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Let the race begin
May 2, 2013 - John D'Agostino
Vince Horrigan is ready to take the next step.
The former executive director of the American Red Cross and current county legislator announced his intention to run for Chautauqua County executive on Wednesday night during a Republican dinner.
"Over my years of public service in village and county government, I have understood that so many of us come from different viewpoints but we all want the best for those who live in Chautauqua County," he said in his announcement. "However, we must have a vision for the future to determine how we will solve the challenges that we face in our individual economic circumstances and demographics. Our collective success will require building consensus around efficiency, productivity and economic development."
As Horrigan noted, "efficiency" is important. That means fewer layers of government within the county, which currently has at least 62 taxing entities.
And Horrigan knows all about consolidations. While he was at the Red Cross, the agency grew from just Chautauqua County all the way east to Allegany County.
That means one director instead of three. That is efficient — and saves on expenses.
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