will anyone stand up and decide whether the accusations merit further investigation?

geoff kelly

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