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An example Mayor Brown chooses not to follow

   Even his critics would concede that Byron Brown is a busy guy.

   The mayor's public schedule takes him to all parts of the city at all times of the day and night. There's rarely a weekend when Brown is not attending some event on behalf of the city.

   Because his job is 24/7, the mayor has insisted he has every right to keep his take-home vehicle even as he makes moves to shrink the fleet. City unions are waging arbitration battles to try to prevent Brown from yanking away dozens of take-home vehicles in the police, public works and fire departments.

   Rochester's mayor is also planning on slashing the number of take-home cars. But Robert Duffy has decided he needs to "lead by example." So he recently turned in his Chevrolet Trailblazer  and is using his own vehicle.

   Brown wouldn't comment on Duffy's actions. But he made it clear Thursday he has no plans to turn in the keys to his take-home vehicle.

   Brown's communications director suggests it's "silly" to even raise the issue, given the mayor's rigorous schedule.

   But critics insist Buffalo's mayor should also lead by example. Some even question whether Brown really needs a police lieutenant who provides security and typically drives the mayor to functions.

   What do you think? Does Mayor Brown have the right to keep his take-home vehicle?

  -- Brian Meyer


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