11/30/2007

Byron's Discount Card

Saw this on Jefferson Avenue today.
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Called this afternoon to see what the program is about. Anyone know who's paying for the billboard? Has anyone spotted these signs in other places? Let me know.
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10 comments:

Tom Cruiser said...

One is at the City line on Elmwood, visible southbound on the east side. Seems to me an unnecessary program for a City government to run, and a big ad for the Mayor. Is this what our three men in a closet are busy dreaming up to fix our City?

Anonymous said...

It's as though we're in some Cult of Personality totalitarian state where we have to have the Dear Leader smiling down on us at every turn.

(Only with none of the style the Communist artists used to have.)

Anonymous said...

Unnecessary? Gee, getting over 180 local businesses to offer discounts to senior citizens. Seems like a great idea to me. Some of the available discounts are pretty sizeable. But then, I've noticed that with a lot of people, no matter what anybody does, there's always somebody sitting back complaining. The people who claim to be so caring about Buffalo, spend most of their time bashing the City.

theyearofthewagon said...

I believe one is on the 33 heading east just as you pass the 198 split. I'd like to know more about it so I can tell my mother. Thanks for posting the picture so that I can call the number!

b said...

Anon 7:56, the complaint is not about the discount program. But if the billboard is payed for with taxpayer funds, or if it was donated to the city by the billboard co, then a legitimate complaint is about the huge adoring picture of a politician on it. That's what's not necessary.

Only if Byron's campaign committee or his foundation paid for the billboard would I think the picture is ok. Still weird looking as others said, and the picture adds nothing to the intent of publicising the discount program, but if he's paying for having his picture there then at least it's not an unethical abuse of public funds.

Does anybody know how to find out who's paying for it?

Anonymous said...

There is another one in the old first ward on south park near the buffalo malting elevator, a stones throw to the valley community center

Anonymous said...

a great program, encourages seniors to shop at local businesses, which in turn is good for the businesses, and of course, people criticize. I thought we all wanted Buffalo to get better!

Mlystad said...

I just dont like seeing Brown and I never will. I disliked him prior to even being a state senator. I mean really, do you think Brown did anything to secure those discounts? but yet we have to see his mug. I think he's prepping himself for hillary's senate seat, what a rat.

bfloBR said...

I don't think some of the criticisms on the program are warranted. Several hundred businesses offering discounts to seniors from the City of Buffalo. I also think, without knowing the cost of the adverts, its important to publicize something like this so that it has a strong participation rate. I do agree that it seems absurd to place the Mayor's mug on the billboards. Is it really necessary to take every opportunity to promote the mayor? I don't know where this comes from, but it makes the administration's intentions appear trite. I think this, more than anything else, is the most disappointing attribute of this administration.

downtownjunkie said...

I dont think this is such a bad idea. Why doesnt market itself to more senior citizens. Buffalo's horrible schools are an impediment towards getting the middle class families to move back to teh city. The elderly and also to a certain degree gays dont need good schools. These retirees and gays will pay school taxes just like residents who have children attending city schools