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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n33 (08/18/2011) » Section: Week in Review

Adamczyk Attacks

Summer must be winding down: The politicians are beginning to maul one another with nonsensical accusations.


Sometimes it seems a rotten little club, our local politics, and it’s fair to wonder what kind of fools are inclined to wade through its hazing rituals in order to do public service.

Poloncarz Vindicated

Two weeks ago in this space, we faulted Erie County Executive Chris Collins for siccing his campaign spokesman on Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz when Poloncarz sought better terms for the county’s regular short-term borrowing. Collins has asked the legislature to approve borrowing through the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority immediately and was vexed when the legislature instead authorized Poloncarz to take time to see if he could save money by borrowing through his office. To express his vexation, the Republican Collins trotted out his campaign spokesman, Stefan Mychajliw, to lambaste his Democratic rival in November’s election with the sort of empty, incendiary accusations that typify campaign-speak—the kind of talk that makes our elections embarrassing spectacles and that has no place in governance.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

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