I must admit, I'm somewhat perplexed. What has me in this conundrum is the amount of money that has and is flowing to Niagara Falls with no tangible improvements.
The latest announcement, $3.7 million worth of street projects for the city of Niagara Falls, was recently announced by Rep. Louise Slaughter, who apparently found use for her GPS by programming it to find the city that always weeps.
This is on top of the $50 million that Niagara Falls has received from the Seneca Niagara casino slot machine revenues and the money that Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte recently diverted from a separate pool of casino funds allocated for every other community in the county to fix the decrepit roads of the city.
But nothing has changed in the six years of millions of additional dollars flowing into the city. Actually, let me correct that - things have indeed changed - for the worse.
So where the hell is all of this money going? Whose pockets are being lined? Why has there been no attempt by any member of the so-called local media to investigate this? Are they such cowards that they fear getting on the bad side of the politicos?
Niagara County Democratic Committee mouthpiece, errrr, Niagara Gazette space-filler (calling him a reporter would be an insult to the real reporters of the world) Mark Scheer likes to think of himself of having the pulse of the political scene in Niagara County. What a joke - this part-time blogger has more relevant information than he does. Here's some free advice for you, Mark: Go to Niagara Falls City Hall, do a FOIL for every expenditure related to the city's share of the casino revenue and write a story about it.
Meanwhile, millions continue to flow into a city that has become a complete and utter embarrassment. Yeah, I know, that pedestrian walkway sure has some nice pavers. La-dee-freakin-da. A city that gets 11 million visitors to it each year should not be suffering the way Niagara Falls is. The only way to get to the bottom of these troubles is to follow the money trail. Does anyone out there have the courage to do it?