By Robert J. McCarthy
Ask Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder about running for mayor in 2013 and he'll provide his standard non-answer.
"I've said all along, I have no plans to run for mayor," he said again this week.
Indeed, the comptroller has not discussed even with friends the possibility of challenging Mayor Byron W. Brown and possibly Bernard Tolbert, the former Buffalo FBI chief who has formed a fund-raising committee. And Schroeder has not even hinted at efforts to raise the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed for a serious shot at City Hall.
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Buffalo has a new special events coordinator and a new director of real estate among its latest hires.
Kimberly C. Trent has been hired to fill the vacant special events position in the Brown administration, a post that pays $70,215 a year. Trent's appointment was effective April 30, and she lived in Orchard Park at the time she got the job, according to documents filed in the City Clerk's Office. She will have to move into the city to comply with the residency requirement for most city employees.
Christie R. Nelson has been appointed the city's director of real estate in the Office of Strategic Planning. Nelson, whose appointment was effective May 29, will earn a starting salary of $72,872.
In City Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder's office, the city's chief fiscal watchdog has hired a new special assistant and changed the title of one of his aides.
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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
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
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