Oct 26

Sergio Rodriguez Responds to the Buffalo News & [BN] Complacent


When I read the Buffalo News’ endorsement of Byron Brown to continue on as Mayor of Buffalo, it left me shaking my head. The title of the their nod to Brown, While far from perfect, Byron Brown has done enough to earn another term, made me cringe from the get go.

Today, the Buffalo News published Sergio Rodriquez’s response.

News’ mayoral endorsement presents an unrealistic view

On Oct. 24, The News announced its endorsement of a candidate it described as having a “penchant for secrecy.”

In its editorial endorsing Byron W. Brown, The News has used the word “booming” to identify a city that has lost 20,000 residents since the current mayor was elected; a city that has climbed up the ranks to become the 11th most violent according to the FBI; a city whose workforce has declined by 10,000 and is now in the midst of the worst unemployment rate in 20 years; a city that is the fifth poorest in the nation – and poorer today than it has ever been.

How can these crystal-clear facts describe a city as “booming”? I am puzzled by the failure of The News to acknowledge such truths, and address them correctly.

News editorial board members might do well by acquainting themselves with my platform, which is specific, candid and has been freely available to the public on my website for months – much unlike the current administration, which lacks specifics at all levels, and in all fields.

By endorsing the mayor, The News has abandoned its rationality, showing the same level of complacency that the current administration has embraced.

Sergio Rodriguez
Candidate for Mayor

The last line from Rodriguez’s response is the best.

The News has abandoned its rationality, showing the same level of complacency that the current administration has embraced.

The problem in Buffalo is that we too often accept good enough.  If Byron Brown wins in November, Buffalo will have only had three different mayors in forty years by the time he is done with his next term.  If you look at how far the city has fallen over that time frame, you wonder how any of them survived past one term.  And it looks like the Buffalo News is fine with that.  For Buffalo to truly move ahead, it needs a culture change politically.  That starts with the top job in city hall.

Buffalo needs better than good enough.

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Oct 19

Give Sergio Rodriguez Credit cuz the Man is Working it

What do you do when you have shoestring budget to run your campaign with? You do what Sergio Rodriguez is doing here.

You have to admire the way he has gone about campaigning. If anything, it shows how serious he is about doing everything he can to get elected. And if this is an indication at how tirelessly he works, I imagine this would be how tirelessly he would work to make Buffalo better as mayor.

I’ve wrote this before and it deserves to be written again. It is a shame that the local Republican party has not gone all in with Rodriguez. It speaks volumes about where local Republicans are at.

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Oct 10

My Thursday 5¢: Five Videos to Watch

Buffalo Nickel

Malala Yousafzai

Everytime I get an opportunity to hear this incredible girl speak, I listen.

Don’t know who Malala is:

Malala Yousafzai was on a bus returning home from school exactly one year ago,  Oct. 9, 2012, when she was shot in the head by a gunman from the Taliban, which had earlier banned girls from going to school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, where Malala lived. She blogged anonymously against the edict and later came to be publicly known as an advocate for education for girls. Malala survived the shooting but had to have intensive rehabilitation in England.

In a world where the internet, social media, TV and radio are full of a lot people yelling over each other to make their opinions heard, here we have 16-year-old girl who makes all of that seem so trivial.

These three videos are from her appearance on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart on Oct. 8, 2013.  If you can’t draw inspiration from her, there must be something wrong with you.

Malala Yousafzai the Daily Show Interview Pt.1

Malala Yousafzai the Daily Show Interview Pt.2

Malala Yousafzai the Daily Show Interview Pt.3

Buffalo Style: Saving Saint Ann’s

This great video short comes from the wonderfully talented Christina Abt with WNYmedia.net’s Marc Odien working his videographer magic.  It captures why Saint Ann’s is important and why it must be saved.

Sergio Rodriguez: We’re In This Together!

Sergio Rodriguez released this great little ad here for his mayoral campaign. If he wanted to package his appeal in a neat little package, this is it. It shows a candidate who has appeal over a nice cross section of people from all walks of life in Buffalo. Someone who just isn’t spewing the tired political ad rhetoric we see so much of.

Why the local Republican powers that be haven’t gotten super behind this guy illustrates what is wrong with the Republican party locally and nationally. They are ignoring him because it isn’t politically prudent. They view the Buffalo mayoral race as no win scenario for them. That’s how it goes for the local party machines. They want to do what’s best for the machine and not what’s best for the voters in Buffalo. With proper backing, I am convinced Rodriguez would’ve had a chance.


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Oct 02

Audio to help pump you up for the Sabres’ opener today!

As has been the case for who knows how many years here on my blog, I give you the opening game audio essentials to pump oneself up for the start of the season.

Excited I am!!!

Sabre Dance

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Sabres’ Horn

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Let’s Go Buffalo

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Let’s go Buffalo!

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Sep 26

My Thursday 5¢

My 5¢

Buffalo Public Schools

After reading an article tonight by Sandra Tan in the Buffalo News recapping today’s Buffalo School Board meeting, I have come to the same conclusion I have come to so many times here on my blog.  The Buffalo Public School District needs to be blown up and reorganized.  What are we waiting for?  The district is still muddled in trying to fix things from the inside. This is a district that wants to pay $200,000 for public relations professionals for damage control.  It is insane.

As many leadership positions in the district make cushy six figure salaries to manage fail, city school children have such a small window in which to set them on course to getting a proper education when they enter school.  If it is blown, the district is plain and simply ruining lives.  It is a bleeping disgrace and everyone involved with the district should be ashamed of themselves.

Sergio Rodriguez for Mayor

Speaking of people who should fell as ashamed.  The whole local Republican intelligentsia should be.  Why?  Their lack of getting getting behind Sergio Rodriguez for the 2013 Buffalo mayoral race in a substantial way is shameful.

The concern of the local Republican intelligentsia is if Rodriguez’s campaign mounts a huge challenge in November running against Mayor Byron Brown, it will bring a lot of Democratic voters out in the Buffalo and be a boost for Democratic candidates in key races for Erie County Sheriff and Comptroller.  In a perfect local politics world, the Republicans would see this as an opportunity to unseat a sitting Democratic mayor in a city that is ripe for change in leadership.  It would also show that local Republicans actually care what happens in the city.  Rodriguez has a great message and has made inroads to the heart of what is wrong with Buffalo.  He also has appeal.  Factor in that Rodriguez is a minority and it could go a long way to opening doors in the city to a Republican party that gives all appearance of being unfriendly to minorities.

Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen at this point in the race.  You do have to wonder what could have been for Rodriguez if Republican HQ threw some cash and support behind him.   Imagine the impact in him making campaign appearances with the popular incumbent county comptroller and city resident Stefan Mychajliw could have had.  We will never know.

Speaking at a Buffalo Common Council Hearing

On Tuesday, I spoke at a Buffalo Common Council meeting encouraging the council to approve local landmark status for Saint Ann’s Church.

I have been before the council a few times in the past and the experience is always surreal….just look at the council chambers.


It is an amazing place inside what may be the most incredible city hall in all of America.  Being there and waiting to speak, you can’t help but to be inspired by the environs.  The council chambers make you feel that great things should happen inside here.

The Sabres Start Soon


The regular season is just about a week away.  I know people have low expectations for the team this year.  For me, I think they are going to be better than expected.  They return with a team that wasn’t awful last year.  A lot of the new young guns from last season will be a bit more seasoned when they hit the ice.  We still have Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller.  The thing is you don’t really know what is going to happen until they hit ice and start playing when it really counts.

Whatever happens, I will be cheering them on from October through the end of the season cuz that’s what us crazy hockey Buffalo hockey fans do,

Go Sabres!

Buffalo Central Terminal 1979

This is how I remember the Terminal growing up around it in the 1970s and 80s.

Nice pics found on this Buffalo Rising post.

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