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Lack Of Representation

Attendance A Problem For Many Legislators At Committee Meetings

January 5, 2014

A review of attendance of the Chautauqua County Legislature at meetings in Mayville last year revealed that 57 percent of district representatives who missed one or more meetings have since left the......

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Jan-10-14 3:48 PM

They have to show up perhaps 40 times in a year? It's not too much to ask them for near-perfect attendance.

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Jan-06-14 9:46 AM

and just so you know in 2013 these part time employees made apprx $20.00 an hour - some much more than that - if you look at their attendance record - how much do you make? but wait! now that there are only 19 watch for the resolution to raise their salary

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Jan-05-14 9:27 PM

If you checked the voting records, they don't need meeting. They usually vote the way their party leader tells them to vote.

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Jan-05-14 9:18 PM

Really? They are elected officials,it's a part time job. They only make a few thousand dollars a year. Most jobs I know of have sick and personal days built in. If they were State or National officials where they were making 80to 100 thousand $ in a full time position I would say that they should be more accountable. But as I said before ,most of these people have full time career jobs that my require them to miss some meetings. It's hard enough to get good qualified people to run for local offices. If you start putting ridiculous attendance requirements to these part time positions you will only get people who have nothing better to do.

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Jan-05-14 4:24 PM

Do they lose part of their stipend if they are absent?

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Jan-05-14 12:59 PM

While I believe that it is very important that elected officials attend meetings, I also feel that it is unreasonable to expect them to be at 100% of all committee meetings. Most of these people have full time jobs, careers, and family obligations. There are also other unforeseen emergencies, and illnesses that can occur. I believe voters should look for a pattern of attendance as one measure but more importantly, we should look at how responsive they are to the needs of their constituents,and how well they keep up with and vote on the issues.

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Jan-05-14 11:54 AM

DARKSTAR: Your arrogant comment regarding retirees shows that you are not dynamic, but are no doubt illiterate and self serving. The county would be better served by retirees and clerks than by an ass such as yourself.

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Jan-05-14 11:45 AM

It is absolutely inexcusable for any of these people to miss any meetings what so ever! They should have 100% attendance. I have been working for years and cannot remember the last time I missed a day of work. We as voters need to demand that if you want the job, do the job!

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Jan-05-14 10:19 AM

Why did they take the job in the first place if they knew they could not give it 100%. If the meetings are useless maybe we shouldn't have them. BUT they are still getting paid by the tax payers to represent us. How can you represent someone if you don't attend the meetings. Maybe we should look into attendance at the Town and Village Meeting level.

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Jan-05-14 10:04 AM

I have no particular disdain for members missing meetings. I have attended some myself. I will say, however, these meetings present about 85% BS/boilerplate useless information..proclamations resolutions etc etc and 10 to 15% pertinent business. Therefore the meetings themselves are pretty useless.

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Jan-05-14 8:57 AM

If you want a bunch of retirees then attendance is ultimate. Dynamic people have multiple commitments. If you want a bunch of retired clerks…. Attendance is your measuring stick.

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