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Back on the Ballot, Adamczyk Attacks

Filed under: Allentown, Local Politics

Summer must be winding down: The politicians are beginning to maul one another with nonsensical accusations.

The first piece of spurious attack literature to be distributed in my neighborhood, Allentown—formerly part of the Ellicott District, now, as a result of  reapportionment, part of the Fillmore District—comes from Larry Adamczyk. Adamczyk, a long-time Dennis Gorski apparatchik and former commissioner of the Erie County Board of Elections, was tossed off the ballot almost two weeks ago because he had not lived in the district long enough, then was reinstated late last week by a judge who ruled that the residency requirement did not obtain because of it was a reapportionment year.

Wasting no time, Adamczyk’s campaign sent out a flyer in Allentown this weekend (click to enlarge):

Adamczyk’s opponent, Council President Dave Franczyk, can answer for himself on his longevity and the economic and social forces that have been so cruel to the East Side district in which he lives. But I’ll respond to some of Adamczyk’s claims:

1. It was Ellicott District Councilman Darius Pridgen, not Franczyk, who argued for Allentown to be added to the Fillmore District. Fillmore dropped in population and so needed to expand into neighborhoods with more bodies. South Buffalo was largely off-limits: Councilman Mickey Kearns did not want to give up any territory. So the only direction in which Fillmore could extend was westward toward downtown and Allentown. Pridgen, apparently uncomfortable with its politics and personalities, asked Franczyk to take Allentown from Ellicott.

But Adamczyk’s candidacy is sponsored by Mayor Byron Brown, Pridgen’s ally, so you can bet Adamczyk will not criticize Pridgen’s role in the redistricting. As if it’s big deal anyway. One can argue that the redistricting process should not be shackled to historical neighborhood identities and political considerations. But even if it were, disparate neighborhoods would be linked together in councilmanic districts.

2. I don’t like that Franczyk bothers with the Republican line. I won’t defend him on that. But it’s absurd to try to link Franczyk to Erie County Executive Chris Collins because he’s courted and received the Republican line on the ballot. Will Adamczyk similarly criticize the four incumbent city court judges, all supported by his ally, Mayor Byron Brown, who are also running on the Republican line? Will he accuse Judges Sue Eagan, Robert Russell, Dave Manz, and Joseph Fiorella of keeping company with Collins? Of course not, because the medium in which political attacks are engendered is hypocrisy.

3. “You have a chance to reject Dave Franczyk’s plan to make Allentown look like the rest of his Fillmore District.” I follow the Common Council pretty closely, and I’m not aware of any plan. Are there drawings somewhere? Does Adamczyk have some schematics he’s unearthed whereby Allen Street will become the new Broadway?

Of course he hasn’t, because no one expects to turn Allentown into the East Side. You couldn’t if you tried. Adamczyk is simply trying to play Allentown residents for rubes.

I wonder what I’ll find in my mailbox this afternoon.

UPDATE: Franczyk’s supporters are appealing the court’s decision to return Adamczyk to the ballot. The appeal will be heard Wednesday  morning.


  • Samuel A. Herbert

    I’M BACK, on the ballot as of August 11, 2011. State Supreme Court Justice Donna M. Siwek, found Herbert sumitted the required number of signatures on my designating petitions to qualify for the ballot. Thank you Lord Jesus, who said faith without works is dead, i work my butt off to make the ballot. After 25 year’s of David A. Franczy leadership it’s time for real change. I lived in the Fillmore District all of the 40 year’s i been liveing here in Buffalo, living in the same home for 38 of the 40 year’s living on the EASTSIDE, i’m from HARLEM N.Y. This is my come back from 2007 i took on Franczy we did not win but we pulled over 40% of the vote 721. We knew we had a four year wait untill 2011 I’M Back, let the game’s begin!

  • Peter A Reese

    Erie County Democratic Committee Rules, Article II, Section 5 ends with:
    “A candidate for endorsement or nomination is disqualified from consideration if he or she receives the Republican endorsement, automatically forfeits any Democratic endorsement if he or she subsequently accepts a Republican endorsement, nomination authorization. This sub section does not pertain to judicial offices. city attorney. and traditional town administrative offices.
    (Bad grammar not mine.)

    Franczyk should automatically lose the Democratic endorsement, except that Lenihan never bothered to have the meetings of district committeemen necessary to endorse councilmembers. No Buffalo Councilmembers are endorsed this year.

  • Samuel A. Herbert

    Peter A Reese is right!