Category: Fight for the City

Walton wants more money for Buffalo schools; Brown says he already increased funding

By Deidre Williams

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Still, the scope of Buffalo’s support of the school district figures to be a campaign issue leading up to the November general election. Indeed, it already has played a pivotal role. Walton’s stance earned her an important endorsement from the Buffalo Teachers Federation – a union that represents more than 3,800 teachers – and contributed to her surprising victory over four-term incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown in the June 22 Democratic primary.

Brown does not support the funding model Walton has touted, pointing out the city has increased its payments to the district since he took office 2006. The Buffalo district already receives a share of the county sales tax – as do all districts – and receives “a significant” chunk of the city’s property tax revenue, he said.

Another Voice: Brown and his party disrespect the tenets of Democracy

By Beth Kwiatek

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Byron Brown’s write-in campaign and the Democratic Party’s lack of support and protection for India Walton reflect a dangerous and growing trend within our nation: the subversion of democratic rule. Alarmingly, they have disguised those actions, including Brown’s behavior before and after the primary, as political strategies.

New poll puts Brown 10% ahead of Walton in Buffalo mayor’s race

By Marian Hetherly

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A new poll shows Buffalo incumbent Mayor Byron Brown ahead of Democratic nominee India Walton by 10% as the election approaches in November.

The latest Emerson College/WIVB phone poll was conducted Aug. 7-8, asking the question, “If the Buffalo mayoral election were held today, who would you vote for?”

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Common Council researching form of governance that replaces the mayor

By News Staff Reporter

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The Buffalo Common Council will “explore” a city manager form of governance to replace the office of mayor.

Under such a plan, a city manager would be selected by the nine-member Council in conjunction with the community to “carry out the will of the Council members,” University Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt told The Buffalo News.

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