Listening to 97 Rock this morning, they were interviewing the owner of a new bar in Williamsville called Black & Blue. The owner of the establishment went on to say that this new hot spot was patronized by Joe Mesi, which apparently makes it the "place to be". If the owner of every bar that Mesi goes to claims that his bar is the hot spot because Mesi has visited there, the number of places-to-be just went up by about 328.
Speaking of Mesi, his prominence with the fairer sex is well documented. Before he moves forward with his candidacy for the New York Senate, someone should pull him aside and really, really, really stress the importance of not sleeping with interns. As we have seen, just the appearance of impropriety can derail even the most promising of political careers.
The fact that Governor David Paterson is moving away from the year-old system giving equal powers to upstate and downstate job-creation czars should be of concern to everyone Upstate. Upstate Economic Development Czar Dan Gundersen has been very visible in our area and a strong advocate for WNY. If this does shake out the way Paterson is proposing, I can assure you that the one NYS Economic Development leader will not be focusing on WNY.
Hill Rod (sorry A-Rod fans) was slammed yesterday for suggesting in an interview with USA Today that she's the best candidate because blue-collar whites were fleeing Obama. "Sen. Obama's support among working, hardworking Americans, white Americans, is weakening again," Clinton told the paper. "I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on." Hmmmm. That seems perilously close to Clinton playing the proverbial race card.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo predicted Thursday that "hundreds and hundreds" of attorneys will ultimately be implicated in his office's investigation of government entities improperly enrolling non-employees in public pension funds, something we've touched on before. I'm thinking there won't be a whole lot of sympathy for the lawyers that get busted. Keep in mind that these are taxpayer dollars, millions of taxpayer dollars, that were unscrupulously abused by these attorneys.
I'm a little confused about laws governing the media's release of a minor's information. We repeatedly see that a minor's name is withheld because he/she is a minor. But in the papers and on the news yesterday and today, there is the name and picture of 2 year-old Giana Bootes splattered all over the place. So it's okay to put a "young" minor's name and picture all over the paper but not an "older" minor? Bizarre.
I've found Kristen Donnelly a good enough reason in itself to watch Channel 2 News. She's intelligent and aggressive, but in a softer way than a Scott Brown-type. Hopefully she sticks around WNY for awhile. Sometimes I think WNY is like the Florida Marlins of news - we cultivate the talent here, but eventually they move on to bigger and better things elsewhere.
Lastly, condolences to the family and friends of Steve Niziol. Niziol, who recently served as the City of Lockport Community Aide, was one of the nicest guys I've ever met. Prayers to his family.