It's great to see that business, political and community leaders have banded together to build a twin ice rink and recreational facility in the city in the City of Lockport. Many of those who support the relocation of the YMCA from the city to the town are apparently furious over several developments related to the ice rink, including one YMCA board member who has resigned because YMCA Exec Director Mark Albiez refused to consider expansion to the former Jubilee building, the new home of the ice rink.
One has to wonder about the ongoing controversy surrounding the Lew-Port school district. They fail to get approval on a $10 million funding program related to the Greenway Commission, former board members being sued for actions during their terms last year, while being thrown under the bus by the current school board, the school district attorney is forced out after 20 years of service and while while a dozen of her colleagues were granted tenure status, one teacher, who appears to be being used as a pawn by warring board members, was denied her tenure.
Congressional candidate Jack Davis once again finds himself in hot water after giving two "consultants" $5,000 each. The problem? Those consultants are the wives of the two men who will determine the Independence Party nomination for the 26th Congressional District. Of course Erie County IP Chairman Anthony Orsini says the payments and Davis’ pursuit of the endorsement are not connected, nor will the $10,000 influence the party’s decision. Uhhh huh.
Kudos to Buffalo Mayor for his efforts to reduce the number of take-home vehicles for city employees. Twenty of the Buffalo Police Department officers who take their taxpayer-funded vehicles home average $106,000 per year in salary. Of course, that didn't stop Union President Robert Meegan Jr. from telling Channel 7 that a detective may not be able to make it to the scene of a homicide because his wife has the car. You're making $106,000 a year and you have one car? Simply another negative reflection on public sector unions and their warped sense of entitlement.
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster has raised over $22,000 in campaign contributions during his first six months in office, including donations from several top city workers. Sheriff's candidate Ernest Palmer has vowed not to take a dime from any member of the Sheriff's department. More candidates should take Palmer's lead on this one. Dyster legally can take donations from his employees, but it simply looks bad.
Kudos to Niagara County for opening the dialogue on transferring all State Supreme and Family courts from Niagara Falls to Lockport. In Erie County, if you need to go to Family Court, there is one location, in downtown Buffalo. Next on the radar should be DMVs. You get a license once every eight years, who's going to complain about going a extra few miles to the DMV once every eight years? Close the NT and NF DMVs.