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Legislative big top comes to Dunkirk

July 29, 2009 - John D'Agostino
It's the end of another month in Chautauqua County which means one thing: it's time for our monthly do nothing meeting.

That's right. It's the Chautauqua County Legislature. The 25-member group loves to spend our money, protect their jobs and remind people of just how great the private-sector business climate is in our area — even when it really isn't.

Today, our lawmakers head to Dunkirk and the Clarion pavilion to talk about more ways to spend money made off our our visitors through the bed tax. While they are in town, they may even stop at the county fair.

Last month, this group decided to use it to buy an art exhibit.

But wait. That idea is now on hold as County Executive Greg Edwards vetoed the purchase.

Will the legislature override the veto? Will they raise the bed tax to buy other works of art? Or will they be just too hot and uncomfortable to meet outside in suits? Maybe they will jump into Lake Erie to prove water is wet.

Find out on tonight. This group — some who have served since the word politician was invented — is reality TV at its best.


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