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No Reduction for Corning City Council

The number of corning city council members will stay the same, at least for now, after members decided to not let voters have a say on the issue.

Corning City Counicl
 

September 24, 2012

Corning (WENY) - The number of corning city council members will stay the same, at least for now, after members decided to not let voters have a say on the issue. The council came together tonight for a special meeting and public hearing on weather or not to reduce the number of city representatives from eight to six. A committee created by Mayor Richard Negri suggested the council reduce the number after finding it could save the city nearly $11,000. Members voted down a resolution that would have put the proposition on the ballot this election. Eight members voted four said it should be on the ballot and four said it no. A tie means the resolution fails. 

     “There seemed to be a sentiment of support.”

     Alan Lewis was the chair of the special committee that looked at weather the city council should reduce the number of seats. He came back with a recommendation to the council December of last year.

     “We had dialogue and a lot of questions asked and I think there must be some change of thoughts and again it's their choice and maybe they will look at it again in a couple of years.”

     “When the committee brought the recommendation they did a great deal of work," says City Council member Frank Coccoh. “When the council accepted it and they had a duty and obligation and responsibility to that committee and certainly to the constituents to put it on a ballot let the citizens make that decision I'm not afraid of that.”

     If the city council was going to vote on the issue again it would not be up for a referendum vote for at least a year.