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Rev. Mel McGinnis

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Southern Tier Tea Party Patriots
 
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  • Spokesperson for the Local Tea Party Chapter
    Southern Tier Tea Party Patriots
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Interested in similar ends, Mel ...
www.post-journal.com, 6 Nov 2011 [cached]
Interested in similar ends, Mel McGinnis, a spokesperson for the local tea party chapter, the Southern Tier Tea Party Patriots, said the county shouldn't sacrifice its representation.
"With regard to the downsizing of the legislature," McGinnis said Friday, "I feel like there are much better ways in which to reduce spending."
McGinnis said the small sum of about $54,000 annually which downsizing might save is only a symbolic gesture when compared with the larger items which could cut Chautauqua County's costs.
"I feel like we are having our representation reduced when that ought to be one of the last things to go," McGinnis said.
Of the many uncontested races this year, McGinnis said it is a concern.
"I thought it would be a given that somebody would step up in these elections, so it was a little surprising to me," McGinnis said.
Of those who did step up, McGinnis pointed to the one contested Jamestown City Council race, which sees a newcomer candidate challenging incumbent Democrat Councilman Vince DeJoy.
"I appreciate how though he is very young, he was not afraid to put his name on the ballot," McGinnis said. "Good for him.
Mel McGinnis, president of ...
www.observertoday.com, 17 Sept 2011 [cached]
Mel McGinnis, president of the Southern Tier Tea Party Patriots, told legislators of his group's concern with county wages - advocating for a freeze which tea party members believe would save at least $2 million locally.
"We would ask that the county consider that proposal so as to save taxpayers on that matter," McGinnis said.
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Also at the recent legislature meeting, McGinnis pointed to officials in Steuben County, whom he said had recently made a decision to have the state pick up their entire Medicaid tab.
"They are frustrated over there with regard to these unfunded state mandates and, with this unfunded state mandate, of course, there is no mandate reform included," McGinnis said. "I would say that if the legislature here did something like that, the tea party would really be behind that because they feel the impact that the property taxes are having on our citizens here and are very concerned in regards to that issue."
In closing, McGinnis thanked legislator Tami Downey, R-Kiantone, for having met with tea party members and for having helped them to understand a little better how the state and county operate.
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"I feel like she lit the certain prairie fire among us and helping us to understand the constitution of New York state and how that constitution really limits us as a county to work independently rather than under the thumb screws of the state," McGinnis said.
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Rev. Mel McGinnis addresses the County Legislature.
Mel McGinnis, president of ...
www.post-journal.com, 31 Aug 2011 [cached]
Mel McGinnis, president of the Southern Tier Tea Party Patriots, told legislators of his group's concern with county wages - advocating for a freeze which tea party members believe would save at least $2 million locally.
"We would ask that the county consider that proposal so as to save taxpayers on that matter," McGinnis said.
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Also at the recent legislature meeting, McGinnis pointed to officials in Steuben County, whom he said had recently made a decision to have the state pick up their entire Medicaid tab.
"They are frustrated over there with regard to these unfunded state mandates and, with this unfunded state mandate, of course, there is no mandate reform included," McGinnis said. "I would say that if the legislature here did something like that, the tea party would really be behind that because they feel the impact that the property taxes having on our citizens here and are very concerned in regards to that issue."
LEGISLATOR DOWNEY
In closing, McGinnis thanked legislator Tami Downey, R-Kiantone, for having met with tea party members and for having helped them to understand a little better how the state and county operate.
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"I feel like she lit the certain prairie fire among us and helping us to understand the constitution of New York state and how that constitution really limits us as a county to work independently rather than under the thumb screws of the state," McGinnis said.
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Rev. Mel McGinnis addresses the County Legislature in this photo from the body's Aug. 24 meeting.
Mel McGinnis is president of ...
www.observertoday.com, 23 May 2011 [cached]
Mel McGinnis is president of the Southern Tier Tea Party Patriots.
All are invited to attend, according ...
www.post-journal.com, 19 Sept 2010 [cached]
All are invited to attend, according to Mel McGinnis, temporary president of the Southern Tier Tea Party Patriots.
The reason is similarly why McGinnis doesn't want the movement to morph into a third party itself. It should be open to everyone, he believes, regardless of how they vote.
"All people are asked is to come and see if the issues we're talking about resonate with them," McGinnis said.
Specifically, McGinnis pointed to such areas of concern as spending policies, balanced budgets, fair taxation, decreased regulation and border security.
"I think we in the Tea Party see the triangle of power inverted," McGinnis said, "meaning that power now resides in Albany and Washington, not with we the people and our own county. We want to turn that triangle right-side up."
Like much of the movement, the county's local Tea Party grew out of the 2009 Tax Day protests. According to McGinnis, the Southern Tier Tea Party Patriots was born April 15 of last year. Though members didn't drop tea bags into any waterways, they did gather at Tracy Plaza to protest the level of taxation at all levels of government.
From that event, McGinnis said a group of like-minded people discovered they could band together to confront overspending, taxation and other issues. Not only are the issues those which are straining the average citizen, McGinnis said, but the movement is one which such citizens are easily able to participate in.
"I really feel like it generates a level of enthusiasm so that people do not feel like an island," McGinnis said. "Since there's a group out there where people feel like they do, that can be very welcoming no matter what political party they are in. We have Independence Party members, we have Republicans, we have Conservatives and I know for sure that there is at least one Democrat who is very much a part of a Tea Party."
"And again," McGinnis continued, "these people don't really hear the label Republican or Democrat as much as they do hear about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, state rights and those kinds of things which I think are very unifying in bringing people together so that they feel like they're beginning to get their voice back."
When asked about the local group's relationship to the larger movement, McGinnis explained that the Southern Tier Tea Party Patriots are "a very independent group. Though the local group does have contact with people in the state Tea Party, McGinnis said that the local members govern themselves and address issues important to them - not ones handed down from any top-level organization.
"This is something that we do on our own initiative," McGinnis said.
As such, McGinnis repeated that he does not intend for the local movement to ever become a third party - and he hopes the same is true on the larger level.
"We do not want to be like the Reform Party was back in the '90s," McGinnis said. "We just really want to be a conscience to government locally, statewide and nationally. I think that's the general feeling throughout the U.S."
The Tea Party is not alone in its feelings locally, McGinnis pointed out.
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According to McGinnis, TARA has been instrumental in educating people on the constitution and other issues.
"It's just been wonderful to associate with the people," McGinnis said of those involved with both groups.
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