Modified: December 17, 2020 8:14am
Created: December 16, 2020 2:18pm
December 17, 2020
Honorable April N.M. Baskin
Erie County Legislature Chairwoman
92 Franklin Avenue, 4th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14202
Dear Chairwoman Baskin:
It has come to our attention that 43North has awarded a $10,000, taxpayer funded business award to a left-wing blogger that not only uses vile, hateful and offensive language towards Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, its CEO Candace Johnson, the Jacobs family, Congressman Chris Jacobs and a long list of Republicans, but he once posted on social media a hideous word in its entirety: the N-word.
This further emboldens our desire for 43North to release a full, comprehensive list of “winners and losers” in the business grant selection process, if any public monies were spent on 43 North themselves for administrative costs and if any taxpayer dollars were used for advertising purposes.
The Office of Erie County Comptroller is constantly fielding complaints and questions from businesses that were “rejected” by 43 North in the business grant application process. Complaints may increase once rejected businesses learn a self-employed left wing website that incessantly attacks Republicans, cherished cultural institutions and respected families across Erie County, also posted the N-word on social media.
- Regardless of the reason and no matter why the word was used, is it appropriate for taxpayer dollars to be awarded to a blog that has used the N-word in any context?
- Take the distribution of public tax dollars out of the equation. Is it appropriate for a Caucasian, left-wing blogger to use that word on social media for any reason?
- The blogger in question that was awarded a $10,000 grant by 43 North is also on the political payrolls of Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, the Erie County Democratic Committee (ECDC) and Jeremy Zellner for ECDC Chair. Should 43 North reconsider granting this entity $10,000 to avoid any appearance of a conflict?
- Would it be wise for 43 North to reconsider their $10,000 allocation of public tax dollars for a blog that has publicly posted the N-word, to avoid any suggestion that they or Erie County government supports the use of that word in any context?
Thank you very much for your prompt attention to this very serious matter.
Hon. Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr.
ERIE COUNTY COMPTROLLER
CC: Hon. Brian Higgins, US Congress
Hon. Chris Jacobs, US Congress
Hon. Tom Reed, US Congress
Hon. Charles Schumer, US Senate
Hon. Kirsten Gillibrand, US Senate
Hon. Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, Majority Leader, NYS Assembly
Hon. Michael Norris, NYS Assembly
Hon. Pat Burke, NYS Assembly
Hon. David DiPietro, NYS Assembly
Hon. Angelo J. Morinello, NYS Assembly
Hon. Karen McMahon, NYS Assembly
Hon. Monica Wallace, NYS Assembly
Hon. Robert Ortt, Minority Leader, NYS Senate
Hon. Patrick Gallivan, NYS Senate
Hon. Timothy Kennedy, NYS Senate
Assemblyman-Elect Jonathan Rivera, NYS Assembly
Assemblyman-Elect Hon. William Conrad, NYS Assembly
Senator-Elect Hon. Sean Ryan, NYS Senate
Senator-Elect Hon. Edward Rath, NYS Senate
Hon. Tim Meyers, Majority Leader, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Joseph Lorigo, Minority Leader, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Howard Johnson, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Lisa Chimera, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Kevin R. Hardwick, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Jeanne M. Vinal, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Frank J. Todaro, Erie County Legislature
Hon. John J. Gilmour, Erie County Legislature
Hon. John J. Mills, Erie County Legislature
Hon. Byron W. Brown, Mayor of Buffalo
Hon. Darius G. Pridgen, President, Buffalo Common Council
Hon. David A. Rivera, Majority Leader, Buffalo Common Council, Niagara District
Hon. Christopher Scanlon, Buffalo Common Council, South District
Hon. Joel P. Feroleto, Buffalo Common Council, Delaware District
Hon. Bryan Bollman, Buffalo Common Council, Lovejoy District
Hon. Mitch Nowakowski, Buffalo Common Council, Fillmore District
Hon. Joseph Golombek, Jr., Buffalo Common Council, North District
Hon. Ulysees O. Wingo, Buffalo Common Council, Masten District
Hon. Rasheed Wyatt, Buffalo Common Council, University District
Rev. Mark E. Blue, President, Buffalo NAACP
Mr. Derrick Johnson, President & CEO NAACP
President Thomas Beauford Jr., Buffalo Urban League
United States Congressional Black Caucus
For a PDF of the letter, please CLICK HERE.