I was catching up on my opponent's appearance yesterday on Glen Curry's Live at Five show and notice the continued swipes at my record are effectively delivered, not always factual, and seldom have anything to do with the future, which is what the current race is about.
We have gone through the compare and contrast portion of the campaign and I have tried to look ahead on issues like what the new Parks and Recreation Department should accomplish. We also need to refocus on issues we have talked about before like establishing a retail ethos to dealings with the public and how they pay taxes and water bills.
Instead, it was like Sherman and Mr. Peabody and the WABAC (Way Back) Machine as my opponent mused to Glen on what he has divined were my views on the power purchase agreement inked in the Walker years between the City and Niagara Mohawk ( now Grid).
I wasn't there for the municipal power debate, but once forming a muni was dismissed the deferred payment deal with NiMo was as good as one could expect.
A check of the facts shows the Councils I was on did rebuff efforts by NiMo to weasel out of the sweetheart deal. We also struggled with a complex and costly relicensing and rebuilding of the Marble Street Plant to increase production so that today's revenues were possible.
Then there was the sweeping statement that I hadn't been to the Arena in 16 years but that the "guys down there" told him I was there recently. Mr. Smith claims an intimate knowledge of the operation that I only gained after discovering accounting problems that led to an audit and reworking of the operation.
'I have been to the debates and forums and listened to year's of speeches by us all at Council meetings.
I know what happened in the past and am proud of much of it.
I also know people want to talk about the future and what can be done....Time for Sherman to turn off the Way Back Machine.