Citizens rallying to keep Mayor Byron Brown

The show of support for Mayor Byron Brown at the downtown ballpark Thursday was unexpected, hundreds showed up to encourage the Mayor to run as a Write in Candidate, for fear of having a Socialist Mayor. India Walton, who won Tuesday Democratic primary on election night declared that she was a socialist and run the city as a socialist. That sent chills throughout the cities residents and local business people.

It appears that  many city residents and business people regret not having gone out and vote on primary day, many felt that Mayor Brown was a sure thing, since he had done such a wonderful job at running the city and bringing Buffalo back up from the ashes.

Mayor Brown has said that he is giving a write in campaign serious consideration in November? The answer to whether he mounts a write in campaign was in clear sight Thursday night at Sahlen Field, where Brown threw out the first pitch before the Toronto Blue Jays went on to drop the Baltimore Orioles, 9-0.

Outside the park, hundreds of Byron Brown supporters gathered in front of the main entrance to make a pitch of their own. They wore T-shirts bearing Brown’s name and carried signs reading “Keep Byron Brown.”

Local Party official Jeremey Zelner ,who is also the Democratic Party Elections commissioner, who over the last ten years has had and ongoing battle with the Mayor Brown over who controls party politics in the city said “ I support India Walton, the primary winner” It was expected, since party official and the Mayor have never seen eye to eye.

In the uprun to the primary elections, The Buffalo News, the largest newspaper in the area endorsed Mayor Brown for Reelection, see their comments below:

“Brown has been a strong mayor for Buffalo. He has been focused, restrained and productive. Some of that is due to his good fortune in being mayor when opportunity arrived, both in the development of Canalside and the economic development explosion whose fuse was lit by the state, largely through the creation of the Buffalo Billion program.”

But this is Buffalo, where it would have been fair to worry that a mayor might have been tempted to intrude where he could only be a hindrance. He didn’t. He has been a productive partner in Buffalo’s revival, and that counts for a lot.”

He has also been a strong steward of the city’s finances, controlling both spending and taxes. That was critical. The city’s finances were in a shambles when he took over as mayor. The state had imposed a control board to oversee spending in Buffalo. Under Brown’s leadership, the control board went into a dormant state; it no longer needed to hover.

The City of Buffalo has been on a comeback under Mayor Brwons watch. National News organizations have been talking about Buffalo as America’s Next Great Comeback City.

Buffalo has seen economic ups and downs over time, but nowadays this city in Western New York is on a revitalized upswing. An industrial powerhouse and a major port city over a century ago, today’s Buffalo is getting noticed for its architectural wonders, historic ties, an inventive food scene, and repurposed buildings. Here’s what to do in this “Queen City” on a comeback.

Dive into Waterside Activities

Buffalo’s burgeoning waterfront is an activity hub. Buffalo RiverWorks has turned a former grain silo complex into a sports/entertainment venue, with a climbing wall crafted of repurposed silos. Canalside Buffalo hosts everything from concerts to family-friendly events. Nearby, the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park honors the history of our Armed Forces; here you can even set foot upon naval vessels like a World War II submarine.

Discover an Unexpected Presidency

In September of 1901, a tragic event in Buffalo led to one of America’s most memorable presidencies. The city hosted the Pan-American Exposition, where President William McKinley was assassinated by an anarchist. Following McKinley’s death, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt would take the Oath of Office for the presidency at a private home in Buffalo. This house is now the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, with exhibits on the exposition, a film on the major issues of Roosevelt’s time, and the room where his swearing in happened.

Cruise Along Auto History

Detroit may be synonymous with our nation’s automotive industry, but Western New York had a major part too. The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum can explain more, with its treasure trove of vehicles and regional road memorabilia. Cruise along advertisements and products from the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, who once manufactured lux cars, bicycles, motorcycles and trucks in Buffalo. And gear up for seeing the Filling Station, a 1920s design by renowned Prairie School architect Frank Lloyd Wright; it was finished posthumously in 2014 and resides within the museum.

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Frank Lloyd Wright left several of his designs around Buffalo, with five masterworks still standing. Two were private homes now open to the public. The Darwin Martin House Complex was a family residence built for business exec and Wright’s friend, Darwin D. Martin, invoking his Prairie Style method. A half-hour drive from Buffalo, Graycliff in Derby was created for Martin’s wife, Isabelle, as a summer estate. Wright also designed the Martins’ Blue Sky Mausoleum, a crypt was completed by Wright-trained architect Anthony Puttnam in October 2004 at Buffalo’s Forest Lawn Cemetery; Wright’s Fontana Boathouse on the Niagara River was completed three years later.

Hear A Little Night Music

Throughout Buffalo, live music never stops. A living history museum, The Colored Musicians Club has not only provided performers a place to play, but also helped them with other business matters; catch live jazz regularly in its upstairs venue. Buffalo Iron Works hosts regional and national artists. Nietzsche’s welcomes a variety of performers while Sportsmen’s Tavernfeatures country, Americana, blues and jazz on heavy rotation. Meanwhile, Tralf Music Hallhosts R&B, jazz, indie folk and other acts.

Imbibe on Local Crafts


Buffalo has poured a lot into its craft brewing scene. To start, Big Ditch Brewing Company has close to a dozen creations on tap. At Gene McCarthy’s, Old First Ward Brewing Companybrews house ales and German beer styles. Flying Bison Brewing Company offers various ales, stouts and IPAs; nano brewery Community Beer Works serves American and Belgian-style brews. Resurgence Brewing Company get experimental with beers such as one incorporating sponge candy, a local treat. As for spirits, Buffalo Distilling Company produces small-batch bourbon, apple brandy and vodka, and The Barrel Factory houses businesses making craft spirits, beers and kombucha on site.

Finding Repurpose

Buffalo has done a great job of giving its historic buildings new life, and one re-usable purpose for these Buffalo landmarks involves hotels. Once a state asylum, The Richardson Olmsted Campus now contains Hotel Henry Urban Resort and Conference Center, an 88-room property with unique layouts, an on-site restaurant, and event/meeting space; there’s also a separate center on Buffalo’s architecture heritage. Downtown, the Curtiss Hotel is built inside the Harlow C. Curtiss Building, complete with a restaurant and revolving bar, rooftop lounge, and indoor/outdoor hot springs.

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