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Shout-out for Monaghan and Shenigo

Matt Westerhold • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Maybe I'm easily influenced by what people say, and it seems ironic that I want to write this blog about the brother-in-law of the man who is suing me. But one man is not another, and the actions of one should not influence my thoughts of the other.

And my thoughts about Erie County commissioner Bill Monaghan may be summed up with one word: Wow.

I love the dialogue he is creating across the county by his no nonsense businessman's approach to county finances. Monaghan is fighting the good fight for county taxpayers and all I can say is ... you go Bill. The following quotes are the best words from a public official I've heard in years.

Regarding the long-festering and long-failing methane gas energy project at the county landfill: "It's time to stop cutting bait and start fishing. We need to get this thing moving quickly."

Regarding the Sanitary Engineering Department's $1.5 million (or something like that) deficit spending and its incoherent accounting practices: “I’m just not happy with some of the numbers that are coming out of that department,” Monaghan said.

“In fact, I’m very unhappy. The numbers that are coming out of that department are like chameleons. Every time you look at it, it changes just like a chameleon changes colors.”

Monaghan's the one exposing these problems and demanding they be addressed. And it seems he has a willing partner in fellow Erie County commissioner Pat Shenigo, who's attacking the issue of county finances with a similar business person's approach.

It's all good. It's all good. It's refreshing and it looks like leadership to me. I hope Bill and Pat keep pushing, keep exposing waste and incompetence and keep working for taxpayers this way.

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