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November 1, 2012

HAMILTON: Biscuit recipe for political endorsements

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Niagara Gazette — • NIAGARA COUNTY SHERIFF: James R. Voutour — Like Judge Morinello, Voutour is cross-endorsed and running unopposed. Also, like Morinello, it would have taken an extraordinary candidate for the sheriff not to have gotten my vote. I believe that he is doing an excellent job, and his cross endorsement indicates that the parties are in agreement with me.

STATE ASSEMBLY 140th DISTRICT: Democrat Robin Shimminger — If we can remember, the Kenmore resident has had a long and storied experience in the Assembly, and one that I believe has benefitted Western New York. He has been particularly understanding of the mental health needs of area residents, and have always supported funding of issues such as those championed by organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association of Western New York. I have had several conversations with him on such, as with other issues that face the area, and have always found a conciliatory ear. I would hate to think that we would exchange knowledge, wisdom and understand of ideas that work simply for new ideas.

STATE ASSEMBLY 145th DISTRICT: Democrat Robert Restaino — Indeed, once a city court judge, but when Restaino was not judging those who came before him on the bench, he was on any number of community-based organizations that helped them and others in trying to create an environment that would make it unnecessary for most citizens to stand before him in the first place. It must have worked, because most people still do not go to court.

But despite him losing his judicial seat for what some termed as a single case of bullying, Restaino continued to work for the people of the city anyway.

Perhaps, as it were, he did not possess the judicial temperament, as some do, to be a judge; but his dedication to service, his ability to continuously work with others for the public good, and his ability to actually get mad enough, when he deems necessary, to get something done may not be judged judicial temperament, but they certainly are excellent and well-needed skill sets for an Assemblyman from Niagara Falls — especially as we face a legislature that has yet to move on the $60-million that the state owes the city of Niagara Falls.

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