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Buffalo Mayoral Race

In the midst of the 2016 Presidential Election, attention is starting to move towards the Buffalo Mayoral Election in 2017. Mayor Byron Brown, who is in the third year of his four-year term, has not stated whether or not he plans to seek reelection.

Though no candidates have officially announced their intentions to seek the office, some speculation has begun as to who might run. City Comptroller Mark Schroeder has shown some interest in the office as has Rev. Michael Chapman, pastor of St. John Baptist Church.

Some speculation has stated that Mayor Byron Brown, who also serves as chairman of the New York State Democratic Party, may be holding out on the results of the 2016 presidential election. In the event that Hilary Clinton secures the Presidency it may lead to a spot in the administration for Mayor Byron Brown.

Re-Tree WNY offers free trees to those willing to plant them

Re-Tree is making 500 trees available to any groups that wish to plant on their neighborhood streets in Buffalo.  The trees will be bare root trees and will be ready for pickup on Friday, November 4th for planting on Saturday, November 5th.  Groups are encouraged to consult for details of tree ordering and training.  The deadline to sign up is August 31st at 5pm

Neé Ralph Wilson Stadium

This week it was announced that the Buffalo based apparel company New Era Caps has purchased the naming rights to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park where the Buffalo Bills play. Several sources have confirmed that the new name of the stadium is New Era Field. Meanwhile, signs have started going up renaming First Niagara Center, Key Bank Center.

Hertel Meters
Following opposition from local business owners city plans to extend metered parking along Hertel Avenue have been scrapped. The plan to extend meter times from 5 pm to 9 pm was met by criticism from business owners and was ultimately rejected.

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