Local media has spilled a decent amount of ink detailing the “code enforcement blitz” by Niagara Falls’ Dynamic Duo, Paul Dyster and Dennis Virtuoso, this past Saturday. We’re told that by ticketing property owners for various crimes against aesthetics—complete with press releases and posed photographs—Dyster and Virtuoso are remaking Niagara Falls in their own image.
“Police and Code Enforcement Officials walked along Main Street in Niagara Falls, inspecting houses and looking for housing code violators,” a news story on WIVB’s website informs us. And this is a big deal, according to Niagara Falls’ chief building inspector:
“Director of the Code Enforcement Department, Dennis Virtuoso said, ‘We're finding houses that need painting, rotten eaves, and gutters, and yards full of debris. We're writing up every house we see that has code violations.’"
Yes, Dennis Virtuoso and the Niagara Falls Police Department are hard at work cracking down on rotten eaves and peeling paint. Niagara Falls will be a better place for their efforts—just ask Mayor Dyster:
“One of the things that we are doing here, obviously, is trying to step up our enforcement of quality of life type of issues that affect neighborhoods and economic development,” Dyster said.
Of course, we have to wonder if the use of all that police manpower during the day on Saturday might have helped contributed to this story on Saturday night:
Falls resident suffers three stab wounds
NIAGARA FALLS—Lecheay Renford, 23, of Pierce Avenue, was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for three stab wounds and then was transferred to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, for further examination after several men were involved in a fight at about 2 a.m. Sunday both inside and outside the Hometown Market, 1563 Pierce Ave., police said.
In a separate incident about three hours earlier in front of the same store, police arrested John H. Adams, 67, of Seventh Street, on a charge of criminal possession of a hypodermic needle.
Officers said they found the needle when they “patted him down” because he apparently had been asking people for money in the parking lot, and he appeared to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.
Maybe Dyster should start focusing on real “quality of life issues that affect neighborhoods and economic development”—like people getting stabbed and shaken down by addicts—instead of worrying about when they plan to paint their porch.