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Not sitting so pretty

February 24, 2010 - John D'Agostino

Taxpayers, get ready for another exciting year of "The Price is Always Right," — or the group better known as the Chautauqua County Legislature.

Now that the election is officially over — and Robert Stewart has won the highly coveted District 7 seat, thanks to more than $30,000 being spent on court fees, attorneys and all those extras at taxpayer expense — it's time for the big changes in our big government to begin.

With the Republican win, longtime and sometimes Conservative Legislator James Caflisch will get his Republican "look what you deserve" job as being the clerk of the Legislature and our favorite spending legislator Fred Croscut will be the majority leader.

But before all this happens, the Legislature needs to take one more important step: a seating chart.

Listening in to "Viewpoint" on WDOE-AM, I had to chuckle when Legislators Keith Ahlstrom and Cros-spend were talking about all the decisions the Legislature makes annually that go unreported.

But for three minutes, the two actually spoke — over the public radio airwaves — about their excitement for the seating chart. The most senior lawmakers sit in the front — and the newer members of the Legislature sit in the back.

Wow. Will it be color coded too? Maybe we can use both green and red —green for the spending and red attempting to put the county in a deficit.

Just one more important action taken by our spending lawmakers — that almost went unreported.

Now, at least, when you see who is sitting in the front, readers will now who is most accountable for the mess and continued spending spree the county takes. Those sitting closest to the front — the most senior members — can take greater responsibility for an era of pay raises and increasing employee levels than those in the back.



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