Politics at all levels can get quite unseemly. Take the mess in Lew-Port School District in which former board member Ed Lilly has filed a libel and slander suit against former president David Schaubert, former member Louis Palmeri and current member Michael Gentile. But really, if every elected official or public figure sued someone because he/she didn't like something that someone else said him, we'd need even more lawyers.
It's funny that the opposition is once again lining up for fight against a landlord licensing/registry program for the City of Lockport. You need a license to drive, to fish, to sell alcohol, to be a contractor. Hell, you need a license to own a dog. The city's housing stock has taken some serious hits over the years. Not that we generally advocate more governmental regulation in our lives, but this is a good thing that the Mayor and Council must have the courage to move forward on. One also has to wonder what the landlords who oppose the program are so afraid of.
We like David Paterson and wish him the best with the huge challenges that lie ahead for him, including getting a ratified budget by April 1. But the day after delivering one of the most passionate and entertaining speeches we've seen in awhile from any elected official, much of the media coverage if focused on Paterson and his wife's admission of extramarital affairs in their marriage. We hope this is not an omen of things to come in the next nearly three years.
We at Niagara Times receive a fair amount of "tips" via email, and encourage readers to continue to send them. Some are legitimate and some send us on a wild goose chase, like the one last week telling us about a local official who had allegedly been arrested the night before. After a fair amount of digging, we found no basis for further inquiries.
It's great to see Lockport native John Murphy, himself the pedigree of a great political family, back on the air in Western New York. Watching sports during the 6 o'clock news just wasn't the same without his smiling face. Welcome back, John.
From what we've seen, there may be a show of support for Legislative Journal and Tom Christy at tonight's County Leg meeting. What will be interesting to see, however, is if the support is for Christy or for the show. Many of the message boards and comments here on Niagara Times have centered on how his removal is a violation of free speech. So we're assuming that the supporters want continued access to local officials in some form, regardless of who the host is.
We're a little curious as to why no one has called out Niagara Falls MMC CEO Joe Ruffalo after he was accused by facility employees of admitting to them that their 12-bed unit was not scheduled for closure because too many clients lacked insurance, but rather because closing it represented “the best way to get media attention.” This after putting on a dog & pony show accusing the county of being responsible for his fiscal mismanagement.
Lastly, Barack Obama has a problem. The following is Obama's preacher and has been for the past 20 years. In case you haven't seen in, here it is.