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Judge Holds City in Contempt on Take Home Cars Issue

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – A judge ruled Tuesday the city of Buffalo was in contempt of court in its ongoing dispute with one city union over take-home vehicles.

As a result, city officials have temporarily returned seven take-home vehicles to blue-collar workers who lost them when the Mayor announced his cutbacks earlier this summer.

Officials of AFSCME Local 264 say they're pleased with the judge's ruling. But City Corporation Counsel Alisa Lukasiewicz expressed her disappointment. She's planning an appeal.

An arbitrator is reviewing the case of take-home vehicles and will rule whether they are a contractual benefit that is subject to bargaining.

Mayor Byron Brown is attempting to cut costs by reducing the number of such vehicles used by employees.