If there is one group in Niagara County that has been pillaged in the press, sometimes fairly, other times not, it has to be the Niagara Power Coalition. Aaron Besecker, then of the Niagara Gazetter and now of the Buffalo News, made a cottage industry of hammering away on the NPC, especially on legal bills and the lack of accountability.
In some circles, Besecker was accused of being Lewiston Supervisor Fred Newlin's mouthpiece. They may be a tad unfair, although he did allow Newlin to hammer away unchallenged at Mark Zito and the politically-connected Harris Beach law firm, who by all accounts did a good job in getting the coalition deal finalized with the New York Power Authority.
Newlin's antics led to a switch in law firms and Newlin led the NPC to hiring Nixon Peabody and that's all anybody has heard since....until now.
We have been told that the NPC is spending $50K a month on legal bills. That's right, $50,000 A MONTH. And with the deal being signed, what the heck are they doing for the money? It's seems like they are getting a nice payday at our expense.
It's time Aaron Besecker and other media types put Newlin and the NPC back under scrutiny and FOIL these legal bills. Let's find out what is going on and what we are getting for our money.