October 17 2013
Governor Cuomo Endorses Mayor Brown for Re-Election
September 05 2013
With the Democratic Primary just days away, Mayor Brown’s re-election campaign hit a “Grand Slam” with today’s edorsement of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The endorsement of New York State’s highest ranking elected official caps a banner week in Mayor Brown’s soaring campiagn which included the endorsements of Congressman Brian Higgins and United States Senator Charles Schumer, and following President Obama’s recent declaration that “Buffalo is on the move.”
Senator Schumer Endorses Mayor Brown for Re-Election
September 03 2013
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s campaign received another major shot in the arm today with the endorsement of United States Senator Charles E. Schumer. The endorsement of New York’s Senior Senator and widely respected national figure is a significant development with the Mayoral Primary just one week away. Senator Schumer has served in the United States Senate since 1998, where he has built a strong reputation as a leader on the national scene, and as a fighter for the City of Buffalo and Western New York. He is the highest ranking official to make an endorsement in Buffalo’s Mayoral race.
Congressman Brian Higgins and Senator Tim Kennedy Endorse Mayor Brown for Re-Election
September 02 2013
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s soaring campaign received another significant boost today with the endorsements of Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Senator Tim Kennedy. The two prominent Buffalo democrats formally declared their support for Mayor Brown’s re-election in a South Buffalo neighborhood, touting Buffalo’s great progress under Mayor Brown’s leadership.
Councilmember Joseph Golombek Endorses Mayor Brown for Re-Election
August 26 2013
Buffalo Common Councilmember Joseph Golombek formally announced his support for Mayor Byron Brown for re-election. Councilmember Golombek has represented the North District on the Common Council since 2000, where he has introduced a number of reforms and has been recognized for his independence, hard work, and dedication to the community. Read more….
Buffalo Common Council President Richard Fontana Endorses Mayor Brown for Re-Election
August 26 2013
Buffalo Common Council President Richard Fontana formally announced his support of Mayor Byron Brown for Re-Election. The leader of the Common Council and long-time Lovejoy District Councilman’s endorsement is another significant boost to Mayor Brown’s campaign.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz Endorses Mayor Brown for Re-Election
August 05 2013
DATE: August 5, 2013
CONTACT: Peter Savage 716.553.0195
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ERIE COUNTY EXECUTIVE MARK POLONCARZ ENDORSES
MAYOR BROWN FOR RE-ELECTION
Endorsement of Erie County’s Top Democrat Viewed as Another
Significant Boost to Mayor’s Soaring Campaign
Buffalo, NY- Mayor Brown’s campaign rolled out another major announcement today, with the endorsement of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. County Executive Poloncarz has served as Erie County’s chief executive since 2012 and as the highest ranking elected official in Erie County is a prominent figure in the Democratic Party. County Executive Poloncarz is widely respected for changing the culture in county government with a focus on providing core services to county residents. Under County Executive Poloncarz’ effective leadership, a 10 year lease was negotiated with the Buffalo Bills and the State of New York, securing the team’s long term future in Western New York. Prior to running county government, County Executive Poloncarz served as Erie County Comptroller for six years where he was lauded for his independent oversight of Erie County’s finances.
In making his endorsement, County Executive Poloncarz highlighted his strong partnership with Mayor Brown saying: “During my time as County Executive, Mayor Brown has been a partner in several initiatives that have strengthened our region, including the formation of the Land Bank and cooperation on infrastructure improvements to Kenmore Avenue. We have maintained open, constructive lines of communication while demonstrating to residents that government can work collaboratively and efficiently to deliver services, and I look forward to reinforcing this beneficial relationship in Mayor Brown’s next term.”
The City of Buffalo is making great progress under Mayor Brown’s leadership with lower taxes, reduced crime, the highest credit rating in the city’s history, and increased economic development activity. There is currently $1.7 billion in economic development underway in the City of Buffalo, including the $172 million Harbor Center project on the Webster Block, creating new jobs.
Mayor Brown said, “I am honored to earn the endorsement of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, someone who has been an effective and a tremendous partner in Buffalo’s progress. Whether through collaboration to support regional cultural institutions like Kleinhans Music Hall which hosts the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, or as a member of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, the County Executive is a strong partner in the great progress we are making in Buffalo, and I look forward to continuing to work together in the years ahead.”
Erie County Executive Poloncarz’ endorsement follows the recent endorsements of New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan. Mayor Brown is the endorsed candidate of the Democratic, Conservative, Working Families, and Independence Parties. Primary Day is Tuesday, September 10th.
Buffalo News’ Robert McCarthy - State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s endorsement of Mayor Byron Brown
August 03 2013
“A renaissance is taking place throughout this city, and Mayor Brown’s leadership has been the key to this resurgence,” the comptroller said. “We have seen and observed very responsible fiscal policies that have been encouraged during the mayor’s tenure. Mayor Brown has focused on prudent and responsible and conservative budgeting,” he added, pointing to the end of a hard control board, an improved credit rating, increased efficiency and reduced taxes.”
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. Dinapoli Endorses Mayor Brown for Re-Election
August 02 2013
Assemblyman Sean Ryan Endorses Mayor Byron Brown for Re-Election
August 01 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2013
ASSEMBLYMAN SEAN RYAN ENDORSES MAYOR BYRON BROWN FOR RE-ELECTION
Touts Strong Partnership and Great Progress in the City of Buffalo
Buffalo, NY – Earlier today New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan formally announced his endorsement of Mayor Byron Brown’s candidacy for re-election as Mayor of the City of Buffalo. Ryan, who succeeded long time Assemblyman Sam Hoyt in 2011, was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2012 to his district which includes a significant portion of the City of Buffalo, including North Buffalo, the West Side, the Elmwood Village, and Allentown.
In making his endorsement, Assemblyman Sean Ryan said: “In recent years, we have seen tremendous progress in the City of Buffalo. Mayor Brown has not only helped to move this progress along, he is committed to ensuring that it continues. With Mayor Brown, I have someone who I can work with, and who I can depend on to assist me in delivering results for Buffalo residents. This commitment to working together and focusing on continued progress is why I am endorsing Mayor Brown for re-election.”
The City of Buffalo is experiencing its greatest period of expansion in recent history, a reflection of the growing confidence of Buffalo’s business community, fueled too by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s billion dollar pledge to lure new private sector investment in Buffalo. The City of Buffalo is currently seeing over $1.7 billion in economic development underway creating new jobs for Buffalo residents.
Mayor Brown said, “I am very pleased to receive the endorsement of Assemblyman Ryan. Whether it be through our collaboration to rehabilitate dilapidated housing units with groups like PUSH Buffalo on the West Side, or working together to fund critical cultural institutions, such as the Buffalo Zoo, Assemblyman Ryan has been a strong partner in the great progress we are making together in the City of Buffalo and I am honored to have his support.”
Assemblyman Ryan joins a long list of Buffalo’s Elected Officials who have announced their endorsements of Mayor Brown’s re-election including Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Senator Tim Kennedy, Assembly members Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Michael Kearns, Buffalo Common Council President Richard Fontana, Majority Leader Demone Smith, Council President Pro Tempore Bonnie Russell, along with Buffalo Common Councilmembers Joseph Golombek, Darius Pridgen, David Rivera, and Christopher Scanlon.
Buffalo Niagara Partnership Endorses Byron Brown for Re-Election as Buffalo Mayor
July 12 2013
March 26, 2013
BUFFALO–The Buffalo Niagara Partnership today endorsed Byron W. Brown for re-election to a third term as Mayor of the City of Buffalo.
“Mayor Brown has proven himself to be a valuable, reliable, and continuous partner for Buffalo’s business development,” said Andrew J. Rudnick, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “This ‘early’ endorsement directly reflects our ongoing confidence in Byron Brown and what he can continue to accomplish going forward.”
Rudnick and Brown were joined by Tim Loftis, Partnership board chair and partner at Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP and Jonathan Dandes, chair of the Partnership’s Government Affairs Council and president of Rich Baseball Operations, to announce the endorsement at the Partnership’s offices.
“My administration has made job creation and economic development a major priority and thanks to our strong working relationship with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the City of Buffalo has $1.7 billion in economic development underway. I am grateful for the Partnership’s support and faith in my administration and for the progress we are making in Buffalo,” said Mayor Byron Brown
Brown and the Partnership have been close collaborators on economic development initiatives in the City of Buffalo. Since Brown took office in 2006, the city has seen more than $1.5 billion in development activity.
“Much of the city’s current momentum - on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, riverfront, neighborhoods and in downtown’s core - is a direct result of our positive working relationship with Mayor Brown which we look forward to continuing in his third term,” said Rudnick.
In 2009, the Partnership provided Brown’s administration with staff expertise to reengineer the city’s economic development agencies and the mayor’s own office of strategic planning. In 2010, the Partnership was a principal broker in Mayor Brown’s landmark agreement for enhanced park services and funding to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. Throughout 2011, the Partnership and Brown collaborated to make downtown Buffalo more competitive for private investment via the Buffalo Building Reuse Project. In 2012, the Partnership became a key partner in the city’s Hire Buffalo initiative, which encourages businesses to hire city residents.
“Byron Brown is the right person to continue as Mayor of Buffalo,” said Tim Loftis, Partnership board chair. “Over two terms, he clearly has earned this support from the region’s business community. The City of Buffalo is the heart of Buffalo Niagara, and we are committed to creating jobs and private investment in the city, to further that impact across our region.”
ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership includes more than 2,000 employer members, working for improved business competitiveness and expanded economic activity in the region. The Partnership advocates, locally, and in Albany, and Washington, D.C., for policies and resources to increase private sector investment and jobs. The Partnership also offers programs and services to its members to increase their chances for business success.
Mayor Byron Brown Files Over 18,000 Democratic Signatures
July 10 2013
MAYOR BYRON BROWN FILES OVER 18,000 DEMOCRATIC SIGNATURES
Mayor will also file petitions for Conservative, Working Families and Independence Parties
Buffalo - Mayor Byron Brown today filed 18,425 Democratic signatures for re-election at the Erie County Board of Elections. To qualify for the Democratic Primary candidates must file 2,000 valid signatures, Mayor Brown filed more than 9 times the amount needed to qualify. Mayor Brown will also file petitions to qualify on the Conservative, Working Families and Independence Party lines.
“My campaign volunteers did an amazing job knocking on doors getting signatures for my re-election as Mayor during the past five weeks and I am grateful for their efforts. I am also encouraged by the strong support in each and every section of the city and the confidence so many Democratic voters have in my candidacy and the progress we have made together in Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown.
Mayor Brown was recently endorsed by the Erie County Democratic Committee and appeared on the Democratic petition with Buffalo City Court Judges Debra Givens and Kevin Keane. The Democratic Primary will be held on Tuesday, September 10th. Mayor Brown is the endorsed Democratic, Conservative, Working Families and Independence Party candidate.
Mayor Brown has also been endorsed for re-election by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors, Buffalo Building Trades Council, Congressman Brian Higgins, State Senator Tim Kennedy, Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Assemblyman Mickey Kearns, Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Buffalo City Council President Richard Fontana, Buffalo City Council Majority Leader Demone Smith, Buffalo City Council President Pro-Tem Bonnie Russell, City Council Members Joe Golombek, Darius Pridgen, David Rivera, Christopher Scanlon and several prominent members of the clergy.
Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS® Announces Backing of Mayor Byron Brown for Re-Election.
June 22 2013
The Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS® (BNAR) today announced that is is supporting Byron Brown for re-election of mayor of Buffalo in the upcoming election
Brown, Howard, Mychajliw get Conservative nod
June 03 2013
By Robert J. McCarthy | News Political Reporter on May 30, 2013 - 10:32 PM
Democratic Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown remains a good friend of the Erie County Conservative Party.
So does Republican Sheriff Timothy B. Howard and Republican County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw.
All three won endorsements from the often-influential minor party Thursday evening – support that could prove influential if elections are close in November.
The nod for Brown solidifies his long association with the party and apparently recognizes his stand on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s gun-control legislation known as the SAFE Act.
Brown insisted earlier this year he supported the new legislation but would offer no opinion on core provisions such as mandating smaller magazines or banning assault-style weapons. That was enough for Erie County Conservative Chairman Ralph C. Lorigo.
“He did not support the governor on the gun issue,” Lorigo said. “He was not with the other Big Five mayors touting the SAFE Act.”
Lorigo lauded Brown’s opponents – Democrat Bernard Tolbert and Republican Sergio R. Rodriguez – but noted the mayor’s record in fostering significant new development in the city and his success in holding down the tax rate and weaning the city off its financial control board.
He said neither mayoral challenger had logged enough experience to merit the party’s support.
Howard and Mychajliw, meanwhile, gain an advantage as they head toward re-election campaigns this fall. Democrats will challenge Mychajliw with Lynn Szalkowski; Howard will face Bert Dunn or Richard Dobson following a Democratic primary in September.
The Conservative Party may also play a role in determining the future course of the Erie County Legislature after endorsing anti-headquarters Democrat Richard A. Zydel in District 7 for the seat now held by Democrat Thomas J. Mazur of Cheektowaga, who Lorigo said did not apply for the Conservative endorsement.
In District 8, the party is backing Republican Ted Morton for a seat being vacated by Democrat Terrence D. McCracken of Lancaster in a contest that GOP leaders hope could help swing the Legislature back to them.
Other legislative choices include the following incumbents: Republican Kevin R. Hardwick of the City of Tonawanda in District 4, Democrat Thomas A. Loughran of Amherst in District 5, Republican Edward A. Rath III of Amherst in District 6, Independence Party member Lynne M. Dixon of Hamburg in District 9, Conservative Joseph C. Lorigo of West Seneca in District 10 and Republican John J. Mills of Orchard Park in District 11.
The chairman noted that Democratic Legislator Lynn M. Marinelli of the Town of Tonawanda, a longtime Conservative candidate, did not apply this year in District 3.
The party backed Democrat Mary Carney and Republican Deanne Tripi for Family Court, and Democrats Debra L. Givens and Kevin J. Keane for Buffalo City Court.
CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT SPEECH
May 23 2013
THANK YOU. IT’S GREAT TO BE SURROUNDED BY SO MANY FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS. IT TELLS ME YOU LIKE THE PROGRESS WE’RE MAKING IN BUFFALO!
THANK YOU ASSEMBLYWOMAN CRYSTAL PEOPLES STOKES FOR YOUR KIND INTRODUCTION.
THANK YOU CONGRESSMAN BRIAN HIGGINS FOR WORKING SO CLOSELY WITH ME AND BEING PART OF BUFFALO’S PROGRESS.
I’D ALSO LIKE TO THANK MAJORITY LEADER DEMONE SMITH FOR EMCEEING.
I’M PROUD TO HAVE ALL OFYOU AS FRIENDS AND PARTNERS IN OUR CITY’S PROGRESS!!!
AND TO MY OTHER PARTNERS IN GOVERNMENT WHO ARE HERE…AND THOSE WHO AREN’T BECAUSE THEY’RE IN ALBANY DEALING WITH THE STATE BUDGET…THANK YOU!!!
THANK YOU…. BECAUSE WITH YOUR SUPPORT… WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS IN BUFFALO!!!
I’D ALSO LIKE TO THANK MY FAMILY FOR BEING HERE. THANKS MICHELLE AND BYRON FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT.
FINALLY – TO THE RESIDENTS OF BUFFALO:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONFIDENCE IN ME TO LEAD OUR CITY…..
TODAY I COME HERE DETERMINED TO CONTINUE THE PROGRESS …AND TAKE IT TO A NEW LEVEL!!!
THIS VERY SPOT…WHERE WE GATHER THIS MORNING…IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE GROWTH AND PROGRESS TAKING PLACE IN BUFFALO. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PASTOR MICHAEL CHAPMAN, THE REVEREND BENNETT W. SMITH FAMILY LIFE CENTER IS PART OF THE ST. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH CAMPUS WHICH CONTINUES TO EXPAND…PROVIDING JOBS, VARIOUS SERVICES AND SUPPORT TO THE COMMUNITY.
THERE IS AN ENERGY HERE…AND IT’S THE SAME KIND OF ENERGY THAT’S GAINING MOMENTUM THROUGHOUT OUR GREAT CITY.
TODAY I’M HERE TO CONTINUE THE EXCITEMENT AND ACCELERATE THE PROGRESS WE’RE MAKING TO CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL BUFFALONIANS!!!
WHEN WE BEGAN THIS JOURNEY IN 2006, MY VISION WAS TO STRENGTHEN BUFFALO AND RESTORE THE CITY’S WE FOLLOWED THREE GUIDING PRINCIPLES: IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS, WE ACHIEVED SUCCESS!!! GOING FORWARD, I WILL BUILD ON THIS PROGRESS AND CREATE EVEN MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL BUFFALONIANS…….I AM HERE TODAY TO FORMALLY DECLARE MY CANDIDACY FOR RE-ELECTION AS YOUR MAYOR OF THE CITY OF BUFFALO!!!
- AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES.
- TO IMPROVE CITY FINANCES AND ATTRACT NEW INVESTMENT
- MAKE OUR STREETS SAFER
- AND ENSURE GREATER EFFICIENCY IN THE DELIVERY OF CITY SERVICES.
- LADIES AND GENTLEMAN: THE CITY OF BUFFALO IS IN ITS BEST FINANCIAL CONDITION IN DECADES!!!
- BUFFALO’S CREDIT RATING IS ITS HIGHEST IN HISTORY.
- WE CUT PROPERTY TAXES, RESIDENTIALLY BY NEARLY 15% AND COMMERCIALLY BY ALMOST 25%.
- WE ATTRACTED NEW INVESTMENT, THAT’S CREATING JOBS. CURRENTLY, THERE’S MORE THAN $1.7 BILLION IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS UNDERWAY IN BUFFALO.
- WE REDUCED OVERALL CRIME BY 19%.
- WE FUNDED GROUNDBREAKING EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES.
- AND, WE LAID A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR BUFFALO’S FUTURE.
MY PLAN FOR OUR COMMUNITY IS WORKING. TODAY, JOB CREATION IS TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT BUFFALO. I’M PROUD THAT MY VISION FOR A NEW WATERFRONT INCLUDES…TRANSFORMING TWO SURFACE PARKING LOTS INTO OVER A QUARTER OF A BILLION DOLLARS IN NEW PRIVATE INVESTMENT, CREATING HUNDREDS OF NEW JOBS. THERE’S A LOT MORE. WE’RE ALSO FOCUSED ON OUR HOMEOWNERS AND EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE INVESTED IN OUR CITY. OUR FOCUS IS WORKING! WE ALSO STARTED NEW YOUTH PROJECTS THAT HAVE TOUCHED THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN. I’M PROUD OF THE PROGRESS WE’VE MADE… AND I’M EXCITED ABOUT THE PROGRESS TO COME. THAT’S WHY I AM RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION AS MAYOR OF BUFFALO!!!!
- THE BUFFALO SABRES $172 MILLION HOCKEY THEMED FACILITY WILL BE CONSTRUCTED AT THE WEBSTER BLOCK.
- ELLICOTT DEVELOPMENT’S PROPOSED $75 MILLION MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT WILL BE LOCATED NEAR ERIE BASIN MARINA.
- CATHOLIC HEALTH’S NEW $46 MILLION HEADQUARTERS IS COMING TO DOWNTOWN, BRINGING 700 JOBS.
- THERE’S CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT IN THE LARKIN DISTRICT.
- 400 JOBS WERE RECENTLY BROUGHT TO THE CITY’S EAST SIDE, THANKS TO THE OPENING OF ECMC’S NEW NURSING HOME.
- THE MARTIN LUTHER KING PARK NEIGHBORHOOD WILL SOON SEE $3 MILLION… IN IMPROVEMENTS.
- A MAJOR MAKEOVER IS IN STORE FOR BUFFALO’S CENTRAL PARK PLAZA NEIGHBORHOOD.
- THE $1.5 MILLION REVITALIZATION OF HISTORIC BRODERICK PARK IS SET TO BEGIN THIS SPRING.
- AND IN NEIGHBORHOODS CITYWIDE, MILLIONS WILL BE SPENT ON INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS!
- WE’VE IMPROVED CITY SERVICES.
- WE OFFERED RELIEF TO TAX PAYERS.
- WE’VE RESTORED A SENSE OF HOPE IN STRUGGLING NEIGHBORHOODS BY DEMOLISHING BLIGHTED BUILDINGS AND REHABILITATING THOSE THAT CAN BE SAVED.
- WE’VE SPENT MORE THAN $31 MILLION ON PARK UPGRADES CITYWIDE, MADE HISTORIC INVESTMENTS IN PLAYGROUNDS, AND UPGRADED POOLS AND COMMUNITY CENTERS.
- WE’VE GROWN YOUTH EMPLOYMENT.
- WE ALSO SUPPORTED SAY YES TO EDUCATION TO HELP RAISE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES AND HELP PAY FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO GO TO COLLEGE.
I’M ASKING YOU TO JOIN ME IN SHARING THIS MESSAGE IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE CITY… FROM: TOGETHER…LET’S CONTINUE THE PROGRESS. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES! GOD BLESS THE CITY OF BUFFALO!
- BLACK ROCK TO HAMLIN PARK
- CENTRAL PARK TO KAISERTOWN
- THE OLD FIRST WARD TO THE WEST SIDE
- THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT TO NORTH BUFFALO
- AND EVERY OTHER NEIGHBORHOOD IN OUR GREAT CITY!
Brown Gains Independence Nod for Re-Election
May 13 2013
Democrat Byron W. Brown has again snared the Independence Party line in his re-election bid for mayor, creating a formidable ballot presence for the November general election.
New York Independence Chairman Frank S. MacKay announced the move Tuesday as the party lined up behind Brown, as it did in 2005 and 2009.
“Under Mayor Brown, the City of Buffalo has made great progress,” MacKay said. “Buffalo’s residents have reaped the benefits of lower taxes, no more hard control board, the highest bond rating in its history, safer streets, and the largest economic development growth in decades.”
While the Independence Party has lost some clout in recent years and has slipped to the fifth line on the ballot, it is still highly sought after by many elected officials – including Brown. His latest backing by Independence further solidifies his position in the general election, because he is expected to again gain Conservative Party backing later this month.
Brown has strong ties to the Conservatives – the third party listed on the ballot – since his days as an aide to former County Executive Dennis T. Gorski, who always ran with the party’s backing.
Bernard Tolbert, the former head of the Buffalo FBI, announced his plans on Saturday to challenge Brown for the Democratic nomination. He said Tuesday he is also pursuing support from other minor parties.
“I’m in this for the long haul,” he said.
Still, the Independence move and the extra line it supplies Brown in November only re-emphasizes the importance of the September Democratic primary, which is expected to prove decisive in overwhelmingly Democratic Buffalo.
Source: McCarthy, Robert. “Brown gains Independence nod for re-election.” Buffalo News. Web. May 14, 2013.