Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has been among the top names rumored to be a possible running mate for Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Current Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy has decided to not seek a second term, meaning Cuomo has been on the hunt for a running mate. The Governor has put added emphasis on Western New York over the past few years with well publicized Buffalo Billion initiative.
"There's a couple of local (possible Lieutenant Governors) I've heard, of course Mayor Byron Brown, who I think would make a fine Lieutenant Governor," said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz in a news conference last week. Poloncarz said he is not actively seeking the job, but would have to consider it if it was offered.
The rumblings aren't just coming out of Western New York, either.
Capital New York Reporter Jimmy Vielkind says that Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries said Brown would be a perfect candidate in a phone conversation earlier this week.
"It's encouraging to know that people like the job I'm doing as Mayor," Brown said on Friday. "They like the partnerships that have come together in Buffalo, and they think great things are happening in this city."
Brown told WBEN that his focus isn't on Albany right now. "I'm certainly honored by (the rumors), but I'm very focused on Buffalo. This is such an amazing time for the city of Buffalo. Billions of dollars of development ongoing, thousands of jobs being created for our residents, and that is what occupies my focus each and every day."
Cuomo is expected to make a decision on a running mate some time soon, the State Democratic Convention is this Tuesday