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Village has lost transparency, democracy

July 6, 2013

This letter is in response to the editorial “Village already past ‘decline’ (June 9). When you have the wrong people in control only to promote their own agendas, the whole region goes into decline....

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Jul-06-13 8:16 AM

Anna is confused. But she uses the great liberal buzzwords, transparency and accountability. Anna, we elect officials to make decisions. We do not get to vote as a mob on every issue. The libs do love mobs. The police are the largest cost to a community. The crime you mention is peanuts. High taxes cause all the editor has said. You seem confused.You activist gals that write in just confirm both history and my belief. You activist gals do not know what you are doing and surely need your man, the govt.

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Jul-06-13 8:26 AM

Steinerdzzz...Ms Frederickson was there, witnessed the proceedings and documented them.

You didn't do any of the three.

Somehow, you the internationally renown, distinguished inventor-scientist which you claim to be FAILED -- totally and thoroughly failed -- to do what the most basic, rudimentary science requires: observe and record.

You do not fail, however, to do what virtually every single GOPer/RW/TPer does: try to talk expertly about things of which you have no clue and when no ne is listening or convinced, you turn up the volume, the verbosity and the name-calling.

A scientist -- you are not.

A hypocritical liberal-government-spending dependent you are.

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Jul-06-13 8:45 AM

Ms Frederickson, I am most impressed with your documented evidence & you relentlessness with stating the obviousness of Mr D'Angostino, his clueless church lady gaggle of sycophants & acolytes, his political agenda & the same of his West Virginia Sugar Daddy owner: they have a rabid, wholly unfounded & unsupported ideology bordering on quasi-religious fanaticism based on thin air, gossip, bigotry & militant ignorance despite the overwhelming evidence (as you thrice recorded, solid public support but for one) to the contrary.

As I have documented, & it available for all to see, NYS, despite it high taxes, has only lost 1/2 of 1% of businesses in the last 3 years. As all NY counties have high taxes, one wld believe the number would be far, far greater than 1/2 of 1% -- but it isn't.

Its not the taxes stymieing economic development; its the vocalization of the ignorant. After all, $$$$ has always followed brains; In this county, $$$$ has been leaving. What do

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Jul-06-13 8:46 AM


What does that tell us? The brains have left the county and guess what remains?

The D'Agnostinos of this county.

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Jul-06-13 8:57 AM

Anna, I believe its time to have Esther purchase you a broom and you can fly away into the sunset.

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Jul-06-13 9:52 AM

I understand the writer's concerns but she really needs to consider the bigger picture. We have a county of only 133,000 residents. It's by most standards the size of a small city but a small city would have only one police department. In Chautauqua County we have eight full time police departments with about 300 full time paid officers. It has become a major expense expecially since salaries and benefits have gone wild. There is a reason why our population keeps dropping and our industry keeps leaving and the reason is that our area is no longer competitve. We are lacking in private sector investment and that will not change until we reduce the size and cost of government. All law enforcement in the county should be handled by the Sheriff's Department.

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Jul-06-13 10:09 AM

Normally I am apposed to Anna and personally think she has added to problems over the years, but I have to agree with her here. When it comes to the water, street paving, garbage issues to board should decide, but when the elimination of a whole department like the Police that shouldn't have come down to 5 people. What seams to be lacking in the board and apparently some commenters is the fact that there is this thing called budgeting. I have to do it to keep my family safe and fed, I'm sure you have to too. Did we need new cop cars every year? Do we need new DOW equipment every year? Do we need a festival? Do we really need all the village workers? Do we really need 2 court clerks? Although the circumstance were horrible, did we need to*****away the FEMA money? I am sure some hard cuts could have saved the Police and I am sure there are enough people with little man complexes that would have become local cops for less money and benefits.

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Jul-06-13 10:13 AM

Over the past 20 years the village has become very unfriendly to local business. No parking and lost of prime business real-estate (Petris, Rite aid) the village locals like a ghetto.

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Jul-06-13 10:22 AM

Ok, what's done is done, but when I start seeing the other departments rolling around in new vehicles and such then I really will start to wonder where the savings are. Oh and talk about money saving why were the pot holes filled on Christy and then 2 days later tore up for the water lines? How much did that save?

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Jul-06-13 1:23 PM

Well, lets set the record straight. Who was on the board when we had the flood and had the opportunity to merge with the town. Anna. Didn't happen. Who was on the board when they decided to purchase a building outside of the village because of personal issues, Anna. Who pushed to have camera put in place in the village park, Anna. Who was on the board when there was an opportunity to convert the school on main street to apartments and did not act on on it so funding was lost, Anna. Who had her driveway plowed out by the village but her street is the responsibility of the town, Anna. Who had her trees cut down by the village on her property not the village our town property, Anna.

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Jul-06-13 1:30 PM

It is time for the village to dissolve. Please tell me Anna, how many tickets or crimes have been committed since the village police are no longer in place? You blame the administration for the fall of the police department. NOT. No one wanted to work for Roche except maybe you and Esther. Every time you bring this crap up in the paper it only makes the village look terrible. Get over it and move on. Find something else to occupy your time. It was status quote when Lindstrom was in place. Now we have someone willing to make the hard choices and you bash them. What about all the changes you made that turned out to be terrible for the village. Changes have to be made. You may not like them but for a handful of people (30) in this village that want the police then maybe the 30 of you should pay for it and take it out off of the tax payers backs. Get over yourself. WE DO NOT NEED THE POLICE OR DPW OR CLERKS OFFICE ANYMORE. MERGE WITH THE TOWN!

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Jul-07-13 9:36 AM

Anna, did you and Roche discuss your letter over coffee? He was by far the worst Police Chief in the County! His entire police department abandoned him, 3 went to Erie County and 1 went to Chautauqua County, that says something when your full time guys think you are not a good Chief and all leave for other Departments! Its Done Anna, and for the better! You and Roche can now have your coffee clutch and cry together!

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Jul-07-13 11:06 AM

Anna and all 3 of her supporters were only worried about 2 things: traffic control for the Laurel Run and the grape festival. Which has been done with the help of the State Police and the Sheriff's Dept for as long as they have been holding those events. The 2nd thing was making sure there was a police presence in the village, which of course we all know there still is, at a lesser cost. So why is Anna still concerned? Wasn't she a banker? She states the ball park/gazebo area was vandalized 3 times since SCPD has been gone, does she have a clue how many times it was vandalized when SCPD was here? Most of the supporters don't have a clue of what has happened or what is happening.

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Jul-09-13 9:31 AM


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Jul-09-13 12:51 PM

Apparently Mattdillon doesn't read the paper. If that person had you would know that the mayor and the sheriff met behind closed doors, negotiated a contract and put it into effect unsigned with no ones prior knowledge betting the legislature would approve it. They lost. That's what happens when you circumvent established policies of another govt agency. The proposal was to have been presented to 2 committees and the legislature for approval to go forward to the county executive to be negotioated. You wonder why the legislature was ticked off. If you support these types of actions you better turn in your badge Matt

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Jul-14-13 12:04 PM

What I do approve of his better coverage for lesser money. If you want to pay a chief, to sit in the office for 4 hrs a day and do next to nothing than go for it. This village board finally has some common sense and as far as the legislators not approving an extended contract, I don't blame them one bit. The residents will need to just take care of their problems on their own or wait more then 5 minutes for a patrol car to show up to handle it for them.

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