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ENDORSEMENTS, COUNTY LEGISLATURE: Bredes, Andrews, Maneiro

Editorial Staff

Control of the County Legislature will be at stake in the November general election, and in three primaries on September 15, Democrats will select the Democratic candidates who will be on the ballot in November.

This year's County Legislature election is an extremely important one. In 2007, Democrats hoped to win control of the legislature. They came up one legislator short - and the legislature's record since then provides a stark example of why this community needs change. The Republican-led legislature continues to shut out Democratic voices and proposals. It presided over the disastrous selection process for a new public defender. It was complicit when County Executive Maggie Brooks rammed through her last-minute, revenue-sharing Fair Plan, which a court later threw out. The Republican leader was complicit in the political shenanigans surrounding the first search for a new Monroe Community College president. And in general, the Republican caucus serves more as a lapdog for the Brooks administration than a watchdog.

The legislature needs a bright, creative, strong Democratic caucus. In our endorsements in the three Democratic primaries, we looked for people who can help lead their caucus if Democrats are in the majority. And we looked for people who, if Democrats remain in the minority, will be able to work with Republicans but will also be aggressive, will argue and criticize effectively, and will help organize the community around crucial reforms.

Our choices: Nora Bredes in the18th district, Carrie Andrews in the 21st, and Saul Maneiro in the 29th.

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21st district

(Eastside city neighborhoods north of East Avenue to the Bausch and Lomb and Douglass Middle School area)

Carrie Andrews: Completing her first term on the County Legislature, Andrews has a degree from Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations and is a labor-relations specialist with New York State United Teachers. On the legislature, she is a member of the Ways and Means and the Human Services Committees.

A bright, young, and aggressive legislator, she asks good, critical questions, and has assumed a leadership role in the Democratic caucus. She is also independent; she was one of only three legislators who voted against the "taxpayer protection act," which limits how much the county can increase non-mandated spending. And she has worked with Republican Jeff Adair to draft and pass legislation intended to provide more fiscal oversight of the county budget.