Cheers



• MC RALLY: A lot of people expected the worst from this past weekend’s Niagara MC Rally motorcycle event held near the corner of 10th Street and Cleveland Avenue. When all was said and done, and despite predictions from detractors, Falls police reported they did not respond to a single criminal incident at the event. That’s worth noting because organizer Carmen Toromino wants to bring next year’s event to Hyde Park — a far better location in our view — and being able to point out that everyone was on their best behavior only helps with the move.



• IMPACT’S IMPACT: While Falls police may not have been busy with the motorcycle rally, they have been busy with Operation Impact for the past several years. Funded by the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Services, Impact has provided both money and manpower to aid Falls cops. The city’s 2006-07 Impact money ran out more than a week ago and police officials are waiting to hear if they’ll get more. After taking in $330,000 for 2006-07, police are asking for $450,000 this time. Here’s hoping they get the full amount, but whatever we get will be much appreciated and a huge help.



• TOLL FIGHTERS: Earlier this week, Erie Country Legislator Michelle Iannello announced a Grand Island toll-removal partnership with developer Carl Paladino, who successfully sued the state to get tolls removed from the Niagara section of the Thruway. The day before, Republican candidate for her 10th District seat in the Legislature, Rus Thompson, called the toll issue a “political football.” Call it whatever you want. We say the more fighting the tolls the merrier — as long as the fight doesn’t come to screeching halt after November’s elections.



Jeers



• HEISNER HEARING: When members of the Falls Home Improvement Registration Board are using words such as “jail,” “fraud” and “shyster” at one of their hearings we’ve got a problem. On Tuesday the board members uttered those words in response to several residents who were testifying about being bilked by Falls contractor Michael Heisner and his company Heisner Remodeling. Several residents spoke of shoddy work or work that was just left unfinished after Heisner had already been paid. They weren’t the first consumers to complain either, in 2005, several Falls residents accused him of failing to finish home improvement work they had contracted with him. The board is scheduling a hearing with Heisner and we hope it makes quick work of this matter before more residents fall victim.

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