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Brown says no discussions on Lt. Governor job, but 'never say never'

WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was among the elected officials from across New York who made the trip to Albany for Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address. Considering the City is still digging out from a major storm, could Brown's decision to travel to Albany be a hint of things to come?

When rumors circulated late last year that Lt. Governor Robert Duffy may drop out of the Cuomo Administration, it was widely speculated that Mayor Brown could be Duffy's replacement. After being sworn in for a third time last week, Brown told WBFO News he plans to fulfill the term.

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Mayor's 2013 reelection win.

"My plans when I ran for reelection as Mayor was to serve as Mayor of the City of Buffalo. Certainly none of us know what the future may hold. But my focus is on being Mayor of Buffalo," said Brown.

"I have had no discussions with Governor Cuomo or Lt. Governor Duffy about going to the state level of government," he added.

Brown said his focus is on being Mayor of Buffalo and doing the best job he can to continue to move the city forward.

But speaking on WBFO's Morning Edition Wednesday, with Jay Moran, Brown did leave the door open for the Lt. Governor's job, saying "never say never."

WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Mayor Brown on Thursday's Morning Edition


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Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.