F O R   I M M E D I A T E   R E L E A S E
July 22, 2010


                                 GAUGHAN TO SUBMIT PETITIONS TO DOWNSIZE

                                   GRAND ISLAND TOWN GOVERNMENT TODAY


                            Grand Island Will Be the 11th Public Vote in Which Citizens

                                Decide the Size and Cost of Their Local Government


Buffalo , NY - Joined by volunteers from the Town of Grand Island , civic leader Kevin Gaughan will today submit petitions that will make the Town of Grand Island  the 11th local municipality to vote on government downsizing or dissolution.


Gaughan and his volunteers will submit the petitions at 2:00 pm this afternoon at Grand Island Town Hall, 2259 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.


"These past seven weeks, I've had the privilege of visiting more than 1,000 Grand Island homes," Gaughan said, "and I learned that residents there are eager to join our effort to reduce government and begin to grow our community and economy once again."


Under the law Gaughan discovered, the number of signatures required to compel a downsizing referendum in  Grand Island  is 353.  Gaughan will submit 1,078 signatures, which will require the

Grand Island  town board to schedule a vote this September.


Gaughan is leading a citizens' movement to reduce government and save taxes throughout  Western New York .  Last year, voters in West Seneca, Evans, Orchard Park , Alden, and Hamburg adopted his plan to downsize their town board.  This year, as a result of Gaughan's efforts, voters in the villages of Williamsville, Sloan, and Farnham will vote on dissolving village government;  Amherst and Grand Island residents will vote on downsizing town government; and there will be a county-wide referendum on reducing the  Erie County legislature from 15 to 11 members.  Gaughan has vowed to cause public votes to let citizens decide in every town and village in Erie County .