CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT SPEECH

May 23 2013

2013 RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN SPEECH

AS DELIVERED BY MAYOR BYRON BROWN

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!!!

  • COMPETITIVESS
  • VITALITY
  • 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!

THANK YOU!