Niagara Gazette

Opinion

October 31, 2012

GLYNN: Calls flooding local SBA office

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To handle the sharp increase in calls, Leggiero has recruited 25 reservists to boost the staff to 107. The new hires are guaranteed of $16 per hour, working six days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They can expect to be employed for at least 90 days and possibly longer. People seeking additional information may call toll-free at 800-659-2955.

Most of the current work force is comprised of Erie and Niagara County residents.

Leggiero, a Lewiston resident, has been with the SBA agency for many years including when the regional headquarters was based at the former Occidental Chemical Co. (One Niagara), near the Rainbow Bridge.

• EQUAL TIME: Amy Hope Witryol, endorsed Democrat and Working Families Party candidate opposing state Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, in the 62nd District, must have winced Tuesday morning during the commercial break on the radio talk show "Viewpoint" (WJJL).

A 30-second campaign spot featured Nik Wallenda touting Maziarz for re-election and citing him for his behind-the-scenes role in securing permission for the tightrope artist to walk over the falls in June. It was said the event was worth millions of dollars in publicity for Niagara.

Obviously it wasn't the kind of message that Witryol was expecting as the guest on the show that day. Then just as the program resumed, Witryol skillfully made a smooth segue, reminding the listeners that Maziarz was the same person who had raised a ruckus in the city of Niagara Falls. Mayor Dyster had rightfully claimed that Wallenda had not paid the $25,000 for extra security and related costs as part his contract for the performance here.

Witryol questioned why Maziarz chose to grab headlines over that matter instead of trying to resolve it in a diplomatic manner. As she noted, the senator's approach to the issue, resulted in a flood of negative publicity for the falls with media on both sides of the border pouncing on the story. 

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