Three Kings on a Diplomatic Mission?
by John Duke - posted 5:55 pm, January 7, 2011
School Board Members Pamela Cahill (L) and Ralph Hernandez (C) join Event MC Parette Walker (R) along with Kings Gaspar, Melichior and Balthazar at Fredrick Law Olmsted Public School 64 on Thursday morning, January 6th, 2011. There were 2 performances at 9:00 and 10:00 am of what could only be described as angelic voices singing Spanish and English songs heralding the arrival of the Three Kings.
One audience member who was awed by the performances also pointed out that the Kings’ mission may also be diplomatic this year. Reportedly former members of the Hispanic Alliance and members of newly elected State Senator Mark Grisanti’s campaign team were all smiles as they left for lunch together.
According to team member Benedetto Galletti: “This is a new year for the Latino Community! For far too long the Spanish voice has been divided by politicians that only serve their own self interest. After the 2000 Census the Latino Community was divided along Porter Avenue by Buffalo’s Common Council and Hampshire Street in the New York State Senate. The goal was to divide and weaken the Latino voice in local government. It was truly a crime and may even be a sin. I hope the Reverend Pridgen will consider assisting us.”
Also attending was writer and columnist Mike Dantonio, who brought up an interesting point; “Sam Hoyt was successful in uniting the bilingual community into a single Assembly District; why shouldn’t we be able to help Mark Grisanti and David Rivera do the same thing…?”
When Senator Grisanti’s Chief of Staff, Doug Curella, was asked about the situation he stated; “Gerrymandering is unequivocally disgraceful and intolerable. Not only is our Latino community unnaturally divided, we also have communities to our north that are not continuous to those in the south. One look at a map will tell anyone how devious this was. When we present our case in Albany I am certain all parties will agree to correct these obvious injustices.”
The Three Kings will continue their visit here Saturday – Jan 8th 5 pm @ the Pucho Olivencia Center, 261 Swan St – Sponsored by Pucho’s Inc. and Sunday – Jan 9th 2pm @ D’Youville College, 320 Porter Ave – Sponsored by Western New York Hispanic and Friends.