April 1, 2011

Hudson to Challenge Dyster

In an announcement that is sure to raise a few eyebrows, Niagara Times has learned that the Editor-in-Chief of the Niagara Falls Reporter, Mike Hudson, will soon announce his candidacy for Mayor of Niagara Falls. From our perspective, we love the move. Since the publishing of his weekly began, Hudson has faithfully followed his credo, "To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."

Hudson is a colorful guy and could be a formidable candidate. There is no doubt that he has the pulse of the city and is not afraid tell it the way it is. He certainly has the balls to make the wholesale changes that are needed to turn Niagara Falls around.

That being said, Hudson has made his share of enemies over the years. From the writing of his book, Niagara Falls Confidential, to his unbridled willingness to say the things that so many want to say but don't have the guts to say, Hudson will never find himself on the Christmas card list of many current and former officials.

One of those people is incumbent Paul Dyster. Hudson regularly tees off on Dyster with pinpoint accuracy. While a Hudson candidacy would certainly have some obstacles to overcome, it would be fascinating to watch the interaction between Hudson and Dyster, as well as the fireworks that the race would generate. Visualizing these two participating in a candidate forum literally brings a smile to my face.

The biggest problem for Hudson would be that he wears his heart on his sleeve. At the same time, that would also be his biggest asset. His passion and understanding of what has made Niagara Falls the city it was and is today is far superior to Dyster's. His ability to articulate his knowledge should be a major concern for Dyster.

While we'd love to see the above scenario become a reality, it is with much regret that we must announce that, yes, it is indeed April 1st. Happy April Fools Day!

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