Normally I discuss Erie County issues in this space. But I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to share my thoughts regarding last month’s presidential primary. After all, it is not every year that the attention of the nation is focused on the Empire State. The presidential nominations of both parties are usually sewn up by the time we have our primary. So every four years I end up lamenting that my vote does not matter in the nomination phase of the presidential contest. This adds insult to injury, as New York typically is not a factor in the general election. This year, though, was different.