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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS® Announces Backing of Mayor Byron Brown for Re-election

The Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS® (BNAR) today announced that it is supporting Byron Brown for re-election as mayor of Buffalo in the upcoming election.  The decision was reached after analyzing the incumbent’s commendable housing record over the past eight years including holding the line on property taxes, his positive achievements in attracting medium and high income residents to downtown, his programs which fight blight and promote residential living, redevelopment along the waterfront, promotion of the medical corridor, and tireless efforts to improve the overall quality of life throughout Western New York.

“One of the greatest assets in our region is housing affordability,” stated 2013 BNAR president Louis Vinci. “We need to expand on that asset by controlling taxes, enhancing residential communities and demolishing decaying, blighted structures.  Mayor Brown has been successful in the past and should be given the opportunity to build upon these successes.”

Holding the line on and reducing taxes is the BNAR’s foremost political issue, and Brown has continuously held the line on property taxes during his terms.  “Affordability of housing, citizen exodus and quality of life are all tied in to the amount of taxes paid by Western New York citizens,” stated Vinci.  “Mayor Brown realizes the benefit of lowering taxes in order to attract people to city living rather than placing a greater burden on a smaller population.”

"I want to thank the BNAR for their support,” stated Mayor Brown.  “I believe this endorsement is a direct result of my administration's strong commitment to cutting both residential and commercial property taxes. I have been focused on providing a competitive atmosphere for both home owners and business in Buffalo and we are currently seeing record amounts of investment and job creation in the City of Buffalo.  My administration has worked closely and partnered with organizations like BNAR, which is one of the largest real estate organizations in the country, and the residents and City are experiencing tremendous progress as a result."
The BNAR selected Colonial Circle as the locale for its announcement because it is at the center of three areas which significantly benefitted from Mayor Brown’s administration: the Elmwood Village, the Richmond Corridor, and Buffalo State College areas.  Realtors® will meet with the Mayor in Colonial Circle on Friday, June 21st at 3:00 PM to announce its endorsement.

Daniel Locche - Director of Public Affairs

Debbie Norman
Director of Communications & Corporate Affairs
Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors
200 John James Audubon Pkwy
Amherst, NY  14228
716-636-9000   fax: 716-636-9121 |

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