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BRO On BFO: Who’s Running for Mayor, Green Jobs, Rhode Island Street, Totems, Tank Yanks, Dropout Prevention and Aaron

There we were again in WBFO’s Studio B with News Director Mark Scott, when Mark, a bit of a political pundit (he’s been at this a long time), threw us a question about the upcoming race for mayor of Buffalo.  His point was that it’s May, and not a soul has announced a run.

Our guess is it’s going to be a small race, and that any of the parties that may be involved (such as Councilman Mickey Kearns and our present Mayor Byron Brown) have no reason to start spilling the war chests until they have to. Frankly, when you’re looking at the expense of a media blitz campaign, the time to start spending is when the other guy announces.  So far, no real news.  We just hope they’ll announce in time to get some issues on the table and hold some healthy debates.
Next we talked about green jobs, and the efforts some people around town, like Michael Gainer of Buffalo ReUse are making to get the money to train the workers.  We have the pool of people, now all we need is a puddle of money to get it going.  Green begets green.
Newell reviewed some of his posts from the past week with Mark, namely the Rhode Island redo that’s been started by John Crawford and Scott Washburn, the 91 totems being built and installed at Urban Roots and Newell’s favorite little folding house, which is an interactive art project.
We also reviewed the Tank Yank.  Somehow the conversation went all Dr. Seuss, when I had occasion to thank Hank (Sontag) for alerting me to the tank yank.  He was fairly rankled and felt someone should be spanked.  Truth be told, he said slapped with a fine, but you get the gist.
We finished up with a story about two extraordinary local individuals, who do amazing things to help people.  UB grad, Aaron Krolikowski, honored us here at BRO by wearing one of our T-shirts for an article that appeared about him in USA Today.  
Lastly, we talked about the amazing Joy McDuffie, organizer of Buffalo’s First Dropout Prevention Leadership Summit (see story below).  Joy will also be interviewed on air by Mark today, and she will appear on AM Buffalo tomorrow morning.  If you can on Wednesday, stop by the summit.  If you can’t, keep you eyes and ears here.  We’ll let you know what Joy needs next.
 Image:  Mark’s St. Bonaventure class ring, moving fast.

Written by RaChaCha


RaChaCha is a Garbage Plate™ kid making his way in a Chicken Wing world. Since 2008, he's put over a hundred articles on here, and he asked us to be sure to thank you for reading. So, thank you for reading. You may also have seen his freelance byline in Artvoice, where he writes under the name his daddy gave him [Ed: Send me a check, and I might reveal what that is]. When he's not writing, RaChaCha is an urban planner, a rehabber of houses, and a community builder. He co-founded the Buffalo Mass Mob, and would love to see you at the next one. He represents Buffalo Young Preservationists on the Trico roundtable. If you try to demolish a historic building, he might have something to say about that. He is a proud AmeriCorps alum.

Things you may not know about RaChaCha (unless you read this before): "Ra Cha Cha" is a nickname of his hometown. (Didn't you know that? Do you live under a rock?) He's a political junkie (he once worked for the president of the Monroe County Legislature), but we don't really let him write about politics on here. He helped create a major greenway in the Genesee Valley, and worked on early planning for the Canalway Trail. He hopes you enjoy biking and hiking on those because that's what he put in all that work for. He was a ringleader of the legendary "Chill the Fill" campaign to save Rochester's old downtown subway tunnel. In fact, he comes from a long line of troublemakers. An ancestor fought at Bunker Hill, and a relative led the Bear Flag Revolt in California. We advise you to remember this before messing with him in the comments. He worked on planning the Rochester ARTWalk, and thinks Buffalo should have one of those, too (write your congressman).

You can also find RaChaCha (all too often, we frequently nag him) on the Twitters at @HeyRaChaCha. Which is what some people here yell when they see him on the street. You know who you are.

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