March 13, 2009

Friday Ruminations

Kudos to the Niagara County Legislature for moving forward with a bi-partisan resolution that calls for an investigation by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office into the so-called “sweep” of several hundred millions of dollars of authority money into the state’s general fund. We've questioned the legality of such a move for some time, and we as a community deserve an answer.

How the hell does State Senator Antoine Thompson get elected to any office? In the middle of a recession, he is presenting legislation that would give state workers an additional two days off every year per child. The most sickening part of the story was when Thompson was asked him if it was going to be paid leave or unpaid leave, he said he didn't know because he didn't have the bill in front of him. He's the freakin sponsor of the bill!

What happened to Patty Parete is horrific. She is entitled to every benefit that she is eligible for. But the deal the city of Buffalo and the city’s police union have worked out that would pay Parete’s life partner, a registered nurse, more than $60,000 per year in salary and benefits is incomprehensible.

State Senator Carl Marcellino left little to the imagination when he compared what the Senate Democrats are doing to the budget process to what "Client 9 did to that young lady." Thanks for the visual. Ick.

Kudos to county IDA Chairman Henry Sloma for telling it the way it is on the Hoyt-Thompson IDA bill. The bill, which would mandate that companies receiving IDA aid pay their workers local prevailing wages, will significantly drive up expenses for employers. Sloma responded with, "If [Hoyt] did a little work up in Albany and made New York a more business-friendly place, we wouldn’t need IDAs, but that’s not the reality we face." Goddamn right.

The NAACP is accusing Wells Fargo and HSBC of forcing blacks into subprime mortgages while whites with identical qualifications got lower rates.

The state has identified $10.7 billion in projects over the next 20 years to improve rail service in New York, including a high speed rail that will shave two hours off the trip between Albany and Buffalo. Really? Who the hell does this affect, lobbyists? What a distorted sense of priorities.

Lastly, have a safe & happy weekend.

1 comment:

Robert Nichols said...

A call out to call Conservative, Independents and Republicans - The Niagara Falls GOP is reorganizing their committee and they are looking for people that are interested in being a catalyst for change in the cataract city.

The meeting is open to the public, but I would encourage Falls Republicans to get of their duffs and work for the betterment of the city. The meeting will be held on Monday at 6 PM in the Angelo A Delsignore Civic Building on Third and Cedar – second floor judicial chamber.

A strong city benefits all of Niagara County – let’s turn our talk into action!

Rob Nichols, Chair LewistonGOP