Per the OD: Mayoral candidate Sanita runs campaign with own money, ideas.
Digging into Mr. Sanita's past, the newspaper uncovered operation of an x-rated theater at age 21, a "proposed" bar featuring nude dancers, a 1995 plea to a felony for which he received probation, alleged code violations, and owing $730 in back taxes.
ONLY $730 in back taxes? From an owner of multiple properties?
The City should be so lucky with some of its property owners.While the felony plea is a bit disconcerting, the rest seems more like a tempest in a teapot . . . stirring up the sludge to dirty a candidate just days before an election. Mr. Sanita announced his candidacy months ago. Why bring this up now?
We saw this type of hit piece before, mere days before the Utica School Board was to vote on a new superintendent. It was obviously aimed at knocking out a very well qualified candidate in favor of the locally-connected one -- who did not receive similar scrutiny in the press.
At this point in time, lets focus on the candidates' visions for Utica's future rather than on their past.
If Mr. Sanita warrants the "obligatory hit-piece," then the "powers that be" in Greater Utica must consider him a threat to the status quo.
That is a good thing.
After hearing the 5 candidates "debate" tonight on the radio, I now understand why the "hit piece" was written.]