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Does Buffalo’s mayor have what it takes?

Survey respondents rate Brown on 18 characteristics (1 poor to 5 excellent)

Characteristics Rating

Temperament 3.87

Intelligence 3.70

Work ethic 3.64

Fiscal management 3.48

Sensitivity to all geographic areas of city 3.12

Getting results 2.97

Effectiveness in dealing with issues

brought to his attention 2.97

Leadership ability 2.94

Credibility 2.91

Independence 2.89

Willingness to compromise 2.87

Ethical standards 2.86

Quality of staff 2.83

Initiating proposals 2.76

Vision 2.69

Willingness to take unpopular stands 2.63

Accessibility 2.58

Transparency 2.32

Overall average 3.00

Source: Buffalo News survey of 128 local leaders

Brown on the issues

Above average for taxes under control, low for city schools.

Issue Rating (1 poor -5 excellent)

Controlling taxes 3.6

Public works (paving, plowing, garbage, etc.) 3.6

Parks and recreation 3.07

Waterfront development 3.07

Crime/public safety 2.85

Housing/neighborhood issues 2.77

Improving local economy 2.69

Education 1.92