Cuomo Letting County Residents Suffer Last Year Was Bad Enough

We call shenanigans on Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Last year, Chautauqua County residents found themselves largely shut out of the state Senate after the retirement of former state Sen. Catharine Young. Calls for a special election in the district went unheeded last year.

Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, lamented last summer the struggle he faced in the state Legislature without a Senate partner. Roughly $245,000 in state funding that typically is earmarked for Chautauqua Lake wasn’t included in the state budget. This year, the funding is likely to be included in the budget now that Goodell again has a partner in Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay.

What a surprise, then, that Cuomo would call special elections in three state Assembly districts, a state Senate seat and the 27th Congressional District vacancy caused by the resignation of Chris Collins. The primary will be held on the date of the state’s presidential primary, a day when Democrats are much more likely to turn out at the polls than are Republicans because the Democratic presidential primary is hotly contested.

Chautauqua Lake and Chautauqua County residents suffered last year because Cuomo refused to call a special election.

That was bad enough.

Seeing a special election called due to political expediency is just rubbing salt in the wound.


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