Tony Pucci at a Recent Book Reading
Tony Pucci getting ready for another guest appearance on "Frankly Speaking"
Fact: Since my "Your Turn" piece, "Chemung County legislators make too much," appeared in the Star-Gazette on Feb. 4th, all three candidates for Chemung County Executive have indicated that they would accept a lower salary.
Fact: Chemung County legislators, among the highest paid in Upstate NY, voted to give themselves a raise at a time when many in our area are struggling financially. My opponent voted to give himself this raise. This is unethical and unreasonable. I will fight for lower salaries. I will also donate a portion of my salary to Youth Programs that benefit children in the First District.
Fact: Many legislators have been in office for decades while Chemung County has declined. My opponent has been in office for 16 years, and despite stating publicly that he believes in tern limits, is running for his 5th term. I strongly believe in a limit of 2 terms for all members of the Legislature.
Fact: Legislators who work an average of 10 hours a week (information obtained through a Freedom of Information request) should not receive medical and retirement benefits. I will not accept these perks, and I will fight to remove these unwarranted benefits.
Fact: The County Sales Tax Redistribution Plan of 2013 has hurt many of the municipalities in Chemung County. My opponent voted for this plan. He voted against the best interests of the people who elected him to office. I will fight for a return of lost sales tax revenue and for a "fair share" of "shared services."
Fact: As I campaign door-to-door, I find that many residents do not even know the name of their current legislator who has been in office for 16 years. We need a legislator who will seek input from the residents on issues that affect their lives. We need a legislator who will keep us informed. I pledge to hold Town Hall meetings as needed in the Town of Catlin, the Town of Veteran, and the Village of Millport.
Fact: Many legislators simply vote as they are told. I will be an independent thinker. I will ask tough questions. I will do the necessary research. I will work hard for you.
Fact: I will work for the all of the people of the First District regardless of party affiliation. I will put your interests first.
I am running for this office because we can no longer afford to do business as usual. The days of a “do-nothing” Legislature must end.
I am a fiscal conservative who understands that residents feel "overtaxed." When we spend money, we must "spend smart." That means that every dollar spent must be justified.
I stand for openness, honesty, and transparency in government. I believe in the need for discussion, dialogue, and collaboration with all concerned in order to get the job done. I feel that serving on the County Legislature is an honor, not a job that should be taken for granted.
I will do what is in the best interest of the residents of the First District and of the County.
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