I have become accustomed to Niagara Gazette reporter Jill Terreri's horribly slanted columns, but her recent piece was so disgustingly distorted, I felt compelled to respond.
We are all very much aware of the fact that Terreri is nothing but a mouth piece for Dennis Virtuoso and the Minority Caucus, but when she attempts to portray her opinion as "news", it's nothing but a slap in the face to the people of this community.
In this piece, Terreri carries the ball for Virtuoso again, taking his accusation that Henry Wojtaszek needs to be investigated for his role in the AES PILOT. Wojtaszek works for a firm, Harris Beach, that had some involvement with the IDA. Of course, Harris Beach has 250 attorneys, but since Wojtaszek is in Niagara County, AES is in Niagara County and the IDA is in Niagara County, he must have masterminded the whole deal! How idiotic.
A few uneducated, outspoken individuals have have been clamoring for the collective heads of the Legislature and Wojtaszek over this deal, stating that the Legislature is ultimately responsible for the actions of the IDA. The last time I looked, there is only one Legislator who works for Harris Beach sitting in the legislative chambers: Kyle Andrews.
Why is no one questioning Andrews' connection to this deal? He is closer to this deal than Wojtaszek could ever be. He VOTED on those IDA appointments. He WORKS for Harris Beach.
Every single resolution that has come up on this matter, he has voted on. He has never abstained or recused himself from any vote due to a potential conflict of interest. How is this possible? If there is anyone that should be reviewed by the Ethics Committee for his involvement, it's Andrews. As a matter of fact, his role should be reviewed by the State Bar Association as well.
As for Terreri, she can continue doing Virtuoso's dirty work. Obviously she doesn't have a problem with it. I guess that's what a degree from Columbia gets you: The ability to pass off your opinion as news.