At tonight’s monthly meeting of the Frontier Democrats at J.P. Bullfeather’s, North District Councilman Joe Golombek stumped for one of his favorite ideas: ditching Buffalo’s strong mayor system of government and installing a nonpartisan, professional city manager hired by the Common Council and certified by the International City/County Management Association. The city manager would run the day-to-day operations of the city: budgeting, hiring, firing, performance analysis and optimization, etc. A citywide-elected mayor would fill a largely ceremonial role. The citywide-elected city comptroller would continue to monitor government spending and procedures. And the Common Council would set the agenda.