Brown requests to be taken off lieutenant gov. list

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to name his new running mate, Tuesday. News 4 has learned one western New Yorker who will not be on the ticket.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told News 4 sources he was honored to be a part of the lieutenant governor conversation, but he’s happy where he is.

The Buffalo News is reporting Mayor Brown spoke with Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday night and requested that his name be withdrawn from the lieutenant governor candidate list.

Earlier this month, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy announced he would not run for re-election with Cuomo because of personal reasons.

News 4 expects to learn Cuomo’s choice Tuesday afternoon at the State Democratic Convention. The two-day convention starts Tuesday morning in Long Island. Nominations for governor and Lieutenant Governor are scheduled for tomorrow.

Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy Zellner said two other strong local candidates are County Executive Mark Poloncarz and former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul.

Meanwhile, New York’s Republican Party held its convention last week and nominated Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino for governor. The two conventions marks the start of campaign season.

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