Thu January 10, 2013
Mayor calls governor's State of the State "bold & aggressive"
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown attended the State of the State address in Albany. He described Cuomo's speech as "bold and aggressive" and said he believes the governor's call for the toughest gun control laws in the nation is the right thing to do.
"I think the governor was right to speak to gun control. Anything we can do to get guns out of the hands of criminals that would use them against members of our community. Anything that would be done to not allow them to fall into the hands of people who are mentally ill is important," said Mayor Brown.
In a city where there were 50 murders last year and already new shootings in downtown Buffalo the first week into the New Year, Brown is welcoming legislation that could provide relief to gun violence.
"Any additional tolls that we have that could be put in the tool box to reduce gun violence....is certainly worth looking at," said Mayor.
WBFO News also asked Brown about the governor's proposal to create three new casinos Upstate to generate more tourism dollars at a time when the Seneca Nation has accused the state of violating its casino compact.
"His feeling is that it is here. That billions of dollars of New York money is flowing outside of New York State and he wants that money to flow within the state," said Mayor Brown.
The mayor noted that Cuomo would like to invest 90-percent of new casino development into education and ten percent into communities where they are located.
Mayor Brown says he is also pleased with the governor's proposed job creation and training programs and a call for no new taxes.