August 30, 2011

Virtuoso's Legacy

Word is that Niagara County Legislator Dennis Virtuoso has put in a resolution eliminating the health insurance option for members of the legislature. Let's forget for a second that Virtusoso has accumulated 20 lackluster years in the Leg, thus ensuring that he has the option of taking health insurance, paid for by taxpayers, for the rest of his life. The real conversation is about what's going to happen next.

In Virtuoso's little game of political one-upsmanship, his bluff is about to get called. Not only is the Niagara County Legislature going to move forward with eliminating health insurance for current legislators, they are prepared to eliminate the benefit for retired legislators as well. That means people like Lee Simonson, Mark Scott (who was convicted of a felony for selling his legislature vote but still gets health insurance paid for by county taxpayers), Art Crusione (Virtuoso's uncle), and Sean O'Connor can all kiss their lifetime health insurance goodbye. They all think that their benefit would be grandfathered in and thus untouchable, but they'd be wrong. Recent court cases support the legislature's efforts to strip retired legislature members of benefits, if they are forced by Virtuoso. Apparently the Leg is willing to go all the way.

Virtuoso has never learned the old credo, "Don't start something you can't finish". He's opened a can of worms that he thinks is going to save him politically, while screwing his present and past colleagues. Considering he's brought this after he made sure his health insurance was taken care of for the rest of the life, Virtuoso once again showed his true colors - the epitome of selfishness.

Frankly, I could care less what they do with the benefit. For some, it's offered and they take it, while others don't have the need. Considering they only make $15k for all of the assholes and bullshit they have to deal with, a health insurance benefit hardly seems exorbitant, and they did eliminate the lifetime benefit some years back, which was a good move. But Virtuoso's move smacks of political desperation designed to save his ass and his ass only two weeks before the primary. It's sad and pathetic, and only reinforces Virtuoso's legacy as the most arrogant, self-serving individual ever to walk the through county hall.

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