Elect Steve Casey Mayor
by Geoff Kelly - posted 5:12 pm, July 9, 2010
So Deputy Mayor Steve Casey says that Niagara District Councilman David Rivera wanted to be police commissioner back in 2006, but was deemed unqualified because he was only a detective sergeant with no command experience. (Rivera denies he applied for the commissioner’s post, but says he interviewed for a deputy commissioner’s job.) Casey’s choice for police commissioner, Daniel Derenda, also never rose above the rank of detective sergeant before being catapulted into a deputy commissioner’s post in 2006, thanks to his relationship with Casey.
So isn’t Casey conceding Rivera’s argument? If Rivera was unqualified for the commissioner’s job, wasn’t Derenda unqualified to be made a deputy commissioner? And, leaving aside Derenda’s lack of a college degree and the question of his residency, isn’t he then unqualified to be commissioner?
Casey, of course, became deputy mayor on the strength of his political acumen, not any sort of administrative or managerial experience, so of course his comments are politically motivated — politicking is what he does. And if the video that landed in my inbox this morning is any indication, the politicking season has begun in earnest now. With power struggles unfolding in the 144th Assembly district, the 60th State Senate district, and the Ellicott Common Council district, it’s going to be a hot one:
A bit harsh, in my opinion, but it ends with a sensible message.
I’m not exactly sure who made this video, but it came with a link to a site called Empire Political Consulting, LLC. We’ll be tracking their contributions to the political discourse this election season.