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Republican Supermajority In New Legislature

November 6, 2013

Republicans will hold a supermajority of the Chautauqua County Legislature as of Jan. 1, while four Democrat incumbents are on their way out following Tuesday’s elections....

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Nov-11-13 2:27 PM

Oh seadog there isn't enough time in my day to list all your hate filled comments. You seem to have a lot of time on you hands though so go to your account and re read your stuff. I'm sure you'll find lots of hate. You may even be surprised and how full of hate you are.

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Nov-07-13 6:46 PM

Dog there are those who call the truth lies. They seem to all be left handed. And like the Miami dolphins. Walked on on a 13 million dollar contract because they were picking on him. You must be joking

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Nov-07-13 6:25 PM

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Nov-07-13 2:30 PM

I don't answer your ignorant questions, Seadog, because it's pointless. Your inability to actually debate a point makes any kind of serious reply a waste of time.

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Nov-07-13 2:28 PM

The fact that there are so many people receiving benefits under the government safety net is more indicative of our region's bad economy and our society's willingness to accede to corporate interests in exporting jobs than it is to indolence. The Wall Street corruption that fueled the 2008 crash killed huge numbers of jobs, jobs that have only slowly been replaced by jobs that pay a great deal less. Blaming the poor for their own misery is a cop out.

In our own county, just look at the jobs lost when Bush Industries moved the majority of its manufacturing to China? What came in to replace those jobs? Look at the companies that went under because they couldn't get funding to weather the storm because credit markets dried up. Don't blame the victims, open your eyes and look to see who the real villains are.

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Nov-07-13 12:07 PM

I notice Seadog you never deny your hatefulness

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Nov-06-13 11:49 PM

Emelye Only 48% of the residents in Chautauqua County pay property taxes. 52% do not pay taxes. The 52% do receive Federal and State Handouts such as Welfare, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Wick, Free medications, Housing etc. 48% of the taxpayers money goes to fund the recepients of these services. Is the minority that you're referring to, the Taxpayers? Here's another fact for you re: Obama and the Democratic controlled Senate, we have more people, in America, on Welfare than those who have full time jobs. Our Ancestors came to America to find work and they were proud to be Americans. They didn't exspect handouts because they were a minority. They had too much pride and there were no giveaways, just hard work. If people are old enough to have children they should have to support them why should we condone their bad behavior? As for The Home, it must be sold or it will be forced to close. Costs are too high and under County Ownership it can't develope other services.

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Nov-06-13 8:47 PM

Nothing will change in county government, it never does, makes no matter who is running the show

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Nov-06-13 3:50 PM

I see the good ole hateful Seadog is back. And still looking for someone else to prove your point.

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Nov-06-13 12:13 PM

A little more education for Emelye:

The Home is and has been bleeding money for quite some time. The sale will avoid future catastrophic losses, possible closure and will put the entity back on the tax rolls where it will "make" money in the form of tax revenues.

Are you saying it is unwise to invest in keeping and growing existing enterprises, the ones who pay taxes so the County can operate? Where was it said that start-ups would be left begging? I don't remember this being an either/or issue. What kind of help are you talking about for minorities? If it's welfare, that's controlled by the State. Really, what kind of handouts are you asking for here?

If you did your research, you will find that Horrigan did not promise a tax decrease. However, he did speak of lean government (reduced costs) and maintaining/growing existing businesses (revenue). Revenue from an increased tax BASE with lower costs should have a downward effect on taxes.

Just thought I'd counter your sc

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Nov-06-13 11:35 AM

Any kind of "supermajority" be it on the right or the left, fills me with dismay.

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Nov-06-13 11:34 AM

Well, the home will be sold to the next available buyer, probably at a loss and then what? Will we see Horrigan "invest" in existing companies as he promised (corporate welfare)? Will new business start ups be left begging because there's no money left to help them get started? Will minorities in Dunkirk and Jamestown be even less served by the government they help fund with their taxes? Will taxes really go down or will Horrigan's administration pull a George Bush and drop taxes while increasing debt?

Time will tell, I'm sure.

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Nov-06-13 10:24 AM

I hope someone is on the phone to the buyers the past imbeciles said no to....knock 5% off the asking sale on the home!

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Nov-06-13 10:15 AM

I was glad to cast a vote against Mr. Whitney Jr.; his vote to save the county home was THE deciding factor!!!

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Nov-06-13 10:03 AM

Coughlin's failure to win re-election is a welcome sight as voters took notice of someone who has a long history of questionable conduct as a public official. Whitney wore out his welcome much faster. It's good to see that voters are paying attention to these things. Maybe there's hope for Chautauqua County after all?

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Nov-06-13 9:51 AM

Sorry to see Tom Erlandson go. He did a good job.

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Nov-06-13 9:49 AM

I will wait and see what this Republican supermajority does in the legislature before I get all giddy that they won. I would like to see them band together with the county executive and other county legistures across the state to put some pressure on Cuomo and Albany to reduce the entitlement mandates and start reducing benefitsm which would reduce our tax burden. Then, I hope they look at how they calculate the tax on gasoline. That is part of the reason that our gas price is so much higher than other places. We need some relief out here. We are stretched to our limits!!!

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Nov-06-13 9:42 AM

It is good for the County Legislature and the county that Billy Coughlin was defeated. He is a mean, nasty excuse for a human being.

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Nov-06-13 9:15 AM

There is only one message to put in here. All the negativity gets nowhere. I think the voters have spoken and they made their choices. Keep the positive momentum going.

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Nov-06-13 9:07 AM

Well, for those of you that are happy, I don't want to hear a single itch regarding how bad your taxes are. Nothing will change and you will have the repukes to blame. Enjoy!

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Nov-06-13 8:38 AM

How are things working out for you Fat Bob. Go have another beer with your union buddies. You will have a lot of free time after January 1.

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Nov-06-13 8:21 AM

CarlaW: Take a deep breath. Relax. And address the issues without distracting from them.

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Nov-06-13 7:55 AM

O'Boy the Lunatic's are now running the Asylum

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Nov-06-13 7:45 AM

Madman, Orangeman, Some fine Democrats were elected and their duty is to be the loyal opposition. I agree Dr. Earlandson was a great legislator and I too thank him for his service. Hopefully this legislature will be independent and collegial and will strive to solve some of the difficult problems facing the county. I enjoy reading your blogs and look forward to you keeping we Republicans on the straight and narrow.

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Nov-06-13 7:44 AM

This County will continue to get more conservative as the exodus of young educated people countinues.

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