Category Archives: Local Government

SERVING THE PUBLIC GOOD

The March 13th session of the Allegany County Legislature had some unusual elements. It began, as usual, with the Pledge of Allegiance. Former Air Force Airman First Class Bobbi Foster led us in reciting the Pledge. She enlisted in the … Continue reading

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TAXING QUESTIONS AND ISSUES

The second regular session of the Allegany County Legislature convened at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2017. Marine Corps Corporal Gregory Bock led us in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Greg enlisted on February 26, 2013, and was just … Continue reading

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SANCTUARY CITIES – WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?

Recently there has been a lot in the news about “sanctuary cities,” as well as sanctuary states, counties and villages. What does this term mean, and what is the impact of “sanctuary” status upon our community, state and nation? Here … Continue reading

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A TALE OF TWO MEETINGS – ALLEGANY COUNTY STYLE

I attended two very different meetings this past week. On Monday (February 13th) I attended the Allegany County Legislature session in Belmont. On Saturday (February 18th) I attended a Town Hall meeting with Congressman Tom Reed at the Town of … Continue reading

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COMPARING TAXES, OR “APPLES AND ORANGES”

Several weeks ago I wrote about the County Budget. I noted that the County tax rate had once again been reduced for the 7th consecutive year. Since then I have had conversations with several taxpayers who disputed that claim. While … Continue reading

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ANALYZING THE 2017 COUNTY BUDGET

The County Legislature approved the 2017 Allegany County Budget at its November 28th session. We have come a long way since I first joined the Board in January 2006. The County was then facing a Budget deficit of $5 million. … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS – SECOND CHANCES

As I write this article it is just a few days before Christmas, though it won’t be published and read until a few days after Christmas. This has caused me to reflect on how timing impacts perception and perspective. Our … Continue reading

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