Category Archives: NY State Government

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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NYSAC LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE – 2017 REPORT

From January 29th through February 2nd seven County Legislators and several County Officials were in Albany to attend this year’s NYSAC Legislative Conference. Those attending included Legislators Curt Crandall, David Decker, Dwight Fanton, Judy Hopkins, Kevin LaForge, Debra Root, and … Continue reading

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THE “OTHER THINGS” THE COUNTY DOES.

There are some things that County government does that almost everyone knows about. However, there are some “other things” the County does that aren’t as obvious or well known. Some of those responsibilities were covered at the November 14th session … Continue reading

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THE PROBLEM WITH DEMOCRACY

I trust that you are still reading this article, and didn’t throw it away after reading the title. Let me be clear that I believe in democracy. It is the best form of government that has yet been devised. I … Continue reading

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NASTY DOUBLE STANDARD – NYS “TAX CAP” HYPOCRISY

In 2013 the State imposed a “Tax Cap” on Allegany County (and all other NYS municipalities). At the time Governor Cuomo declared that local governments must learn to “live within their means.’ The Governor’s comments represent extreme hypocrisy. Most local … Continue reading

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FORCING CHANGE AND PICKING WINNERS

Several weeks ago the Obama administration issued a directive to all educational institutions requiring them to comply with federal rules regarding facilities for trans-gender individuals. Failure to comply will result in loss of critical federal funding. Federal and state courts, … Continue reading

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2016 NEW YORK STATE BUDGET SHENANIGANS

New York State government is almost totally dysfunctional. This is clearly demonstrated by the 2016 State Budget that was adopted on April 1st. For example, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued “messages of necessity” (to get around pre-filing deadlines) to allow the … Continue reading

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