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Indifferent and incoherent

Let's start with the indifferent one, Mayor Byron Brown.

As Phil Fairbanks reports today, state officials were in Buffalo earlier this week to scout locations for a one-of-a-kind demonstration project aimed at dealing with the city's vacant housing crisis. A pretty big deal, especially considering the front-runner location is a 25-block swath of the West Side jump-started by  Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

Of course, the state wanted to meet with city officials and had plans to do so Wednesday.

You know what's coming.

Yep, the city stiffed. No mayor, no deputy mayor, nobody.

I'll let Phil take it from here:

A spokesman for Mayor Byron W. Brown downplayed the cancellation as a "scheduling conflict" and said the administration remains an active partner in the state's search for a location.

"We're on top of this," said Brown spokesman Peter Cutler.

If you recall, Brown pulled the same stunt in October when HUD Secretary  Shaun Donovan visited Buffalo. Chuck Schumer and Brian Higgins managed to find their way here from Washington. Brown won't leave his bunker in City Hall.


Yeah, you guessed it -- scheduling conflict.

I dunno, maybe we should give Brown the benefit of the doubt. I mean, he could have had an important meeting scheduled with, uh, Leonard Stokes.

Nah. Hizzoner has been there, done that.

More than once.

Or twice.

Nah, I think there's a pretty simple explanation.

I'll let Fall Out Boy explain.

Then there's incoherent. That's Sen. Antoine Thompson.

What other conclusion can you draw from his vote Tuesday on the ouster of  State Sen. Hiram Monserrate?

The record shows he voted in favor of removing Monserrate. Of course, he was missing from his seat when senators cast their vote. When quizzed Wednesday by our Tom Precious, Thompson said he voted against removing Monserrate.

What gives?

"I was tired and sick," Thompson said.

To say nothing of clueless.


You've got to read the full account as reported by Precious. It would be funny if it weren't so sad.

I'm not sure which is worse, not understanding the vote or believing that Monserrate should keep his seat.

I think Led Zeppelin wrote a song about this once.

Hit it, guys.


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