In an article on Monday regarding low water levels, Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce lamented over the lack of funds for Lake Erie when compared to Chautauqua Lake. He then took it a step further.
"In general, statewide, I think this area tends to be forgotten," he said.
Our area has become "forgotten" because we have no clout. Our clout - especially for those who like to criticize New York City - comes from population numbers. And no one needs to be reminded that Western New York's population has been shrinking at a rapid pace.
An abundance of government and school districts does not lead to clout in Albany; it leads to insignificance. It is also why the Chadwick Bay Development Group is attempting to unite the shoreline communities for the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plans.
There is strength - and efficiency - in numbers. Any other belief is just small-minded thinking.