August 13, 2007

The PILOT in Court: Put up or Shut Up

I see Judge Kloch has the merry band of miscreants back in court regarding the never ending saga of AES. I know a lot has been said on this by many of us, but if we want closure, one way or another, it's time for people to put up or shut up.

1) Niagara County: Clyde Burmaster must direct his attorneys at Philips Lytle to either prove fraud or end this nonsense. From what's been written, they've proven only one thing: that they can make a lot of money off of the Legislature. Burmaster et al, when this charade is over, you're going to have to answer for all of the taxpayer money you've wasted on legal bills.

2) AES: There is continued talk of investment and this PILOT is about the future. If you're going to invest in this county, then start doing it already. Let's break some ground and put people to work.

3) Barker Schools: Waaaa. We're poor. But we've heard rumors that you've hired the recently retired Superintendent Steve LaRock at a rate of $500 per day. As soon as this is confirmed, we'll be all over this story. And maybe Prohaska can actually do some real reporting.

4) Somerset: Still too afraid to release Shoemaker's legal bills to the public. You should be ashamed of yourself. Your cries that you have been wronged by secret IDA meetings would ring more true if you weren't the ones hiding information from the public.

Etiquette question: When Philips Lytle and Shoemaker go to dinner to celebrate how much money they made off the rubes in Niagara County who kept suing each other, who picks up the tab?

4 comments:

Scott Leffler said...

Etiquette question: When Philips Lytle and Shoemaker go to dinner to celebrate how much money they made off the rubes in Niagara County who kept suing each other, who picks up the tab?

We do ...

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While I disagree with many of your thoughts on the whole AES fiasco, I would like to see the whole thing come to some sort of conclusion.

One thing I know is that when we sue ourselves, we're destined to lose.

There are of course concerns that Kloch might not be the most impartial person to rule on it, having many connections to the good ole' boy network that pushed this through and being the former legal council to the IDA itself.

Mr. Pink said...

I believe this fraud stuff is nonsense and I'm disappointed the judge hasn't put an end to it. It's not even Barker and Somerset making this charge, it's the County...as in the people who named the IDA members. Sail Away is right that Burmaster will have to answer for this waste of money.

Enough fooling around. You may like the PILOT, you may not. But somebody decide already if it's legal.

The political process will sort out the merits of the deal. Courts are for the legality of it, but I think they're being used to score political points and make all the lawyers rich.

Virtual Unreality said...

The only ones getting rich are the lawyers. Why is anyone surprised at that?

Clemenza said...

Lawyers fees, engineering fees, outside consultants. These are the real scandals in Niagara County. Think about every town with their attorney and engineers. Then think county. Then think sewer district. Then water district. Some people are getting very rich from knowing how to play the game.