June 27, 2008

Jailhouse Rocked

Today's Buffalo News story related to the accusations of Niagara County Sheriff Tom Beilein allowing violations of state regulations to continue in his jail, even after inspectors had been assured the problems would be fixed, must be throwing shock waves through political circles in Niagara County this morning.

Four current and former jail employees are alleging that inmates in the county jail sometimes are held in nonsecure areas when parts of the jail are overcrowded, a problem that state inspectors cited in 2005.

The allegations come as both the Republican and Democratic parties in Niagara County mount their campaigns to replace Beilein.

If the allegations are legitimate, they are serious, and must be addressed. But the timing of these four employees coming forward, albeit anonymously, sheds a very ominous cloud over the allegations. One has to ask, why now? With Beilein's appointment to head the state Commission of Correction weeks away, why bring these allegations forward now?

Are these four individuals truly concerned about the conditions at the jail or are they simply trying to put out a political hit on Beilein's appointment?

As recently as last week, it was alleged by a candidate for office that Senator George Maziarz was holding up the Beilein appointment. Now these developments come to light. Did the four employees bring their concerns to Albany, and if so, are these allegations the reason that Beilein has not yet been confirmed?

Either way, this situation is going to get more interesting as we move forward. If this is an indication of things to come, it could just turn out to be a pretty exciting election season.

17 comments:

Fed Up said...

Beilein was nominated months ago and suddenly, on the cusp of approval, these accusations come out. I thought all appointments went through a thorough vetting process by the Governor's Office. If this is true, wouldn't this stuff have come up even before he was nominated.

Me thinks me smells a bitter rat and his name is G-R-E-A-R.

Mr. Wolf said...

I'd love to know who the four are, and I'm not buying the "fear of retribution" excuse. If they're that afraid of coming forward because they fear retribution, what the hell is their union doing to protect them? It's a bullshit excuse from four cowards.

Anonymous said...

Here we go. The little Senator that could has a couple of opponents and this site will do its best to rip them apart. Next thing you know the weather will be blamed on them as well.

Punctual Pam said...

I don't think that this blog is talking bad about the Senator's rivals, I think all it is trying to do is tlak about an issue that affects both parties and their nominations. They claim that the Senator is holding things up, but maybe he and Patterson has heard of this information in Albany, and that is why the appointment is being held up. Maybe is is grear and this tip is going to give their campaign a heads up on thnings coming their way, or maybe someone is trying to blame them and this site is trying to get the information on who. Either way I don't believe that on this topic it is necessarily blaming Grear, just trying to create discussion.

Anonymous said...

Grear leaks nonsense on Beilein. Grear refuses to help look for a missing three-year-old girl. Grear involved in lawsuits at the department. What other secrets in this lunatic hiding?

Clearly, Grear is behind this attempt to discredit Beilein, no doubt about it.

Anonymous said...

The original post didn't even mention Maziarz' opponent by name, so don't go all dramatic.

Anonymous said...

Let's not start throwing around accusations of what Grear may or may not be doing. Let's stick to the facts.

He let his hatred of the sheriff get in the way of looking for a missing child.

Not only is he wholly unqualified for office, he is a rotten human being.

Anonymous said...

I hope Beilein's appointment get held up so he has time left as sheriff to make Grear's life a living hell.

Frank DeGeorge said...

Lots of anonymous posts today, which means the nastiness is about to heat up.

Grear would never be my choice for sheriff based on his antics, but you can certainly understand why he would run.

This senate stuff is nuts. He knows nothing about state government and is completely unqualified. When your whole motive for running is revenge, perhaps that's a sign that maybe you should take a pass.

rob clark said...

So we are stirring the pot on this one already huh? Why wait till it crunch time go for the kill now. If anyone here read the Buffalo news story it stated that the complaint was from current and former jail employees. Not Grear.
Even after the complaints, the story doesn’t make our current sheriff look bad. But be sure to blame some one who was not involved with the story. Now come up with a clever way to blame Rivera for this one too. Try to stick to the subject at hand.

gop shill said...

Rob,

I know you are not naive enough to believe that the Grear/Vilella team and their friends are solely behind this effort to discredit Tom Beilein.

Anonymous said...

I think it's Brian as well - if he can't be Sheriff - neither will Palmer. He got no party now so he is just trying to F everything up.

It's also really funny that ANYONE besides Brian's familiy or the DEMS that blowing smoke up his &^% would actual THINK that he is qualified for the Job.

And don't tell me that the Bloody DEMS are not behind this - you got Dan speaking to it on his site weeks ago. He playing Brian like a flute.

Anonymous said...

Rob “the cable guy” - can you explain to me why your reception is so fuzzy. I would think that the “ Young Blood On The Political Scene” Would have a better sense than that. Maybe you should look to the Dish?

Anonymous said...

Beilein should not be appointed. He kept the county jail a mess and even though their were criminals living there there still should have been so amount of decency...Patterson should be looking for someone else right about now, Beilein couldn't even kept up little old niagara county jail how could he watch the state?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

What a bunch of BS. What a couple of cowards. I asked a friend who works there and the department knows who they are....but they're a bit surprised that these "courageous whistleblowers" have time to talk to the media because they spend a lot of time at the casino and crackhouses with their ex-con girlfriends......they're grinding an ax because they're dirty!

Oh, and the overtime that they don't get because housing units aren't filled immediately (requiring a guard) is another reason, I'm told. I read their salaries last year, and these guys don't seem to be hurting in the overtime department!!!! ($100,000+!!!!) C'mon, do a little homework on your sources and their motives Tom P. and you'd smell the rat BEFORE you had your nose up it's backside!!!

Anonymous said...

Dan, I'm glad you see that you set the record straight. Keep up the good work snoot.