BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - From schools, to crime, to downtown development. Thursday morning, we have a better idea what the three men vying to become the next mayor of Buffalo want to do. There was a lot of disagreement, but there were certain items they all agreed upon.
The candidates agreed that they wanted the Buffalo Bills stadium to move. They also came to a consensus that they don’t want the government to come in and bail out the private owner of the HSBC tower with taxpayer money. During Wednesday night’s debate, the Buffalo mayoral candidates all had different views of how crime is affecting the city and what’s being done to fight it.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said, “We have actively targeted the most violent criminals that are trying to operate in the City of Buffalo, and we are going after them aggressively every single day.”
Republican mayoral candidate Sergio Rodriguez said, “We spent $11 million last year, on overtime for the police force. Did you know that with that $11 million we could have hired 200 police officers making a salary of $55,000 that we can have out on the streets serving our community.”
Democratic challenger Bernie Tolbert said, “In addition to adding foot patrols, we have to train our police officers, give them proper training. The Buffalo Police Department is woefully inadequate in training, we have to do better. I would also ensure that we give them the equipment they need to do the job. Cars have not been purchased, officers are driving cars that are above the industry standard.”
During the debate all three candidates did agree on one topic. All three candidates favor a new stadium for the Bills in the City of Buffalo.
Since there was debate about crime, News 4 checked the crime numbers. According to the Buffalo Police Department’s website, 23 people have been murdered in the city so far this year. That doesn’t include officer Patricia Parete or Levi Clayton. This time last year 26 people had been murdered in the city, and 28 in 2011.
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