North Tonawanda Mayor Larry Soos has seemingly been absent without leave the past few weeks, even as a predator from the wild stalked NT’s citizens.
A rash of coyote attacks in the Lumber City was apparently left to county officials to deal with. The only voice speaking on the matter was Jim Devald, the county health department’s environmental health director, whose job title means, basically, that he gets to deal with rabid animals and radioactive waste. From North Tonawanda City Hall, no word from Soos, but instead his “administrative assistant,” giving a vague notice that the city would set up a presentation by a state official and try to “get permission” to trap the coyote.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect Larry Soos to go out and wrestle the coyotes to the ground himself. But a few words to calm the public after their city became ground zero for coyote attacks might have been nice. Might have even been Giuliani-esque.
Come to think of it, Rudy Giuliani probably would have tried to rescue a coyote to the ground. But Soos’s bizarre absence continued last week with the unveiling of a new apartment and office building in the former Remington Rand factory along the canal. Tuning in to coverage of the event, which sources tell me was heavily-attended by county legislators and local politicians, I only heard the voices of Legislature Chairman Bill Ross and Lockport Legislator Rick Updegrove. News articles on the unveiling included throw away quotes from Soos:
In the Buffalo News,”Mayor Lawrence V. Soos called Kissling’s project ‘a piece of the puzzle’ to improving the downtown area around Main and Webster streets.”
In the Tonawanda News, “Mayor Larry Soos commended the ‘guts and fortitude’ Kissling showed in pushing the project through a national economic crisis.”Larry Soos faces what is, by all accounts, an uphill battle to get reelected this fall.
I’m not so sure that going AWOL now is the best campaign strategy.