Niagara Gazette —
Most troublingly, after hundreds of people spoke out about these cuts, the council majority decided to take political cover by involving the police department. They told you that this was all part of their plan and not just a reaction.
What they did not tell you is that Chief Bryan DalPorto’s new community policing strategy does not require cuts to block clubs, the NBC or the NACC. They did not tell you that this police plan is one of my administration’s top priorities. The council majority did not say any of this because it would then be made clear that all of these changes are a political sleight of hand. Instead they found a way to claim credit for the work of dedicated police officers.
They want you to think that you cannot have police on the beat and a fully funded beautification commission or NACC at the same time. They want you to think that your city budget is just one giant slush fund and not a legal document that must be followed. Clearly, the council majority would rather write a snappy press release instead of run a good government.
Fellow citizens, think about how all of this makes us look to potential investors and the community at large. As a business owner, would you want to enter into an agreement with a city that is willing to abandon its contractual agreements every time the political winds change? Do you think our young people are going to want to stay in a place where elected leaders care more about political gains than cultural assets and a consistent government? The answer is no.
One of the things I love most about our city is the common sense, no-nonsense attitude of its residents. We know what is right and what is wrong, and the difference between an honest day’s work and politicians looking merely to promote themselves. I think it is time for all of us to tell this council majority to stop the politicking and to get back to work.
Paul Dyster is the mayor of Niagara Falls.Paul Dyster is the mayor of Niagara Falls.