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Mayor Brown nominated to head State Democratic Party

Mayor Byron W. Brown was nominated Sunday to become chairman of the State Democratic Committee, to succeed Sheila Comar, who has been acting chairwoman of the state party since 2014.

Brown’s nomination was announced by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who called the Buffalo mayor an “exemplary leader” who would “continue advancing the core values of the Democratic Party.” Members of the state committee are expected to ratify the nomination during a meeting Monday in Saratoga Springs.

In a statement issued Sunday evening, Brown said he was looking forward to “working diligently to ensure that we elect our hometown Senator, Hillary Clinton, as the next President of the United States.”

Cuomo also nominated Christine Quinn Sunday to serve as vice chairman of the State Democratic Committee. Quinn is president and CEO of Women in Need. She is a former Speaker of the New York City Council.

Brown would be the first Western New Yorker to serve as chairman of the state party since former Erie County Democratic Chairman Joseph F. Crangle held the post from 1971 to 1974.

Buffalo News Political Reporter Robert J. McCarthy reported in Saturday’s newspaper that Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner expected Brown “to be the next state chairman.”