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Buffalo's assessment chief retiring after nearly 30 years in City Hall

Martin F. Kennedy is retiring as Buffalo's commissioner of assessment and taxation, effective Feb. 15, after a nearly 30-year career in city government.

Kennedy, 77, started working in City Hall in 1990 as an assessor and became commissioner in 2007, said Lovejoy District Common Council Member Richard A. Fontana.

Before entering City Hall, Kennedy worked in the private sector.

The Council presented Kennedy with a proclamation during Tuesday's meeting recognizing him for his many years of service.

"To say I'm surprised this afternoon is an understatement," Kennedy said. "I did not expect this and cannot thank you enough."

Mayor Byron W. Brown is expected to announce Kennedy's replacement around the time his retirement becomes official, said administration spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

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