June 24, 2008

The Race For Niagara County Sheriff

By now you've most likely heard that Niagara County Sheriff Deputy Brian Grear plans to challenge New York State Senator George Maziarz for Maziarz' seat. Grear, who was thumped by current Sheriff Tom Beilein in 2005, held a press conference to announce his candidacy yesterday.

Grear apparently had wanted to challenge Ernest Palmer of Lewiston in the GOP sheriff’s primary, but it appears now there won’t be a primary. Beilein, who was announced several months ago as a nominee for chairman of the State Commission on Corrections, is still in office.

If Beilein isn’t confirmed by the Senate before July 10, which is the last day to hand in nominating petitions for the primary, there won’t be a primary because there officially won’t be a vacancy. If Beilein moves up to state office after July 10, political parties will be able to choose their nominees without holding primaries.

Here's where things get a little fuzzy: Grear accused Maziarz of holding up Beilein’s nomination, but Governor David Paterson has yet to submit Beilein’s name to the Senate for consideration. But, that's a minor aspect of the discussion.

The one who is truly denying Brian Grear the opportunity to run for Sheriff is Beilein himself. Grear stated that because there is no vacancy, he can't run, and that's true. But Tom Beilein is the only one who has direct control over that, not David Paterson and not George Maziarz.

We all know that this Beilein appointment is coming. Only Beilein can make the determination as to when he leaves his current post. Could it be that Beilein is holding up his appointment to screw Grear? Well, considering Grear and Beilein pretty much despise each other, the fact that Grear has sued Beilein, and Grear had the audacity to challenge Beilein last election, it seems like a pretty good possibility.

Tom Beilein loses nothing by resigning his current post now and opening up the race to anyone who wants to get in. But this is politics, and as we've said before, it's not always pretty. Would Beilein stick it to Grear by delaying his own appointment a month or two? You're damn right he would, and that's why Beilein is such an effective politician.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is one race that unless you are related to one of them, people think "Who cares". But thanks hobbes for writing about a non-issue it keeps your pea brained readers from revolting.

Anonymous said...

The important thing is Hobbes comment in his last two sentences. To have the ability or conscious to deliberately screw over someone makes you an effective politician. What’s wrong with that statement? Is Hobbes admitting that that’s what it takes to be effective?

Anonymous said...

Who cares? How ignorant is that? Oh, I get it. Palmer and Voutour are actually qualified for the position they are running for. No room in a blog for that sort of silliness.

Anonymous said...

Thank you boss hog for your last post, but go to any coffee shop in the county and ask, you will here a loud Who cares.

Pete M said...

Okay, the first commenter, after reading and commenting on today's post, called the blog readers pea brained. Ummmmm, you're reading the blog.

But back to the topic at hand. Yes, being able screw a colleague while advancing your own agenda is part of politics. Just ask Dan Rivera. He screwed Bob LaBarbaera, Elaine Pienta, Diane Roberts, Charlie Dahlquist, etc, etc. Oh, wait. He screws people without advancing his own agenda. Nevermind.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Pete, i knew one of the pea brained gop readers would turn this into Dan's fault.

Anonymous said...

The same pea brained GOP that runs the best political operation in New York State? The same pea brained GOP that has repeatedly bitch-slapped Dan Rivera for six years? The same GOP that has a super majority 14-5 advantage in the county legislature? The same GOP that has almost every town supervisor seat in niagara county? The same GOP that dominates every aspect of politics in the county? That GOP? Right, good call.

Look Dan, go get that thing gnawed off of your face, then maybe you'll have a little better self esteem since virtually every aspect of your life is a complete fucking disaster.

Don't hate the player, hate the game. Loser.

Anonymous said...

Note taken, best on best political operation, not best run county. So what you get lots of your buddies jobs, but you steal elections from old ladies by running the fake dem's for the legislature, like dan the 2 bit town clown who love being the gop's ball washer.

Larry Castellani said...

If the definition that war is politics by other means is true, then what happened here is politics. But don’t forget the other dimension of reality, Sports Fans. It doesn’t have to be this way. The way it is doesn’t jibe with what we in principal stand for in America, the way it ought to be. But what we have here is corrupt, coercive and essentially undemocratic warfare. If you like it and want it this way, you got it. But is it naïve, unrealistic or merely academic on my part to suggest it doesn't have to be this way? I think it’s a wake-up call as to how we want to live our lives socially and politically. Isn't it terminally cynical to beleive it has to be this way? Believe it or not it’s a choice, not for a bunch of frightened, angry, manipulative power-hungry individuals; but for a community. All we have to do now is create one. More about this at NiagaraJournal if you like.

Anonymous said...

Excuse me, but DAN RIVERA is the one who labeled politics a "blood sport". HE is the one for the nasty tone of politics in Niagara County. Wojtaszek is gentlemanly and cordial. Rivera is an abrasive asshole who thinks he can bully people into getting what he wants. Just ask Diane Roberts.

Larry S said...

Interesting angle, Hobbes. I think Beilein would hold up the appointment to stick it to Grear. Why doesn't one of the crack staff of the Niagara Gazette just ask him? Wow, what a novel concept.

Anonymous said...

Dear excuse me, Wojtaszek is more than just that, he helps and cares for many people in the county. In fact i had dinner with him tuesday night, Dan is not he one who threw him and his wife under the bus(sorry dennis), its what the gop does to their own leaders. I dont know dan, but someone is going to pay for the what happened to them and tom christy.

Anonymous said...

Tom Christy? Who?

Anonymous said...

OK, I don't care if Belein gives up his spot or not....unless it would get Grear to run for that position and not for NY State Senator!! How the heck can Grear think he's qualified to run for Senator?? And to run against Maziarz who has so much experience?? Wow -

Larry Castellani said...

If we wanted to really change things here politically, we might expect a leader such as Senator Maziarz to be proactive in a situation like this. If he were to act ethically as a politician he could intervene and ask Beilein to step down. Of course maybe he actually did. Who knows? He can’t necessarily obviously control Beilein if Beilein wants revenge, but Maziarz could try to mediate for the sake of what we all know is right.

But of course if we accept, pessimistically and cynically, that politics “isn’t pretty,’ is a “blood sport”, a kind of warfare, then we act accordingly and expect little ethically of our politics and politicians. What is right ends up always taking 2nd place at best. Why do we assume that being politically ethical is simply a matter of not doing anything overtly wrong or having plausible deniability as opposed to proactively publicly promoting or doing the right thing?

Sweaterman said...

Here is the bottom line: Brian Grear is a bitter man. He has aligned himself with the wrong people and he is paying for it now.

I heard that his annoucement had a great crowd. 15 people.

At least he had nice signs. Senate taped over Sheriff. Nice.

Senator Maziarz would chew up this guys in a debate. He does not have any clue on how to be a senator.

As to the point on holding up the appointment. We have to remember the one important part. Gov. Spitzer made the appointment and they delay is more then likely due to the fact that we have a new governor

Anonymous said...

So true so true - Brian is mis-leading folks... He buttered his bread in 05 - enjoy

Anonymous said...

Grear is working with Dan Rivera!

Don't believe me just look at Dan's web site. He so arrogant, he spoke to this subject a number of weeks ago.

To bad for Grear, his new role will be running against for sheriff every election cycle. He’s young; he’ll have something to do for the next 10 years.

He’s also naïve; he is not qualified to be a Senator. He would have been better severed to wait till the next election cycle – he should of though this through.

Challenging George now just makes him look like a nut with an agenda.

I will be surprised if he gets enough signatures, GOP folks are not going to want to support him in any way shape or form and I’m sure his petitions will be challenged to the n’th degree.

He would be better off working a third line - then he could split the vote with Palmer and celibrate the two loses.

Good luck Brian – you are a man without a party.

rob clark said...

Good For Brian Grear. He’s right about the way things are run around here. I don’t think he will have any problem getting his signatures. As far as being involved with Rivera goes, the Democrats already have a candidate.

Paul Collopy said...

The Beilein appointment just seems to take for ever. I wonder what they are looking into. Has that nasty Lotus Spa deal totally blown over?
Whats up with Maziar using alot of his political capital on making sure Tommy boy gets confirmed! Hey Brian Grear sure has a up hill battle, but he is in there swinging with some heavy hitters.

Anonymous said...

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al said...

Is that the same Paul Collopy that was once a deputy and had his own issues...you know what I mean by that Paul...

Grear is bitter and a spoiled brat. His bio says he has 21 years experience. Not only is he unqualified but he also lies about his experience level...Oh, I guess he must be counting his time as a cadet. Yeah Brian, that counts!

Anonymous said...

Let me make one guarantee. When the GOP dusts off the old Beilein mail piece from last election that reminds everbody how Brian Grear refused to help look for a missing three-yeard old because he was upset about his sheriff's truck being taken away...showing was a despicable human being he is...this race will be over.

And it wasn't a race to begin with.

Sweaterman said...

I heard about that mail piece. If that is true he should not be allowed to be a deputy anymore. it just shows you how petty he really is

Clark Griswold said...

Rob, it will be pretty tough for Grear to "have no problem" getting signatures that will actually hold up when he has virtually no support outside family and a few close friends. It's very clear to me, and to most sane people, that the guy is only running for this seat due to spite resulating from the Sheriff situation. He claims that he wants the position badly and promises changes, but I question if that is anything more than smoke and mirrors. He simply wants to make an attempt at being a pain in the GOP's ass. Sadly, it will barely be felt.

rob clark said...

Clark...the district is almost 3 counties wide. How can he not get enough signatures? I give Mr. Grear credit for saying "enough is enough". If you look around the county right now alot of people are saying the same thing. Not just Democrats, but Republicans also. Look at it this way; everyone should have the right to run for office. (Unless you’re a criminal) Who is to say he wont make a good candidate.

willy said...

Rob, I respect you and your real identity. But in your first post you write that Grear couldnt be in collaboration because the dems already have their candidate. Hmmmmm. Rivera would hate to see Maziarz have to run a primary and waste a little more money. Haha. And i did a little research and found a blog written by Daniel Rivera on March 13th, 2008, on the niagara democrats webpage which forsees the Grear for Senate campaign. Unless Rivera called Miss Cleo, I think there might be a little team work between the two. So my point is that your "democrats already have a candidate" excuse kinda sucks but it makes no difference.

Anonymous said...

Hey Al Paul Collopy here. Were you refering to my drug problem that was resolved in 1990? For the record i had a set back with alcohol in 2001 also. That has been dealt with also. I never have tried to put a halo on my head.
So who ever you are Al do not try to discredit me, i am able to do that myself. Enough said about that, i still wonder why Senator Maziar is trying to so hard to make sure Beilien gets that political appointment. Hey Al be a man put your name out there. Or is there some thing that you want to hide, or have to hide.