Revisiting an idea he first proposed in 1999, well-known lawyer and civic leader Kevin Gaughan sent a letter today to members of the Erie County Legislature and County Executive Mark Poloncarz proposing that the name of Erie County be changed to Buffalo County.
"Establishing Buffalo County is but a symbolic change," Gaughan wrote. "But symbols hold the power to convey ideas as effectively as actions. And in the realm of one of government's principal purposes - to foster a sense of unity that is the hallmark of successful communities, symbols can convey purpose and belief."
"Today's turnaround has been defined by development," Gaughan continued. "Tomorrow success shall be marked by growth. To achieve that growth, we must render our community united in interest, values, and aspirations. By assigning our city and county governments the same name, we take an important step toward that goal."
What do you think about Gaughan's proposal?