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This Year’s Election Was All About County Home

Candidates Reflect On Main Issues Of Campaigns

November 10, 2013

Election Day 2013 may well be remembered in Chautauqua County as the County Home Election. Six of nine legislators who voted against the sale of the County Home on Oct....

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taxpayer2

Nov-11-13 11:52 PM

THE ELECTION WAS ABOUT LEGISLATORS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS THAT IGNORED THEIR CONSTITUENTS. THE COUNTY HOME IS AN EXAMPLE OF LEGISLATORS MAKING DECISIONS BASED ON THEIR OWN PERSONAL AGENDAS.

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GeorgeC

Nov-10-13 12:31 PM

How does Lisa Vanstrom's being in the county legislature present a "conflict of interest" with her working for Cathy Young's office?

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cars1951

Nov-10-13 12:07 PM

Let's hope that Lisa Vanstrom & Pierre Chagnon take the time to speak with their constituents and do their research and vote the way their constituents wish and not with their wishes like Lori Cornell did. Does this mean Lisa Vanstrom will have to resign from her job with Cathy Young due to confict of interest?

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hacksbgone

Nov-10-13 11:53 AM

There is no question that the County Home issue was a major factor in deciding the elections. But you really have to look deeper than the yes or no positions of the candidates to see what really went into the voters decisions. The issue of the County Home garnered a lot of debate over a long period of time. The coincidence with an election year was key in the unprecidented look we had at the motivations and positions of the candidates. What resulted was a near transparent view of each candidate's true allegiances. Those who pandered to special interst groups for votes had a tough time rationalizing their positions to the majority of constituents for whom they would represent. Politicians are a lot like actors, playing a role and using a script that is somewhat fictional. Representatives are public servants who will be the voice of their contituents while lending solid experience and opinions in the influence of good public policy. I'm thankful that we lost a few "actors" thi

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taxpayerfred

Nov-10-13 11:37 AM

Lori Cornell could pay back the money with her income from a job. Oops I sorry. She don't have a job and never had one.

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PlainToSee

Nov-10-13 9:45 AM

People have forgotten what Ron Lemon is like, obviously. Scary they would pick someone like him over an ethical man like Tom Erlandson.

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Taxpayer42

Nov-10-13 9:02 AM

It's pretty clear the majority of the county wants the home sold. But there will be a lot more work the legislature will have to do over the next 2 years that will determine if the county stays "red". As for Cornell, she has made her irresponsibility public by begging on facebook and email for everyone to bail her out of the mess she got herself in. For such a smart girl, with "fancy degrees" who kept telling the voters she was fiscally conservative, organized and a leader ...a little piece of advice. It's called a "budget" and to overspend by $10,000 is such gross mismanagement I suggest you use all that energy and all those degrees to get a job where you learn the practical application of a balance sheet.

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GeorgeC

Nov-10-13 9:01 AM

This article is a good start and conveys the position of 16 of 19 legislators.

So far, so good.

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GeorgeC

Nov-10-13 9:00 AM

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Yet as to three new legislators, the article and the text with the photos say different things.

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GeorgeC

Nov-10-13 9:00 AM

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The text with the photos says Pierre Chagnon and Lisa Vanstrom are "undecided." But the article says they "have yet to make their stances on the issue known." Those are different. Which is it? Even if "they have yet to make their stances on the issue known," they does not mean they are "undecided." They may have decided yet not told the Post-Journal. Did the Post-Journal ask them? What did they say? Or was the Post-Journal unable to reach them? How would they have voted on the 2013 resolutions?

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GeorgeC

Nov-10-13 8:59 AM

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The text with the photos says Fred Larson will vote "yes." The article says he is "unopposed to selling it to a suitable buyer" and adds, "If (the county home) can break even, that's fine. If (the county home) can't, I'm not opposed to selling it." Those are different. Which is right? Can the county home break even? If not, did either of the 2013 resolutions present a suitable buyer? Why or why not? How would he have voted on the 2013 resolutions?

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Catman

Nov-10-13 8:18 AM

The County Home was a huge issue. Cornell took the CSEA money and lost. She campaigned as a fiscal conservative, but now I've been told she has a $10,000 campaign debt to pay off. I wonder if the CSEA will come to her aid again?

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