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Brown joins other mayors in Albany

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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.

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.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.