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Joseph Gramaglia is Buffalo's Deputy Police Commissioner, the department's second-in-command. He is also the "officer in charge" of the Village of Blasdell police department. According to Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post, most observers say Gramaglia does a fine job in both roles. In fact, it's not unusual for Buffalo police personnel to have second jobs. But Kelly raises the question: Should high-level officials of New York's second-largest police department have their attention diverted toward second jobs?


While the move may be saving money in the short term, the city of Buffalo's limited spending on police cars may have a long-term negative impact. At one point this summer, Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post says, some police districts were working with less than half their allotted vehicles because so many were in need of repair. Without available transportation, many officers have been forced to remain at the station while detectives are unable to efficiently pursue investigations.

When the city of Buffalo recently found itself with a cash flow deficit, officials were able to cover the gap by using funds from the Buffalo Public School District. Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post adds this to a growing list of questionable budget practices, notably the use of cash reserves to cover previous budget deficits.

When Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced the city's budget for the approaching fiscal year, much of the discussion centered on a lower property tax rate and the ambitious set of goals outlined in the $508 million spending plan. After reviewing the proposal, Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post has raised several questions about some projected revenues. At the top of the list:  $11 million in casino revenue from the Seneca Nation of Indians, a funding line that is unlikely to be realized anytime soon.


Stacked in news stands across Western New York are two weekly publications with gigantic centerpiece art and intriguing cultural content. One is new to the party, while the other has been around for more than 25 years.


A new weekly publication will soon be on the streets of Buffalo and Western New York. Former Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly has put together a core staff of seven writers, designers and sales representatives in creating "The Public."

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Local political aspirants and incumbents are preparing for fall balloting.

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The Buffalo News has endorsed a trio of candidates for the Buffalo School Board elections Tuesday. Those endorsements have angered a segment of the public, and for some have emphasized racial divides in the city. On today's Press Pass, WBFO's Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly will discuss those endorsements.

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The recent passing of Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. has raised serious questions in regard to the status of the existing stadium, just as $130 million in renovations are underway for next season.

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County Legislator Lynn Marinelli stepped down from her post in January, but no progress has been made in filling that seat.

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This year's local elections will feature at least a pair of hotly contested races.

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The year's end brings an anticipated new look for 2014. Among the rumored moves are possible new directions for Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins.

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Byron Brown will soon begin his third term as Buffalo's mayor and questions are already being asked about whether he will seek a fourth term or if a new face will grace City Hall.

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This year's race for City Hall could be heating up in coming days. There is also a new battle brewing inside City Hall. Those are the topics on WBFO'S Press Pass conversation with Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly.