Leadership remains same in Buffalo Common Council

Hear from the new city representatives on the common council

Mike Baggerman
January 02, 2020 - 2:19 pm

Brendan Keany


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Leadership in the Buffalo Common Council will remain the status quo.

During Thursday's bi-annual re-organizational meeting, the common council voted to re-elected Ellicott District Councilman Darius Pridgen as president. Niagara District Councilman David Rivera will keep his role as majority leader while South District Councilman Chris Scanlon maintains his role as Council President Pro Tempore.

But the common council does have two newcomers who are giving a new look to city hall while the leadership remains the same. Buffalo's Lovejoy District is now represented by Bryan Bollman, who was previously a staffer under former councilman Richard Fontana. In Buffalo's Fillmore District, Mitch Nowakowski takes over the role previously held by David Franczyk.

"It's a little different and there's a few nuances that I have to learn," Bollman said. "But I'm a new face on the council but not new in the building...I know the key players in the building and the residents and the community leaders who elected me. I'm excited to get to work."

Bollman has a four-year plan that emphasizes blight cleanup in some neighborhoods.

Nowakowski, meanwhile, hopes to work on the reserve fund policy in the city, bring homes with lead into compliance, and to strengthen preservation code in the city. Nowakowski is also aware of the significant role as the first openly gay councilman in the history of Buffalo.

"Representation matters," Nowakowski said. "I just wanted the community to know, especially LGBTQ people, that no matter who you are and where you come from, you are welcome here and deserve a seat at the table. You deserve to be represented."


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