Now that's an example of caring and cooperation from which the teachers should take a lesson. Johns and four other non-unionized administrators have already agreed to the pay freeze. The superintendent will unveil his proposed budget to the school board Feb. 28.
Selfish vs. selfless
The line in the sand drawn by ULFA and LAA rankles district taxpayers especially in light of more reasonable decisions made by teachers in the West Genesee, North Syracuse and Syracuse city districts. Those union brothers and sisters demonstrate true empathy and community spirit by agreeing to pay freezes in order to forestall the budget firestorm.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was so impressed by the West Genesee's teachers that he publicly praised them last week. Cuomo cited their selfless efforts up as an example to be followed by public-employee unions across the Empire State. Meanwhile, here in Liverpool we taxpayers are told that the unions want more money just because they don't like the superintendent. That's disingenuous at best and downright deceptive at worst.
Who really cares? They all know Liverpool taxpayers will bear the burden.
Limp Lizard lagging
Since September, workers have been renovating the old Mother's Restaurant at 201 First St., to turn it into The Limp Lizard Bar & Grill. New owners Chuck Orlando, Mike Rotella and Scott Schimpff initially hoped to open during the holidays, but now they're shooting for sometime around St. Patrick's Day. Staff is now being trained and there's a good chance villagers will be chowing down on barbecued brisket, ribs and chicken by April 1. No joke!