Thursday, April 5, 2012
Fontana putting politics ahead of S. Bflo residents
It appears as though the Rich Fontana-led Common Council is going to appoint Brian Bollman to fill the shoes of outgoing Councilman Mickey Kearns. If that name doesn't ring a bell, it shouldn't. Bollman has never been an active resident of the South District. I believe he moved here two years ago from another part of the city. Surprise surprise. He works as an aide to Fontana himself in the Lovejoy district.
So now, the Common Council will effectively have two Lovejoy members and zero South Buffalo representatives. Personally, I could care less. It's not like any of these Councilmembers are needed anyway. Kearns' seat could stay vacant for ten years and it wouldn't affect you or I one bit. However, I believe Fontana is underestimating the residents of the South District (many of whom read this blog weekly). This is clearly a political move on his part.
Fontana's going to get in front of the microphones and say Bollman has the best resume.
Personally I Think That's A Load Of Crap
He's going to act as if they actually look at qualifications before making their selection. We all know this is a load of B.S. I'm not thrilled with either of the two neighborhood candidates with solid backing (Whalen or Fisher). But at least they both have lived in South Buffalo. Despite what Fontana will say to the press, it's simply an effort to get another rubber stamp for Mayor Brown on the Council.
There are ten other candidates vying for this appointment, and nine of them actually live in the district. I would encourage the ten candidates to bring as many supporters as possible down to Council chambers on 4/16 at 9:30AM to show Rich Fontana that we don't appreciate him interjecting blatant politics into the appointment. In fact, with Bollman being one of his staffers, he should recuse himself from the vote. I would also encourage residents to talk to Councilmember David Franczyk. He represents the anti-Brown faction of the Common Council and might be able to publicly question Fontana's motives. This move represents City Hall politics at it's worst. I can't imagine the residents of South Buffalo allowing this to happen without a great fight. I'm surprised Councilmember Fontana doesn't see it. He's about to be in the eye of a hurricane.