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Let the race begin

May 2, 2013 - John D'Agostino
Vince Horrigan is ready to take the next step.

The former executive director of the American Red Cross and current county legislator announced his intention to run for Chautauqua County executive on Wednesday night during a Republican dinner.

"Over my years of public service in village and county government, I have understood that so many of us come from different viewpoints but we all want the best for those who live in Chautauqua County," he said in his announcement. "However, we must have a vision for the future to determine how we will solve the challenges that we face in our individual economic circumstances and demographics. Our collective success will require building consensus around efficiency, productivity and economic development."

As Horrigan noted, "efficiency" is important. That means fewer layers of government within the county, which currently has at least 62 taxing entities.

And Horrigan knows all about consolidations. While he was at the Red Cross, the agency grew from just Chautauqua County all the way east to Allegany County.

That means one director instead of three. That is efficient — and saves on expenses.


Article Comments



May-04-13 7:20 AM

On May 1st, the Observer reported:

"County Republicans have their eye on three potential county executive candidates, but have no intention of releasing their names in the near future....

As you can see, the following day JD comes out with this story, albeit the article doesn't say the county GOP has selected Horrigan.

Regardless of who runs/wins, that person must be able to convince the CCLeg to significantly reduce spending if there's any hope to attract new business. I would start with, but not limit it to, the CCSD. Savings MUST involve labor cost reductions for ALL county employees, including ALL salary personnel.


May-03-13 9:25 AM

Horrigan said:"...we must have a determine how we will solve the challenges we face..."

His message is typical rhetoric that lacks conviction and specifics...and not very inspiring if you ask me. Even this article by JD isn't what you'd call a glowing endorsement since it conspicuously (and carefully) omits any direct support for Horrigan. To support a weak candidate simply b/c he is a member of your party is foolish, and even worse if that candidate wins.


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