Niagara Gazette

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October 11, 2012

HAMILTON: Legislator Steed cried where Kimble once ruled

Niagara Gazette — In my Jan. 13, 2011, column, titled “Event to celebrate unity is pulled apart,” I asked the question, “Why is Legislator Renae Kimble hijacking the Poor People’s Luncheon? Owen Steed … wants to know — and you should too.”

That was then.

In the absence of anyone else putting together the 2011 annual Poor People’s Luncheon, Owen Steed, that year’s recipient of the NCCJ-MLK Civil Rights Award, had planned and all but put the event together himself, when he stopped, nearly at the last minute, saying that Kimble told him that she was going to do it.

Without protest, Steed fed his lunch to Kimble.

Without a doubt, that column launched the political career of Steed and he became the new 4th District legislator. That luncheon likely became the straw that politically broke ‘the Kimble’s’ back and let her know that it was time for her to leave.

But this is now, and maybe Kimble left too soon, at least for the seniors who eat lunch at St. John’s AME Church.

Whereas Kimble figuratively ate Steed’s lunch on the Poor People’s Luncheon deal, in a recently convened committee meeting that determined if the county was going to close down three of its Chat and Chew senior nutrition sites, Steed not only failed to convince his colleagues in the Niagara County Legislature that they should not unnecessarily close down the site at St. John’s AME Church in the city’s North End, but upon his failure to convince, the man protested by actually breaking down and crying.

But this is now.

Now nobody’s eating lunch at all, well, at least not at St. John’s.

That’s right, the nice guy who won the vote to represent his district with no other qualifications than he was a nice guy, openly sobbed. And I heard that they were pretty nice tears, too.

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