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Tolbert still firing away on crime issue


By Robert J. McCarthy

The war of words about crime in Buffalo between Democratic mayoral candidates
Bernard A. Tolbert and Byron W. Brown continues.

   Following a Thursday story in The Buffalo News in which both
outlined their positions on fighting crime in the city, Tolbert continued his
offensive with a blast at Brown that said he did not understand local
frustration over the situation.

   He singled out Brown's claim that his installation of more than
200 surveillance cameras had been enthusiastically received in many

   "This cry for help by citizen’s desperately trying to survive
in their crime-ridden neighborhoods is completely misunderstood by City
Hall," Tolbert said. "The current administration seems unfazed by the
fact that Buffalo is one of the most violent cities in America
and the mayor continues to issue irresponsible statements from his office where
he sits protected by security cameras and an armed guard.

   "Two homicides in the city in the last four days clearly
proves that point,” he added.

   Tolbert, former special agent in charge of the Buffalo FBI, is
adopting an increasingly aggressive stand on crime in the city during the final
days leading up to Tuesday's Democratic primary.

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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