Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tim Kennedy- Status quo politician
Tim Kennedy's reform Albany platform is the biggest joke since the Bison's talked about becoming a major league franchise in the early 90's. If you're undecided on this race, just look at a few points brought up in today's Buffalo News regarding Kennedy's record:
But while his campaign for the State Senate focuses on his intent to “Change Albany” from its corrupt, self-serving mind-set, Kennedy has not always focused on reform-minded changes to the County Legislature.
For example, as a State Senate candidate, Kennedy advocates term limits. But when a term-limit proposal surfaced in the County Legislature in 2006, he co-sponsored a measure endorsing more study and giving opponents of term limits cover to do nothing.
Shrinking the County Legislature-
Various proposals to shrink the County Legislature from its current 15 members sat without action for months, and Kennedy was among the lawmakers looking the other way.
However, when a specially created commission in 2009 recommended cutting four seats to create an 11-member Legislature, Kennedy jumped on board, a few months before announcing his Senate run.
As a Senate candidate, Kennedy urges creation of a powerful ethics commission to monitor the conduct of state officials.
Yet he and the rest of the County Legislature said nothing while the Erie County Board of Ethics faded away in recent years. They did not act to confirm the most recent appointee, and the board is down to one member.
Albany's "pay to play"-
Kennedy wants to eradicate Albany’s “pay-to-play” culture, but he counts among his donors county vendors and special interests who have been invited into county policy discussions.
I've said it for a long time. You cannot trust this guy. He supported Byron Brown over South Buffalo resident Mickey Kearns because the people who pull his strings told him to do so. The article goes on to call Kennedy an "acolyte" of Brian Higgins. If that word means mindless blow-up doll,
I would have to agree. Kennedy calls Higgins every morning to ask him what color tie he should wear to work. Please consider anybody but this guy in the primary in two weeks. He will do whatever benefits himself at the time and shows no respect to his neighborhood blogger.
Kennedy reform theme belies county record - City & Region - The Buffalo News