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Sean Ryan

Jul 11, 2011|

Democratic candidate for Sam Hoyt's 144th Assy. District seat

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Just yesterday the Erie county Democratic Party picked to their guy. To run in place of Sam -- in the 144 assembly district and his name is Sean Ryan and that is that you sighing on the line. Okay thanks sorry about that no I don't. Congratulations I understand your selected yesterday tell me about the process that led to that. Well it was -- it was a great process and the last seven great days for myself in my barely been quite a whirlwind. As you know -- Sam Boyd resigned last week which led to this circles special election process. And I spent the last week on the telephone with you know eighty members of the executive committee of the county party. In over 300 committee members from the 1442. Who are directly represented -- 944. And a lot of conversations. And a lot of cups of coffee. And but I give -- of with the with the -- overwhelming support of the party which which is really good thing. You wanted this to lobby for why do you want -- well. As good as an active can remember over over the last twenty years. -- you understand how important public service says. And how that government if it's good government ever real profound impact on people's lives in the and the health of the region. Give you 32 bio who was on Ryan. Sean Ryan is I grew up in in lacked a lot of my -- the public school teacher my thought it was a buffalo firefighter. -- -- -- -- -- And then law school down in New York City when I came back from law school and moved onto the L west side of buffalo where I've been living. For about twenty years with my my wife Kathy in my two daughters Kate and Bridget. And you worked for awhile for the county legislature. But look -- just about two years of the Tony legislator was a there was a break from practicing law and it was a very interest -- experience certainly it never worked for government before. Never worked for legislative body but you -- it hadn't addressed so. It was a great experience -- a lot of up budgeting and also learned you know I would take a lot of patients to get fifteen people to play disembarked nicely. An enlarged trying to I think I I sense that the way US cities and it was very interesting. As if to say that that government has not always what you thought it would be. And you're gonna go an even bigger sandbox in Albany. That's right that's right one day I you know I've always walked away from my brushes with government. Knowing that if done right it can really serve our community but -- done poorly edited you know it's neutral at best and sometimes it creates armed. So it's day it's something they don't go -- lately. But be a public service to the community but prepared which don't. At this point we don't know who the Republican challenger will be. But but contrast yourself in a general sense. Two Republicans in general -- Whereas some knew that the Republican challenger -- I poked around a little bit and was unable to find any but. And they are obviously going to it to throw someone in there eventually follow QB. Closest Republican branded -- on vacation this week so I don't have any any other information. Well have to dig into our sources -- how would you be different from. That generic Republican guy or -- Well I think there's there's just the mood in the country and some of the mood in the country is that you know government as a cause it's because they'll. Well I don't think government is secure all I did I do think you know government entity. If it can be a great force for the public good. We know whether it's strengthening our our our prestige universities -- -- Strengthen her community college systems there are some very good things going -- but once again government got to run efficiently. It's gotta be productive and -- people oriented. Do you like the Cuomo budget as proposed as adopted. I do I do and I I hope that we're on to something I hope that you know after a lot of years of dialogue about everything Albany's broken. This is a a really healthy sign that things can go right. Do you like the property tax cap proposal came out of Albany. Every expert told overnight it was like I'm sure. In in the fact that -- it was a you know the budget was relatively on time. It was to do is relatively transparent it's all steps in the right directions so hope we can capitalize on that and in the keep that going CB had. Good bipartisan support. Governor played -- you know the governor the heavy hand believe -- heavy hand in New York State to manage it well. County governments and school districts have said this whole property tax cap won't work. Analysts there's mandate relief do you agree and what kind of mandates if so would you wanna see I've gotten rid of. Well maybe that that's spend this back and forth for years meaning property tax -- people say they don't like their school taxes so why. And then but people don't do keep moving to areas with high school taxes so. We'll see you next few years you know who writes will the property tax cap and a stabilizing effect. Or will be destabilizing. If it's destabilizing and school districts that is one thing that quickly motivate the public. Do you think there's a need for mandate reform. It's -- you know it's a broad term mandate reform you know we spent a lot of time and state and county government. Deciding what services we need and then pushing them back and forth like a hot potato to try to get another branch of government to pay for. A similar hot potato has often been Medicaid what your thoughts there. Medicaid. Medicaid Ph.D. level course. I believe it -- Medicaid program. But you know how it to how the last two it keep its under -- control. Talk committed few months about that what. Items on the menu are something that people say that that New York State. Basically just provides too much Medicaid. Too many items on the smorgasbord of the buffet compared to other states would you agree with that one -- not. I I don't I don't the united spent years. Working with disabled children. And while somebody might say a motorized wheelchair is a great luxury. Try telling that to the parent of the apparently to child. Horry -- computer. That although ought to help a blind child read those are all items that are currently kind of covered under new York state budget. And they made him -- you're just somebody but when you certainly did disabled child and you can see how these items can really maximize their educational experience. He you'd be heartless to to -- should take that away. When you look at all the things that Albany has done the one area that they haven't touched on and I think even governor Cuomo has acknowledged is is the next big thing. Is economic development what our needs there. I think we have it -- a couple pulled needs there want it we have to have a workforce that's ready for the challenges of our new economy. And -- have more for this of course that's ready yet to -- highly educated. And have to be trained. Rate now -- our buffalo public school system work work -- 50% of the classes don't graduate. And that its immediate past cycle recipe. That'll work force that's ready for the next -- just. You know Dell computer move to town tomorrow or Bill Gates moved to -- tomorrow today needs 50000. Highly trained computer -- Well or poorly pushing out after the kid graduating. Not ever going to be eligible for the jobs that were creating. What do you think of the governor's idea for these regional economic development councils. The idea that each part of the state would then concentrate on its own industry similar to the way buffalo east is still found. Or around central New -- they're doing a lot with nano technology etc. I think it's a great idea -- I think there's this Specter proposals at -- New York City economic development and then -- this state economic development never never about the ground. But the six regional councils really doesn't recognize. That there are differences. And those differences. You shouldn't be glossed over we should try to capitalize on the differences because you know their strengths. And lastly if you win this district -- and replacing Sam -- Tell me the best thing and the worst thing about Sam what to what would you do. Along those same lines as him and what would be the biggest difference. You are dead Sam elected degraded -- his own career -- but -- you know what I believe it and that I believe that the best. Policies that come out of government are influenced by the grassroots level. They referred to often we -- that we created policies in Albany that we get then came back -- securities will be good for you. It's gotta go the other way around Dave we better start with lit into local people. What they need. And then go and all the it to try to enact those policies. Which is credible the reason violate the six regional councils. That you can listen to what's going on in the local counties and translate that the policy. -- dropping policy on our heads and saying you know this could be good for you. More so than some of his colleagues Sam was not always a supporter. Of assembly speaker solvency is Sheldon Silver are you. Well ought to find out -- -- -- a -- -- in meeting him I understand it he had the term that runs through 2012. And we'll we'll see what happens over that time period. All right Sean thanks for joining us this morning you. You -- Sean Ryan the democratic candidate to replace Sam -- in the 144. Assembly district. We're still waiting to see who the Republicans pick and that and it all comes to a head on primary day there having the special election September 17.

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