NY Citizens Audit has been working hard to uncover data in New York State voting records that seems contrary to the law. What more have they found since we last spoke to them? Click the link below for this week’s episode of The State of Greater Western New York Report to see why this group has attracted national attention.

In the first segment, Marly Hornik, Executive Director of NY Citizens Audit, reveals the fascinating data her group has uncovered by just surveying a handful of counties. Oddly, for their effort to shine the light of transparency on New York State voting records, she explains the irony of her group being accused of undermining democracy.

In the show’s second half, Hornik starts by answering how you might be able to determine if your name has two voting identifiers and whether you are listed as voting twice (even though you may not have even voted once!). She then tells us what it was like to get national attention and the response she has seen since then.

Would you like to see how you can benefit from building a community whether for yourself or for someone else? Click this link:  https://stateof.greaterwesternnewyork.com/gwny/events/2023-influencer-action-summit/ to register for the upcoming Greater Western New York Influencer Action Summit where you will be able to listen to Marly Hornik offer tips on how you can become an influencer by building a community right now. This free event will release 25 examples of influence strategies you can use immediately. Five new presentations will be released each day from May 22 through May 26 and will be available for only 48 hours before they are taken down. You can watch them at any time before then.

Our guest happily answered questions from the live audience. In fact, these are probably some of the same questions you had. Would you like to be a live audience member so you can ask our guests questions? Click here to join the growing number of members who share your feelings on StateOf.GreaterWesternNewYork.com because then we can automatically send you the link to watch our shows live.

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“What will an independent Greater Western New York Region look like to you?” That was the question posed at the first-ever Greater Western New York (Virtual) Town Hall Meeting held the evening of Thursday, July 15th.

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Chris Carosa, publisher of the Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinel, hosted the event that was co-sponsored by several newspapers in the Western New York District of the New York Press Association, including the Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Sentinel, the Alfred Sun, The Batavian, Neighbor-to-Neighbor newspapers (including the Arcade Herald, the East Aurora Advertiser, the Springville Journal, Warsaw’s Country Courier, and the Franklinville Mercury-Gazette), and the Johnson Newspaper Corp’s western New York papers (The Daily News and the Livingston County News). The event was free and open to all residents of the Greater Western New York Region and more than one hundred people signed up in advance to register to attend the event.

Keynoting the event were Assemblyman Stephen Hawley of Batavia, who is sponsoring a bill that would give New York voters a chance to vote “yes” or “no” on a two-state model, kicked off the event. He said becoming a separate state offers a permanent solution, albeit one that requires both State and Federal agreement. Senator George Borrello of Jamestown is sponsoring a bill to split New York into three separate autonomous zones. While this plan does run the risk of being reversed by Albany, it has the advantage of not requiring action by the federal government. Rounding out the three keynoters, Buffalo author and attorney James Ostrowski, explained how nullification, which was successfully employed against the SAFE Act, represents the easiest path because it requires neither State nor Federal action as it relies solely on local elected officials. He explained that this non-violent form of protest has demonstrated far more consistent success than violent demonstrations.

The two biggest questions from the Town Hall Meeting attendees to the panel dealt with how Greater Western New York could afford its independence and how, even if it became a new state, how would it address the “dictatorship of the majority” population-based representation that has led to much of the big city dominance over rural citizens.

At the end of the event, the attendees voted for their preferred option. The separate state option was twice as popular as the autonomous zone option, which in turn was two times better than the nullification option.

The meeting proved so engaging that participants were eager to know when the next one will occur. Carosa promised the Sentinel would host another Greater Western New York Town Hall in October, and added there were other events and activities people might choose to get involved with if they didn’t want to wait until October. These are outlined on GreaterWesternNewYork.org.

We want to thank Mark Kluge, Jimmy Butera, Gary Hustus, and John Tubridy for their assistance in this effort.



This is the site for citizens of the 17 western counties in New York State that historically make up the GreaterWestern New York region, a region recognized by the New York State Department of Health, the New York Press Association, and other groups. These include the counties of: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.

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