NYC Mayor Slams Buffalo, Brown Fights Back!

March 16, 2011 Updated Mar 16, 2011 at 11:37 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

March 16, 2011 Updated Mar 16, 2011 at 11:37 PM EDT

It was a heavy weight smackdown! Only this time the fight wasn't at Madison Square Garden, it was at city hall.

"I am still pissed off!" stated City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

Brown became furious after New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, threw the Queen City under the bus while talking to housing developers at a press conference at New York University Wednesday morning.

"Our city's problems are problems of success. We don't have enough classrooms, we don't have enough roads, we don't have enough housing. If you go to other cities, they don't have those problems. There's an awful lot of free space up in Buffalo, New York if you want to go there. I don't think you do," remarked Bloomberg.

Mayor Brown fired back at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Statler Towers when questioned about Bloomberg's statements,

"Anytime someone is saying something negative about this great community and its great people, I get angry."

Bloomberg went on to boast about the Big Apple at the NYU press conference, saying Buffalo wishes it had the problems New York City has.

"You know, I grew up in New York City and I made the very clear decision to live in Buffalo because Buffalo is a great place to live, to work, and to raise a family," responded Brown.

Mayor Brown was not the only one going to bat for Buffalo. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and Assemblyman Sam Hoyt personally invited Bloomberg to tour the Queen City.

And for good measure Congresswoman Slaughter even offered to give Bloomberg a few tips on snow removal if he visits, in reference to the December snow storm that brought New York City to a stand still for days.

It remains to be seen if the western New York lawmakers will change Bloomberg's mind anytime soon.

"New York is on the other edge of that. We don't have enough of the things that people want and in other cities, they don't have the things that people want. That really is the difference," said Bloomberg.

A spokesperson for Mayor Brown tells Eyewitness News that Bloomberg called the mayor Wednesday evening to apologize and the two reportedly had a pleasant conversation.
However -- Brown still feels Bloomberg's statements send a negative message to the housing development industry about doing business in western New York.