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SEP 01 - SEP 08, 2015

Mendacity and Duplicity as Dyster’s Water Boys Attempt Run to the Rescue

By Mike Hudson

SEP 01, 2015

Nick Forster, a writer of fiction?
Joyce Carol Oates penned serious literature. But unlike Niagara County Democratic Chairman Nick Forster, Oates labeled her work as fiction.


You’ve got to hand it to Niagara County Democratic Committee Chairman Nick Forster. When it comes to spinning a yarn he has few equals on the Niagara Frontier. As a writer of fiction about Western New York, Forster ranks right up there with Joyce Carol Oates as a master of the genre.

Last week, Forster offered up a tall tale about who is responsible for the mess on 72nd Street, where a city streets project went awry, leaving water mains buried far too close to the surface of the newly paved street. The result has been that the pipes froze in the wintertime, and dozens of households have suffered without running water for two years in a row.

The purpose of Forster’s fiction was to shield Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster from criticism about the situation, and to lay the blame on city Councilman Glenn Choolokian, who is opposing Dyster in the September 10 Democratic primary election, and who works as a groundskeeper at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

The problem is that it was Dyster himself who championed the creation of the city Water Board in 2002, it was Dyster who signed off on the street repaving project that led up to the current disaster and it was Dyster who hid the results of a taxpayer funded report that concluded the repaving project - with its too-shallow water lines - was indeed the cause of the problem.

Forster also failed to mention that Dyster gets to name his own representative to the Water Board.

“The Niagara Falls Water Board needs to replace Board Chairman Ted Janese and refocus its efforts on better service provision,” Forster wrote. “Our taxpayers deserve more than political gamesmanship. In addition, it’s time for mayoral candidate, city councilman and water board employee Glenn Choolokian to stop politicizing the frozen pipe issue, and start doing at least one of his taxpayer funded jobs.”

Choolokian has clearly not politicized the situation. He is a union employee of the Water Board and, as such, has far less of a say in the matter than Dyster’s Water Board appointee, Lawrence Edwards, his Water Board Authority appointee Patrick Brown, or the Dyster controlled city Council majority’s appointment to the Water Board, Gary Laible, who is the father of Dyster’s hand-picked city Council candidate Alicia Laible.

 “Instead of being part of a productive solution, Niagara Falls Water Board Chairman Ted Janese responded with a political tirade, via a taxpayer funded public relations firm,” Forster wrote.

Over the years, both Dyster and the city Water Board have employed E3 Communication, the firm to which Forster refers.

“(M)ayoral candidate, and water board employee, City Councilman Glenn Choolokian continues to try and politicize the frozen water pipe issue,” continues. “He has slogans but no solutions. Much like his board chairman Ted Janese, Mr. Choolokian must believe that words are as valuable as actions. Its (sic) simple Glenn, if you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.”

No. Actually the problem was that Dyster’s repaving project was designed and constructed incorrectly. When both the contractor and the project engineer approached the city to warn them of the impending danger, they were told to take their concerns to the Water Board, for whom they were not working.

“We elect leaders to lead and appoint board members to help govern. The Niagara Falls Water Board Chairman, Councilman Glenn Choolokian, and the water board management team still have not offered solutions for frozen pipe issues throughout the city, and cannot manage odor issues at its waste waster (sic) treatment facility,” Forster wrote.

Dyster is an elected “leader” who as recently as three weeks ago said nobody even knew what was causing the pipes to freeze, despite the fact that he knew damn well and had known for at least a year.

To his credit as a writer of fiction, however, Forster was never one to let the facts get in the way of a good story.

“At the same time, Mayor Paul Dyster is actively looking for solutions and taking undue criticism because that is, at the end of the day, what leadership entails. A real day’s work does not fit on a billboard or a press release,” Forster concluded.

Dyster, of course, would not know “a real day’s work” if it bit him from behind.

Forster – who detested Dyster long before he began shilling for him – knows this, and that is why he had his fiction published by Gordon Stewart III, a city fireman with so much free time on his hands that he has become the chairman of the Niagara Falls City Democratic Committee.

Stewart published Forster’s screed because, perhaps, Forster himself knew that anyone’s BS detector would be screaming bloody murder once the first sentence had been read and digested. So Stewart faced the withering fire of city residents until, at least, he admitted its’ true authorship.

“The irony is that in pointing out the faults of Glenn, he purposely or unintentionally leaves out Dyster who has more authority in being able to appoint a member of the Water Board,” wrote Herbert Lewis. “That is why one must pay close attention to who is setting the narrative.”

Candace Corsaro pointed to the elephant in the room.

“Is not the Mayor part of our leadership?” Corsaro asked.  “But no solutions? If we had a city engineer, I am sure these pipes and many other things would be taken care of. We had a great engineer [Jeffrey Skurka] the Mayor fired for doing his job on Lewiston Road.”

Mendacity and duplicity, the great playwright Tennessee Williams once wrote. Niagara Falls has rarely known anything else in the past century.

Mayor Paul Dyster has perfected it into an art for,

And now he’s got Nick Forster carrying his water.






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