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Brown easily re-elected to third term as Buffalo mayor

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown celebrated a landslide victory Tuesday night against Republican opponent Sergio Rodriguez, gaining nearly 70 percent of the vote.

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Mayor & wife Michele thank supporters

"Tonight, the voters spoke loud and clear," Mayor Brown told supporters inside the Terrace room at the Statler during his reelection speech.

Brown said he ran on a platform of progress, touting economic development in the city.

The mayor said he's be telling Buffalo's new story.

"Our chapter is going to lead to more progress and more hope and more opportunity for every resident of this great city." 

After delivering his speech, Brown, his wife Michele and son Byron Jr. shook many hands, thanking supporters.

The Mayor then spoke with reporters and was asked about the challenges waged by his opponent.

"A campaign is work, but I found it to be a joy because I was able to get out and talk to the voters, listen to the concerns of the people of Buffalo. It's a pleasure for me. It's an opportunity to engage with people. It's an opportunity to listen to people."

Just blocks away on Franklin Street, Rodriguez held his own election night party at the Hamlin House.  Rodriguez delivered a very passionate campaign with very little funds, but continue to hold Brown accountable on education and crime.   

"Second to that is the abandoned properties. A lot of people are concerned about abandoned properties. They're concerned about their safety. They're concerned about issues that truly matter. The unemployment rate in the city which is the highest is has been in 20 years," said Rodriguez.
               
Brown pledges to be involved and active with Buffalo's education crisis. But the Mayor stopped short of saying that he would push for a change in the rules to allow the mayor power to take over the school district. 

Despite the defeat, Rodriguez referred to his candidacy as "historic" as the city's first Hispanic to run for mayor.