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Less gov’t would help

September 26, 2013

It’s bad enough New York state has so much government. What makes the problem even worse is that some of that government just isn’t very goo....

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Ron1960

Sep-26-13 12:22 PM

This is one good reason to eliminate the 17 layers of Government here in Fulton Co. There is so much duplication in the county that is not being done effectively, I believe that this county needs to have county wide assessing, code enforcement one county highway department, also one clerk for the county. And there could be more work that could and should be done on a county wide deal. We are a county with a population of about 60,000 and we have over 100 elected people to run the county when there are many counties across the state and country with populations of 250,000 and more and are being run much better with less that 50 elected officials so what are we waiting for. Montgomery started a new form of county government so why can not Fulton Co. do the same. This is the 21 century not the dark ages.

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DaveGibson

Sep-26-13 1:57 PM

Both Ron and this editor are spot on. Nice editorial.

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Patriot1

Sep-26-13 3:54 PM

Fewer layers of government equals "fewer protected government jobs". Let's see Mr. Cuomo deal with this conundrum in New York State!

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Pards13

Sep-26-13 4:18 PM

One government, no towns, villages, cities, sounds good to me. Let's go further one school district.

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BillLair

Sep-26-13 4:42 PM

I agree with you on this one, Ron. Far too many elected offices for a county this size.

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Annarondac

Sep-26-13 6:08 PM

Totally agree. Just for a factoid, Otselic is where the woman came from in the infamous book "Murder in the Adirondacks". Just in case you get to a cocktail party and have nothing to say!

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TiredOfTax

Sep-26-13 10:02 PM

Completely agree, less government at EVERY level would help immensely! Let's start next week with a shutdown! It is time to take the stand against waste. And this administration KNOWS waste!

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MrBoB51

Sep-27-13 7:29 AM

Unqualified? Here in the Town of Mohawk we have someone running for Town Supervisor who calls them self 'frog' on their campaign poster. A few years ago we had someone called 'loopie' running for office. That may work on the bowling team or at the Bars but not in public office. We need someone who instills confidence, not a stupid nick-name. It's that cavalier attitude that draws unqualified people to small town politics. The results? I mean, what could go wrong???

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MrBoB51

Sep-27-13 7:38 AM

Great comment Ron. FC needs more people with your attitude to step up and make change happen.

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Hilltopper

Sep-27-13 11:04 AM

BoB: I have to disagree with you when you disqualify a candidate because of their name. In this instance "Frog" is well known by the nickname others called him his entire life, he is a life long T.O.M. resident, has been chairman of the Town Planning Board for years, attends all the Town meetings, and his son happens to be the principal of Gloversville High School. He knows what is happening on the "Town" level making him, in my eyes, the best candidate. So, why not mention your nickname if it will identify you and get you a few more needed votes? And, what may interest you most, he is a fiscal conservative, much more so than the current over-taxing regime which is sitting on a $1.6 million fund balance in a Town with only a $1.5 million annual budget.

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drugsrus

Sep-27-13 1:03 PM

wow Hill, you are beginning to impress me

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MrBoB51

Sep-28-13 7:08 AM

Your opinion was well said Hill, but sounds more like approval of the 'good ol' boy' network. Nicknames may be noticeable to friends and associates but have you considered it could lose as many votes as it gains, or more? Most of us have nicknames but in my opinion character-wise, the idea of hearing 'Frog has the floor' or 'Frog will be discussing the County budget this evening' takes seriousness away from the discussion and position. Now politically speaking, a 'fiscally conservative' Democrat is like Bigfoot, we've heard about them but nobody's ever seen one.

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Hilltopper

Sep-28-13 10:48 AM

BoB: Local-yokel town politics don't always follow national/state political party spending trends. Here is an example. In the Town of Mohawk the supervisor, entire Town Council, highway superintendent, code enforcement officer, and both Town justices are all Republicans. According to recent news reports, the Republicans are sitting on a $1.6 million fund balance, more than the annual budget of $1.5 million. The only way this can occur is by over-taxing the residents through inflated budgets. Where is the "conservative" approach that Republicans normally associate themselves with? Also, how can you consider "Frog" part of the 'good ol' boys' when he is a Democrat and the the Town has been under tight Republican control for 30 years?

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MrBoB51

Sep-29-13 7:51 AM

Hill, I tried to keep political affiliations out of my argument. I don't care if frog is R or D, in my opinion nicknames do not belong in the political arena where confidence in our elected officials should be the #1 goal. To me, such usage represents a cavalier approach that is not worthy of representing me, I won't speak for anyone else. Not all Republicans are conservatives either and that's cured at the ballot box. As for a positive fund balance, that's after we taxpayers sent 56% of our property taxes to the Welfare Dept., that's my concern as I'd much rather have that money in my pocket, how about you?

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Hilltopper

Sep-29-13 10:16 AM

If enough people felt your way "Tip" O'Neill would have been a bartender. So be it with your vote. My vote will be based on character, qualifications, and who will go easiest on my wallet. As far as 56% welfare goes, that's an albatross Albany put around our necks, not town level governments. It’s as bad as only property owners footing the bill for all the nonsense Albany saddles us with.

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MrBoB51

Sep-30-13 6:51 AM

All good points Hill. I wonder though, could our wallets be eligible for Disability?? NYS must have a 200k/yr official that handles things like that. Probably next to the over-staffed Office of Kitty Litter Regulations.

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