Welcome to one of our new features and where your old pal Hobbes (yes, I’m now referring to myself in the third person) gives you the winners and losers on recent political happenings. Today, the recent redistricting by the Niagara County Legislature:
Winners1) Chairman Bill Ross: Ross said from the outset the process would be fair and transparent and that is exactly what happened. In spite of Dennis Virtuoso’s child -like tantrum about the Independent Redistricting Commission at the start of the process, Ross proved good people from the community can come together and do the right thing.
2) Rural Towns: The town supervisors of Niagara County’s rural towns were vocal early and often on how they wanted their districts to look and they pretty much got what they wanted.
3) Village of Lewiston: The Village people (that makes me laugh to write that) wanted nothing to do with Niagara Falls and weren’t shy about saying so. They got their wish in a new district with part of Wheatfield.
4) Dennis Virtuoso: Virtuoso was all over these hearings and meetings and his whining led to parts of Niagara Falls combined back into one district.
Losers1) Rob Clark: Clark said at the public meeting that he didn’t like Niagara/Wheatfield combined with Niagara Falls. When the commission addressed Virtuoso’s issues, Wheatfield got pulled out and the Town of Niagara was combined with even more of the Falls. Rob, if it’s any consolation, the people of Wheatfield are grateful.
2) Virtuoso: The man has gumption. He tried to get all of the Legislative district numbers changed so his district would still be #4 and he wouldn’t have to buy new lawn signs. He failed.
3) Ken Hamilton: We like Ken and believe his argument about how a majority minority district in 2011 actually hurts minority representation, but his call fell on deaf ears as no one seemed willing to challenge prevailing law. Perhaps it’s time to recognize that laws put on the books 40 years ago to help minorities need to fresh look….the times have changed.