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Gaughan is determined to improve community

Last month, I attended the annual Labor Day parade in Buffalo, and I took some pictures of Kevin Gaughan as he greeted the parade attendees. I was struck by the way people responded to him. His energy is that of a young man, but his face belies his youthful way, and conveys a man who’s had his share of life’s happiness and setbacks.

I’ve followed Gaughan since his 1990s public conferences on government reform and saving the Erie Canal western terminus. When I read recent criticism of him for some personal tax matters, I was disappointed. Obviously, there’s a complex array of factors that make Gaughan so determined to contribute to his community. Just as obvious, his long record of public work cannot be reduced to a tax matter. His story is much broader than that.

Peggy O’Donnell

Cheektowaga