Is Francine DelMonte completely worthless?
We don’t mean that as a rhetorical aside. We’re completely serious. We know that previously we put a shot across Francine’s bow over her treatment of Niagara County’s taxpayers in her little power-play involving the Seneca Niagara Casino. (Incidentally, we don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but how is it that all the mainstream media around here can write stories about her money-grab without reminding us who the Senecas’ favorite lawyer is?
But back to our main point. Other than securing a whopping $900,000 or so to fix Niagara Falls’s bombed-out, devastated excuses for streets (and mind you, she didn’t secure even that paltry sum from New York state—she stole it from other Niagara County residents), we suddenly realized she hasn’t done that much for her beloved Niagara Falls, even. We accept that she has brazenly screwed everyone in Wheatfield except Tim Demler, and everyone who lives in all the other towns in her district. (If you live in the Town of Niagara, the Town of Lewiston, the Town of Porter, the Town of Wilson, the Town of Cambria, the Town of Newfane, or the Town of Hartland, we’re talking about you.) But it suddenly occurred to us that she hasn’t actually accomplished anything of note for the Falls, either.
Perhaps we make this post this morning because we made the mistake, yet again, of watching LCTV’s coverage of the Niagara County Legislature. At the meeting, we saw a woman who heads a state-funded program essentially beg the county to pony up some funds for people who live in the worst neighborhoods in Niagara Falls, so that something called “Healthy Neighborhoods” can give free smoke detectors to people living in the firetraps that pass for homes in Paul Dyster’s dystopia.
Now, we’re not about to debate the merits of this program. We, obviously, see both good and bad in it as a concept. But what struck us was the lead paragraph in Niagara Gazette reporter Mark Scheer’s copy from earlier this week: “State budget cuts are putting a dent in a program aimed at helping residents in Niagara Falls and other parts of the county guard against fire. Theresa McCabe, public health educator for the county health department’s Healthy Neighborhood program, told members of the Legislature on Tuesday her office could use their help in maintaining services that are at risk due to cuts in state spending.”
Did you get that? Francine can’t even protect a state giveaway in her own district—her own city! According to Scheer’s article, the state cut Healthy Neighborhoods’ budget by around $10,000. Amazing, isn’t it? Francine can’t even preserve a measly $10K for a program that benefits her own core constituents.
It’s almost as if she takes them for granted.
Of course, we genuinely started to feel sorry for Ms. McCabe as she pitched her program. At one point, Niagara Falls Legislator Jason Murgia even had to pimp the program to any civic groups watching and willing to write a check.
You’d think that a supposedly powerful and influential Albany Democrat like Francine could get them a simple member item.
How pathetic. And yet, they keep voting for her.