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How are they doing? Buffalo News survey asks community leaders to rate Byron Brown, Mark Poloncarz

With Mark Poloncarz finishing up his first year as Erie County Executive and Byron Brown finishing up the final year of his second term as mayor of Buffalo, The Buffalo News decided this is a good time for a leadership survey.

So we sent surveys to some 300 government, business and community leaders who have had direct contact with Brown and/or Poloncarz asking them to rate how Brown and Poloncarz are doing at their respective jobs. The News also sent out a general leadership survey designed to find out who local leaders view as the top leaders of our area, and what they consider the key issues that need to be addressed.

So far, the response has been tremendous. And also interesting -- sometimes surprising.

We'll be collecting survey responses for a few more days. Next step is the analysis. Then, we'll publish the results. I'm not sure yet when that will be. We'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, if anyone reading this post received a survey and hasn't sent it back yet, please do so ASAP! We want to include your input!

--Sue Schulman

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