If I asked you, politically speaking, what is the most interesting locality in Niagara County, what would you say? Niagara Falls? North Tonawanda? Maybe the Town of Lockport? Well, you’d be wrong. Right now, the most interesting place is the tiny Town of Somerset.
As all of you know, Somerset is the home of the AES Powerplant and the issues around that have been well-documented. So too have the issues with local attorney Ed Shoemaker and his ironclad grip over the town, the town’s refusal to release Shoemaker’s legal bills and the bottom line that suing AES has been a cottage industry for Ed.
Well, right now a recount is going on that could determine whether the pro or anti Shoemaker forces control town board. A dozen votes one way or the other could mean a monumental shift.
But that’s tomorrow’s story. The real news – AND SOMETHING YOU’RE HEARING HERE FIRST – is that the state comptroller’s office has invaded Somerset Town Hall and have begun pouring over those secret legal billings. That’s right, this powder keg that has been simmering for a while could very well explode and change the face of town politics forever. Who knows where the comptroller’s investigation will go, but anyone who is part of the old guard in Somerset must be nervous.