Tom Christy has mailed a letter to every Niagara County Legislator asking them to complete a job description. Yes, bartender extraordinaire Tom Christy would like legislators to write down exactly what they do. In addition, he would like them to write a "job purpose, primary duties and responsibilities, qualifications and experience".
This strikes me as somewhat bizarre. Last I looked, Christy lived in Erie County, not Niagara. But for some reason, he has set his sights on the Niagara County Legislature. Considering the heinous financial meltdown in Erie County over the past few years, one would think Erie County would have a greater need for in depth fiscal analysis. But no, the focus is on the Niagara County Leg, and I think I know why.
There is no public comment session in Erie, thus, there are no lemmings. In Niagara County, Christy has his little following to build his ego. At Niagara County Legislature meetings, there are five or six windbags who address the legislature on a regular basis. In Erie County, there is no addressing the Legislature. From these five or six windbags, a little clique has formed, and they follow Christy like a little puppy, and Christy eats it up.
Sure, about 50 people attended the first FAIR Government meeting, but as stated before, you take away elected officials and the three-minute lemmings, there were about 20 people there. That's about one for every Legislator, or one out of 11,000 people in each district. A stunning success - not.
But the Leg is an easy target. Meetings are televised, LCTV devotes a minimum of four hours a week to political dialogue, WLVL carries political discussions, US&J has a message board.
No discussion of school taxes, which is far and away the single biggest tax burden we face. You want some credibility? Go FOIL every school district in Niagara County. Ask them how many students they have. Ask them how many teachers they have. Then ask for the same numbers from 10 years ago. What will you have to say when practically every district has declining enrollment while hiring more personnel? That, my friend, is Fiscal Accountability in government.
You want fiscal accountability, get some school Superintendents on your show. Not on 20 to talk about the horrendous "No Child Left Behind" program, but on YOUR show to talk about the massive financial burden school boards put on the working class of this county.
Never mind, don't respond to that because we all know damn well it will never happen. You'll just keep doing what you've been doing. Keep working it, though, maybe you can get the count of the geriatric lemmings up to a dozen. In the meantime, at least you'll have job descriptions to analyze.