NY union members urged to donate to 'mayor's club' for promotions

Union president alleges 'pay-to-play' scheme involving $500 donation to campaign


By Aaron Besecker
Buffalo News

BUFFALO, N.Y.  The Buffalo firefighters' union alleged Tuesday that its members are being urged to donate to Mayor Byron W. Brown's political campaign to help their chances of landing a promotion.

By joining "the mayor's club," a union member lowers the risk of being passed over, Thomas P. Barrett, vice president of Local 282, Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association, told a panel of city lawmakers.

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