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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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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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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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EXPANDABLE “RIGHTS” AND “WRONGS”

When I was growing up I thought that there were certain “inalienable” rights that everyone possessed, and that they given to us by God. I was apparently mistaken. Our courts and politicians have decided that there are lots of “rights” … 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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COMMEMORATING VIETNAM VETERANS

Two significant events took place at the County Courthouse facilities on Monday, March 28, 2016. For me, the more significant event took place at 11:00 a.m.   A Vietnam Veterans Memorial Service took place in front of the Courthouse. This ceremony … Continue reading

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BASIC ECONOMIC REALITY

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his 2016 “State of the State” Address earlier this month. Much of it was exactly what was expected. However, he made several specific proposals that could have devastating consequences for individuals, businesses, taxpayers and local governments … Continue reading

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