Last week, Niagara Times encouraged candidates and party officials to email us with information relevant to the 2009 elections. We didn’t, however, anticipate hearing interesting election tidbits from ordinary citizens.
That’s why, when this email arrived in our inbox following yesterday’s Bills game, we were a bit surprised. Out of fairness to the email’s author, we’ve omitted names and email addresses; we’ll let you be the judge, though, of what it says about the fitness of North Tonawanda Mayor Larry Soos to continue holding office:
Dear Niagara Times,
I wanted to take you up on your challenge to the public to provide information about the candidates running for office this year. I have a story about something that happened this morning in North Tonawanda that I think you and your readers will find very interesting.
As you may have heard, every year for the past three or four years, several city aldermen have organized an event they call a “Clean Sweep.” The aldermen get some volunteers together and go and clean up one of our neighborhoods. This year, Alderwoman Nancy Donovan of the 3rd Ward was responsible for organizing the event, and the aldermen picked Oliver Street (which I’m sure you know is North Tonawanda’s historic business district).
The volunteers all met up at 11:30 this morning at Oliver and Sommer Street. Mrs. Donovan was there, along with two other alderman (Mr. Pasiak and Mrs. Schwandt). They began to hand out garbage bags, brooms, and rakes to everyone.
Just then, Larry Soos, the mayor of NT, and his wife pulled up in their car. Mrs. Donovan welcomed them both, thinking that they had come to help out.
Instead, Mr. Soos attacked Mrs. Donovan and the other two aldermen! He was swearing at them and saying the whole Clean Sweep was a “political stunt.” He then hollered at them for not attending some clean-up he said he’d held earlier in the year, and kept repeating that this was just “typical republican politics.”
What he didn’t realize was that he managed to draw quite a crowd. About four volunteers were standing behind him the whole time, and they all later said that they hadn’t been committed before but now are going to vote for Robert Ortt. Apparently they like “typical republican politics” if it’s the opposite of what Mr. Soos was offering and it cleans the streets.
I hope you find this informative. I was an eyewitness to this event, and am still surprised and saddened. Mrs. Donovan, Mr. Pasiak, and Mrs. Schwandt tried to do a nice thing, and Larry Soos had to come out and attack them for it. I really hope that things are different, and better, in January.
Well, there you have it, folks. You stay classy, North Tonawanda.