First Choice) Peter A. Reese
After due deliberation I am the clear best choice. Some might claim I'm biased, but in the words of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, "but since it's me, I have to support myself..." My goals are clearly stated in my resume submitted Friday:
Goals as Water Authority Commissioner
The purpose of the Erie County Water Authority is the improvement of the health, welfare and prosperity of the people of Erie County by operating water treatment and supply facilities. See Public Authorities Law §§ 1053, 1054, and 1058. There is nothing in the statute to indicate that the Authority is to serve as a source of jobs for the relatives of public or political officials.
My primary focus as commissioner will be on the effective and efficient operation of water facilities without regard to irrelevant external political concerns. The first step is an analysis of all Authority functions, including facilities and staffing to determine whether the current configuration is the best possible. Following this review, I will attempt to make improvements to ensure that the Authority fulfills its goals in the best interests of the citizens of Erie County. I will also attempt to implement performance based budgeting methods to provide transparency and accountability for Authority activities. My background in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research makes me well qualified for this appointment.
I intend to contribute any salary I receive as commissioner to local animal welfare organizations.
How you gonna top that? Kind of gets you all verklempt. Even the non-Democrats love me.
Third Choice) Daniel Ward/Paul Wolf (tie)
This one is a tossup next best selection if I get rubbed out in the next few days. Both are attorneys in good standing and outstanding citizens of excellent character. But Ward is already elections commissioner (or is that his brother Dennis?).
Q: How many patronage jobs does one guy need? A: None
Wolf seems like a nice enough guy, but can we trust someone who runs The Center for Reinventing Government (http://reinventinggov.org/)? For God sake, the guy is a lawyer. They invented government. Did he get it wrong the first time? Why does he get a Mulligan? And why is he "Challenging the Status Quo!"? The status quo is working fine for the local glitterati.
Fourth thru Next to Last Choice) Who Cares?
The fix is already in suckers.
Last Choice) Jerry Schad
This guy is Amherst Democratic Town Chairman place keeper for Party Secretary and Elections Commissioner, Dennis Ward (or is it Dan?). He already has a $40K per year patronage job as counsel to the Democrats on the county legislature. And he doesn't have to account for his time.
Q: How many patronage jobs does one guy need? A: See above.
It's not our fault that he has to "volunteer" as lawyer for Zellner, the Democratic Committee and Betty Jean Grant. You take the gain, you feel the pain.
Prediction: This is the last guy the county legislature is ever going to appoint as ECWA Commissioner.
Coming articles to look for: Wonder Boy Meets NYSUT and The Man Who Would Be Judge: Cleaning Up Dennis Ward