To see the benefit of upsizing the Hamburg town board, look at Pigeon’s activities in West Seneca; a Patrick Kane moment

The Hamburg Town Board on September 18th authorized a town referendum on Election Day to determine whether the Board should revert to five members rather than its current three.  Activist Kevin Gaughan is already challenging the Board and, by reference at least, the citizen-activists whose petitioning encouraged the Board to put the referendum on the ballot.  Hamburg is one of five Erie County towns that bought into Gaughan’s board downsizing proposals several years ago. Continue reading

John Boehner is taking one for the country, but Republican politics have just gotten more complicated

While doing government relations work for Canisius College I attended a couple meetings in Washington where John Boehner spoke. I may not have agreed with a whole lot of his politics, but he struck me as a decent and honest person. He is not a flame-thrower. He has worked with Democrats, including particularly the late Senator Ted Kennedy on education reform. Being decent and willing to compromise has now led to his resignation. Continue reading