March 31, 2011

Hope on the Horizon

We've made no secret of our disdain for New York Power Authority (NYPA) President & CEO Richard Kessel. Time and time again he has shown that he is little more than a bureaucratic blowhard who looks at the Lewiston Power Project as his personal political piggy bank. Already under the gun for his complete mismanagement of the Power Authority, Kessel has recently drawn the ire of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for improper distribution of NYPA funds to Kessel's favored charities.

With the appointment of John Dyson to the Power Authority Board of Trustees on Monday, Kessel's days with NYPA may be coming to an end. Many are speculating that Dyson was brought in to fire Kessel. We can only hope.

While one never knows what may lie behind the curtain, it's hard to imagine any replacement of Kessel being any worse, especially for Niagara County. While Kessel gets off on touting how much he's been here, the reality is that he never comes here unless it's beneficial for him, not us. For Kessel, it's not about acting in the best interests of Niagara County, it's about getting his face in in front of the cameras and getting his name in the paper. I've known some arrogant people in my life, but Kessel takes the cake. He makes Narcissus look humble.

As the story in the hyperlink above states, Kessel is not without his friends. That being said, because the contentiousness between Andrew Cuomo and Kessel is so significant, Cuomo's wishes will likely supersede the power of Richie's pals. We can hardly wait.

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