June 26, 2009

Friday Ruminations

Geez Tom, is it really that difficult to acknowledge the source of your story by name? Come on, type it with me...N-I-A-G-A-R-A-T-I-M-E-S. That wasn't so hard, was it? Seems our posting of Lewis' plan has put him on the defensive. Too damn bad.

For those of us who live in the eastern end of the county, the relocating of the YMCA from downtown Lockport to the town has been a big issue for years. Many want the Y to remain in the city, while the Y board wants to move into a palatial facility in the town. The letter to the editor by prominent Lockportian Ben May and subsequent article on the issue are likely sending shockwaves through the plans for the project. And as the article insinuates, Mark Albeiz is one of the most arrogant people you'll ever meet. Where he gets that, who knows? You run a freakin' YMCA, and badly at that.

Talk about throwing your own under the bus. Dem State Senator Kevin Parker, furious over David Paterson's order that senators pay and per diems be withheld, called Paterson a "coke-snorting, staff-banging" governor. Wow, that's harsh. Funny as hell, but harsh.

The Niagara Falls School Board hired the sister of former Superintendent Carmen Granto without so much as an interview of any other candidates. Talk about nepotism at it's worst. Maybe she'd have ultimately gotten the job anyway, but at least try to not give the appearance of being a bunch of in-breds.

Western New York's own state senator, Bill Stachowski, has earned the dubious distinction of billing the taxpayers for the most expenses of any senator in the state, raking in $30,000 for travel and other expenses last year, in addition to his nearly $100,000 salary.

We're going to go out on a limb and predict that the corruption charges against former Niagara Falls Mayor Vince Anello will be tossed out. Was the loan squeaky clean? Probably not, but there's not enough to convict either. Irregardless, the charges are just another black eye on a city that has been the epitome of political corruption for decades.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Department has an new website which is chock-full of interesting and helpful information. The site address is www.niagarasheriff.com.

Lastly, God bless to the families of Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon. Michael Jackson, on the other hand, can rot in hell with the rest of the pedophiles. How the hell anyone can celebrate the life of this piece of shit is beyond me. Did he make some decent music? I suppose. Does that overshadow the multitude of allegations related to his preying on children and fact that he spent tens of millions of dollars to keep his victims quiet? Absolutely not.


Frank DeGeorge said...

In this day and age, you owe it to the community to at least advertise the vacany because you never know who might apply. It's this crap that has destroyed Niagara Falls schools...after all, it's not like you promote from within because the district is so damn good.

Paladin said...

Hobbes, is that even legal? I mean, don't they have a legal obligation to at least advertise the job, review applications, etc.? Especially since, you know, it's paid for with taxpayer dollars...???

What a corrupt, stinking cesspool Niagara Falls is...

Pirate's Code said...

I find myself agreeing with Larry on this (...quick, check pulse, OK).

There is something to be said for continuity in organizations. I believe I read somewhere that Granto's sister has worked for the district in various roles for a long time, so one would hope that she was part of a succession plan.

There is also something to be said for transparency in the process, so if the intent all along was to promote her, so be it, but let it be known.

If there was a known succession plan (even if it was known only to the Board of Education), then don't go through the motions of advertising.

I further agree with the Professor (...quick, check pulse again, take deep breath, OK), that we SHOULD look locally first. I kind of like the idea of someone taking on a position of authority that already knows what the neighborhood looks like, so to speak.

Hiring from outside for the sake of being an outsider is a double-edge sword. While that person may offer a different perspective, the learning curve on the ins and outs of the local community can be a nullifying factor, I think. (Ask the folks in North Tonawanda how happy they are with their outsider superintendent.)

Like some many things in Niagara Falls, we won't know for a while whether or not it was a good decision. It would appear the process for making that decision is flawed.

Barney said...

former Superintendent Carmen Granto is still calling the shots. How sad. He and his sister ran the school district into ground and still they reap the benefits.

Paladin said...

Poopchute, of course you like your cesspool of a community. Who wouldn't? Niagara Falls actually has a really good deal running.

1) People in Niagara, Lewiston, Porter, Wilson, Cambria, Wheatfield, North Tonawanda, Pendleton, the Town of Lockport, the City of Lockport, Newfane, Somerset, Hartland, and Royalton get up every day, go to work, and pay their taxes.

2) Government turns taxes into welfare checks and food stamps.

3) People living in Niagara Falls collect their welfare and food stamps.

4) The county legislators and assemblyperson from Niagara Falls show up and bitch and moan to everyone else in the county that it wasn't good enough and they want more.

5) Francine finds a way to take more money away from the towns, Lockport, and NT and give it to the Falls.

6) The process starts all over again as people in the towns, Lockport, and NT get up, go to work, and pay their taxes...

It's really a great deal the Falls has worked out for itself, Poop. I've got to hand it to you. Of course, if I don't, Francine and Dennis will come and rip it right out of my hand...

James T. Kirk said...

Who's the racist, Poopchute? Nowhere in Paladin's post did he mention race at all. Frankly, most of the recipients of government handouts in the Falls that I've seen would be more aptly described as "white trash." I would imagine that Paladin's experience of those individuals is the same.

However, it's very telling about what's in your heart that Paladin said "welfare" and you say "black."

Who's the racist, Poop?

Barney said...


I know you write alot, I'd assumed that you at least read one of the local newspapers.

I would point to all the issues the NY State Audit revealed and the fact that Business Fist ranks the Niagara Falls district "dead last" every year (Niagara County).

And I do like Ken Hamilton take on Bianco.