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Gaughan Says Council Content with Current Plan

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Local regionalism advocate Kevin Gaughan says it appears city lawmakers are "content to stay with the present course of action" on a controversial reapportionment plan.

Last week, lawmakers voted to cut four Common Council seats. But that plan has caused a racial divide because three of the four seats that would be eliminated are now held by African-Americans.

Gaughan says, so far, no one has accepted his offer to draft a compromise plan.

"My fear is this -- a fragmented Common Council will give rise to a fragmented community," Gaughan said.

Gaughan says if lawmakers change their minds, "there is a broad range of community leaders" standing by to help create a new redistricting plan.