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, 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.