Local candidates: Frank Ferrando, District 7, county legislature
We've asked each of the candidates in the city and county legislature races to answer a couple of questions regarding why they're running and what they hope to accomplish if elected. Election Day is Tuesday.
Here's the response from Frank Ferrando, candidate for District 7, Genesee County Legislature:
The past 10 years on Batavia’s City Council taught me how to contribute and participate in the challenges facing the citizens of our community. Working as a team was not always the process followed by council. The late 1990s and the early years of the new century were, most would agree, very dysfunctional. The years I’ve been involved have seen the council become much more focused and willing to work as a team. It was great to be a part of that transformation. I understand the commitment and dedication necessary to create a positive and constructive environment so problems can be solved and initiatives achieved. I’m well prepared to work as a county legislator.
I believe the key issue facing the legislature at this time (and there are several major challenges) is mandate relief. Working with my colleagues, if elected, to relieve our citizens from the burden of these state expenses, will be a priority. New York State is the only state in our union that transfers 25 percent of the cost for Medicaid to the county. In other states, 50 percent of these costs are covered by the federal government and the remaining 50 percent by the state.
Something has to be done to relieve Genesee County of this burden, so that local needs can be achieved while holding taxes to a reasonable level. At this time a significant percentage of the county’s budget is mandated, leaving few options for local needs and expectations. Chairperson Mary Pat Hancock presented an excellent breakdown of this issue in her latest State of the County address.