An Announcement from the Steps of City Hall

In case you weren’t able to make today’s press conference, please check out my speech here:

Good afternoon, thank you for joining me.

In December, I was beginning the slow preparation to end my maternity leave and begin serving in the role of Deputy Comptroller. I was thrilled to use my skills as both a Certified Public Accountant and an attorney to serve the City of Buffalo.

Imagine my surprise when, just a few days before Christmas, Mark Schroeder sat me down to tell me he was accepting an appointment in Albany. While I spent a moment grieving the quiet year or two I’d imagined, I quickly realized the opportunity before me.

This wasn’t my plan. But I believe that I am in this role, in this moment, “for such a time as this.” And I’ve made a decision to lean in.  

In the next ninety days, the Common Council will need to make an appointment to replace Mark Schroeder. In the interim, I serve as the acting comptroller. This period marks the first [ or second] time in history that the office is led by a CPA-- which is shocking to consider, though maybe not that shocking given the personality of most accountants. In addition, it will be the first time that this office is held by a woman or a person of color. This is a step forward. And that step forward is exactly what Buffalo needs.

We want to fan the flames of this resurgence. We want to build inclusive progress. Well, let’s start at the top-- with sound and skilled money management, and with representative governance. I challenge the common council to consider anything else a step backward.

This morning I hand-delivered a letter seeking the Council’s appointment. It included my extensive resume, which outlines my skills, my experience, and demonstrates my commitment to public service.

I’ve proven that I can earn the trust of Buffalo’s voters, earning over 90,000 votes in the 2017 election for county comptroller. But the first step in this journey is being appointed.

So, I ask the Common Council: Do what’s right for Buffalo, by appointing a skilled leader, representative of her community, and who can preserve the stability of the office so that Buffalo’s financial landscape faces as little disruption as possible.

I look forward to working with you as colleagues in the work of building a more vibrant Buffalo.