In a recent News article, Erie County Executive Joel Giambra criticized Sen. Dale Volker and Assemblyman Paul Tokasz for not adequately representing Buffalo and even asked for their resignation.
I have lived in Le Roy for more than 30 years and been exposed to both news markets. I have had the opportunity to observe and compare the state representatives in both the Rochester and Buffalo areas. The Erie County delegation of Republicans and Democrats is more productive. All too often, Buffalo is one step ahead of Rochester in getting projects funded by New York State, such as stadiums, arenas and schools.
It seems to me that Buffalo's success has to do with the cooperation of the state representatives from both parties getting together, placing politics aside and getting things done for the betterment of their community.
I can appreciate that Giambra is frustrated with budget problems and state mandates, but why attack the delegation that has done more for his community than other delegations across New York? Is the resignation of Tokasz and Volker really the answer?