July 22, 2008

Leg To Hire PIO

In various Niagara Times posts over the past month, comments have periodically touched on the hiring of a Public Information Officer by Niagara County. While many of the comments have been negative, we believe that this is a good move, as long as members of the Niagara County Legislature do not view this hiring as a "shield" from the media and the public, as some critics have expressed a concern with.

What can be gained her far outweighs the expense. The new PIO, Christian Peck, has a solid marketing background, something that every organization can use more of. He appointment does not appear to be political, also a very good sign.

We've heard that the county has instituted a Canadian marketing effort and a marketing campaign to show off our abundance of fresh water to water-starved states. We say the more marketing efforts the better. In today's global economy, we're not only competing with the Southeast and Southwest parts of the United States, we're competing with Far East and other areas.

Of course, there are the handful of idiots that would prefer to see the county fall flat on its face with every waking day, but that's a story for another time. We say good luck to Peck.

21 comments:

Joe Niagara said...

Hobbes, the hiring of some Madison Ave hack is not going to change the facts of this area. How does that saying go "You can't polish a turd", you might has well hired a used car dealer it would of been cheaper. But thank you hobbes for our ever expanding county payroll. Oh by the way dont forget the county got a F = failure.

Anonymous said...

The county got an F in what? based on what data? compiled by who? compared to what? which variables were used? what was the statistical significance of the results? which groups were compared? who published the results? who funded the study? what was the purpose of the study?

That last post actually makes the argument that maybe idiots are being spoonfed crap by our local media and accepting it as gospel.

Anonymous said...

I recently spoke with a county official who told me that the county workforce is a lot smaller now than it was a few years ago. Could somebody please confirm this? Maybe that could be a topic for discussion on a future post.

Anonymous said...

Joe Niagara actually points out a much bigger problem: perception of our region. How do we convince our young people to move back when the people that live here refer to this area as a "turd"? My friends in the southeast occasionally access this blog along with other local media which is on the internet.

I have been all over this country and seen the devastation from wildfires and floods and droughts. We seem to have many crybabies in this area.

Joe Niagara said...

Well boy's, we pay the highest property taxes in the country, just to keep you and your pals in fat and happy. If that alone doesnt warrant an F than what would? Spend and tax our your middle names, then hire, hire, hire. Conflict lawyers, homeland Czar, and now madison ave hack. Just face it you would of been fired if you worked for our company. Maybe thats what you need get a real job.

Anonymous said...

How do you get people to move back here...maybe offer them jobs? These would be private sector jobs, not hiring your kid to be a paige for Ross. But this only last 10 years, because thats how long the IDA bribes them to stay, once they face the real cost of doing bussiness in this county, its like cya !!!!

Anonymous said...

Right Joe, hiring a conflicts lawyer to stop paying private lawyers by the hour was a real bungle! The only people upset were the Dems because their boy Caffarela will get less of that work!!

Anonymous said...

Wasn't that F based on what the Democrats did when they controlled the Leg? Don't forget, the Democrats raised our county taxes by 20% in one year? Have we forgotten that?

fawn leibowitz said...

I think one point that is being overlooked is the fact that Greg Lewis is such a poor ambassador for Niagara County that bringing in a professional marketer is practically a necessity. Unfortunately, Lewis fails to even remotely project a professional image.

Anonymous said...

fawns right, greg might be able to sell oatmeal or the clapper.

eadie said...

Let's be fair. The Dems led by Dennis brought us this plague that is Lewis and Mal and Ross kept him when we could have passes this trash somewhere else.

Lewis is the problem but neither side sees it.

Anonymous said...

The title should be leg to get pissed on by our county lawmakers. Another useless job ...

Anonymous said...

A manufactured post about a DelMonte arrest continually showing up only de-legitimizes the entire site and the opportunity to discuss real issues and real concerns facing the Niagara County Community

In addition, tt's not only immature but it's slanderous.

duh said...

and thats probably why they're doing it.

rufus said...

Eadie, this is what I was talking about in my post yesterday about people in taxpayer-funded positions or positions that are quasi-public yet out of view pissing money away. Whether it's John Percy at NTCC or County Manager Greg Lewis, these folks are picking our pockets and we don't even know it.

Anonymous said...

nice post terry.

Anonymous said...

how come hobbes never writes about this kind of stuff?

The Town of Royalton has settled out of court with Niagara County on a six-year-old workers’ compensation case, agreeing to pay the county $210,000.

The County Legislature is to vote on the settlement today, as County Attorney Claude A. Joerg and Robert S. Roberson, the attorney representing the town, dispute who got the best deal.

Joerg told the Legislature’s Administration Committee last week that he got Royalton to pay what it owed the county “dollar for dollar,” while Roberson crowed that he talked the county down from a lawsuit that demanded nearly $1 million.

The two attorneys were last heard ripping each other about three weeks ago, when Roberson sued the county over more than $17,000 he says he is owed for his past work for the county Sewer District, a bill the county has refused to pay.

Roberson charged that the county was wasting money fighting a previous suit he filed over the matter, which was dismissed, while Joerg said he would countersue Roberson to try to force him to repay money the Sewer District approved for him before the county auditor’s office shut off the tap.

This time, referees were needed to bring the two together. Joerg credited Legislator Michael A. Hill of Hartland and Royalton Supervisor Richard Lang for playing that role.

Royalton was one of several municipalities the county sued in early 2007 to try to collect cash the county thought it was owed by former members who pulled out of the county-run Mutual Self-Insurance Plan, a county-wide workers’ compensation insurance plan, in 2001 and 2002.

In the summer of 2007, the Niagara- Wheatfield School District settled out of court for $225,000, and the City of Lockport followed suit in March, paying $278,220 on top of the $219,896 it paid the county in 2004.

Besides Royalton, suits are pending against the towns of Niagara and Wheatfield, while the City of Niagara Falls, which wasn’t sued, has been making payments but still owes about $1.1 million.

The county sued to try to collect back premiums for the plan and also to gain reimbursements for money it spent on old claims since the former members left the pool.

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled Feb. 1 that the county’s suits were legally filed.

no wonder we need so many lawyers ...

rob clark said...

So far they have created one job. But this office/position
they just created will need a staff won`t it? How many patronage jobs will that create?

I give it two months and she will have her own show on LCTV. Just like Lewis. Lets hope that she doesn`t show up wearing a stainded red shirt with sauce on her face. The guy is a problem that everyone is at fault for.

Anonymous said...

Lewis was hired by your boys, Rob. He is a Democratic hire. The buck should stop with Dennis, Renee and Sean.

I've taken a wait and see attitude about the PIO, but Rob, seriously, a staff for PIO? I will remember this and call you out on it 2 months from now when it is apparent that you don't know what you are talking about.

rob clark said...

I understand that it was the Dems that hired him. I have already said it was a mistake. But It was your Majority that kept him. So once again EVERYBODY is at fault that he is still here.

I hope you are right about this 2 months from now. This position is not needed. And hopefully a staff isn`t put in place foe this position.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't blame the Leg for keeping Lewis. My recollection is that there wa a public outcry to extend his contract and that outcry was led by Tom Christy and Tim Marren. Lewis is here because the local media supported him.

However, AFTER the contract was signed, Tom Christy suddenly wanted Lewis fired. Well, in the real world, where contracts mean something, the people actually running our government have to honor their commitments.