Common Council Members

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Darius G. Pridgen

Darius G. Pridgen - Ellicott District

Council President

Council President Darius Pridgen represents the Ellicott District. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, graduate of Buffalo State College, and holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Medaille. Mr. Pridgen is also a bishop and senior pastor at True Bethel Baptist Church.

David A. Rivera

David A. Rivera - Niagara District

Majority Leader

Council Majority Leader David A. Rivera represents the Niagara District. He worked as a Buffalo Police Officer from 1982 to 2008, with duties including patrol officer, a confidential aide to Mayor James Griffin, a detective sergeant in the Sex Offense/Domestic Violence Unit and, a detective sergeant in the General Investigative Unit.

Christopher P. Scanlon

Christopher P. Scanlon - South District

President Pro Tempore

Council President Pro Tempore Christopher P. Scanlon represents the South District. He is a graduate of Bishop Timon St. Jude High School and attended Erie Community College. Beyond his work on The Council, Mr. Scanlon has experience in managerial roles at UPS and the Western New York Pub Group Inc.

Joel P. Feroleto

Joel P. Feroleto - Delaware District

Council Member Joel P. Feroleto represents the Delaware District. He received his Juris Doctor from University at Buffalo Law School and is also an alumnus of Canisius College. Mr. Feroleto has served as legislative aide to two former council members and deputy chief of staff to a NYS Senator. He is a member of the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Richard A. Fontana

Richard A. Fontana - Lovejoy District

Council Member Richard A. Fontana represents the Lovejoy District. Beyond his work on the Common Council, Mr. Fontana has extensive experience in housing and is a licensed real estate broker. He is also a former restaurant owner and maintains a community library in his neighborhood.

David A. Franczyk

David A. Franczyk - Fillmore District

Council Member David A. Franczyk represents the Fillmore District. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from SUNY Buffalo State and a Master of Arts degree in History from Niagara University. He has served as the editor-in-chief of the Polish-American Journal and taught at Empire State College, Hilbert College and Niagara University.

Joseph Golombek Jr

Joseph Golombek, Jr. - North District

Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr. represents the North District. He was born in Riverside and graduated from Riverside High School. Mr. Golombek holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from SUNY Buffalo State and a Master’s Degree in European History from Marquette University. In his spare time, he works as a history professor at Buffalo State College.

Ulysees O. Wingo, Sr.

Ulysees O. Wingo, Sr. - Masten District

Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo, Sr. represents the Masten District. He received a bachelor's degree in management from Houghton College and a master's degree in public administration from Buffalo State College. Mr. Wingo, Sr. is a youth minister at Faith Baptist Church. His other experiences include serving as the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program Coordinator at Buffalo Promise Neighborhood and director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo.

Rasheed N. C.  Wyatt

Rasheed Wyatt - University District

Council Member Rasheed N.C. Wyatt represents the University District. He earned an A.A.S. in accounting from the Kensington Business Institute in 1986 and a B.S. in business resource development from Medaille College. Mr. Wyatt is a former chief of staff for The Council. He also has extensive professional experience in finance and banking.