By Mike Hudson
Housing Authority Director Stephanie Cowart publicly disgraced herself last week, stealing bundles of the Niagara Falls Reporter from the lobby of the Spallino Towers apartment building and forbidding elderly residents there from reading it.
Our phone rang all day Tuesday as disgruntled longtime residents called, not only to tell of Cowart’s cavalier attitude toward the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, but soliciting surreptitious deliveries of the Reporter to various discreet locations near the Towers, asking only that the papers be delivered in plain brown wrappers.
The colossal ignorance shown by her actions is reflected by the shocking deterioration of the Towers in recent years. Designed originally as a place where elderly Niagara Falls residents could spend their golden years, it has been opened up to druggies, prostitutes and other lowlifes from all over New York state.
This is the same Stephanie Cowart, by the way, who is presiding over the HOPE VI housing project in the city’s North End, a woman who has somehow convinced politicians that the city needs more housing, when the fact of the matter is that there is already too much housing for the number of people who live here.
Furthermore, she has made a case that the best place to locate this new housing is on an abandoned city waste dump. When the county Board of Health objected and shut down the project for several months, a vicious strain of mold attacked the already completed structures, which then had to be torn down. ot that any of this worries Cowart much, since she wouldn’t live in Niagara Falls on a bet. Like many others, she sees the crime, hazardous waste, corrupt government and other features of Falls living as something to get away from rather than to try and change, and her astronomical salary allows her a bucolic lifestyle amid the leafy grandeur of Grand Island.
There was a movie some years ago in which Joe Pesci played a sleazy slumlord who is sentenced to live in one of his own dangerous and substandard buildings. A more fitting sentence for Stephanie Cowart I can’t imagine.
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