Legislative Farewell Dinner Party Will Honor Betty Jean Grant
This Sunday “For a Job Well Done!” A Legislative Farewell dinner party for Betty Jean Grant will be held on Sunday, December 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Club 1210, formerly The Groove Lounge, 1210 Broadway Avenue. Admission is $25, $50 and $100. Special guest performances will be provided by B.B.K.S. Christy Smothers and national recording saxophonist Will Holton.
Betty Jean Grant has been a resident of Buffalo, NY, for over 42 years and married for 47 to George Grant. She is the mother of three girls and a proud grandmother of five. In 1980, Mr. and Mrs. Grant opened Grants Variety Store, which remains one of the last African American owned variety store on the East Side of Buffalo. Betty Jean Grant graduated Magna Cum Laude from Medaille College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and completed a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Buffalo State College.
For over 18 years Betty Jean proudly represented the residents of Buffalo, serving as Ferry District Representative on the Buffalo School Board, University District Council-member and as 2nd District Erie County Legislator. Some of her proudest legislative accomplishments were bringing two Tim Hortons Café Shops and an Aldi’s Supermarket to the University District, collaborating with government colleagues to open the Tops Supermarket on Jefferson Ave. and Niagara Street. As Legislator she lead the charge, and working with the County Executive restored funding for the DayCare Unit, Libraries and Arts and Culture of Erie County and creating the Valor for Valor program for veterans, which was later adopted and expanded to the Veterans-One Stop of WNY.
During her tenure she also formed the We Are Women Warriors organization to address the various community issues and needs. When the City lost the popular Gus Macker Basketball Tournament, frequented by many inner city kids, she put together a committee to form Buff City Hoops to fill that avoid. She narrowly lost her bid to become a State Senator in 2012, losing by only 300-plus votes in an epic David and Goliath race. She has been strong supporter of the city's two Black newnspapers - The Challenger and The Criterion - where she penned a regular editorial column. Betty Jean Grant aspires to bring open and honest leadership for all residents and communities whether in the capacity of an elected official or community activist. In an effort to fulfill one of her dreams to become the first female Mayor of the City of Buffalo, she ran for that office in the 2017 election.
Despite her loss, she was able to bring a number of important issues to the forefront, and offered Buffalo voters a choice in that hotly contested race. Although she will not return to her legislative seat next year, she is expected to remain active in the community and the City of Buffalo.
Congratulations and much appreciation Legislator Grant for a job well done!