Three Buffalo-area congressmen have announced they will run for re-election in 1992 despite the uncertainties of reapportionment.
For two of them -- Rep. Henry J. Nowak, D-Buffalo, and Rep. John J. LaFalce, D-Town of Tonawanda -- the declarations end speculation that they might leave Congress in two years and take their considerable campaign war chests with them.
For the third, Rep. Bill Paxon, R-Amherst, the announcement reinforces his oft-stated intention to run again despite the threat that his 31st District will be eliminated by reapportionment.
LaFalce, 32nd District; Nowak, 33rd, and Paxon made their re-election statements in a joint appearance on WEBR radio.
New York State stands to lose at least three of its 34 congressional seats in the reapportionment that must take place before the 1992 election. One of the districts is expected to be carved out of Western New York because the region's population has declined.
Paxon, re-elected last month to a second term, has the least seniority of any of the Western New York members of Congress and is regarded as most vulnerable when the new congressional lines are drawn.
Paxon was helped by the results of the Nov. 6 election, when the Republicans retained control of the State Senate. That means the Senate will have input on reapportionment along with the Assembly and the governor's office, both Democratic-controlled.
Paxon has been mentioned as a possible GOP candidate next year against Democratic County Executive Gorski, who will be running for a second term.
But Paxon made clear in the radio interview that he will not be running for countywide office in 1991.
Under current laws, Nowak and LaFalce would be allowed to retain their campaign funds for their own use if they choose not to run for re-election in 1992.
LaFalce has an estimated $500,000 and Nowak about $200,000 in their campaign funds. Both were elected to Congress in 1974.
After 1992, members of Congress no longer will be allowed to keep campaign funds for their own use when they leave office.
On other issues, Nowak, LaFalce and Paxon were supportive of President Bush's decision to dispatch troops after Iraq invaded Kuwait.
But LaFalce and Nowak urged caution before any offensive action is undertaken by the American-dominated multinational force arrayed against Iraq.
The two Democrats said America's allies should share more equitably with the United States the costs and manpower for any offensive action that may be undertaken to free Kuwait.
"We have 80 percent or more of the troops, and some of them -- from Egypt and Syria -- are unwilling to participate in offensive action," LaFalce said.
Nowak warned against "precipitous military action" now, saying Middle East alliances could shift and threaten the coalition now arrayed against Iraq.
Paxon said the costs of the American military deployment should be paid by its allies.
LaFalce favored and Paxon opposed a limit on the amount of money that can be spent on a congressional campaign.
Paxon urged that members of Congress be required to raise most of their campaign funds in their districts and that the amount of contributions they can receive from political action committees be limited.
Nowak suggested "working hard 365 days a year" instead of having to spend "large sums of money to get re-elected."