(WBEN) Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown asked supporters to carry a message of hope and progress to each neighborhood in the city as he announced his campaign for re-election Saturday before a crowd of supporters and volunteers.
"I come here today to continue the progress and take it to a new level," Brown told a crowd of nearly 300 at the Bennett W. Smith Family Life Center on Michigan Avenue.
Both the campaign signs ringing the hall and his speech unveiled the theme of "progress"- with remarks stressing economic development and jobs.
"I am so proud of the progress we’we've made, and I’m excited about the progress to come. That’s why I’m running for re-election as mayor of Buffalo.," Brown said.
Brown touted waterfront development and specifically the Buffalo Sabres Harbor center development and Carl Paladino's proposed hotel development at Erie Basin Marina.
He spoke of continued partnerships with developers and select lawmakers - like Cong. Brian Higgins- and in an uncharacteristically fiery end to the speech asked supporters to take the message of progress to each neighborhood in the city, his voice rising in intensity as he named several places across the city.
The mayor also touched on crime, education and neighborhoods but mostly concentrated on downtown development in 14 minute speech before a fired up crowd that chanted "Four More Years" at one point in his announcement.
Brown's only other announced opponent is Republican Sergio Rodriguez, but former FBI Buffalo office chief Bernard Tolbert has been laying the groundwork for an expected run, and city comptroller Mark Schroeder has also been said to be considering a primary challenge to Brown, if Tolbert enters the race.
You can hear his entire speech above and hear discussion and analysis of it from Sunday's Hardline, program.