Buffalo, New York – Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown was notified by First Deputy Mayor Steven M. Casey that he is leaving city government to take a position as Chief Executive Officer of a major development in Western New York.
Casey was hired in January 2006. He has resigned to head S&R Co. of West Seneca LLC, a $700 million development proposed for the old Seneca Mall in West Seneca. The firm is a new subsidiary of developer Scott R. Congel’s mall and property development company.
Mayor Brown said, “I’m very happy for Steve; it’s an incredible opportunity for him and I think it’s a recognition of his tremendous talent and the effect of what he has done over the course of my three terms in office. Deputy Mayor Casey served the people of Buffalo well, and we wish him nothing but success. This is an exciting opportunity for Steve and, while we will miss his strong leadership in city government, I wish him and his family well.”
Mayor Brown said Casey has been his point person in directing much of city operations in a manner that has allowed “significant” tax reductions that have spurred economic development.
“My decision to leave was very difficult but after 23 years in government, it’s time for change,” Casey said. “It’s time to think big and I believe in this West Seneca project. It’s a great opportunity and will forever change Erie County.”
Brown and Casey share a long history that dates to their days in the administration of former County Executive Dennis T. Gorski in the 1990s when Casey served as Senior Executive Assistant, and also with the New York State Senate as Deputy Director of Communications, Legislative Director, Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor. He also served as Mayor Brown’s Chief of Staff during much of Mayor Brown’s tenure as a New York State Senator. As First Deputy Mayor, Steve utilized his management skills in overseeing the Executive Staff, Inter-Governmental Relations, the Department of Communications, Administration and Finance, Human Resources and Community Service.
Casey holds a B.A. in Communications from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Steve and his wife, Pamela, currently reside in North Buffalo with their three sons.