By Jill Terreri
Republican Sergio Rodriguez seized on a story today in The Buffalo News about the city's decision to put up license plate readers at intersections around the city without the public's knowledge.
"The Mayor and his appointed Police Commissioner took the liberty to install these controversial devices without so much as informing the Common Council members whose districts are impacted," Rodriguez said today. "When the public's privacy is compromised, they have the right to know and the right to weigh in on the issue."
"This is yet another example of the Mayor's penchant for secrecy - as The Buffalo News so aptly characterized him," he said, referring to the News' endorsement of Brown.
The Brown administration didn't talk about the readers publicly, so it's not known how many will be installed, or where, or how much they cost, or how they were funded, or how long the city will store the information it collects. A source in the police department said they will be used to investigate crimes.
Rodriguez and Brown, seeking his third term, are both on the ballot on Tuesday. You can find Rodriguez on the Republican and Progressive lines, and Brown on the Democrat, Conservative, Independence and Working Families lines.
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