September 13, 2010

Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Ten Years Ago?

The title of this post is aimed primarily at residents of the City of Niagara Falls, though we suspect nearly everyone in the 138th Assembly District would answer it the same way. Of course, that stands in stark contrast with the positively optimistic views of Assemblyperson Francine DelMonte in a recent interview with her campaign spokesman, Mark Scheer, where she details how she's going to finally pull Niagara Falls out of its malaise:

DelMonte believes investments by the city and the state in downtown Niagara Falls have resulted in change for the better. She pointed to ongoing road repair projects and the recent multi-million redevelopment of the western end of Old Falls Street as concrete efforts that have paid dividends. She believes a stalled effort to build Niagara County Community College’s culinary arts center inside the vacant Rainbow Centre Mall building will still come to fruition...

“It’s all about creating a synergy here for tourists to compel them to visit Niagara Falls and Niagara County,” she said.


Um, let’s see. What part of the
Rainbow Centre deal is dead don’t you understand, Francine?

Still, Francine’s plucky optimism about that doomed project is kind of contagious. No doubt, soon she’ll be telling us about her grand plans to resurrect the
Wintergarden, or perhaps to restore the “Flight of Angels” tethered balloon rides over the city—or any of the myriad other things that have completely failed in the Falls in the decade since she took office, like the few remaining businesses on Main Street.

We’re just waiting on her to create that “synergy.”

Problem is, we've been waiting for 10 years.

Politicians routinely spend election season recounting their successes. But in all honesty, the last time we remember a politician telling us that we should re-elect them because they were really, really going to do a better job next term was in 1980, and it came from the man Francine has cited on numerous occasions as her personal role model:




We only hope Francine soon has something else in common with her role model.

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