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April 14, 2014

County says sex offenders on Davison isn't true


Niagara Gazette — “This whole resolution is just asinine, it doesn’t belong on the floor of the legislature, it’s just stupid, plain stupid,” Virtuoso said. “This whole resolution is just garbage, period. Garbage. Shouldn’t even be on the floor of this Legislature. You know, you guys are making a fool of this legislature with some of the resolutions you’re bringing to this honorable floor. It’s not meant to harass people, it’s not meant to do discriminate against people, it’s not meant to make fun of people. This legislature was made to make laws, not to do stupid stuff like this.” 

Updegrove said when someone makes allegations that sex offenders were being allowed to live on county property, that’s something that needs to be dealt with.

”I don’t think that’s stupid,” he said.

The Davison Road property was declared excess property by the Legislature last month, a first step in the process for lawmakers to sell it.

Following the discussion over the Davison Road resolution, the Administration committee tabled another Bradt-sponsored resolution involving Virtuoso, this one accusing him of trying to pad his pension.

In the resolution, Bradt alleged that Virtuoso and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster have worked together to maximize Virtuoso’s overtime in his role as acting director of code enforcement and chief code enforcement officer for the city of Niagara Falls. The resolution seeks an investigation from the state attorney general and comptroller and urges the city to start a search for a full-time code enforcement director.

Virtuoso said last month the resolution was factually incorrect and “highly inappropriate.” By serving in both positions Virtuoso said he was saving the city about $100,000 a year.

• At Tuesday’s meeting of the full Legislature, county lawmakers appointed Joan G. Aul, an executive with M&T Bank, to a seat on the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.

Aul was chosen to take the seat vacated by Deanna Brennen, president of the Niagara USA Chamber, who resigned from the IDA board April 4. Aul is a Town of Lockport resident and has been with M&T since 1998.

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