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Five Questions with Mark Schroeder

Every Sunday, we'll publish a quick Q&A with someone from the local political world. Instead of touching on the latest in policy issues and proposed legislation, the intent is to catch a glimpse of the person behind the title. The interviews are done via email.


City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder speaks on election night last November in the Adam's Mark Hotel. (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

Mark J.F. Schroeder

The basics
Age: 57
Job title: Buffalo City Comptroller
Family: Married 34 years to Kate Horan Schroeder. Three children: Matthew, Michael and Allison.
Education: Bishop Timon High School, Erie Community College, Empire State College
Party affiliation: Democrat
Previous work experience: Private sector for 25 years, Erie County Legislature for three years and state Assembly for seven years.
City salary: $88,700

The questions
What music have you been listening to lately?
Rock and roll. It's on my iPod -- I'm training for my 10th and final marathon.

What's your favorite restaurant?
DiTondo's, 370 Seneca St., Buffalo. Established in 1904 and still owned and operated by the original family (Al and Rosemary).

What's one thing people don't know about you?
That I sing an ethnic set of music every Dyngas Day, including "Who stole the Kishka," at the Adam Mickiewicz Library on Fillmore Avenue, with the Ivan Docenko Family Band.

Who's your political hero?
Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, greatest governor of all time. (Sorry, Andrew.)

Who is your favorite actor or actress? And why?
Marlon Brando's role in "The Godfather." Honorable mention to Chris Tucker in "Rush Hour." "Do you understand the words coming out of my mouth?"

Previous editions
Buffalo Common Council: Rich FontanaDave FranczykJoe GolombekDavid RiveraBonnie RussellDemone Smith
Erie County:  Betty Jean Grant, Lynn MarinelliThomas MazurJohn Mills, Mark Poloncarz 

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