By Jill Terreri
Republican Sergio Rodriguez was not impressed with Sen. Charles Schumer's endorsement of his fellow Democrat, Mayor Byron Brown, during an event on Main Street yesterday.
In a statement this morning, Rodriguez continued his criticism, that Brown has not done enough to improve education, and noted the city's unemployment rate and crime statistics.
"I agree with Sen. Schumer: indeed Buffalo is turning around. But we're going in the wrong direction," Rodriguez said.
He added later: "If we don't address the basic fundamental needs of people, which is the ability to provide their children a decent education as well as a safe environment, then there is no amount of waterfront entertainment that will convince people to live in the city."
Brown faces Bernie Tolbert is a primary on Tuesday.
In other headlines, Brian Meyer talks to Rep. Brian Higgins about waterfront development, and Bob McCarthy breaks news on the Outer Harbor, reporting that the state is interested in taking it over from the NFTA and plans to use it as a state park. An announcement is expected Thursday, as well as an endorsement of Brown by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Common Council yesterday approved a salary schedule for the Police Department that follows an arbitrator's decision that grants 3 percent raises, but drops cosmetic surgery benefits.
And Sandy Tan reports that the state is insisting that the Buffalo School District again work on its transfer plan for students who want out of low-performing schools.
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