Have you ever wondered why some things never change… like the local elections? It’s bizarre that so many people complain about the local political system, and then when an election comes about they don’t take the time to vote. Whether it’s for school board members, a councilperson, or even the mayor, most of us are well aware of voter apathy, yet we resolve to sit back and do nothing about it.
What are we talking about?
We’re talking low voter turnout. No-contest elections. Ineffective civic organizations. What can be done, and what can we learn from organizations that are managing to make a difference? Investigative Post is hosting a panel discussion on Wednesday, February 10, to consider the sorry state of politics and civic engagement in Buffalo and Western New York. Investigative Post Editor Jim Heaney will moderate a speakers panel that will feature Jeremy Zellner, chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party; Rebecca Newberry, executive director of the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York; and John Washington, community organizer with PUSH Buffalo.
The discussion starts at 7 p.m. in the back room at Allen Street Hardware, 245 Allen Street. Admission is $10 – free to most Investigative Post members – and includes a free drink. Tickets can be obtained online or purchased at the door.