As the Chairman of the Niagara Falls City Council in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012, I would like to discuss the truth about spending freezes and refute claims made by my fellow councilwoman that she "leads by example."
The city council unanimously passed spending freezes in 2010 and 2011 to prevent deficits for those years. During this time, Councilwoman Kristen Grandinetti dined with the Niagara Falls City Council during each and every council meeting.
Suddenly in 2012 when Glenn Choolokian took office, Grandinetti decided not to participate in the recess dinners. The reality is that Grandinetti just couldn't get along with the other members of the city council so she decided to order take-out instead.
Finally, to make matters worse, Councilwoman Grandinetti voted against the spending freeze for 2012, in an attempt to give her friend and mentor Paul Dyster carte blanche control over taxpayer money. How can you "lead by example" when you vote against the spending freeze?
Remember when you point fingers at others, there are three fingers
pointing right back at you. Let's be honest here, there is no "leading by example," just a bunch of smoke and mirrors.
Just to remind everyone once again, the Councilwoman was overpaid for her insurance benefits and is now using your tax money to pay you back.
Some employees have been fired for similar occurrences and never given the same opportunity as Councilwoman Grandinetti to make up for her mistake. Great way to "lead by example," Ms. Grandinetti.