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The Read: What they're saying about WNY

HuffPost poked a little fun at Byron Brown. The governor defended his promise for Buffalo. Mark Grisanti continued to make news. Here's a roundup of some recent political headlines from outside the WNY.

David Murray of the Huffington Post offers a tongue-in-cheek review of how municipal leaders fill up their annual “State of the City” addresses when many don’t have much good to say. He references Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Feb. 15 speech, in which Brown announced his call for local employers to hire at least one city resident this year. Brown’s announcement landed under the heading “Paint a picture of hope -- bold, yet fuzzy -- and then propose an idea so feeble that it makes people giddy.” - How to Write the State of the Town Speech, Feb. 22

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on the defensive in other cities for his $1 billion pledge to Buffalo. Cuomo told the Democrat and Chronicle's editorial board last week that Buffalo has a "greater need" than Rochester, reports the paper's Jill Terreri. "First, Rochester should be happy that they're not in the condition that Buffalo is in," Cuomo said. - Cuomo defends $1B for Buffalo, Feb. 17

The New York Observer's Politicker blog points out that Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown was absent from a list of mayors and county executives supporting state pension reform. New York Leaders for Pension Reform will push state lawmakers to pass Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed plan for changes to the pension system, David Freedlander writes. - Bloomberg, county execs team up to tackle pension efforts, Feb. 22

State Sen. Mark Grisanti continues to make national headlines. John Eligon of the New York Times' City Room blog calls Grisanti's loss of the Erie County Conservative Party endorsement "the first political rebuke" of the four Republican state senators who voted for same-sex marriage. - Upstate senator loses support after voting for gay marriage, Feb. 24

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