Town Hall Features Legislative Session, Hospital Relocation, Wind Turbines

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DUNKIRK – New York State Senator George Borrello was in northern Chautauqua County Tuesday, hearing directly from his constituents during a town hall meeting.

Borrello was joined by State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and several local leaders at the Kosciuszko Polish Club in the City of Dunkirk for the meeting.

The Chautauqua County Republican reflected on the recent legislative session, as well as prevalent issues facing the community.

Much of the time was spent answering questions from constituents, with topics ranging from bail reform, poverty, and the recent Brooks Hospital relocation.

Perhaps the most agreed upon subject though, was the proposed Lake Erie wind farm project. Borrello voiced his opposition to the plan after he was asked about it by a concerned resident.

“I don’t care if you’re Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative; this is not the place to do it,” Borrello said. “It’s never been done in a source of drinking water–freshwater–anywhere in the world. I don’t want to be the guinea pig for that; not here, not now. We’re going to stop it from happening.”

Borrello also spent a large portion of the meeting discussing the recent shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, at which point he faced some criticism for expressing his animosity towards stricter gun laws, instead stressing the importance of mental health.


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