In the April 19 News, I came upon another hilarious example of WNY-style leadership and vision. There was an article reporting on M&T Bank President Robert Wilmers blasting area politicians for continued bickering, embarrassing themselves and ignoring the need for change. There was also an article describing County Executive Joel Giambra making a pitch to the Kenmore Village Board to at least try to streamline some "back office and various support functions" of their police services with either the Town of Tonawanda or Erie County.
The real kicker was the article, "Call for regional police finds no support." Cheektowaga Supervisor Dennis Gabryszak said he doesn't trust a regional police force. Political opponents Susan Grelick and William Kindel led a unanimous Amherst Town Board measure to oppose the concept, while "joining forces with three other towns -- Tonawanda, Lancaster and Cheektowaga -- to oppose Giambra's initiative."
I'm sure the irony of the situation is lost on our fearless leaders: They are joining forces to oppose joining forces. I guess they're going to cooperate to avoid cooperating, by taking a regional approach to oppose regionalism. Only in Western New York!
David R. Chudy