Niagara Gazette


October 4, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Zona focused on fixing problems, not negative politics

Niagara Gazette — In New York state, we have lots of government and too many politicians. So when I was a Niagara County legislator, I didn’t take it personally when residents didn’t know what my role in government actually was. In all seriousness, who can keep these separate and distinctive layers of government straight?

Despite serving in the anonymity of county government, my service has provided me with some insight in Niagara County government and politics. This insight, at least for me, is valuable when it’s time to consider candidates running for the office that I once held.

As a legislator, my leadership style was this: work with members of all parties and advocate for the interests of Niagara Falls. In doing that, you are forced to “play nice” and fight the opposition at the bare minimum to preserve the tenuous working relationship. I am here to tell you that my approach was wrong.

We need an aggressive Legislator that will work to focus on the economic development of our county. But the biggest detriment to economic development in our county is high taxes. In fact, Niagara County typically boasts the horrid award of “highest taxed county in the entire United States.” Despite this fact, the county legislative majority has no problem continuously building the size of its government by adding attorneys, patronage positions, and needless consultant positions. All of these needless positions have a cost that we the taxpayers must cover. And all of these needless positions quickly add up and make Niagara County the highest taxed county in the nation. Thus we need a legislator that will tirelessly fight corruption and patronage.

It is my well-founded opinion that Legislator Jason Zona is the right legislator for the Fifth District. Legislator Zona, over the past two years, has been our biggest advocate. He has fought patronage and nepotism. He has sought to reduce the size of government, but not reduce the necessary services that our County residents need and deserve. It was Zona that stood against the needless tax increases and fought to promote economic development.

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