I won't even begin to speculate why. Maybe he just can't help it, maybe it's genetics, maybe he just doesn't know any better, maybe he simply doesn't care or maybe he wants to continue to be Francine DelMonte's bitch. Whatever the reason, Niagara County Legislator Dennis Virtuoso is planning on wasting the county's time and resources by asking the state Attorney General's office to investigate the legality of the county's use of casino funds to cover its legal expenses in the lawsuit against NYPA.
His rationale? "It can only be used for economic development", says Virtuoso.
Now, I could go on a long-winded, intricate diatribe as to why this is the most critical initiative ever taken up by the county legislature as it relates to economic development, but it would be so far over Virtuoso's head that it would do him no good.
So let's try to simplify it.
When you talk to businesses in Western New York, they consistently have two complaints about doing business in this region: Taxes and utility costs. While the county has done a good job of addressing the county taxes over the past four years (school districts continue to rape us), NYPA continues to ask for, and receive, massive rate hikes.
So let's pretend for a moment that I own a business or am considering starting a business in this region. We'll work under the premise that is a manufacturing business.
Like any reasonably intelligent business person, I'm going to put together a business plan. In that plan, I'm going to evaluate, among many factors, my energy costs.
In a nutshell, if I can operate my manufacturing business more efficiently in another location, and that efficiency is based upon my utility rates, I'm outta here.
If you create an atmosphere that is conducive to business growth, business will flourish. Forcing NYPA to re-examine the way they do business and possibly bringing down the utility expenses for businesses is part of creating that atmosphere.
I wouldn't expect Virtuoso to be able to comprehend such a simple concept. After all, it's obvious that the guy never went to college. Hell, I don't think he ever went to Bryant & Stratton. Now, that is not meant to impugn those who did not have the opportunity to continue their education. But if you are going to pretend to oversee a corporation with a $300 million budget, as the county does, you goddamn well better have more business sense than the roll of tape sitting on my desk. Unfortunately for the residents of the district he allegedly represents, Virtuoso doesn't.
So keep throwing out your propaganda, Virtuoso. Maybe there are those in the community who buy into it. Of course, there are those in the community who need a lobotomy, too.