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Reading the Buffalo News’ endorsements this cycle has been entertaining, if nothing else. Last week, we had a lackluster semi-endorsement of our hyperpolitical caretaker mayor. More recently, the News has slapped our embarrassing Sheriff, Tim Howard, who has been dramatically bad at his job. To top it off, he effectively appointed himself to the bench, and declared the NY SAFE Act unconstitutional, without ever donning a robe or passing the bar. 

To say that Howard’s position on the SAFE Act is fundamentally undemocratic is an understatement. Howard needs to go, even if his SAFE Act declaration was a cheap ploy to get gun-huggers’ votes. By contrast, I hadn’t heard much from Dobson, but he was especially impressive at a recent candidate forum he attended in Clarence

Then turn to the endorsement for the County Legislature, District 8. Republican Ted Morton is up against Democrat Wynnie Fisher. How’s this for an opening

This became a difficult race to call with the revelation that the Republican candidate for this open seat, Ted B. Morton, violated ethical rules as a financial planner by borrowing money from his clients between 2009 and 2012. For that infraction, the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency fined him $5,000 and suspended him from acting as a financial planner for six months.

His employer, LPL Financial, fired him. He mentioned none of this in his campaign or during an interview with the News editorial board.

This is an egregious violation that should disqualify Morton from public office, at least for now. We cannot endorse him, even though he is, in other ways, the better candidate, having more experience and a surer sense of the task at hand.

So, Wynnie Fisher may have inexplicably admitted her own naivete, but even in doing so she’s more open and transparent than her unethical opponent. Simply amazing. 

Finally, the News’ endorsement of Kevin Gaughan is critical of the incumbent

Mychajliw’s image as a self-promoter who is preparing for higher office is inescapable. The image is burnished every time he criticizes even the tiniest action of the county executive and ensures the media is there to cover it. Mychajliw trumpets that he hasn’t called news conferences to discuss his findings, but he’s not shy about alerting the media at the same times he sends his findings to county government.

I saw Mychajliw, who has carefully formulated this “good guy” image, has started airing negative ads against Gaughan. While Gaughan’s tax problems are embarrassing, there’s plenty of embarrassing stuff about Mychajliw’s background, too. The doctrine of clean hands should estop Mychajliw from this sort of nonsense. At least Gaughan has taken responsibility for his debt, and paid it off. This shouldn’t negate his 20+ years work trying to help turn western New York into a more cost-effective place for taxpayers to live. 


  • UncleBluck

    Lets see….Brown, Howard, Mychajliw….what a fine bunch we have here running WNY into the ground……

  • MichaelRCaputo

    I didn’t see any mention of Mark Poloncarz’s obvious ambition for higher office as Comptroller, nor his innumerable criticisms of County Executive Collins at every turn. You think Morton is disqualified, but the lying Gaughan who has owed back taxes for years is fit to control a billion-plus in taxpayers’ dollars? Estop. Just, estop.

    • Mark had actual auditors and accountants on the payroll. They stayed on throughout his 2 terms, for the most part and didn’t play games with, e.g., locked basement file storage.

      Gaughan’s tax problem is a doozy, for sure. Perhaps Mr. Mychajliw will release his credit report so we can see whether he’s up-to-date on all his personal debt? I mean, the IRS files liens, so we know Gaughan’s issue. I’m sure Stefan is all about transparency and openness, and won’t balk at all to release his credit score or reports.

      • Andrew Kulyk

        Stefan Mychajliw’s personal debt? LOL, let me give you an abject lesson on how we Ukrainians function…

        From early on in life, our parents ingrain us with the idea of work, work, work… and save, save, save. Growing up in our community meant working two jobs, then living below your means, then taking the rest over to Liberty Bank or the Big E on Broadway and Fillmore and depositing it into the passbook savings account – money for a rainy day or for the college fund.

        Buy a house? Buy a car? Only when that passbook savings account had enough in there to pay for it.

        I don’t know if Stefan even has any debt. If he actually carries a balance on his credit card month to month, I think I’d pass out from the shock.

        Most notably, if Stefan ever EVER didn’t pay a bill or stiff anyone for services and goods rendered, I can surely tell you that his tato, Stefan Sr., would be taking his kid to the woodshed for at minimum a strong tongue lashing.

        My old man, a crusty immigrant from the old country, imparted this bit of wisdom from my earliest memories as a child (insert thick East European accent here)… “I don’t pay them interest.. they pay me interest”.

        Yeah that’s how we roll.

      • Oswald Carnes

        What steps has Stefan taken to end patronage hiring by Erie County?

      • Then it would be uncontroversial to release the information. (Stefan does not have a mortgage now, but has in the past. It was discharged when he sold the marital home to his ex-wife at the time of his divorce).

        NYS BOE records indicate Stefan’s residence is 70 Griswold St in Buffalo, which was owned by his sister Charlene until about a month ago.

      • Oh. I didn’t realize that every single Ukrainian in the history of everything had the exact same approach and attitude regarding financial matters, and that therefore by simply virtue of claiming Ukrainian heritage, any such questions are automatically rendered moot. The Internet teaches me something every day!

  • Hank Kaczmarek

    @UncleBluck:disqus –And the citizens will vote for them all, like the sheep that they are. Anyone who fears guns—see your physician. They will give you an Rx for a pair of testicles.

    • Sean Danvers

      I dont think its the guns that give people the fear, its the people behind them. The same people who also need to see their physician for some sort of drug to stop them from buying tons of guns to divert attention from their obviously miniscule genetalia.

  • BensonH

    Can any good guy take $$ from Tonawanda Coke? Just asking

  • hwhamlin

    Criticism of Sheriff Howard for declining to arrest for SAFE Law crimes. He is excoriated for acting as a judge without judge’s robes.
    But no criticism, and never a mention, of Attorney General “Geoffrey” Holder’s “undemocratic” refusal to enforce Federal drug laws or Federal immigration laws.
    I thought we’d have to wait a while for a worse A.G. to come along than “Shakes the Clown” Reno. Turns out not so long, after all.
    As usual, in this site it all depends on whose guy is doing the non-enforcing and the self-appointed judgifying.

    • bugmenot2013

      “Prosecutorial discretion” is an age-old principle, the one that ensures that you will still get stuck with YOUR speeding ticket despite the cop letting go the guy who was speeding even faster than you were. It is a long-established prerogative of the elected executive (and his delegates, such as the Other Black Guy you’re excoriating) to determine which laws shall be enforced and to what extent, so long as it is done without resort to prohibited forms of discrimination. Before the Kenyan Marxist Socialist did it, the Texan Connecticutian Cokehead did it, too- for instance, in prosecuting blind Muslim clerics for 9/11 complicity while totally ignoring the possible complicity of anyone named, or related to, “Bin Ladens” since his daddy was pally with them.

      The sheriff is not an elected executive entitled to this prerogative. He is an overglorified meter maid, charged with enforcing whatever laws are on the books. And if he spent more of his time doing that, and keeping his inmates alive (see: suicides) and within the jail walls (see: Bucky), he’d be a much better candidate.

    • Geoff Kelly

      Are you putting “Geoffrey” in quotes because you think it’s funny to pretend to mistake one African-American man for another? Or because you think it’s wrong that some of us Geoffreys spell our name as we do? Either way, in the words of Harry Nilsson:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02lXLiFsRtE

      • hwhamlin

        Nope.
        And Geoffrey Holder was Jamaican, not African-American.

      • Geoff Kelly

        No, he’s from Trinidad. In some people’s reckoning, that makes him African American. But that’s neither here not there, really.

        Let me rephrase the question so it’s not a yes-or-no: Why do you refer to Attorney General Eric Holder as “Geoffrey” Holder?

      • Rob Patterson

        Probably for the same reason he referred to someone who suffers from Parkinson’s disease as “Shakes the Clown”.