Joe Driscoll on Flipping the Legislature
Updated: Dec 10, 2020
In this year's County budget, Republican Legislators attempted to implement a pay cut for our election commissioners. The cut is outrageous, considering this difficult year, overcoming unprecedented obstacles, running an efficient election amidst the COVID crisis. The pay cut was an act of "petty, naked partisanship," according to Syracuse.com, one that the paper hopes "voters will remember come November." (https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/2020/12/remember-gops-petty-partisan-pay-cut-next-november-editorial.html)
"The people who live in this county were not the primary concern in this budget," said Minority Leader Linda Ervin, who voted no on this budget, breaking her ten year streak of support. "The pain of this difficult budget year was not shared across the county. As some workers were left out in the cold, others were given pay increases."
During this economic and health crisis created by COVID, the Republican budget leaves departments that are most essential to address the crisis without the resources they need. The Department of Social Services/ Economic Security has lost 33 employees, 47 items, and had their budget reduced by $17 million this year alone. Since 2009, our Health Department has been reduced by almost 30%. These departments are at historic lows.
It is time for a change. The syracuse.com headline demands that voters "Remember GOP petty and partisan pay cut next November." We need more than your memories, however, to make this change in November. We need resources to get the word out, and funding to support the candidates who will bring this needed change to our community.
Please consider donating whatever you can to the 'Flip The County Legislature' fund. This money will go directly to challenging these legislators who have put partisan shenanigans before the interests of our citizens in Onondaga County.
Please consider giving whatever you can: $5, $50, or $500; or consider setting up a repeating monthly donation. We promise to use the funds to fight for the change we need in Onondaga: Flip The County Legislature.
Syracuse Common Councilor
Chair of Flip the Legislature