From the Daily News:
Borough president Marty Markowitz is known for putting on a show, so maybe that's why he spent $38,000 on a tricked-out SUV and pays three drivers to cart him around Brooklyn.
His brand-new $38,705 black Toyota Highlander Hybrid comes with four-wheel drive, a touchscreen navigational system, heated seats, a power tilt/slide moonroof, running boards and "VIP glass breakage sensors."
It is one of nine taxpayer-funded vehicles in his office. The drivers all work full time and earn between $37,000 and $67,000 a year.
In an interview, Markowitz defended his choice of the Highlander, saying it has ample trunk space for the boxes he must carry.