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A miraculous proposal?

South Park Avenue, including this South Buffalo stretch looking towards Lackawanna, would be honorarily renamed "Father Nelson Baker Way" under a new proposal. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News file photo)

Just how related are the following two things? You be the judge.

--South Council Member Michael P. Kearns is a candidate in the March 20 special election for the 145th Assembly District seat.

--This week, Kearns will introduce a measure before the Common Council that would designate South Park Avenue, from Main Street to the city line with Lackawanna, "Father Nelson Baker Way."

If approved by city lawmakers, new trailblazing signs would mark the roadway, and give it an honorary name.

Under the new district maps proposed by a state task force, the 145th Assembly District would stretch from Buffalo down through Lackawanna and into Hamburg.

Father Baker, a potential saint, is greatly admired in Western New York for all the good deeds he did for those in need, as Baker Victory Services carries on his legacy in Lackawanna. The new signs, as Kearns proposes, would stretch nearly all the way to Our Lady of Victory Basilica, built by Father Baker just across the city line in Lackawanna.

Kearns, a South Buffalo Democrat who has the Republican nomination in the race, is running against Christopher J. Fahey, a Democrat and an aide to Rep. Brian Higgins, for the seat Mark J.F. Schroeder vacated to become Buffalo city comptroller. Fahey has the Democratic endorsement.

--Aaron Besecker
Follow me on Twitter: @BeseckerBN


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