Category: Fight for the City

Rod Watson: How a new study on Buffalo’s old racial disparities gives community ideas to build on

By Rod Watson

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

When the annual State of the City speech is given next year, presumptive five-term Mayor Byron Brown will no doubt laud what his administration has done for Buffalo in explaining how his write-in campaign vanquished “radical socialist” India Walton, the Democratic primary victor.

But assuming Brown receives every single write-in vote once they are counted, it means that a first-time candidate with a trunk full of baggage still got at least 41% – and won three of nine city districts – against a former Common Council member, state senator and four-term incumbent.

Demands grow for Byron Brown’s ouster from Democratic National Committee

By Robert J. McCarthy

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Demands that Mayor Byron W. Brown resign from the Democratic National Committee are growing, especially from a left-leaning group that this week heard India B. Walton vow to intensify her efforts to strengthen the party’s progressive base in Buffalo.

In her most extensive comments to date following her apparent mayoral loss to Brown on Nov. 2, Walton late Monday told a virtual meeting of the Our Revolution organization linked to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont that she will continue working to strengthen the local party’s progressive base.

The City of Buffalo’s Untapped Power to Discipline Police Officers

By J. Miles Gresham, J.D.

Drawing on decisions from the New York State Court of Appeals, this brief argues that the City of Buffalo has an untapped power to discipline police officers, outside of the provisions in its contract with the police union. Both court decisions and Buffalo’s legislative history grant it this authority. However, elected officials have not pursued reforms through collective bargaining agreements, or created new disciplinary systems outside of the police contract—such as civilian oversight with disciplinary power. Taking full advantage of the legal powers that municipalities already have can help remedy some of the fundamental flaws in our criminal justice practices.

Letter: Brown used incumbency to unfair advantage

By Beth Krom

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

As the daughter of a television anchorman – the late Irv Weinstein – I’ve always been attentive to how stories get written. As a former elected council member and mayor who served 16 years in public office, I know something about what it takes to run, win and serve. And as a former resident of Buffalo and Kenmore, now living in Irvine, Calif., I’ve been watching the race for Buffalo mayor with interest.

Brown’s 2022 capital budget proposal includes new firehouse, police training center

By Deidre Williams

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Public safety projects account for one-third of Mayor Byron Brown’s $25 million capital spending proposal for next year.

The mayor recommends spending about $4 million for a new fire station and $1.3 million for a training center for the Buffalo Police Department among other spending for public safety – for a total of $8.3 million.

Why India Walton’s candidacy could pave way for left-leaning politics in Buffalo

By Robert J. McCarthy

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

When India B. Walton acknowledged Wednesday that she would lose her campaign for mayor, she seemed resolved to avoid ending up as a footnote in Buffalo’s political history.

Instead, the nurse-turned-candidate who captured national attention with her challenge to incumbent Byron W. Brown served notice on the city’s political establishment. While unsuccessful, she said, her campaign had accomplished “ending the era of complacent Buffalo politicians.”