Kevin Gaughan

Jun 3, 2009|

downsizing advocate

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Government downsizing advocate attorney Kevin gone is not on the WBM live line as we continue our focus today on town board downsizing of votes. The most -- set today in west Seneca and the town of Evans Kevin thank you for joining us. Morning and -- -- going to be a busy guy we talked earlier with the supervisor was -- Wallace Cottrell ski. And Kevin he favors downsizing you know we know this. But he has some reservations. About the decision to limit the number of voting places in town going as far as to suggest. That limiting polling places could be an effort to affect the outcome of the vote in -- there's also the inconvenience and confusion. The associated with strange polling places for some people what's your take on this. Well I I I must say I do agree that it's unfortunate that. This wonderful exercise in democracy that's taking place here today and and and and whether there's a limited polling places west -- all the polling places which are open and Evans you know western New Yorkers are going to lead the way in New York State today -- celebrated freedom by for the first time I'm a -- taken -- provided -- the first time in the history of New York State people not politicians are going to decide the size and cost of their government. And my sense is that John Susan is that. Notwithstanding imaginations or perhaps unfortunate decision to politicians to whether it be suppressed the voter or confuse voters. Folks have been aware for some time about the relationship between too much government here in in in western New York can too little economic growth and I'm looking very much forward to see what with their decision has today. Kevin who decided on. The parameters for today the number of polling places in the hours of voting will -- it was it to have both of west Seneca and Evans town boards. Right under the law that I discovered that that gave rise to all of this that that gives people of New York's state residents the right under the under the great tradition of the American American tradition of of petitions the -- says you know -- do you have the right to circulate petitions and and compel these referenda even against the wishes of politicians -- the same law it does best in the town boards the authority to. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I think it's the other healthy benefit. Of this movement is that we can we can restored revive the right of referendum. And petition in New York as you know other states including California give more moral power authority it is -- citizens to cause -- -- -- I think that's that's very much in keeping with the march of democracy is tested more more decision making power at citizens. Will the town of Amherst we want to -- next immediate targets. We are now circulating petitions to work compels votes and first and Cheektowaga. Hamburg. Orchard park in the town -- so what my plan is to have another wave of votes in this November which it should include three or four of those and this is -- process it's gonna take some time but I I. I can tell you -- I've never felt you know more proud to the American more thrilled to be -- western New York in this morning and I just left Evans headed to west Seneca we have a wonderful rally in -- -- sworn -- and you know think about it we've had a very healthy discussion notwithstanding the rancorous. Sort of bitterness some politicians to western New Yorkers have been discussing in the nature and purpose of self government for the past six weeks and I think our founders would be proud. Okay have a feeling we'll be talking anymore about those in the future Kevin thanks for joining us this morning my thanks so much government reform. Advocate attorney -- gone.