Gaughan merits praise, not criticism, for efforts
A recent Another Voice criticized Kevin Gaughan in connection with his Olmsted parks plan. It reminded me that during his many years active in the community, Gaughan has drawn a lot of heat. Could that be due to the amount of light he has cast on Buffalo’s problems and, more important, on how we can solve those problems?
From his promoting local governments to cooperate back in the 1990s, through his work to save the Erie Canal’s waterfront terminus, to helping voters reduce government costs, Gaughan has shown fierce loyalty to Western New York. And for all his efforts, taxpayers haven’t had to pay one dollar.
Gaughan is a throwback to another era. His work brings to mind another crusader, Robert Kennedy, whose drive, charm and, yes, controversial ways served the underserved and got things done.
In this recent dust-up, Gaughan merely extended his hand of cooperation, trying to create new cultural and recreational spaces for Buffalo. In return, from a former conservancy chairwoman, he received a rap on both knuckles and his character.
Oh, New Buffalo, where art thou?