Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards, the man best known for running (through an odd twist of fate/NYS Election Law) as Carl Paladino’s No. 2 in 2010, is now trying to change Albany from the outside, urging his local Legislature to reject the “sham” 2 percent property tax cap champhioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“The 2% property tax cap is nothing more than a campaign slogan meant to get them re-elected and give local leaders the pain for their failure to act,” Edwards wrote in his weekly “Monday Morning Memo” (#196). “Enough is enough.”

Edwards, who last week unveiled a 2012 budget proposal that called for a 12 percent property tax increase, said he wants the Legislature to debate refusing to fund state mandated programs like welfare and Medicaid beyond the 2 percent cap.

“When the money runs out, we stop delivering the programs and Albany can receive the telephone calls looking for services,” Edwards wrote.

The Republican country executive also suggested the Legislature support him in refusing to send “one more penny” of the approximately $600,000 a week Chautauqua must send to Albany as of Jan. 1, 2012 unless the state “immediately” take over the counties’ share of Medicaid costs, pass a law preventing the approval of future unfunded mandates and authorize counties to set their own sales tax rates.

If Edwards makes good on his threat, he won’t be the first county executive to withhold Medicaid funds from the state. Oneida County Executive Tony Picente has intermittently refused to pay his weekly Medicaid bill to Albany in retaliation for the state’s habit of delaying reimbursement.