Thompson Effort at Electoral Theft Despicable
News that defeated 60th District Senator Antoine Thompson is planning courtroom shenanigans to invalidate the election that ousted him is disconcerting to anyone who believes in the democratic process.
It’s doubly disconcerting, though, to those of us who know Antoine. We could rehash all the ridiculousness of the past year—Thompson’s efforts to “find jobs” in Jamaica, his personal enrichment from the AEG scandal, his making taxpayers pay for a 102-page campaign mailer/coffee table book, his making taxpayers pay for birthday cards for his constituents…
But what really galls us, more than anything, is that even before absentee ballots that most observers expect to break for Grisanti are counted, Thompson trails by 598 votes. That would be a difficult deficit for anyone to overcome with just 2,500 absentee ballots out. But to us, the really galling thing, is knowing that Antoine Thompson can’t count to 598—and still, is intent on paralyzing the state government in a pathetic effort to hang onto a job he was hired from.
Three Cheers for Updegrove
This blog has never been particularly impressed by the Niagara County Community College’s proposed Culinary Arts Institute, and we remain skeptical. Frankly, we worry that the college will be flooding an already-saturated labor market—hospitality and cuisine—with well-trained, but underemployed workers.
All that being said, we acknowledge that the project is likely to move forward, and in light of that, we hope it succeeds at all of its goals.
Despite our misgivings, however, we must applaud the Majority Leader of the County Legislature, Rick Updegrove of Lockport. Local media missed it, but watching the recap of Wednesday night’s meeting on LCTV, we got a chuckle out of Updegrove’s grilling of NCCC President James Klyczek, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, and USA Niagara Development Corp. President Chris Schoepflin. The trio essentially gave away the farm to secure the County Legislature’s blessing to build the institute, with Dyster and Schoepflin vowing that Niagara Falls would take over maintenance of the Rainbow Centre Mall—and its decrepit parking ramp “in perpetuity” and that the city would surrender any and all sales tax revenues raised in the mall, which county taxpayers now essentially own, to county coffers.
Not a bad outing for Updegrove, who, as we’ve noted before, is reputed to be a pretty good lawyer in his day job. And not such a good outing for Dyster, who, as we’ve noted before, is reputed to be Niagara Falls’ mayor in his day job.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
We’ve always admired and respected the governance that Town of Niagara Supervisor Steve Richards has brought that once-dysfunctional town over the past two decades.
But we never knew about his unusual hobby.
For those of you who missed it in the white-hot heat of Election Day, Richards is an amateur ghost-hunter. Rather than delve too far into the story, we just offer it up here for your entertainment.
Don’t cross the streams, Steve.
An Idea We Can Endorse
We read this morning that outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is thinking about staying on—both as a Member of Congress and as leader of her party.
Given our own general preference for Republican-leaning policies, we think this is a fantastic idea.
While we’re at it, may we also suggest that Niagara County Democrats follow Pelosi’s lead and keep Dan Rivera around, too?
Salt in the Wound
We know that we should be offering soothing, conciliatory words to our Democratic brethren after their annihilation at the polls.
And yet, we found this video clip from an old Bob Hope movie far more pertinent:
See you Monday.