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Racially-Charged Debate on Common Council Redistricting

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Common Council debated downsizing again Tuesday, in a contentious meeting with racial overtones.

Supporters of keeping a 13 member Council accused their opponents who favor a downsizing to nine members with bigotry and racism.

Tuesday's meeting followed Majority Leader Rosemarie Lotempio's revelation last week that she may support a plan to eliminate the Council's three at-large seats and the elected Council president.

Council President James Pitts criticized LoTempio, saying, "I want you to know you're in for a fight."

At-Large Member Charley Fisher demanded LoTempio's resignation.

All current reapportionment plans were tabled. A public hearing on the issue has been scheduled for July 22nd.