By Jill Terreri
Democrat Bernie Tolbert and Republican Sergio Rodriguez kept up their attacks on Mayor Byron Brown today, criticizing him on two of the major issues of this campaign, jobs and education.
Tolbert noted the city's loss of population under Brown, and the unemployment rate, which he did at the debate last week at WNED. He also rolled out a four-point economic development plan, which is also posted below.
"When I am elected as mayor, I will create new jobs and economic opportunities for all members of our community, I will facilitate partnerships with a goal of growing the population of the city and making Buffalo extraordinary by transforming neighborhoods and reforming government to better serve the people,” Tolbert said.
Rodriguez, who will appear on the November general election ballot, said Brown should support mayoral control of the city school district, as he has done. He cited Gov. Andrew Cuomo's mention of mayoral control as one option for the district during an appearance in Lockport last week.
"In light of such a dysfunctional school system that is unable to graduate even half of its student population, the mayor's resolve to prioritize the education system and seek accountability is weak at best," Rodriguez said.
The Buffalo Public Schools' Twitter feed, meanwhile, reflected support of Brown, in a tweet noting the mayor's support of its efforts to get students to come to school:
Mayor Brown supports and endorses the BPS attendance campaign, both philosophically and financially. pic.twitter.com/A2YcSaYG1q— Buffalo Schools (@Buffalo_Schools) September 3, 2013
taggedBernie Tolbert | Byron Brown | City of Buffalo | education | Mayoral Campaign 2013 | Mayoral Race 2013 | Sergio Rodriguez