December 21, 2007

Dyster Showing It's Same Old Niagara Falls

Mayor-elect Paul Dyster has vowed to fill his administration with the best and brightest he can find. Well, turns out the first position he has filled is with local retread Dave Kinney:

(From the Buffalo News: Dyster also announced he plans to appoint David L. Kinney, a former Niagara County parks commissioner, as director of public works. Kinney also has worked as a deputy director of parks and public works in the city and as a supervisor and manager at Carborundum Co.)

Kinney is part of the Restiano/Granieri machine and most recently was a failed candidate against Rebecca Cuddahee for County Legislator a few years back. His government positions were pure patronage hires. Amazing that the best and brightest that Dyster can find are old Falls political operatives.

14 comments:

fedup in da falls said...

The Reporter is going to have a field day with this. What is it about Niagara Falls politicians that they do the same dumb things over and over. They seem so reasonable during the campaign and became disasters once sworn in.

Mark K said...

I agree, I live in Lockport, but I really enjoy the Falls. I go to the casino, I take the kids to ride the trolley or just go out there to sightsee. It's just amazing that this city, which has been decimated over the past 30 years because of bad politics, is still conducting itself the same way politically.

I guess the ugly part of politics is that you have to "return the favor" to those who helped you get where you are. I think you'll find that everywhere, its just more under public scrutiny in NF.

Jumpin Jim said...

What's frustrating is Dyster really seemed to be cut from a different cloth. He had left the area for a while and brought back with him so real top-notch experience. There is just something about that position of mayor that makes people lose their principles.

sick & tired said...

Although the criticism is predictable, it is a tad bit unfair to Dyster. He has to play the hand he's dealt.

The problem is that the pool of qualified applicants for any NF administrative position is extremely limited. First, most NF City employees must be residents or establish residency within 6 months of appointment. Second, the pay scales are well below a level that would induce a qualified applicant from outside the city to uproot themselves, move into a depressed city and not have any real job security beyond the 4 year term as the Mayor.

That said, the only realistic outcome is the appointment and reappointment of familiar names. Elia appointed Colangelo. Anello Soros. Palillio his own brother John, Galie Colangelo and Kinney.

At least Kinney is qualified in that he has years of public works experience both in NF and the county. The fact that he has been politically linked in the past is a fact. But, given the financial circumstances in NF, chances are that whomever Dyster named would be a familiar name with political links.

Talk to some of the AFSCME people in Niagara County and you'll here that Kinney is no pushover when it comes to dealing with union employees.

Perhaps that should be of some comfort to you break the union types.

frank degeorge said...

Sick and tired, that is a very good rationale. It begs the question over whether residency rules in this day and age make any sense. These cities need qualified people and yet they continue to recycle the same folks because it's a good sound bite to say you should live in the city where you work.

Turk 182 said...

I disagree with the last two posts. You have to be willing to go and out and actually work hard to find people who haven't been engaged in the process and normally wouldn't think of taking a government job. Instead, he looks for what might be best of the hangers on.

sick & tired said...

turk 182,

Now how would you know whether or not Dyster "worked hard" in seeking out someone to fill this post?

Could it be that perhaps Dyster did work hard searching among the available pool of talent and Dave turned out to be the "best and the brightest" available?

And if you do know just what went in to making this selection, what would you suggest could have been done differently? Just what "hard work" did Dyster avoid in this matter?

It is all so easy to criticize from afar, especially went you just have your own closed minded opinions to work from.

sick & tired said...

What do all the doubters say about this development?

Dyster retains police, fire chief

http://www.niagara-gazette.com/local/local_story_355215443.html

Plus the controller and director of personnel.

Geez, re-treading the incumbents who have served his former political adversaries.

Politics as usual. Yep!

turnk 182 said...

I have actually heard good things about the fire chief. In one way, it's to his credit if he keeps people who were doing the job....but let's see if he puts any new blood in the administration when all is said and done.

Anonymous said...

The first thing dyster will need to do at City hall is to widen the entrances so his ego will fit through them. As a councilmen he continually blew so much smoke up his own butt I'm suprised he doesn't have cancer. He is a perfect fit with his drinking buddy Tom Desantis though, I wonder if both will be able to be in the same room at once without sufacating anyone else in the room.

Anonymous said...

I can't help but notice there's no complaints about the legislature's hiring of retreads ... Vicante ... putting Needler at NCCC ... probably hire an old legislator as PIO, too.

At least you're true to yourself ...

Anonymous said...

Surely you are not suggesting Dyster is going to give T. Desantis a job in his administration?! Gawd help us in this city! Ever try to reach TD when he's supposed to be working? Ever try to get him to actually work? Oh I forgot, he does work...at massaging his big huge ego...he must think rubbing his cueball head makes his brain bigger. TD is the best and unfortunately typical example of this dysfunctional city. If Mayor Dyster appoints him to anything but custodian, it truly is "meet the new boss, same as the old boss." Time will tell. The good news will be though that he gets out of a civil service job that is paying him over 65k, probably more, to do absolutely nothing. Oh, Tom...you missed a spot on the floor!

Anonymous said...

TD is a grade 22..it pays about 50K but he also has a job at UB teaching, probably why you can't get ahold of him at his office in the City. If you figured out his hourly wage, it's probable about $400/hr since he does only give the City about 2 1/2 hrs a week. Glad I don't pay taxes in the City.

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