Erie County Legislature Downsizing: On Ballot Tuesday #WNYVotes #ECLEG

27 Oct

The Erie County Legislature downsizing referendum (15 to 11) will appear on the ballot next week.  My understanding is that it may even make it to the front page of that ballot, which will be helpful.

The Appellate Division in Rochester yesterday affirmed Judge Sedita’s earlier ruling, noting that minor technicalities should not thwart the will of the people, and that the board of elections abused its discretion by rejecting the referendum in the first place.

What we need to do is merge Erie County with the City of Buffalo, have a metropolitan government, a unified school system, 9 city councilpeople, 3 at-large seats, and a Metropolitan professional city manager.  The upcoming green code and a regional planning board with actual powers ought also be implemented.

All done reform.


8 Responses to “Erie County Legislature Downsizing: On Ballot Tuesday #WNYVotes #ECLEG”

  1. Jesse October 27, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    “What we need to do is merge Erie County with the City of Buffalo, have a metropolitan government, a unified school system, 9 city councilpeople, 3 at-large seats, and a Metropolitan professional city manager.”

    Sounds awesome (or, rather, normal for the rest of America). How in the 9 hells do we get it done here?

  2. Mike In WNY October 27, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    Your solution does nothing but further dilute the last vestige of accountability in a system that is plagued by top-heavy government. The attack on government size needs to be started at the top, not the bottom. Your version of reform guarantees no voice for the people. The same applies to the education system. Eliminate the federal and state agencies from the picture.

  3. BobbyCat October 27, 2010 at 10:50 am #


  4. Lefty October 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

    Interesting you mentioned a unified school system….

    From what I can see, Erie County has 224 schools, 137K students, 221 principals and 10,261 teachers.

    A comparison is Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. They have 176 schools, 133K students, 147 principals and 9,000 teachers.

    Not saying Charlotte-Meck is a perfect example but it is a county wide unified school system, with similar enrollment…for now.

    So how would you propose that Erie County close 22% of the schools, shed 44% of principals and 13% of teachers? It is NYS after all.

    Or are you thinking of a different result with a unified school system?

    How would you like to see funding done? You have stated before that you moved to Clarence for the schools, which was a wise choice IMO, so what are your feelings on giving up that local control to the whole county? Do the residents in places like Clarence and Amherst still pay the same in taxes but now share with other schools? Or do the residents in places like Clarence and Amherst see a lower school bill?

    Don’t you think that a massive exodus would happen in WNY for parents who did not want to work out the kinks when their kids education is on the line?

    Speaking of consolidation…I love the idea but why not merge Erie and Niagara County? That would allow for a more regional approach to things like transportation and general services.

    Why not try and have Buffalo absorb Lackawanna? That would allow for the consolidation of industry along the water and open up opportunity for new development…if there ever is going to be that.

  5. Brian Wood October 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    It’s strange that the best educational systems in the world have very heavy top-down control from the national government, but here we have people who actually think some part-time local school board composed of rubes, dopes, and corporate subsidy enjoying tax-cutters knows something about the subject.

    Americans get PRECISELY the educations they want: as little as possible. Look at the current anger against “the elite,” people who actually have educations.

    Now as to downsizing, I usually think, “the more clowns the merrier.”

  6. Brian Wood October 28, 2010 at 8:01 am #

    Most Americans, disdainful of education, persuaded they are educated because they got a degree in herd-think, have no right whatsoever to decide anything about their children’s education. It is wrong to allow bozos to elect
    bozos to places of responsibility.

  7. Jim Ostrowski October 28, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    This is a typical faux reform that the masses eat up like apple pie but that accomplishes nothing real. It WILL make it more difficult to beat incumbents. I think maybe five have lost in 45 years. Districts will now be like Assembly districts. Now it will be two incumbents defeated every forty five years. Nice. Metro government does not result in spending cuts. Another faux reform.

  8. RaChaCha October 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Buffalo Pundit for Metropolitan Professional City Manager!

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