Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown delivered his State of the City address Friday. In it, he talked about his accomplishments over the past year and he laid out a roadmap for the future. YNN's Kevin Jolly tells us what his plans are for the upcoming year.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — "I'm pleased to announce that the state of the city is the strongest it's been in years. Let me say that one more time, the state of the city is the strongest it's been in years," said Brown, (D).
In his seventh State of the City address, Brown talked about the accomplishments of his administration since taking office in 2006. Brown said since then, the city has seen more than $1.5 billion in economic development, resulting in more jobs, safer neighborhoods, improved infrastructure, and more opportunities for residents and businesses.
"From the earliest days of this administration, we worked hard to get Buffalo's fiscal house in order to stimulate business investment and job creation," said Brown.
"The city is in the best fiscal shape it's been in in years, so we've got a AAA credit rating, which before was non-existent, the worst ever. We have a surplus and the Control Board is gone," said Demone Smith, Masten District Councilmember.
Brown went on to lay out his vision for the future. He announced the start of two major projects this year on the Buffalo waterfront. Construction on the Buffalo Sabres’ $172 million hockey-themed facility on the Webster Block in slated to begin in March, creating 350 jobs, and a $75 million mixed-use project by the Ellicott Development Group and Mosey-Castle Interests is also scheduled to begin later this year.
"It's nice to see an announcement made at a State of the City address, meaning that additional big projects coming to the city of Buffalo's marine district," said Rich Fontana, Fillmore District Councilmember.
Brown also talked about several infrastructure improvement projects and new programs aimed at reducing violence in some of the city's toughest neighborhoods and increasing literacy and attendance in schools.
Brown's state of the city address comes as he finishes up his eighth year in office and is expected to run for re-election this year.