Judge Who Wants Buffalo Mayor on Ballot Has Real Estate Ties

Judge Who Wants Buffalo Mayor on Ballot Has Real Estate Ties

It’s difficult to think of a greater threat to Buffalo, New York’s real estate developers than India Walton, the socialist affordable housing advocate who in June won the Democratic mayoral primary over incumbent Byron Brown, 51 to 46 percent. Walton, an organizer and nurse, co-founded and served as executive director of a community land trust in 2017 to create affordable housing in Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood and combat gentrification fueled in large part by traditional real estate development. As mayor, she would have the power to expand that land trust and grow the tax base in Buffalo’s gentrified neighborhoods. For the city’s biggest developers, her mayorship could represent a complete paradigm shift. So it’s little surprise that a good number of those developers, many of them Republicans, are backing Brown’s …
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