Niagara Gazette


October 20, 2013

EDITORIAL: Local hiring law just makes sense


Niagara Gazette — This is also an all-too rare case in Niagara County where politics and partisanship did not trump sound legislation. Labor leaders and elected and appointed officials from both sides of the political aisle came together to make this happen. 

In May, Republicans and Democrats alike supported resolutions sponsored by Niagara County legislators Dennis Virtuoso, Jason Zona and Owen Steed that called upon the NCIDA’s board to establish a local hire policy and ask the NCIDA and the state to forfeit all benefits for companies that employ illegal aliens or undocumented workers on projects. 

To their credit, NCIDA officials, who were already at work on such a policy, carefully researched various options, including similar policies on the books in other communities. Members of the agency’s governance committee, including interim Chairman and Lockport Mayor Mike Tucker and fellow directors Stephen Brady and Deanna-Brennan Taylor, worked closely with their fellow board members, agency staff and NCIDA attorney Mark Gabriele to develop the policy that, thanks to a vote by the full board earlier this week, is now the law of the local development land. 

We say it’s about time. 

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