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Keep the clerk. Cut out the middle man.

   The bean-estimators [beware journalists doing math] in The Buffalo News Opinion corner today focus on the sort of public office where performance can actually be seen, and rewarded at the polls, and on a good idea to see to it that an ongoing dispute between the Seneca Nation and New York State doesn't hurt the locals in Niagara County.

Hochul for county clerk - Buffalo News Editorial
   The job of Erie County clerk is really one of efficiencies and, as anyone who's been to the downtown auto bureau lately can see, all cylinders are running smoothly. And that's just one example, which is why Hochul this page endorses incumbent Kathy C. Hochul.
   She is being opposed by Cliff Bergfeld, who has a lot to offer but would be hard-pressed to come up with a good reason for voters to remove the incumbent. ...
  She has taken efficiency and inclusiveness to new heights as county clerk, requesting input from taxpayers on what they want to see and how they would like services delivered. She continues to streamline what can be a bureaucratic morass, such as developing a one-page form for enhanced driver's license applications.
   The list of initiatives are too numerous to name and, best of all, she's always looking for ways to improve. This one is easy: re-elect Hochul as county clerk.

Gambling on responsibility - Buffalo News Editorial
   One of the worst places to be is the middle of the fight between the Seneca Nation of Indians and the governor’s office, but there are exceptions, and the issue of sharing casino profits with local government and not-for-profit organizations calls for taking sides.
   The Senecas have withheld payments owed to New York for two years, claiming the state violated the terms of its compact by allowing other forms of gambling into an “exclusivity” zone. Thus, the Seneca Nation and four lawmakers want to see a portion of money from Seneca-run casinos given directly to local governments, rather than have the money pass through state government. All in all, it’s a good idea. State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean, put it best when she compared it to taking out New York State as the middle man.
   In addition to Young, State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, Assemblyman Mark Schroeder, D-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio, R-Gowanda, plan to push for passage of a law by the state that would see that the money goes directly to localities and nonprofits.
   Related:
Senecas gain allies in dispute over profits - Buffalo News, Oct. 18

 -- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

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