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Five Questions with Geoffrey Szymanski

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.

SzymanskiGeoffrey Szymanski

The Basics:

Age: 37
Party: Democrat
Job Title: Mayor
City: Lackawanna
Education: A.A. ECC South, B.S. Buffalo State (Political Science), Certified Public Manager (Buffalo State), final project away from my Masters in Public Administration (Buffalo State).
Salary: $55,106

The Questions:

What’s the one thing people don’t know about you?

Voted “Most Creative” by my high school classmates.

What’s your favorite restaurant?

That answer is more political than our Democratic Party (so…no comment!!)

Who is your political hero?

Ron Paul

What is the worst part of your job?

I haven’t had a weekend off in nine months.

What is the best part of fall in Lackawanna?

Watching our Lackawanna Steelers football team dominate.

-- Jill Terreri

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Robert J. McCarthy

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Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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