With the announcement of a plea deal taken by the owner of four area massage parlors, Lisa Tsui, it's going to be very interesting to see what Ms. Tsui has to say about her clientele. The case has already impacted some relatively high profile individuals, and one has to think that there are more to come, since we must assume that part of the plea deal includes turning over any and all client information. I'm thinking there's some very nervous husbands in Niagara County right now.
Congressional candidate Jon Powers has apparently erred by using campaign funds to pay for renting part of his residence, a violation of Federal Election Commission rules. Now, at face value, this is not a very big deal. I'm sure Powers will pay back the money. What's disconcerting is, when asked about the rent payments, Powers’ campaign manager John Gerken said it was done in good faith. Huh? He misappropriated campaign funds and it was done in good faith? Mr. Powers is going to need a little but more effective spin doctor as he moves forward.
Senate candidate Joe Mesi (I think it's time to drop the "Baby" from your name, Joe), got quite an in indoctrination into politics just a few hours after announcing his Senate candidacy. Mesi allegedly whacked some guy around in an N.T. bar, but claims to have simply been heading towards the door when trouble broke out. Apparently Mesi figured that he'd find a more formidable opponent at Dwyer's than he ever faced in the ring.
The most humorous news of the day come courtesy of Niagara County Legislator Dennis Virtuoso. He apparently doesn't like the decision rendered by the Niagara County Board of Ethics in regards to County GOP Chairman Henry Wojtaszek, so he believes that the entire board should resign. Maybe Niagara Falls Building Inspector Virtuoso should spend a little more time inspecting unsafe construction sites in Niagara Falls instead of spewing political rhetoric.
Lastly, it's good to see that the FBI has offered their assistance in the assault investigation of the 12 year-old girl in North Tonawanda, and it's good to see that N.T. is accepting the offer. So many times we see police agencies engaging in "turf wars" and not willing to work together for the greater good. Let's hope this tragic mystery is solved soon.