May 9, 2008


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.


Frank DeGeorge said...

Kudos for Andrew Cuomo for this investigation. The abuse of the pension system in this state must be addressed. Now, he should move on to the other pigs at the trough like North Tonawanda's own Dr. George and his $200K pension. Where is the outrage over this?

Pete M said...

I saw that, Frank. Maybe its a little more tolerable when you see those pensions coming out of NYC and LI, but not NT. I would love to know who the hell signed that sweetheart deal for Dr. George.

Larry S said...

Right, I'm going to vote for Joe Mesi, a guy who has admittedly suffered brain damage.

By the way, not sure that the NYS Senate is the place for anyone to pop their political cherry, especially a guy who can't articulate three consecutive sentences.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm no fan of the State Legislature but a guy without a college degree who got punched in the head and gets into barfights isn't exactly the person I want to call Senator.

pirate's code said...

Observations on (some) observations:

-- Invoking Baby Joe to promote your bar is rapidly becoming WNY's version of "Lincoln Slept Here."

-- I would be more concerned about Paterson's apparent shift back to a single ED leader if the two-headed version had actually accomplished something. I see little evidence of that.

-- Hillary has been playing the race card since the very beginning. Sometimes subtle, sometimes not, but it's always been there.

-- Ch. 2 is increasingly unwatchable, regardless of who is "on your side" for any particular story. And, what -- exactly -- does that mean, on your side? Aren't they supposed to avoid taking sides? Every time I hear "asking the tough questions for you" I think..."I wouldn't have asked that. That's the dumbest question I've ever heard." Give me a decent newspaper any day. Oh, wait, we don't have one of those, either. Irv, Rick & Tom, where are you?! Is it too late to resurrect the Courier-Express?

Thank god for this whacky internet. At least we know that everything ever written here is the truth.

Anonymous said...

observations from my 19th street office, everyone but me is so stupid, but please keep paying taxes so i can laugh at you all the way to the bank.

Anonymous said...

yes hobbes no matter how many times you try, everyone knows you listen to 97 rock (idiot) and you suck at the public tit because you could never hold a real job.

Hobbes said...

Well, considering the fact that you are the one who keeps running to this "idiot's" blog to get your little 97 Rock comment in, for the 23rd time I might add, I would say you have a fetish with this "idiot". I mean, really, you're on more than I am. For your dedication, I'll leave your comment up.

Anonymous said...

Francine DelMonte, 46, of Niagara Falls, was charged with loitering at 8:18 a.m. Thursday. DelMonte was walking on 19th Street Thursday morning and offered a motorist oral sex in exchange for money, according to the driver, who alerted police. DelMonte also was taken in on a warrant for a previous loitering charge.