Defense attorneys in the trial of Judge Amy Fricano plan to call a witness to the stand who will state that Lockport Police Captain Michael Niethe reacted with jubilation over her arrest. While I think the allegation is garbage, I have not yet made the connection between this allegation and driving 60+ mph through a heavily populated school zone.
The North Tonawanda school district has hired three new principals to fill vacancies, according to Superintendent Vincent Vecchiarella. Let's hope Vince isn't hiring individuals in his own image.
Kudos to county legislature candidate Joe Urso. Urso is pressing the issue of casino cash, wanting to bring more of it back to the people. When incumbent Dennis Virtuoso stated, "We already did resolutions on that, and it was met with nothing", my first thought was, "good job Francine, way to step up for your constituents. Keep funneling that money out of your city and sending it to Albany". Of course, this is par for the course for her. Remember that Francine refused to let a referendum go to the ballot allowing the people of this state the opportunity to vote on non-Indian casino gaming.
Speaking of Albany, I was in Tops last week, and I saw Elliot Spitzer on a milk carton. Can someone please send this guy a map of Western New York? I'd like to see him in here for something other than a fundraiser. It's day 183 Elliot, what's changed?
While you're at it, send a map to Dan Gundersen too. Please let him know that if he chooses to live in Saratoga, he's going to have quite a commute to his office in Buffalo. But I guess that's what you get when Spitzer hires an Upstate Economic Development Director from another state. Maybe he mistook Saratoga for Sanborn.
I had a chance to watch the F.A.I.R. forum a couple days ago on LCTV. Unfortunately, it seems that the "three-minute crowd" infected this forum as well. From the hour and a half of garbage being spewed, you'd think the public comment session at Niagara County Legislature meetings is the most pressing issue in the county. It's simply amazing how distorted the priorities of some people are.
By the way, at the F.A.I.R. forum, I counted just under 20 people who were not elected officials, candidates or three-minute crowders. That's about one person from each of the 19 legislators districts. I'm not sure I'd classify that as the resounding success Tom Christy has made it out to be. Good effort though.
Kudos to the Village of Albion, the town of Albion, and the town of Gates. The three municipalities are moving forward with a significant plan of consolidation. Maybe their spirit of cooperation will be a benchmark for other communities and school districts in our region.
Lastly, kudos to Lockport landlord Richard Cositoro. He would like to set up a network of sorts for landlords to communicate with each other to monitor less than desirable tenants who have been evicted by previous landlords. A terrific idea indeed, let's hope Mr. Cositoro is provided the necessary tools to follow through.