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Buffalo-Niagara Partnership: Thinning the Herd of School Board Candidates

665-mainOn Saturday, Fred Yellen was scratched from the list of school board candidates for having insufficient signatures on his nomination petitions. Count this as a win for Herbert Bellamy, Jr., and Buffalo-Niagara Partnership Director of Government Relations Glenn Aronow—whose signatures appear on the specific objections paperwork, filed April 18.

The Buffalo-Niagara Partnership backs the incumbent slate of Collins, Jacobs, and Johnson through a “coalition” they call Buffalo Students First. Aronow claims they have also raised money and donated staff assistance to these candidates.

Challengers Rebekah Williams and John Licata’s petitions were still being challenged as of this morning. In the event they too are struck from the ballot, the field would shrink from nine candidates to six, one week before the election. This would leave Patricia Devis, Rosanna Hampton, and Bryon McIntyre as the only challengers to Collins, Jacobs, and Johnson.

No challenges were ever filed for the signature petitions of the incumbents.

Don’t forget tonight’s candidates forum at the Polish Cadets Hall, Grant and Amherst Street, 7-9pm.

Election Day is next Tuesday, May 5. In the last at-large Buffalo school board election, in 2004, fewer than 13,000 people voted. That’s only around 8% of registered voters. The winners will serve Buffalo’s schoolchildren for the next five years.


  • AICPplanner

    Has the Partnership updated its 990 and disclosed all of its political campaign activities. Under the law they are required to report this information separately so the public knows how much and to whom their political spending is directed.

    Politics as usual in Buffalo. No real concern for the schools, just trying to buy political jobs for friends.

  • james

    Figures they would go after Yellen who is endorsed by the BTF. Scumbag politics as usual for certain. STATUS QUO? Collins, FloJo and Jacobs. Three peas in a pod,or in some other oriface

  • Know it all

    is it too late to challenge these incumbant scumbags? this is insane!

  • Both Licata and Williams survived the challenge to their candidacy today and participated in the school board forum at the Polish Cadets Hall this evening, which wrapped up half an hour ago. They both remain on the ballot for next Tuesday’s election, May 5.

  • John B Licata

    Running for school board has reinforced the old adage about formal schooling and education. I’ve certainly received an education since commencing this endeavor.

  • Know it all

    John Licata,
    If elected, will you vote in lock-step with JAW’s and the sisters?

  • Gretchen

    Thank you for staying on top of this…BTW I think it’s Rosalind Hampton, not Rosanna.

  • I apologize, it is of course Rosalind.