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No real races

November 5, 2008 - John D'Agostino
Name recognition may have been the key for incumbents in Tuesday's local races.

In the election for U.S. Congress between incumbent Brian Higgins and Dan Humiston, Higgins won easily with more than 70 percent of the vote. I appreciate Buffalo’s Higgins, but his appearances in Chautauqua County are not what they were during his first two years in office in 2005 and 2006.

In the state Senate, Catharine Young also was an overwhelming winner in defeating Christopher Schaeffer. In this case, Schaeffer put up a small fight. Other than a couple of press releases, he did very little to get his name out to area residents.

Over the past two years, Higgins and Young have done some great things for the area. But one issue they have both failed in is urging consolidations and regionalism for local governments. Too often, both have said consolidation needs to be a local decision.

Maybe if both lawmakers were more active in promoting consolidation, there would be more pressure that type of decision. Instead of handing out funds to promote the status quo, lawmakers need to do the opposite. They must tell towns, villages, schools and cities funds are more likely to be available if all entities will work together as one and end the turf battles


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