India Walton, Mayor Brown answer questions at Buffalo Mayoral Debate

India Walton, Mayor Brown answer questions at Buffalo Mayoral Debate

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — On Thursday, Democratic nominee for mayor India Walton, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and two other candidates gathered at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library for a debate ahead of the November 2 election for Mayor of Buffalo. India Walton started by addressing concerns about defunding the police, saying she would work with the common council to have police reallocate funds aimed at police fighting crime better, and that funds would be reallocated to help with community programs in the city. The first question goes to @Indiawaltonbflo about her plan for police reform: “My plan is to free police to do police work, stop crime.” — Natalie Fahmy (@NatalieFahmy) September 9, 2021 Mayor Brown criticized Walton’s plan to “defund the police” to which Walton said that her plan is a responsible use of taxpayer money. Both Ben Carlisle and Jaz Miles said they would not “defund the police”. Mayor Brown then expressed his qualifications for mayor by referencing his 16 years in office. All three of Walton, Carlisle, and Miles referenced that they are political outsiders. Miles criticized Brown for crime in the city, to which Brown responded by saying that crime has gone up in all cities during the pandemic. @MayorByronBrown talks to the crime rate in Buffalo: “all cities during the pandemic have seen an increase in crime” — Natalie Fahmy (@NatalieFahmy) September 9, 2021 On development, Carlisle said he is in favor of development in the city as long as there’s transparency, while […]

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