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Brown a BERC no-show again

Sometimes Byron Brown all but writes my posts for me.

On Sunday I noted that even though he's chairman of the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corp., the mayor skips more meetings than he attends.

On Wednesday, BERC had its first board meeting since Oct. 21 and, you guessed it, the mayor didn't attend.

Neither did Deputy Mayor Donna Brown, the administration's other representative on the board.

I don't know about you, but I'm sitting here shaking my head.

Is the mayor that tone deaf?

Or does he simply not care?

Peter Cutler, his spokesman, said Brown had a scheduling conflict and the deputy mayor had a family emergency.

I'm sorry, but if you're the mayor and your primary economic development agency is performing as poorly as it is, and when the fallout is causing all sorts of political grief, I'm hard-pressed to think of what might be more important to attend to.

Brown's day wasn't so busy that the photo op mayor didn't have time to hang with actor Keanu Reeves Wednesday evening and present him with a snow globe featuring City Hall. (I am not making this up).

Brown with reeves

As an extra bonus, I have obtained exclusive footage of the attendance roll call at BERC's board meeting  Wednesday. Substitute "Brown" for "Bueller" to get the full effect.

'nuff said.

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