Schroeder doesn't rule out 3rd party run for general election

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- It wasn't the outcome they'd hoped for, but it'd be hard to tell for someone who walked into the room as Mark Schroeder arrived.

Even as he told supporters he called Mayor Byron Brown to congratulate him on winning the Democratic mayoral primary, he told them they'd earned a victory.

"The reason why we won tonight is that politicians, including the mayor, they did not get a free ride over the last six months," Schroeder said. "They knew we were here."

That's something Schroeder says Brown has fallen short on. His "Compass Plan" outlined how he'd encourage revitalization in neighborhoods citywide through efforts like free job training and investment in the police department and anti-crime measures.

"We know that Buffalonians are grateful for downtown development and waterfront development, but the people in the neighborhoods are muttering, 'What about us?' And we gave them a plan," Schroeder said.

Schroeder was endorsed by the state's Reform Party and did win that primary. Tuesday night, he didn't rule out a general election run on that line.

"Starting the next couple of days, I'll talk to the Reform Party and to others to figure out what happens, but for now, I am so grateful to present myself to Buffalo," Schroeder said.

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