Niagara Gazette

Opinion

October 27, 2013

GUEST VIEW: Focusing on issues, not negative campaigning

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Niagara Gazette — It is no secret that I am nobody’s “yes man” or rubber stamp, nor am I beholden to any political boss or special interest. My record is proof that I will never accept anything that was “pre-determined.” In just one term as your legislator, I presented a budget without a property tax increase. I proposed legislation that would cut wasteful spending, political patronage positions and consultant contracts. I fought against and stopped the majority’s practice of awarding no bid contracts that were reserved for their biggest campaign contributors. I led that charge in preparing and passing welfare reform measures, and just last week, the IDA reforms I presented were approved. We also brought to light questionable dealings involving our county landfill, which resulted in major changes to the refuse district budget that will save taxpayers annually. Again, this was all in my first term as your county legislator.

Because I am such a strong advocate for our residents, I am a natural target of the Legislative Majority and their shady political gang. My opponent is beholden to Sen. Maziarz and the powerful special interests that fund his constant negative attacks against me. Niagara County does not need another elected official that is beholden to the Maziarz political machine. We need elected officials that have a plan to grow the tax base in Niagara County, and understand the need to reduce county expenses.

The only way to lower taxes is to trim the fat of county government. That means we have to eliminate the friends and family job program of our Legislative Majority Caucus. We do not need 72 attorneys that work for Niagara County. We do not need the levels of patronage that we have. We do not need to give sweetheart deals to campaign contributors. We need elected officials that will fight to change the status quo!

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