January 3, 2004

County organization

The Ithaca Journal also reports that the County Legislature will have its organizational meeting on Tuesday, and that 2003 Chairman Tim Joseph looks likely to be chairman again. It notes some complaints from Frank Proto over his handling of the County Executive proposal at the end of last year. Dryden's Mike Lane is the current vice-chairman, and the Journal quotes Joseph as saying he thinks Lane will run again.

The Journal's editorial page remains mesmerized by the County Executive proposal that Tompkins County Republican Chair Mark Finkelstein made at a press conference the Journal rushed to cover. They continue to think it's interesting, though there's "no instant cost savings", and "will not magically cure budget woes." Still, "the most alluring aspect of a county executive form of government is the separation of powers that it would instill," and legislators should "consider what truly is in the best interest of the county."

Note to self: if I want to propose something new for the County, I should be sure to hold a press conference. The local papers seem to listen when they're addressed directly.

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