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City Hallways (Sept. 13): Slip of the tongue revved up Brown supporters

He's mayor, right?

That was some block party Mayor Byron Brown threw for his primary victory Tuesday night on his way to an all-but-guaranteed fourth term as mayor in November.

The celebration was held in a cordoned off location at Franklin and Court streets against the backdrop of City Hall and the McKinley Monument in Niagara Square.

When Brown came onstage just after 11 p.m. to give his victory speech, he was flanked by news makers like State Sen. Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Erie County legislators Barbara Miller-Williams and Peter Savage, as well as Betty Calvo-Torres, who was a winner in a three-way primary race for her re-election as a Buffalo City Court judge.

But it was Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul who stole the show in her live speech in front of the very large crowd of Brown supporters.

"Hello Buffalo. Are we fired up tonight?" she started out.

"Tonight mayor, your city stands with you," she also said.

Then at one point, Hochul spoke about how she and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were "so looking forward" to working with Brown in the coming years. But her words got a little turned around.

"We are so proud that you're our governor, our mayor, for the next four years," she said, quickly clarifying her words.

Hochul smiled and paused for several seconds as her words hung in the air.

The crowd cheered the hiccup and the celebration carried on.


Elsewhere in City Hall

In case you missed it, a pediatric psychologist from South Buffalo was chosen to fill Carl Paladino's seat on the Buffalo School Board.

After three days of interviews with 15 potential candidates, the board's newest member is expected to be sworn in today.

Read all about the details here.


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