In the 188 years since the City of Buffalo was incorporated fifty-eight men have occupied the office of Mayor of Buffalo. There has never been a woman mayor. During the past 43 years there have been only three officeholders. The majority of residents of the City of Buffalo have only known Mayors named Griffin, Masiello and Brown. Continue reading
As someone who has lived most of his life as a participant and an observer of local politics, I have to admit that the local scene isn’t quite as exciting or interesting as it was in years past. I’ve been wondering why.
It may be that local and state politics is not attracting the sort of personalities that ran for office or helped get people elected in days gone by. Or maybe the elected jobs that people seek are not what they were once cracked up to be.
Older readers have institutional knowledge of a different kind of politician. There aren’t politicians like Joe Crangle or Stanley Stachowski or Arthur Eve or Ned Regan or Vic Farley or Alfreda Slominski active anymore. They operated in a different manner. Whether their styles would work in the 2020’s is anyone’s guess.