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Mayor Highlights Economic Development in State of the City Address

Mayor Anthony Masiello

By Joyce Kryszak

Buffalo, NY – About 500 community leaders and officials turned out to hear Mayor Anthony Masiello give his eleventh annual State of the City address Thursday.

It was standing room only at the Hyatt Regency downtown, where Masiello faced both supporters and detractors. Likely mayoral candidate Sam Hoyt and new Congressman Brian Higgins were among those interested in what he had to say.

The Mayor offered an optimistic vision of the city's future. Masiello says they aren't pipe dreams, with many projects already underway. He listed the waterfront, Bass Pro, the Medical Campus, and numerous housing projects as some of the recent success stories.

Masiello says the city is at the tipping point.

"We saw investments taking place in every neighborhood throughout the city of Buffalo," Masiello said. "On Seneca Street, we saw people doing very good business. (The same is true) for Genesee Street on the East Side, upper Main Street and other neighborhoods. But we want to replicate that."

The Mayor talked about the importance of momentum. But he also reaffirmed his position about moving forward carefully when it comes to plans for a proposed city-county merger.

Some community leaders later said Masiello failed to adequately address key problems facing the city, such as education and crime.