It's always satisfying to see the old saying "karma is a bitch" at work. In 2008, Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte removed then-Lewiston Village Mayor Dick Soluri from the Greenway Commission, a committee that Soluri loved serving on, purely out of spite. On January 1st, Soluri will be serving the people of the 12th Legislative District while DelMonte tries to find her place in the world.
The Niagara Falls City Council cut the salary of the city's economic development director Peter Kay from $100,000 a year to $1 a year. He's worth every penny of it.
Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada released a 34-page taxpayer-funded report detailing all of the great things he did while serving in that capacity. Oh, he was also indicted on federal embezzlement and theft charges for stealing money from health clinics that he runs in the Bronx to fund his lavish lifestyle. Gives new meaning to the term "robbing Peter to pay Pedro".
Barry Obama pledged to eliminate earmarks throughout the 2008 presidential campaign. Yesterday, Senate Dems presented a bill to Republicans that contains $1.1 billion in earmarks. Harry Reid called the bill "a very good piece of legislation" and vowed to fight for its passage. I'd actually like to see it pass the Senate just to see what Obama does with it when it's time for him to sign it.
Matt Damon is a douchebag. This video of him lobbying for the New York arm of ACORN, otherwise known as the Working Families Party, makes me want to punch him in his smug little face. Stick to your bad movies and bad accents and stay the hell out of New York. He fell 16,293 votes short of having to don the Yankees cap - as if anyone who has a life actually gives a shit.
In a move likely to send shockwaves across the country, we're going to give kudos to outgoing State Senator Antoine Thompson. At one point, the Niagara Gazette criticized Thompson for not conceding the race. Not only has he conceded, we hear that he's scheduled to meet with Mark Grisanti to facilitate the transition. The problem is, not once has the Gazette called out DelMonte for never calling John Ceretto or at least conceding the race. Come on, guys - a little consistency please.
Kudos to board member Johnny Destino for trying to break through the army of incompetents who've run the Niagara Falls school district into the ground for decades. As the Gazette reported, "the hiring practices of the Niagara Falls School District have constantly been called to question with more than two dozen immediate relatives of (Superintendent Cynthia) Bianco, her brother and former Superintendent Carmen Granto and five school board members currently employed by the school district." The sickening sense of entitlement that these people have makes public sector unions look grateful. And they will contend to their graves that they were only acting in the best interests of the district.
Lastly, while it's not exactly right for the season, we'd like to share this card that a reader sent along. I suppose this could be a collector's item since Thompson, and taxpayers, will no longer be footing the bill for this sickening waste of our money. Having never received one almost makes regret never having lived in Niagara Falls. Okay, maybe not.