Gaughan Aims Downsizing Effort at Albany

July 27, 2010 Updated Jul 27, 2010 at 7:03 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

...

Gaughan Aims Downsizing Effort at Albany

July 27, 2010 Updated Jul 27, 2010 at 7:03 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Downsizing advocate Kevin Gaughan takes his government downsizing movement to Albany Tuesday, proposing to reduce the size of the State Legislature.

Gaughan is calling for a state-wide referendum next year to allow voters to decide whether to downsize the State Senate from 62 to 50 members, and the State Assembly from 150 to 125 members.

"From the inception of this effort, I've viewed local government reform as an essential first step in changing state government," Gaughan said. "And now that voters have begun to downsize town, village, and county governments, it's time to employ this broad coalition to change Albany."

Gaughan, who has successfully forced downsizing votes in a number of WNY towns and villages, will be discussing his plan at an afternoon news conference Tuesday.