Brown joins other mayors in Albany

Jan 28, 2014

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and other mayors from around the state were in Albany in their annual attempt to influence state policy and spending.

Often allied, Mayor Brown and Governor Cuomo do not agree on the future of the Brownfield Opportunity Program.
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DeBlasio was among those who were pleading for more state money for early childhood education. Governor Cuomo agrees but doesn't want the New York City mayor doing it by raising taxes on the rich. 

During his time with the Legislature fiscal committees later in the day, Mayor Brown also asked legislators to restore the Brownfield Opportunity Program.

"A master plan developed under the South Buffalo BOA was instrumental in attracting a $1.5 billion private investment and $225 million in state investment to the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub at Riverbend," Brown said.

"This development wouldn't have been possible without the BOA program."

Governor Cuomo's proposed budget looks to put an end to much of the Brownfields effort.

Mayor Brown says the Riverbend high-tech program will bring in 850 jobs early on and potentially more than 4,000 jobs later.

The mayor also asked for more cash aid to the city; an end to the millions spent to notify the state the city was demolishing buildings containing asbestos; and restoration of the summer youth employment program.