Niagara Gazette — Equally important, as it is with the biscuit recipe, the Assembly will be controlled by Democrats off into the foreseeable future. As a result, even as affable as current Republican Assemblyman John Ceretto may be — and I do like him as a person, to forgo the necessary party connections that will move effective legislation forward for the district would be very, very shortsighted. Therefore, I support Restaino.
• STATE SENATE 62nd DISTRICT: Republican George D. Maziarz — I like candidate Amy Hope Witryol, and if she had selected to run for the Assembly instead of the Senate, then I would have given her even greater consideration. But despite the warts that a George Maziarz has, as an influential member of a Republican state Senate, he still represents our best chance of getting things fixed within the district.
Not substantially representing Niagara Falls in the past, and sometimes saying some pretty hurtful things about us, there is no question that he doesn't possess the bedside manner of a Dr. Marcus Welby. But the city is indeed sick in bed, and the doomsday budget proves it. Therefore, I would rather have the gruff, rude and effective mannerisms of a Dr. Gregory House that, despite how un-gentle that he will be, will make us well, rather we want to get better or not — rather than dying happily in bed.
Besides; going back to President Clinton’s recipe for success, we are doomed anytime one party holds both the legislature and the executive mansion — especially when with a Democratic Senate, the power will reside in a post Tropical Storm Sandy New York City that is now almost worse off than Niagara Falls.
• HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 26th DISTRICT: Despite the yeoman job that Brian Higgins is doing for Buffalo’s waterfront, Michael H. Madigan (R) more closely embraces my values; and as with the Clinton-biscuit recipe, I am very happy that the House of Representatives is in opposition with the Senate because it gives us legislative balance. Given the margins of powers that exist in the House today, Madigan can easily rise to a position by which that he could do much for the region.