Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Last Supper
I wonder what the average citizen makes of a story like this. Two council members in Buffalo disputing whether a meeting at Francesca's Restaurant on Seneca Street violates the Open Meetings Law.
Politics is clearly at the center of the debate. At stake is the Council Presidency. Dave Franczyk seems like a decent guy, but he's simply been in city hall way too long. Perhaps Rich Fontana will inject some new ideas into the council. Maybe both of them can pull a "Charlie Fisher" and lie down in front of a city garbage truck. Whoever holds their ground the longest gets the Presidency. (Incidentally, that publicity stunt turned out to be the highlight of Fisher's underwhelming career as a lawmaker.)
I have a question of my own: Was the City Hall Rooster informed about this meeting? As a correspondent to this website, he should be given press credentials to every event, especially those where free meals are being offered. It will be interesting to see which member of this Last Supper embraces the role of Judas. One thing I learned about politics is that it is Ground Zero for backstabbers and finks. Remember what Tip O'Neil once said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." So true. And I'm sure the same can be said about city hall politics...