As expected, former NPC Director Mark Zito has filed suit against the coalition seeking close to $70 million. Zito says he was promised a percentage bonus based on the overall settlement. If Zito wins, he says the first round is on him.
Seriously, isn't it amazing that a public policy issue that is probably more important than anything else this community has seen in the last decade and will impact us for 50 years going forward seems to have been a shoebox operation run out of the back of someone's car? Zito probably deserves the bonus for being the only person who actually took the time to do his homework and gain a working knowledge of the New York Power Authority and the Niagara Power Project. That same cannot be said for the local officials of both parties who seemed to just be passengers on this train.
From what I'm told and have read, Zito actually negotiated a pretty good deal for the Coalition until the members turned on each other and bastardized the deal to the point that they settled for less than Zito had gotten them.
The real question will be can the same clowns who slept walk through this issue actually use their settlement booty to accomplish some lasting good for Niagara County or will this just be another government money pit? Unfortunately, I think we know the answer.