I cannot even begin to understand how misguided Tom Cristy is. While flipping through the channels this morning, I paused on Legislative Journal while Christy was talking to a caller. The conversation turned to school taxes.
Christy went on a diatribe about Niagara County being the highest taxed county in the country. He stated that when Legislators used to come on, they would focus on the fact that school taxes are by far the biggest portion of the tax burden. Christy then stated that the Legislators must bring a resolution demanding that the school districts do something to address their portion of the tax issue. If the Leg does not bring such a resolution, well, then they "eat it" as he said. In essence, if the Leg doesn't bring a resolution directing the school districts to take responsibility for taxes, then the entire problem is the fault of the County Legislature.
From what I understand, Christy worked for the Democratic Majority of the New York State Assembly for 12 years. He went through the Leadership Niagara program. He is going for his M.B.A. By all accounts, one would think he has a reasonable understanding of how government works. So why would he state that the Niagara County Legislature must DEMAND that school districts take responsibility for their portion of the tax bill? Anyone who follows politics knows that a county legislative body has absolutely no jurisdiction over any school district.
Unfortunately, that didn't stop Christy from giving his opinion as to why he believes that the Leg won't pass such a resolution. Christy stated that the Leg is afraid to pass such a resolution because teachers are in a union. Yes, the Leg, in which the Reps have a 14-5 majority, have weathered the Mt. View storm, and every other union challenge over the past four years, is afraid. Not only that, he stated that teachers give money to candidates, and the Republicans don't dare mess with the massive amount of money that teachers dump into Leg races. Huh?
Can someone be so amazingly dead wrong when it comes to understanding politics? Teachers don't dump money into races in support of Republican candidates. Secondly, teachers don't get involved in Leg races. That's an important point to note and I'll tell you why. Because it absolutely reinforces the point that the Leg has no control over school districts. If they did, if they could give the school districts orders and mandates, you would definitely find the teacher's unions involved in county politics. The fact that they stay out of county politics reinforces the point that the Leg can't touch them.
That doesn't stop Christy. He tells the Leg if you don't tell the schools what to do, you wear it. So which is he, stupid or ignorant?
And, once again, where are the LCTV Board of Directors? Where is Roberta Harper? Where are Jackie Davis and Donna Landers and John Benoit? You are supposed to be the leaders of LOCKPORT Community Television Board of Directors. It's not Erie County TV, it's not Niagara County TV. It's Lockport TV.
I know a few of the people on the LCTV Board. I never thought of this board as a bunch of resume padders, but unfortunately it appears that none of them are willing to address the cancer that has infected their station and my airwaves.