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Mayor Says County Executive Should Not Resign

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Erie County Executive Joel Giambra continues to be criticized by lawmakers for the county's budget mess. Some say he should resign. Others believe he should be removed from the control board that is trying to repair Buffalo's finances. But Buffalo Mayor Masiello says he does not believe Giambra should leave.

"I think a resignation is the easy way out. I think you have to tough it out and smart it out, and bring people together," Masiello said. "That's what I've encouraged Joel to do -- bring people together to help solve the problem instead of criticizing and blaming everyone. It's easy to fall into that game, but strong leadership brings people together."

Still other critics say considering the magnitude of the county's fiscal mess, Giambra should no longer remain at his post on the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority. But Masiello disagrees. He says Giambra has not done anything to hurt Buffalo's fiscal recovery.

Masiello says while he and Giambra remain deeply divided on the amount the city should receive from county sales tax revenues, he doesn't have a problem with his work on the control board.