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Brown receives big backing from Cuomo


By Robert J. McCarthy

   When it comes to really, really good political endorsements, Mayor Byron W. Brown couldn't have fared much better with the one provided by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday.

   The governor joined the mayor, Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes and several members of the Common Council to support Brown's bid for a third term at Larkinville -- the trendy office complex run by Cuomo ally Howard A. Zemsky. The governor listed several "awe-inspiring" projects and examples of other progress around the city, and gave credit to the mayor.

   "The leadership of Mayor Byron Brown made it happen," Cuomo said. "He is really a spectacular public servant.

   "I wholeheartedly endorse the mayor for re-election," he added.

    Interestingly, Tom Precious of The Buffalo News Albany Bureau reports that Cuomo on Wednesday offered his residence as one reason why he will not endorse any candidate in the hotly contested primary for mayor of New York.

   In the North Country Wednesday, the governor said he would probably endorse in a couple of races, but not NYC. Why? First he said he knew many of the candidates running, but added:

   "I'm not registered to vote in New York City so it's a situation where I think it's appropriate for me to express a preference,'' he said.

    But on Thursday he also called his decision to back Brown "an extraordinary situation."

   Precious also reports that Cuomo flew to and from Western New York on Thursday in a private jet paid for by his campaign funds, because of the political aspect of endorsing Brown associated with his trip.

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Robert J. McCarthy

Robert J. McCarthy

A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.

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Tom Precious

Tom Precious

Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri

Jill Terreri is an Amherst native and has covered politics and government in upstate New York since 2003. She joined The Buffalo News in 2012 and covers City Hall.

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Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski

Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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