Despite previous reports to the contrary, it now appears that the appointment of Niagara County Sheriff Tom Beilein as the chairman of the State Commission of Correction has been resurrected. Beilein, who had been tapped by former governor Eliot Spitzer to head the commission, was said to have been removed from consideration for the position after it was discovered that Beilein's picture had been prominently displayed in a Wheatfield business that was later discovered to be a front for a prostitution ring.
From what we have learned, State Senator George Maziarz has continued to lobby Governor David Paterson for Beilein's appointment. The two have apparently reached an agreement in which Paterson will move forward with the nomination if Maziarz assures him that the Senate will confirm Beilein. This certainly makes sense, as Paterson would not want to make a nomination on behalf of Maziarz and then have the Senate reject it.
These are certainly positive developments for Niagara County. Anytime one of our own is tapped for a high profile position in Albany such as this is good for our area. We hope the nomination is moved forward and confirmation is not too far behind.