The swearing-in of Niagara County's newest State Assemblyman, John Ceretto, was a pretty standard affair. You had dozens of supporters, GOP party leadership, elected officials and family & friends.
What wasn't so standard was the plethora of Democrats who showed up to support Ceretto on his special day. First and foremost was county legislator Renae Kimble. Not only did Kimble attend, she lead the invocation to commence the ceremony. There is no doubt that Kimble's participation was a great, big "f#%@ you" to former Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte.
Anyone who has followed Niagara County politics knows that Kimble and DelMonte have had an extremely contentious relationship that included DelMonte personally sabotaging Kimble's appointment to the NYPA Board. You know that Kimble was going to take any and every opportunity she could to bask in the glory of DelMonte's defeat, including taking an active role in the swearing-in of a Republican.
But Kimble wasn't the only high-profile Dem to grace the Como. Also in attendance were Niagara Falls Councilmen Charlie Walker and Sam Fruscione as well as Sheriff Jim Voutour.
One can only presume that DelMonte would be none-to-happy to learn that her former allies are so quick to jump on board with Ceretto. Now, I understand the rationale of bipartisanship and working together, which is all fine and dandy. But that can come after the pomp and circumstance of a purely ceremonial event (the legal swearing-in is done in Albany).
In the meantime, we'll keep an eye on which Dems cozy up to Ceretto. We won't hold our breath for Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster to be among that group- he's got things going so well in the city that he doesn't need to cooperate with anyone else.