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Four-year political terms should be standard

As we draw closer to the annual village elections on Tuesday, March 19, there are not a lot of choices that voters will have to make, as all races in our coverage area are unopposed.

However, in the Village of North Collins, the mayoral race will be historic as it will be the first time the seat will be for a four-year term.

Incumbent Vincent George, who has served as the mayor several times throughout the years, is running again and appears set to serve a four-year term for the first time.

It kind of makes you wonder though? Why are there any seats for two years?

At the conclusion of this year’s village elections, names will begin flying for not only town races, but this year’s slate will also feature races for Erie County Legislature and Erie County Comptroller among other major races that impact us locally.

Within The Sun’s coverage area, Legislators Lynne Dixon and John Mills represent different portions of our readership for two-year terms.

Dixon was first elected in 2009. Four years later, this would be her third season of campaigning. Mills won his first term in 2005, and now another run would make it five times in eight years for the veteran lawmaker.

One year on the job and another year incorporating campaigning into the mix.

Along with money having to be spent on campaigns, and other elected seats in Erie County – including comptroller and county executive being four-year terms, perhaps it would be a good time to discuss the merits of looking at seeing if turning legislature seats into four year terms would make more sense.

In 2011, the legislature reduced not only to its current size of 11, but it also redistricted the lines. Now, more than ever, what residents in Erie County need is stability as the legislature makes important choices that impact our lives.

How can a county executive be as effective as well knowing that every two years, the board that person works more closely with is always at risk for a major overhaul?

Now that the dust has settled about the board reductions and redistricting, now is the time to ask whether those in government who serve two-year terms could serve their constituents better holding four-year terms?

• Prepare to lose an hour of sleep this weekend as Daylight Savings time will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10. At that time, clocks will be set ahead an hour and we will lose one hour of sleep. On a positive note though, this is a sign of spring and daylight hours lasting longer each day. It is always good to look at the positive.

• Wasn’t Christmas just a week or two ago? It certainly feels that way, and suddenly we are a week into March and thoughts are turning to the Easter Bunny. The Sun is collecting information on Easter related events, which range from Easter egg hunts to Easter services at area churches.

We would like to get information in the newspaper so families can make plans to take their children to events or services at a location that best serves you. We ask that you send any information to The Sun either via email to reporter Michael Canfield at mcanfield@thesunnews.net, mail it to The Sun, 141 Buffalo St., Hamburg, N.Y. 14075 or fax it to 649-3231.

• For those who love classic rock music, Roger McGuinn, lead singer of the 1960s band The Byrds, will be performing at the Historic Hamburg Palace Theatre at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

The Byrds had several hits, including “Turn, Turn, Turn,” “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “So You Wanna Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star.”

This is the first time a national act will have performed at The Palace. To purchase tickets, visit www.erieevents.com or call 1-814-452-4857.
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