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Our choices for legislators

October 31, 2013

There are four contested races for legislator in our region of Chautauqua Count....

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Nov-05-13 5:51 AM

I have never seen such partisan hysteria or so many people with an ax to grind as the blogs posted here. That's good news. One party must be losing! The Candidates endorsed by the Observer are Great! Get over it and do the right thing.

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Nov-05-13 12:09 AM

Sullivan when mayor of Fredonia, manipulated his always late budget submissions by cutting budget lines he knew were mandated by law or contract so as to claim tax savings. It was the board who had to step up and protect the village from litigation or fiscal default by restoring Sullivan's devious cuts. Trustworthy? In my estimation, NO.

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Nov-02-13 8:42 PM

Go with Bob Scudder,businessman,family man and a good neighbor.

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Nov-02-13 10:07 AM

And what about Janet Keefe? Janet is a nice lady, true enough. Even so, the Observer quite rightly endorsed her opponent Mike Sullivan --- but do tell, where's the Observer's curiosity with regard to her husband, Fredonia Mayor Stephen Keefe, appointed to chair a committee on pay rates for elected county officials? Findings of Keefe's committee suggested that legislators deserve a pay raise, then, lo & behold, his wife announces she's running. It could be argued that the decision was made after his committee's findings were voted down at the county level but it was widely rumored while he was on that committee that Janet was going to run. Not a peep from the OBSERVER. Very weak, Observer, very weak...

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Nov-02-13 10:02 AM

Come on, Observer. You really endorsed that hyper-partisan poster boy for anger management, Bill Coughlin? Over Bob Scudder? Seriously? If Coughlin gets elected, he'll cost the county money AGAIN. After all, he has a history of mistreating women in the workplace - you can read about it in the Observer's archives- his bad behavior resulted in a very expensive lawsuit when he was a county employee. Even Coughlin knows that his tainted past makes it impossible for him to beat Scudder. Johnny D, what were you thinking?

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Nov-02-13 9:56 AM


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Nov-02-13 9:08 AM

Sullivan would almost certainly cause disruption and dissension at CCLeg meetings if elected. If you think Duffy was a rabble rouser, you ain't seen nothin' yet. His stunt of trying to hold a vote when he learned ahead of time that a trustee would be absent, thus giving him the deciding tie-breaking vote, is also indicative of his questionable character.

As far as being a taxpayer advocate, need I remind folks how he, as mayor, handled water revenue shortfalls, mainly due to customer conservation, by simply jacking up water & sewer rates. In other words, if you try to save money, you'll pay anyway. Sully is NOT what we need.

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Nov-01-13 8:20 PM

Judeye not to change the subject but I was wondering when you might be issuing your report you promised us a couple of weeks ago? Surely you haven't forgotten?

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Nov-01-13 12:51 PM

Fredonia trustees are making themselves look bad on their own, Sullivan has no hand in that. And the departments deteriorated because they are being run by incompetent people with a severe lack of training for the projects they're undertaking. Talk to them, they'll openly admit it. The current crop of management Fredonia has is the problem. Unless you're part of the "family", you get shut out.

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Nov-01-13 8:34 AM

it stands to reason a liberal, retired school teacher would vote for sullivan. she has no clue about anything. thank God she isn't running for anything.

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Nov-01-13 7:02 AM

Due to the downsizing I am unable to vote for my current legislator, who I highly admire and respect for his courage to do what he feels is in the best interest of our County.

However, I will now be able to vote for Janet Keefe, who I have known since she was a child care worker for Suny campus school when my daughter went there some twenty years ago. She is smart, able to make informed decisions, and is caring and compassionate. She is exactly the type of legislator that will serve our district well. She knows how to balance business, saving money and doing things efficiently with compassion and caring for the people she will serve. She has my vote.

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Oct-31-13 8:32 PM

I fully agree with the endorsement of both Sullivan and Niebel. Both men are serious about cutting and controlling costs. That will not make them popular but it will make them successful.

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Oct-31-13 7:30 PM

In the Observers endorsement of Mr. Coughlin it took away any credibility the editorial staff had. With such poor judgement in this matter, one has to wonder if their other endorsement need to be scrutinized.

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Oct-31-13 6:13 PM

Sullivan almost destroyed the Village with his secret meetings and agenda he had with Oakes and company!

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Oct-31-13 6:10 PM

Carlaw, hahahahahaha wow ****

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Oct-31-13 5:10 PM

John Runkle is perhaps one of the best legislators. As a Sheriff's Deputy he would gather the evidence and make an arrest based on the evidence. As a legislator he does the same thing. Gather the evidence and make the right decision regardless of politics. Who could ask for more. But then look at Scudder and Coughlin the only fire that Coughlin has is below the belt. Look at the money he has cost county taxpayers for his own selfish ego, power over women.

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Oct-31-13 4:43 PM

Sullivan was the worst Mayor Fredonia ever had. He cut without thought just to make the Trustees look bad. He is not the right choice. He is just a big blow hard. NO VOTE FOR SULLIVAN!!!!!

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Oct-31-13 2:25 PM

I certainly hope that people are intelligent enough to vote for Mike Sullivan. Forget party, and forget single issues and vote for someone who stands for principle and speaks the truth about where he stands. The whole county needs people like Mike to serve and move us forward. We have been stuck in neutral for too long. We need people who can think for the good of the whole county. Put aside personal agendas and vote for Sullivan. You'll be glad that you did.

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Oct-31-13 12:00 PM

What did Mike Sullivan accomplish in Fredonia? Various departments deteriorated, repairs weren't made so he could claim taxes weren't raised, and after he was voted out, taxes needed to be raised to repair or replace what he ignored. Cost cutting isn't always possible, nor smart. Sometimes things do need to be fixed or replaced. Sullivan did neither.

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Oct-31-13 8:53 AM

Under control Mr. Coughlin "has the fire". Out of control Mr. Coughlin has a raging temper that cost county taxpayers nearly a half million dollars to settle harassment lawsuits when he was the public defender. How soon we forget.

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