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Outgoing executive

Greg Edwards looks back on his two terms in office

November 17, 2013

By KATIE ATKINS OBSERVER Mayville Bureau When Greg Edwards became county executive in 2006, he never could have predicted what would happen over the course of his two four-year terms....

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joew

Nov-18-13 4:55 PM

So lets hear it "bulldog 10" what has Mr Edwards done to you or those that had to deal with him that couldn't be trusted? Surely you can provide that information since you said what you did correct?

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bulldog10

Nov-18-13 3:46 PM

It is true the county home should be sold. It is also true that Edwards is from the old boy's club. Those who have had to deal with him directly know him the best. Not to be trusted.

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bulldog10

Nov-18-13 3:44 PM

Like things would have been different if Lori Cornell's husband had been elected instead of Edwards. Face it they are both losers.

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Captain

Nov-18-13 9:44 AM

"...the press does not do the job of informing the people. How pathetic"????

Then please, let us know who does.

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PhilJulian

Nov-18-13 8:50 AM

There are reasons why only 35% voted. The other 65% couldn't care less and probably don't know how to fill in a circle.

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instigator

Nov-18-13 8:47 AM

edwards was only in this game for pension points. he did a great job, lowered taxes, sold the county home and airports, brought many jobs to the region, etcetc. good riddance to incompetent management.

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Carlaw

Nov-18-13 4:35 AM

The message is loud and clear whether you are for or against, the press does not do the job of informing the people. How pathetic.

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joew

Nov-17-13 10:37 PM

"Why? It's America, it's New York State, and it's Chautauqua County, and I've always been taught to have reasonable expectations based on the laws of probability". Quick question Paul,why is it you stay here in America? Are you hoping that Trumka becomes the next President?

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PhilJulian

Nov-17-13 5:02 PM

I give Mr. Edwards a B+ for his efforts. Many politicians would have avoided the controversial issue of the county home but he did his job. He has failed in that he made no real effort to reduce the number of governments in the county. With 27 towns, 15 villages, 2 cities and 18 school districts we have far too much government. Mr. Edwards knows this but failed to act of the problem. I have high hopes for Mr. Horrigan but only time will tell. Growth and Prosperity will return when the size of government is brought in proportion to our population and tax base.

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Captain

Nov-17-13 12:36 PM

I'm all for giving someone a honest chance to do what's needed before unfairly criticizing, but I don't believe Horrigan deserves this courtesy since he was part of past administrations that helped lead this county into one of the highest taxed ones in the entire country.

This is simply a matter of record. Are we expected to ignore this fact and hope he's changed his ideas & style of cost-efficient governing? He was elected for ONE (1) REASON, and one reason only! Sorry, but my doubts that Horrigan will do a good job are NOT unfounded.

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jo1952

Nov-17-13 11:22 AM

Just don't understand why Edwards pulled a Palin and left office early. Would the Gebbe Foundation not wait less than two more months to les him start in January. This does not make sense.

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Christopher

Nov-17-13 10:54 AM

People who don't vote, on average, cannot be construed as supporting ANYONE, neither party, no candidate, they're disinterested, or disenfranchised, or just given up. That would be a much more reasonable assumption than thinking they may have supported the winner (or loser) of any election.

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Christopher

Nov-17-13 10:51 AM

It's sort of like trying to get anyone involved with the Town of Pomfret government to admit they've been raping the Village of Fredonia with taxes for no services for years. It's an exercise in futility.

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Christopher

Nov-17-13 10:50 AM

"As JoeW said: You haven't even given him a chance as our new County Exec." This is true. Why? It's America, it's New York State, and it's Chautauqua County, and I've always been taught to have reasonable expectations based on the laws of probability.

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FindYourFacts

Nov-17-13 10:29 AM

Christopher: I have no reason to doubt the percentages you are quoting, but what's to say that of the 65% of those whom didn't vote, "60 some-odd percent" of them, would've voted for Mr. Horrigan also... My comment was merely to point out that the election is over, stop complaining and lets get behind our new leader. As JoeW said: You haven't even given him a chance as our new County Exec.

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Christopher

Nov-17-13 10:02 AM

@ Findyourfacts: "The voters have spoken loud and clear!", Yes, all 60 odd percent of the 35% that actually voted, truly a landslide!

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NormanC

Nov-17-13 9:49 AM

FindYourFacts.The inferior intellectual voters have spoken,mainly because this Media source brainwashed them with its propaganda.

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NormanC

Nov-17-13 9:46 AM

How in the world can anyone say Gregarious Edwards did a great job when this County is rated #5,as the worst County out of over 950 Counties in this Country?.Must be the birds of a feather that flock together think this way.I wonder if he will still get his kickback from the sale of the CCH if that so happens.Even though he is gone,he will still run this County thru Horrigan,at least until the CCH Is sold,thats because he is obsessed with it.

Only 27% of the Dunkirk voters cast their vote on election day.Had there been a bigger turnout,Johnson would have won.Dunkirk is probably 50% welfare,who can vote,making comments about this class of voters probably hurt him.I cant wait to see the work for Welfare program Horrigan says will work.What a joke!.

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FindYourFacts

Nov-17-13 9:28 AM

Commentor & Christopher: You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You were born crying, you are constantly complaining, keep it up and you will surely die disappointed. Your tendency for whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign and symptom of a little soul and inferior intellect. The voters have spoken loud and clear! Mr. Horrigan, I'm sure, will do great things for this county!

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commentor

Nov-17-13 8:59 AM

Blah, blah, blah, blah doesn't look like much for 8 years and most of it is embellished. Horrigan will be a clone and a do nothing. His ideas are set from being a do nothing legislator. His transition team is just a waste of time. They will provide more blah, blah, blah and Horrigan will repeat the blah, blah, blah and round and round we go.

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Christopher

Nov-17-13 8:45 AM

Joew, if this had been a Democrat, you wouldn't have said a thing.

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Captain

Nov-17-13 8:11 AM

Stroking Edwards with kid gloves in this article is deceiving. He wasn't necessarily the worst, but there are many people who'd disagree with your flawless assessment of him.

Practical people reach reasonable conclusions based on all factors involved. If it turns out selling the CCH was beneficial to the county, I'll admit it, but all the negatives that will likely occur from the sale indicate the opposite.

If the sale proves to do more harm than good, I hope the Observer will admit it too, but I doubt it. After all, it's just as guilty as Edwards in soliciting public support to sell, which directly influenced the CCLeg to agree.

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joew

Nov-17-13 8:04 AM

Three comments and three people who have no idea what it means to give someone a chance. That is a truly sad way to live ones life.

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MrPinecone

Nov-17-13 7:59 AM

Greg Edwards, nice job! You richly deserved the bi partisan support that was seen county wide in the last election... You cut the unbelievable bloat mostly created by your liberal predecessor who spent like a drunken sailor (not to insult to you drunken sailors out there). I only wish you had remained in office long enough to preside over the imminent transfer of the County Home from public to private ownership. It seems the only folks most opposed to you are the perpetually bitter public sector lifers who see government as there very own cookie jar. I can only hope that Vince Horrigan can fill your shoes-

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Psychofux

Nov-17-13 7:37 AM

So…He's admitting the economic problems started before Obama and the supposed Democratic filibuster-proof government! Some of us already knew that.

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