Tonawanda News


April 25, 2013

LETTER: Rent subsidy change a good idea

Tonawanda News — Rent subsidy change a good idea

I want to thank two Niagara County Legislators Virtuoso and Zona from Niagara Falls for proposing to have Social Services pay rent for welfare recipients directly to Landlords.

I am a landlord in the City of Lockport who has had problems collecting rent from some past tenants on Welfare and I think this is a great proposal. I am surprised that I hear nothing from our county legislators in Lockport.

In fact, state Sen. George Maziarz has been quoted in the paper stating that he believes such rent payments are not a problem outside of Niagara Falls. It is a problem in Lockport and I am sure across New York state.

If George spent some time in local city courts he would meet other landlords who will say the same thing.

Maybe George does not hear from landlords because we are too busy to talk to George and his friends in the county legislature.

We are busy trying to collect rent from our tenants on welfare and listening to false promises that the check is in the mail. In the end, we repair the apartments damaged by people who misspend their rent subsidy and move out to the next apartment.

Fortunately at this time we have at least two county legislators from Niagara Falls who are looking for a better way that landlords can collect the money owed to them by welfare recipients.

We need to elect new county legislators in Niagara County. People who will listen to the people they represent and not bow down to the wishes of state Sen. George Maziarz.

James A. Sacco II


Text Only
  • mug - adamczyk.jpg ADAMCZYK: Kenmore is a village made of bricks Buffalo and surrounding environs have brick buildings galore, often in the process of repurpose. Whole neighborhoods made of brick await development, redevelopment, gentrification, whatever wand will be waved at them to make them function again. Structures here tend not to be razed; they fall down occasionally but typically simply stand and wait.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • leffler, scott.jpg LEFFLER: Justice is blind -- and deaf and dumb I've always been intrigued by the concept of justice. I say concept because it really seems more theoretical to me than practical. One man's justice is another man's nightmare.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: Don't go soft on teenage criminals

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DuVall, Eric mug.jpg For Sabres, more suffering is on tap

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • tucker, barb.jpg TUCKER: Taking down trees 'disheartening' Several readers have questioned the City of Tonawanda's tree removal program. An email to Jenna Koch, who represents the third ward and checks into any query on the city, explained the program.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • mug - adamczyk.jpg [Duplicate] ADAMCZYK: Letterman was on my side The announcement that Mr. Letterman is retiring from his groundbreaking television program, sometime in 2015, is already old news, but it gives opportunity to ponder a few truisms about history and modern life.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Leffler Mug 041114 [Duplicate] LEFFLER: 'Need to know' a double-edged sword Inquisitive doesn't begin to describe me. I must know everything. About everything. I hate being in the dark. I guess that's what makes my career choice so very obvious. I think "must know everything" is at the top of most journalists' trait lists.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wallace, Amy BW mug WALLACE: Airplane coverage has gone awry I don't know about you, but I am so sick of the cable news stations' constant coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTER: NIMAC grateful for NT support

    April 10, 2014

  • DuVall, Eric mug.jpg DUVALL: Making a list, checking it twice Maybe I was thinking about David Letterman's impending retirement. Or maybe it was because my brother posted it to Facebook. I spent a couple hours the other day crafting two top 10 lists, of my favorite books and movies.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
NDN Video