After his boxing career flamed out, some Democrats thought he might make a good candidate for office, despite his having sustained brain damage, and he ran for State Senate last fall. Mesi ultimately fell short of his quest, losing to former Erie County Legislator Mike Ranzenhofer.
Mesi, though, landed on his feet. He was given a do-nothing job with the State Senate Democrats, leading a staff of what is reported to be 10 people in the Buffalo office of the Senate Majority.
In case you were wondering, there are just two state senators in the Buffalo area, Bill Stachowski and Antoine Thompson, who currently serve in the Democratic Majority. So, in addition to their own bloated staffs, there are ten additional people (supposedly) working for two senators. It's estimated that the office will cost the taxpayers of the state about $700,000.
In addition, it's been reported that Mesi has been on the senate payroll since January 1, despite the fact that the office didn't even physically exist until recently. One must wonder what Mesi was doing to earn that nice $70k salary, considering he hadn't had a place to go to work.
Sadly, Mesi wasn't the only political hack to benefit from the Dems takeover of the senate. In a Niagara Times exclusive, we have learned of those who sought work, or are working, in the Democrat's State Senate Majority office. They include:
- Diane Wellenc
- Erie Paul
- Geraldine Ford
- Matt Makowski
- Tashene Erbanks
- Heather Leaderstorf
- Angela McNeal
- Marthe Ngwashi
- David Pfaff
- Christopher Walsh
- Willie Morris
- Melissa Sanchez
- Bernard Ryan
- Joseph Deomond
- Steve Spillman
- Joseph Malczerski
- Jonathan Rivera
- Kristin Keane
All are connected to the Democratic Party.
Makowski is a former associate with Lippes Mathias Wexler Freedman, with a Business Law, Political Science BA from the University of Miami.
Ford and Eubanks serve on the staff of Buffalo Council member Demone Smith. Obviously if they move over to the senate office, that creates two more openings for Smith, and the patronage gravy train keeps rolling on.
Leaderstorf works for Byron Brown in the city of Buffalo's Finance, Policy & Urban Affairs department.
Ngwashi works at the Buffalo Office of the NYS Attorney General. She previously worked as the Regional Director of the NYS Democratic Committee.
Wellenc, according to NYS BOE records, gave two separate political contributions to Mesi's campaign in 2008, one for $667.50 and the second for $996.44. Who says politics doesn't pay?
Pfaff is formerly the executive director of the Erie County Democratic Committee under Steve Pigeon. He was nailed in Comptroller Mark Poloncarz’s 2006 cell phone audit as one of two political operatives who still possessed and used county cell phones at taxpayer expense for more than a year after involuntarily leaving the county. Pfaff also was involved in a highly publicized incident in which Erie County Leg Lynn Marinelli used her pork money allocation to hire Pfaff.
One seriously has to wonder, where is the outrage? How are people like Bill Stachowski and Antoine Thompson allowed to continue to rape the taxpayers of this state without justifying their actions? They've screwed us time and time again and they just go about their merry way.
These tea parties make for fine TV, but they don't accomplish a thing. People need to get up, get together and stop this insanity. Until we do, we deserve exactly what is being shoved straight down our throats.