Election 2010: the local political scene, blacks/latino alliances in the freedom party
Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant always a political maverick is working arduously these days for the Freedom Party, building alliances in the local African-American and Latino community to support three African-American and Puerto Rican candidates for State-wide offices in the up-coming elections this fall.
Last Saturday, she sat at a table hoping to woo folks to sign the petition for the Freedom Party candidates at the Olivencia Center on Swan Street after attending the funeral of local African-American photographer Simba Mlee (1933-2010) who died on August 2, after struggling with cancer.
Mayor Byron W. Brown, Sen. Antoine Thompson, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples and Masten District Council Member Demone Smith stood together earlier at the altar of the True Bethel Baptist Church on Swan St. on Saturday to pay their respects to Bro. Simba Mlee, while Eva Doyle a candidate for lieutenant governor ironically spoke on the same podium about the Freedom Party.
The Rev. Darius Pridgen and Council Member Dr. Curtis Haynes also shared the same alter both forgetting if only for the moment the contentious battle for the Ellicott Council seat.
Mrs. Doyle is a local retired school teacher, and columnist for the Criterion Newspaper whose message about the Freedom Party’s work in Buffalo and the important role it’s playing in the black and latino communities in the State received some acknowledgement among the mourners when she told them Bro. Simba Mlee would have approved it.
Political discontent continues to increase among some sectors of the Latino and African-American community dissatisfied with the NYS Democratic Party all-white ticket for all the up-coming seats in the November elections.
Some view the Freedom Party as providing a reprieve for local Latinos separated through redistricting into different council and senate districts the division used in the battling political camps that have developed in the local Democratic Party between Assemblyman Sam Hoyt and Mayor Byron W. Brown to support either Hoyt or Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr., as they both go at it again in a political fight that threatens the re-election bid of Niagara District Council Member David Rivera aligned with Hoyt .