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July 4, 2013

LETTER: Legislature needs fresh faces

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Legislature needs fresh faces

How much more do the residents of Lockport and Niagara County have to take? Year after year, issue after issue, the taxpayers are on the wrong side of the votes taken by the Niagara County Legislature and their Republican super majority that controls the county with an iron fist. On June 28, the Union-Sun and Journal printed an Our View that presents just another example of this body’s neglect for the businesses and taxpayers of the county. 

To give an organization like NTCC a one-year contract damages small businesses and hotels all over the county. If the “majority caucus” had bothered to listen to speaker after speaker — all, by the way, business owners that will be affected by the vote they took — they would not have played political games with the tourist industry in Niagara County by offering a one-year contract. This is wrong, and it just falls in line with how out of touch the county legislature has become.

Tax increases year after year, patronage increased year after year, political grandstanding, sweetheart deals for friends and family is what happens when a group becomes so entrenched and loses fact that they work for us, the taxpayers!

I recently had the opportunity to speak to Lockport Board of Education Trustee Anthony Molinaro. He has decided to run for a seat on the Niagara County Legislature. He understands that the taxpayers come first, not the special interests. He understands the need to reverse the problems I mentioned above. He realizes this domination of Niagara County and the majority caucus has left us in last place nationally and we are running out of time to fix this mess. For the first time in years, new faces are stepping forward to challenge long time, entrenched county legislators. I ask that you take a few minutes, get to know these candidates and then decide if you feel you have been properly represented for the past decade. I think most will realize right away that the time for change is now.

Bill Rutland Lockport