BUFFALO, NY – Democratic mayoral candidate India Walton has outlined her program for the East Side of Buffalo.
On Friday, the former executive director of the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust presented a seven-point plan, in which she addressed several topics, including reducing lead in the area, improving roads and sidewalks, and creating ‘a city-sponsored micro-mortgage fund that would provide financing opportunities for homes costing less than $ 50,000.
Walton spoke outside the former Community Action Organization building on the corner of Humboldt Parkway and West Ferry Street, explaining how she wants to find better uses for abandoned buildings across town.
“It can be turned into housing,” Walton said. “I think we need to make these types of investments in our community more attractive by partnering with public and private funds to bring these places back online.”
Walton added that she would like to add an independent parks and recreation department to improve park maintenance.
The Democratic candidate defeated four-term holder Byron Brown in the mayoral primary last June. She will run once again against Brown, who has a campaign in writing, in the next general election.