BUFFALO, N.Y. - Election season in the City of Buffalo has officially begun after a prominent Buffalo figure, who wants to be the city's next mayor, launched his campaign Sunday.
Introduced by his mother to a standing ovation, 65-year-old Democrat Bernie Tolbert said he's running for Buffalo Mayor and he's "in it to win it."
The man who once ran Buffalo's FBI Office said he intends to clean up the city schools.
"Forty-four of Buffalo's 57 public schools have been designated as failing," Tolbert said "As your mayor, I will work with all stakeholders to put an end to the shame of our public schools."
Interestingly, Tolbert held his campaign kickoff at the same downtown family center where incumbent Mayor Byron Brown launched his campaign in late March in front of a much bigger crowd.