Prevent socialism from taking root in Buffalo
Buffalo is on the verge of becoming the first American city in over 60 years to elect a socialist. Socialism has failed every time it has been implemented. Cuba is the most recent and obvious example. I’m entering this race to provide voters with a choice other than socialism or the status quo.
Maintain funding for law enforcement
Ironically, the only area of funding that India Walton wants to cut is the one area that needs its funding preserved: law enforcement. The increase in crime under Brown’s neglect is unacceptable, and India Walton’s plan to defund the police is more than idiotic, it’s downright dangerous. I will help foster a better relationship between police officers and the community they serve. Community policing is vital to the safety of a neighborhood. As Mayor, there is no obligation I will take more seriously than keeping our streets safe.
While I support adequate funding for police, it does not mean a blind eye should be turned when an officer commits a criminal act. I attended the first BLM protest in downtown Buffalo in May 2020. After the sun went down, the police were ordered to clear Niagara Square. I joined in solidarity with other peaceful protesters and refused to yield my First Amendment rights. When ordered to leave, I sat on the ground. When ordered to stand up, I lied down. Peaceful civil disobedience prevailed that evening. Unfortunately, instead of adopting the model of peaceful civil disobedience that Gandhi, MLK, and John Lewis pioneered, Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA spread horrific violence all over our county last summer, and the Democrats egged them on. It’s one of the main reasons I no longer identify as a Democrat.
Make Buffalo schools a model for the nation by bringing together Buffalo’s chefs, restaurants, and farmers to develop nutritious meals for our children
Both of my parents were in education before they retired. My dad was a school principal and my mom was an English teacher. My parents instilled in me the value of a good education from an early age. While I understand that we can’t fix Buffalo’s schools overnight, one thing we can do immediately is make sure every Buffalo student has access to good healthy food. I’ll work with local chefs, restaurants, and farms to get a sustainable program off the ground my first year in office.
Make City Hall work for everyone, not just the connected
When I’m Mayor, no one will be cutting the line to get cooperation from City Hall. And I’ll work to simplify the building code to spark new development. Everyone knows what it takes to get a project developed under Byron Brown’s corrupt regime, but what India Walton is proposing makes Brown’s cronyism almost seem appealing. When I’m mayor, all citizens and all developers will be treated equally.
Implement a two-term limit for every elected office in Buffalo, including mayor
Byron Brown is the poster child for why term limits are so desperately needed. When a politician stays in office too long, complacency and arrogance set in. If the common council fails to address the issue of term limits, I will commit to serving no more than two terms.
End party politics in Buffalo
I’m not running as a Democrat or a Republican, just a concerned but hopeful Buffalonian. When I get to City Hall, I will work with everyone, regardless of party affiliation. No party has a monopoly on good ideas. I’m not looking to reach across the aisle, I want to remove the aisle altogether.
I will meet monthly with Block Club presidents. The purpose of the meetings will be to listen to the concerns of citizens from all over the city, and to inform residents about new initiatives and services. By the end of my first term in office I will be on a first name basis with every Block Club president. My staff will also work with the community to set up new Block Clubs all over the city.
More tree and less telephone poles
My administration will set a goal to have all utilities buried underground by the end of my first term. This will reduce power outages during bad winter storms, and it will end the need to constantly cut limbs off of trees to accommodate ever spreading power, telephone, and cable lines. For every telephone pole that comes down a new tree will be planted in its place.