Sounds like the Niagara County GOP committee meeting had some interesting moments last night. Seems Wheatfield Supervisor Tim Demler is being accused of an inappropriate relationship with another committeeman's wife, and was thus denied the party's endorsement. I'm not sure what the two have to do with each other, but it sure looks like its got the making of some good drama. I can see the reality TV show cameras rolling into Wheatfield any day now. I wonder if this will impede the progress of the Oz project (sorry, I had coffee come out my nose after writing that from laughing so hard).
I'm not sure what the LaSalle Business Association is or how they grade their award recipients, but someone there seriously needs to stay off of the pipe. The group awarded Antoine Thompson their Business Person of the Year. Really? Is this the same Thompson that supported a massively bloated budget that raised taxes and fees on businesses? Or the same Antoine that supported stealing $550 million from our community with the NYPA sweep? Or the same Thompson that has proposed IDA reform legislation that would cripple employers in this community? Why do I get the feeling that the LBA is in line for a nice little member item.
The potential sale of a home in North Tonawanda where a vicious attack occurred last year is causing much emotion to rise to the surface. The city wants to sell the property to recoup some of the expenses incurred from maintaining the property, while the mother of the victim wants the house torn down. The city believes that the $15,000 demolition expenses are too much. We say you can't put a price on the devastation this girl experienced. Find a way to get the money to tear it down.
We're often critical of our state leaders, and usually rightly so. But when we read that the state is removing many companies from a state-approved Empire Zone tax credits program for failing to meet the requirements of job creation, we thought that was a strong, positive message to send. Then after further thought, we realized that the state is trying to enforce the rules during the most difficult economic times in generations, which is completely ludicrous. Maybe the state should consider the fact that so many employers are struggling because of the massive burdens placed on them by this same government.
Get ready for a host of new taxes passed as part of the state budget this spring and last month as part of a plan to bail out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Never heard of the MTA? It's New York City's transportation system, and you are bailing it out with your hard earned tax dollars.
The Buffalo News has an excellent editorial on our state leaders' extremely successful efforts to drive New Yorkers out of the state. Great job, Antoine.
David Paterson is proposing a bill to reform Albany's ethic commissions. Talk about putting the fox in charge of the hen house. I mean, really....the home of scumbags like Hiram Montserrate and Kevin Parker is going to enact ethical standards? Hell, that's the best joke I've heard all year!