The power of incumbency is energizing Byron W. Brown’s campaign for re-election.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the nation’s top elected Democrat, on Friday endorsed the three-term Buffalo mayor, giving him credit for the city’s renewed economic development.
“Over the course of his tenure, Buffalo has become a nationally recognized success story for overcoming decades of decline and a difficult fiscal crisis,” Schumer said. “That kind of progress does not happen by itself. It takes leadership, vision and perseverance.
“He has reduced taxes, spurred economic growth with targeted investments, worked hard to attack crime and improve public safety, and has brought traffic back to Main Street,” he continued.
Brown not only leads the second biggest city in the state, he also serves as chairman of the New York State Democratic Party and maintains close relationships with major figures like Schumer. Campaign sources expect similar endorsements in the final days of the campaign before Primary Day on Sept. 12, including from other top Democrats like Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Brown's opponents — Buffalo Comptroller Mark J.F. Schroeder and County Legislator Betty Jean Grant – can count hardly any elected official or prominent Democrat endorsing their campaigns, and certainly nobody on the order of Schumer.