Erie County 2010

2 Jan

A new county legislature takes shape this week, culminating in the reorganization slated for January 7th.  The real story involves the intense wheeling and dealing taking place behind the scenes among all the players in county government – some old, some new.  While County Executive Chris Collins seeks a more pliant and compliant legislature, lawmakers wrangle over who will be the chair and help set the legislative agenda for the next two years.  Deals are being cut – favors being owed and called in – so that certain individuals’ power is magnified.  2010 promises to be a very interesting and volatile year, electorally.

Stachowski and Volker.  Lee, Higgins, Slaughter.  Governor of the State of New York.  All of this is playing out during a time of acute economic and political insecurity.  The problems that beset Washington are mostly amplified by facile, knee-jerk partisanship.  (I don’t think partisanship is bad, per se, but one ought pick one’s battle, not treat everything as one.)  Uniquely, however, the problems that affect New York State transcend partisanship.  Neither party in Albany can stake a claim to virtue or excellence.

With the Albany races, it is indeed important to throw the bums out, but be wary of the bums you replace them with.

But 2010 started out on a very positive note.  The leadership of Erie County and ECMC did a very excellent thing in executing an agreement to settle once and for all what the county owes ECMC in any given year, and also to build a new Erie County Home closer to the city.

For once, business and political leaders set aside their differences and saw each other’s point of view, and in so doing they forged an alliance that will benefit the public at large.

That’s how it’s supposed to work.  Here’s to more of the same.

4 Responses to “Erie County 2010”

  1. Grey Goose January 3, 2010 at 3:30 am #

    Has anyone connected the county legislature’s dysfunction to Chris Collins and Byron Brown making a deal not unlike the deal Pigeon and Golisano made in the senate. Byron Brown hates Lenihan so strongly that he would destroy the democratic majority in the legislature simply to embarrass Lenihan. Tim Kennedy is a wimp! A man who let other men think for him is either a dangerous or a stupid man or perhaps both.

  2. Brian Castner January 3, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    $107M to build a new nursing home on the East Side, so many of its poor residents can be closer to their families. Maybe Collins isn’t such an asshole who only seeks to destroy the city and reduce costs (hopefully at the same time).

  3. Pete@BS January 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    “For once, business and political leaders set aside their differences and saw each other’s point of view, and in so doing they forged an alliance that will benefit the public at large.”

    That needs to tbe the goal on every issue, but so long as there are expensive campaigns and re-elections, politics will trump public benefit.


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    […] had a good 2009 election, it didn’t make him happy; it made him angry. But as 2010 began, Erie County finally settled its disputes over payments to ECMC. Soon after that, Collins conspired with the Mayor’s people and Pigeon’s people to […]

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