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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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THE RULE OF LAW (“OUR NATION IS IN DIRE PERIL”)

I fear for the future of our nation. News accounts report that many politicians and celebrities are calling for protest and opposition to our duly elected President and Congress. I am troubled that many appear committed to blocking and opposing … 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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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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ELECTION 2016 – WHAT HAPPENED, AND WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN

It has been about 3 weeks since the 2016 election concluded. Donald Trump is currently the President-Elect, though Clinton and Stein have filed for recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. It appears that they will have to achieve reversals in … Continue reading

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