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October 4, 2012

GLYNN: GOP lawmakers counting on Cuomo

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Niagara Gazette — Most recently, the senator seized an opportunity to impress Cuomo by leading the forces to authorize the Nik Wallenda walk across the Niagara Gorge.

Ceretto, facing a tough fight for re-election, has often stressed his role too in helping Wallenda secure permission for his high-profile act. What isn’t clear though is how — as Ceretto contends — Wallenda’s dramatic feat will create jobs and boost the area economy. Or keep young college graduates at home instead of relocating elsewhere.

Reading Ceretto’s campaign material, you get the firm impression that he has been part of the team restoring confidence in state government. With the scandals in Albany during the past year or so, there’s reason to believe that the public trust is still an elusive goal. On that subject, where’s the strict code of ethics that was promised by the current governor when he took office?

• WHY NOT NIAGARA? Speaking of Gov. Cuomo, isn’t it about time that he visits Niagara Falls, the nation’s oldest state park and some area attractions to boost tourism. It’s common knowledge that his favorite place in the Empire State is the Adirondacks, as evidenced by his recent junket there when he hosted the media. It was unfortunate that he didn’t have time to attend the opening of the new Niagara Falls Culinary Institute on Old Falls Street. (Instead Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy was sent.) Could it be that Cuomo is dodging the Cataract City these days because of the ongoing issue over the long-delayed casino revenues that Niagara Falls sorely needs to balance its budget?

• AVID READER: Overheard in Murphy’s Cafe, Third Street: “I saw in the paper where the editor of Cliff Notes died. He was George Bush’s favorite author” — a diehard Democrat who blames everything on the former president.

Contact Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.

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