Niagara Gazette


December 31, 2012

CITY DESK: Year-end wishes, under the wire


Niagara Gazette — • Good luck Bryan DalPorto. The man who has been tapped to fill Chella’s shoes has a big job ahead of him. I don’t know him all that well, but if he comes recommended by Chella, he should do a fine job. Here’s hoping he gets off to a strong start in 2013. 

• So long to the unsung. Chella’s the big name leaving city government this year, but there are several others. City Council secretary Geri Mondi departs as does longtime purchasing division manager Dean Spring and police Capt. Morris Shamrock. Mondi was one of my go-to people when I needed information, contacts or telephone numbers quickly. I didn’t know Spring all that well, but he seemed like a good guy, a solid worker and never hesitated to answer questions whenever I had any. And Shamrock, well, I didn’t know him well either but there’s no question he was a good source of information for the Gazette and, more importantly, a top investigator who handled many successful cases for the department. May each of them find happiness and fulfillment in retirement. 

• When next we meet. Year-end stuff can become tedious real quick. Years pass. What are you going to do? In the new year, here’s hoping Niagara Falls shifts away from the poor-decision making and reputation that has plagued it in its past and finally begins to create the sort of atmosphere that is conducive to what it desperately needs most - fresh faces, less ego-driven leadership and genuine growth. 

Contact City Editor Mark Scheer at 282-2311, ext. 2250.

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