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Council must do better to represent citizens

The Buffalo waterfront is the centerpiece of all that is finally going right in the region. So you can color me surprised that the Buffalo Common Council is not outraged over the way in which its authority has been usurped in the dealings regarding the marina and Hatch restaurant.

As I read it, Brand-On Services, owned by a city employee, made a deal with the Council to run those facilities under certain terms. Then, when he wasn’t happy with those terms, he made a side deal with the public works commissioner, an executive branch appointee and his supervisor, and reworked a more favorable deal without Council approval. Rather than investigate obvious conflicts of interest, the Council wants to negotiate a settlement. Is this any way to represent the citizens of Buffalo?

If this is the way the city handles its business, I would suggest it get out of the rental business and give its (our) property on the waterfront over to agencies that can run it better.

Larry McMahon

Buffalo