Patrick D. Brown, a certified public accountant and former Niagara Falls city controller, has announced his candidacy for Niagara County treasurer.
Brown is expected to be the Democratic nominee facing off against 35-year Republican incumbent David S. Broderick of Lewiston in November. The prize is a four-year term in a post that currently pays $76,864 a year.
Brown said: "We cannot afford complacency in the county treasurer's office, as the county's financial situation becomes more challenging and complex. It is long past time for a fresh, proactive approach to county finances."
Brown vowed to be "an independent, fiscally conservative and aggressive watchdog of taxpayer dollars. I will speak up when I see budget schemes, wasteful spending or financial abuses that hurt taxpayers. The people of Niagara County deserve accountability from their county treasurer, and that's what they will get from me."
Brown and his brothers Steven, a former GOP county legislator and current treasurer of the county Industrial Development Agency, and Christopher operate Brown & Co. accounting firm. Patrick is currently treasurer of the Town of Niagara Industrial Development Agency.
Brown, who will turn 47 Friday, was city controller from 1992 to 1996. In that appointed role, he was chief financial officer of the city, helped prepare the city budget and put together the city's bond issues.
Brown came to City Hall from the private sector, having served as controller of Pyron Corp. from 1988 to 1991.
He was plant controller for Standard Oil Electro Minerals Co. from 1984 to 1987, an internal auditor at Standard Oil of Ohio from 1982 to 1984 and a staff accountant at Coopers & Lybrand's Buffalo office in 1981-82.
Brown, who earned an accounting degree at Niagara University in 1981, is a board member of the Lower Niagara River Chamber of Commerce. He is a former treasurer of the Lewiston Kiwanis Club, which operates the annual Peach Festival.