Well, this one's gonna be painful. Niagara County Manager Greg Lewis' ineptitude is going to cost us, the taxpayers of the county, millions and millions of dollars.
The county, which closed the Mount View nursing home at the direction of Lewis, is now facing a $5 million bill after a state arbitrator agreed with the union that the county failed to follow layoff procedures as required by contract when it moved forward with Mount View’s closure. The arbitration is binding.
It's hardly been a secret that we have no use for Lewis. His buffoonery aside, his complete and utter lack of accomplishments during his six years is unquestionable. He despises the unions, has sheer disdain for the taxpayers, pure contempt for the legislature and has absolutely nothing substantive to show for his time here.
This must be the last straw. The county legislature, although following Lewis' lead on the Mount View closure, is ultimately responsible to the voters of this community. Sure, Lewis will recommend appealing the decision of the arbitrator, which of course will cost you and I thousands of dollars in legal fees, but this decision will not be overturned. Anyone who follows such proceedings knows this.
It's time to cut bait, boys. You've had this line in the water for six years, and it's simply not working. He is not the one who is accountable to the taxpayers, you are. Start taking responsibility. After all, how much longer are we, the taxpayers, going to have to suffer the indignity of Greg Lewis' costly mistake after mistake?