FAIR (Fiscal Accountability Integrity & Responsible) Government will be holding it's second pubic forum this evening to discuss opening the lines of communication between the public and the legislature. Translated, the three-minute crowd wants to know how they can get more face time on LCTV.
The news that the mother of the boy who was pulled off the ice at the Amherst Pepsi Center is suing the town for improper supervision has to be the hypocritical action of the year. If you properly supervised your child, he wouldn't have been firing pucks at a father and his very young son, hitting the father multiple times. Take responsibility for your kid, lady, he's the problem, not the Pepsi Center.
The State Comptroller's audit of the Niagara Power Coalition is not kind to former Executive Director Mark Zito, and payments made to Zito from the Coalition with no financial oversight whatsoever. County Legislator and Coalition founder Dennis Virtuoso went as far as to say, "We never saw the checks, we were just board members". Huh? You mean figurehead.
Kudos to contributors to Niagara Times who helped us break two major local stories, the Parenti story and the Legislature candidate's DWI arrest. We have several other major stories in the pipeline, and will keep readers apprised as we receive confirmation. Keep the tips coming at NiagaraTimes@hotmail.com.
Congratulations to Laura Sharkey from the Town of Lockport. Sharkey was named the town's Outstanding Youth of 2007 for her many community contributions. With so many disturbing reports of youth activities in our communities these days, this young lady is a breath of fresh air and a positive role model for all of us.
County Manager Greg Lewis is guiding Niagara County into buying 60 acres in Cambria for a new Public Works facility. I thought the the county was looking to divest itself of the several dozen buildings it already owns. Do we really need to take another 60 acres off of the tax rolls?
Although I don't advocate a 23% raise for any elected official, Lockport Alderman Pat Schrader is right, it's 14 bucks a week. Personally, I'd wouldn't want to be an elected official, and I give these folks all of the credit in the world for the job they do. $8000 to be an Alderman? Gladly.
Of course, you have a couple of the Lockport gadflies professing that the Alderman should set an example by taking a pay cut. Why don't you set an example by going to the Board of Elections, running for election, winning the seat and forgoing the salary.
Lastly, a Houston couple has purchased the former Hotel Niagara on Rainbow Blvd. in Niagara Falls for $4.6 million. Although the Falls has it's share of problems, there are still people out there who are willing to take a chance on the city.