Over the past week or so, we've seen two reports that encourage the consolidation of local governments. First the Suozzi report, which addressed school districts, now AG Andy Cuomo is offering up a plan to eliminate some of the 10,500 local government bodies across the state — such as counties, towns, school districts, authorities and special districts — that can tax and assess fees for everything from town lighting to sewage systems. Erie County leads the state with 1,044 such entities. Niagara County has 92. Let's hope we're not getting more lip service from Suozzi and Cuomo. Of course, if someone would like to make an argument as to why we need two Wilsons and two Lewistons in the county, I'm all eyes.
Congratulations to the Niagara Falls School Board for having the guts to do what few other districts in the area, or in this state, have the stomach for: Cutting staff in light of declining enrollment. As opposed to my district, which has increased personnel significantly over the past 10 years while enrollment has plummeted.
National Dems are questioning the qualifications of Caroline Kennedy to Senate. Other than coming from the most corrupt political family in the history of this country, I can't quite see what would qualify her either.
I had to chuckle when I read the Buffalo News headline earlier this week. The headline read, "Bills’ Toronto venture fails to rouse passions of Canadian fans". I can assure you, the Bills disgraceful performance didn't do much to rouse passion in American fans either. Stop the BS, fire the most inept NFL coach since Rich Kotite, and try to do something to salvage this dying franchise.
Governor David Paterson now has 10 days to sign or veto a bill requiring the state to begin collecting taxes on sales of cigarettes by Indian retailers to non-Indians. It is estimated that the tax would generate $400 million in revenue for the much-depleted state coffers. Although signing the legislation is absolutely the right thing to do for so many reasons, we're going to go out on a limb and say Paterson doesn't have the will to pull the trigger.
Thank you to the Buffalo News for acknowledging us in Tuesday's "As Niagara Falls" section of the paper. The piece about Greg Lewis' politicking lead to a few email that may take this situation to entirely different level. Stay tuned.
Niagara County GOP Chairman Henry Wojtaszek is the guest speaker at the Albany County GOP's fundraiser next week. Wojtaszek also is part of a spread on the national egopnews website in the New York section.
From a political perspective the turmoil in Albany related to who will retain the Senate majority and the gang of three is fascinating stuff. Word now is that the Dems are planning a coup to oust current minority leader, and presumed to be majority leader, Malcolm Smith.
Rezko + Blagojevich = Obama. May the truth set you free, Barack.