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Cuomo appoints Brown as trustee of SUNY system

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo may not have tapped him last year to be his lieutenant governor, but Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown keeps finding himself getting more and more job titles in the Cuomo administration.

The latest: Brown was nominated by Cuomo Wednesday to be a trustee of the State University of New York.

The job is unpaid and, depending on the individual trustee, it can be a time-consuming task, given the governance and fiscal issues that always affect SUNY as the nation’s largest public university system.

Brown already is busy serving the Cuomo administration. He was recently named by the governor to a state panel that will recommend a minimum wage increase for fast food industry workers. That job will, at least, require Brown to attend lengthy hearings, which began Wednesday in Manhattan, as well as hearings in the coming weeks in Buffalo, Long Island and Albany.

The mayor also is on the governor’s regional economic development panel and a Cuomo task force called New York Works. Brown, meanwhile, is also trying – with Cuomo’s backing – to take over the Buffalo city school system under a plan to let the mayor select the district’s superintendent and school board membership.

On the SUNY board, Brown would replace John Murad, a Syracuse lawyer who has served on the board since 2009.