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Letter: Poloncarz was correct to question signatures

Poloncarz was correct to question signatures

The thrust and muscle of The News and its support of so-called reforms made by the five-member majority bloc of the Buffalo School Board were brought to bear on County Executive Mark Poloncarz. Accused of “political meddling,” he rightfully questioned the legitimacy of signatures required for a name place on the ballot.

I am a voter in the North District and a professor emerita at Buffalo State College. Checking signature validity is a task for the candidate(s) that should not have been overlooked. Poloncarz’s review of candidate qualification was in keeping with what is expected of a responsible voter.

Jason McCarthy is a bartender and since his incumbency in 2010 he has voted with the majority bloc, has supported a school health and wellness nutrition program and developed a public dog park.

Larry Quinn, another member of the majority bloc, has no educational involvement listed on his board bio. The majority bloc endorsed by The News seems a body more politically ambitious than educationally dedicated.

Cronyism for personal benefit is “bad news” at its apex. Students, incapable of creating a vision for their educational future, are clay in the hands of some weak minds.

The substance of persons with a well-established platform to support their interest in reforming the School Board can lead on the path to Buffalo’s learning renaissance.

I applaud Poloncarz for his well-demonstrated citizenship.

Suzann P. Denny

Buffalo