State: ‘Forgotten’ area thinks small

In an article on Monday regarding low water levels, Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce lamented over the lack of funds for Lake Erie when compared to Chautauqua Lake. He then took it a step further.

“In general, statewide, I think this area tends to be forgotten,” he said.

Our area has become “forgotten” because we have no clout. Our clout – especially for those who like to criticize New York City – comes from population numbers. And no one needs to be reminded that Western New York’s population has been shrinking at a rapid pace.

An abundance of government and school districts does not lead to clout in Albany; it leads to insignificance. It is also why the Chadwick Bay Development Group is attempting to unite the shoreline communities for the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plans.

There is strength – and efficiency – in numbers. Any other belief is just small-minded thinking.