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Masiello Not Sitting Back as Term Winds Down

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Mayor Anthony Masiello is not sitting back as his term winds down. Masiello says he plans to keep up with the demands of his job and will offer help to his successor.

"I'm going to continue to work my rear end of right through December 31st," Masiello said.

As the calendar shifts toward mid-October, Masiello now has about two-and-a-half months left in office. But he's been busy, trying to wrap up a number of economic development projects from Bass Pro to a Buffalo casino before he steps out of his City Hall office for good.

"(We're) making sure that we deliver on the development projects, deliver on the financial solvency that is taking place, deliver on a lot of good things that are happening in the city," Masiello said. "My whole focus has been to get this job done."

Masiello says he hopes the next mayor will continue to build on his efforts to grow Buffalo. But he's also ready and willing to help the new mayor with the transition into his City Hall post by January 1st.

"Whoever wins, I'm going to be prepared to help them to transition. After the election I will set up a team of my own commissioners and department heads to meet with the next mayor, fully explain where we are, what situations there are, and to mentor them as they take office," Masiello said. "This is a huge job with tremendous responsibility working on issues that are both long and short term."

Right now, Masiello would not reveal his advice to the next mayor. Masiello has not made any public endorsement for the candidates running, but says as a democrat, he will vote for Byron Brown.

In the meantime, Masiello is still searching for a new job. The Mayor says he has some very exciting choices and offers, but is not ready to announce his plans. Masiello did say his new career will "definitely" be in the private sector.