Mayor Byron W. Brown's Biography
The Honorable Byron W. Brown was reelected to a fourth four-year term as Mayor of New York’s second largest city in November of 2017, extending his stay as the 62nd Mayor of Buffalo.
Mayor Brown has championed Buffalo’s remarkable revival and the significant progress the city has experienced under his leadership, which has resulted in nearly $6.5 billion in new economic development activity which is expected to create over 12,000 new jobs. His continued vision is of a thriving, healthy and innovative Buffalo – a city that embraces inclusiveness, equity and opportunity for all. He is a founding member of the “Racial Equity Roundtable”.
After taking office in 2006, Mayor Brown put in place a bold set of strategic plans that have resulted in high-profile economic development projects and job growth in Buffalo. His goal was and still is to make Buffalo a place “where no one is left out, and no one is left behind.”
He has led a series of strategic investments throughout the City to stimulate new employment opportunities. A key example is the $100+ million Northland Beltline Redevelopment project, which is transforming an idle industrial site into a state-of-the-art workforce training center, combined with new business operations. The project will also enhance the neighborhoods streetscape, creating an attractive, walkable, bikeable corridor with inviting greenspace.
His administration also spearheaded the creation of the Beverly A. Gray Business Exchange Center, on East Utica Street, infusing $2.3 million in City funds into the former library, to create a one-stop center to assist Minority- and Women-owned businesses.
Another example is the City-led remediation and sale of the land along South Park Avenue, where the $900 million Solar City/Tesla Project at Riverbend facility has been constructed. Tesla has partnered with Panasonic to operate the solar panel plant, creating employment opportunities for up to 3,000 people.
Mayor Brown also guided the sale of a city-owned parking lot for the purposes of development which has since been transformed into the Buffalo Sabres organization’s popular $200 million HarborCenter.
Mayor Brown’s career in public service is marked with many historic achievements; he was elected the first African-American Mayor of Buffalo. He has won dozens of awards for his public service, including national recognition for his role in Say Yes Buffalo and breaking new ground in community policing.