by Geoff Kelly - posted 9:13 am, February 4, 2009
The Adam Zyglis cartoon above prompted this testy response from Peter Cutler, Mayor Byron Brown’s communications director, in today’s Buffalo News:
For the second time in two years, News editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis depicted Mayor Byron Brown’s State of the City address with negative imagery.
During his address, the mayor acknowledged challenges that still confront Buffalo, but he appropriately highlighted significant progress that has occurred over the past three years.
Buffalo’s situation is not unique. The long economic decline of former manufacturing- based regions like ours is well documented. But current mayoral administrations in cities like Buffalo are compelled to make decisions and enact policies that address the aftermath of such decades-long decline that produces current problems in their cities.
In his speech, Brown outlined policies that have had a positive impact on the city’s condition, helping to lower crime and stabilize city finances. He also spoke of new initiatives that will continue this progress despite national economic problems. This is what voters elect their leaders to do and it is what they expect them to accomplish.
The Zyglis cartoon was a cheap shot. It unfairly questioned the dedication of many hard-working people in the public and private sectors who are making a difference in pulling Buffalo out of decades of decline toward a future of growth and opportunity.
Watch out, Adam. That’s two. Disseminate one more nasty cartoon about the mayor and he’ll send the Buffalo Police Department to knock down your door and confiscate your pens and drawing pads.