Niagara Gazette

May 23, 2013

GLYNN: Poll shows public upset with Albany scandals

By DON GLYNN don.glynn@niagara-gazette.com
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Area state lawmakers including a few Republicans who like to bask in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reflected glory should take a closer look at the latest Siena College Poll results. Those coattails may not help in the next election, unless there’s a dramatic reversal in the way state government operates. While Cuomo is hardly to blame for all the embarrassing mess on Capitol Hill, he still is the state Chief Executive of the system becoming more dysfunctional every day, according to the Siena findings. (In the words of a famous American, shouldn’t the buck stop at the governor’s desk?)

No matter your political party affiliation, you would be excused for grabbing the channel switcher when the governor starts telling you in those 30-second television spots that “New York state government is working again.” How can he possibly make such a claim in light of the corruption scandals that have distracted lawmakers for months? Just a cursory glance at the arrest list should indicate that something’s not working properly. 

For the record, the poll also shows that only 26 percent of New Yorkers think state government is working effectively

Meanwhile, 41 percent of voters said passing laws to curb legislative corruption should be the top end-of session priority. And, 88 percent of the voters are convinced that more lawmakers will be arrested in the near future.

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THE LONG LINE: It’s hard to prove but some motorists contend that at least two or three drivers on the Robert Moses Parkway insist on driving 40 miles per hour, the posted speed limit, just to agitate other persons. At times, their immature action has resulted in eight to 10 cars inching along the parkway between Lewiston and downtown Niagara Falls. One irate driver thinks the culprits are preservationists trying to count the people walking or cycling on the two closed-off lanes closest to the Niagara Gorge. Can’t a driver be ticketed for such antics?

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STEADY INFLUX: You often hear these days that many school districts have been forced to eliminate field trips as the result of budget cutbacks. 

Bob Emerson, executive director of the Old Fort Niagara Association, Youngstown, can easily disprove that claim. In fact, by 10 a.m. Wednesday, some 600 students from Western New York school districts had arrived for tours of the historic site.

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BY THE NUMBERS: Impact of the Seneca Nation and its gaming corporation since 2002:

n Invested more than $1 billion in three Western New York casino properties and the Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston.

n More than 3,700 employees in Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca.

n Operates 6,500 slot machines, 140 gaming tables and 1,000 hotel rooms. 

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MILESTONE: The Grand Island Fire Co. celebrated its 75th anniversary Saturday at Asbury Hall, Buffalo. Board Chairman Greg Butcher noted the town donated the land for a fire station in 1938. Subsequently, the fire company bought a pumper, expanded its fleet to 22 pieces of apparatus, added a Marine Unit, a high-level paramedic program, and a state-of-the-art dispatch center.

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TOP CUISINE: A male traveler leaving the Buffalo Niagara Airport and returning to the parking lot was telling his family about the flight. “The food was fit for a king,” he said. At that precise moment, ‘King,’ a dog, jumped out of the SUV and started wagging his tail.

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HOT ROMANCE: Overheard in Niagara Falls State Park: “You can always spot them honeymooners. They’re always holding hands. If they let go, they’d probably kill each other” — a retiree who spends too much time on the bench, watching couples strolling through the park.

Contact Reporter Don Glynnat 282-2311, ext. 2246.

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