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New city corporation counsel will keep practice

Rochester, N.Y. - Even before Mayor Lovely Warren came under fire for hiring her uncle as part of her security team, another of her appointees faced scrutiny.

Warren tapped local attorney T. Andrew Brown to be Corporation Counsel. But this raised concerns because Brown is a partner is a successful local law firm, Brown and Hutchinson.

Some in the city feared this could pose a conflict of interest.

Thats why City Council had two prominent law firms investigate.

Both Harris Beach and Nixon Peabody law firms found this didnt violate any rules or pose a conflict of interest.

City Council planned to confirm Browns appointment at a meeting Tuesday night.

Brown said now he can get down to business and do the job he was appointed to do. He said the scrutiny over his appointment was a distraction for the city and its administration. He said its time for everyone to step forward and support Mayor Lovely Warren.

Brown said he was never worried about his law practice and job as Corporation Counsel causing a conflict of interest. He said he can separate his duties and will limit his role with the law firm. He said the firm will not do any business with the City of Rochester.

Brown said he is proud to be with the law firm which was established 20 years ago and was something he didnt want to give up. He said he is also flattered that Warren asked him to join her administration. He said he has a lot of work to do and has been on the job since January first, getting started.

Now that this is over, Brown said, its time for everyone to move forward and get behind Mayor Warren.

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