Grelick Out, McMahon in as Walter’s Assembly Opponent

April 19, 20108
The Capitol Building in Albany. (Harry Scull Jr. /Buffalo News file photo)

Democrats in the Amherst-based 146th Assembly District on Wednesday nominated attorney Karen M. McMahon as their candidate against Republican incumbent Raymond W. Walter in November.

The move ends the potential for a Democratic primary featuring Susan J. Grelick after the former Amherst supervisor said Thursday that the possibility of a Democratic takeover of the Senate prompts her to remain as counsel to Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, who could become the chamber’s next majority leader.

Grelick earlier this year had told supporters she was considering the race against Walter, then withdrew, was back in again, and is now out again.

“Things have changed in the Senate,” she said Thursday. “It would be very exciting and I hope Sen. Stewart-Cousins becomes majority leader. I want to stay with Sen. Stewart-Cousins.”
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New Chairman Says Niagara County GOP Must Show ‘integrity’

April 19, 2018

George D. Maziarz

Another former top Niagara County Republican is expected to find out his punishment Friday in an Albany courtroom.

It’ll be another reminder of the challenge the county’s new GOP chairman faces.

Richard L. Andres Jr., who became the party chairman last week, said the Niagara County Republican Party must regain the trust of voters.

“The onus is on us to prove that we’re again a party of integrity and can continue to provide good government,” Richard L. Andres Jr. told The Buffalo News after his election.

Andres’ selection comes in the wake of former State Sen. George D. Maziarz’ recent guilty plea and $1,000 fine for a misdemeanor count of violating state laws regarding financial disclosure forms. Former county GOP chairman Henry F. Wojtaszek took a similar plea deal last year and finds out his sentence on Friday.
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Why Spend $20M on a Downtown Train Station?

April 19, 2018
A rendering of the proposed station.

Almost a year after the Buffalo Train Station Selection Committee decided a new Buffalo train station should be located downtown, plans for the proposed $20 million, three-story project were revealed.

The proposed station would be almost three times larger than the current one on Exchange Street, Mark Sommer reported. You can get a sneak peak at what the new Buffalo train station could look like with these renderings.
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Bon-Ton Announces Official Closing Date

April 19, 2018
Bon-Ton will close all of its stores by the end of August. (Dreamstime)

Bon-Ton announced it will close its doors on Aug. 31. The going out of business sales will start as early as Thursday.

The liquidators who won the bidding for the bankrupt department store chain will shut down Bon-Ton’s 212 remaining department stores, including eight in Western New York, by the end of  August, according to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday.
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Stargazing at the Williamsville North Planetarium

April 18, 2018
'Jake,' a painstakingly drilled globe, has achieved celebrity status at the Williamsville Space Lab Planetarium. (News file photo)
“Jake,” a painstakingly drilled globe, has achieved celebrity status at the Williamsville Space Lab Planetarium. 

There is one place in Buffalo where the stars always line up right. Since the 1960s, the planetarium at Williamsville North High School has been orienting us to the stars in the heavens.

Recently refurbished, it is state of the art, up to any video presentation or light show. Its resident celebrity, nicknamed Jake, goes back to the ’60s. Jake is a kind of globe that sits in the middle of the space.

The globe was painstakingly drilled long ago — heaven knows how — with tiny pinpricks that correspond to the stars we see from the earth. As Jake turns, the stars turn overhead. You can see how the constellations look to us in any season of the year, or how they look to folks on the equator, or in Brazil, or anywhere.

Such wonders are accessible not just to students, but to adults. Throughout the school year, the planetarium plays host to a monthly sky tour and planetarium show open to the public, and also an entertainment laser show designed to dazzle.
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Sinatra, Paladino Reduce Height of Elmwood Crossing Building Amid Criticism

April 18, 2018
Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Ellicott Development Co. revised their proposal for Elmwood Avenue and Bryant Street, reducing the height of this building to five stories.
Sinatra & Company Real Estate and Ellicott Development Co. revised their proposal for Elmwood Avenue and Bryant Street, reducing the height of this building to five stories.

The Elmwood Crossing building proposed at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bryant Street is getting shorter.

Bowing to significant criticism and anticipated community pressure, developers Nick Sinatra and William Paladino have revised their planned new mixed-use project, cutting one floor off the building’s height to reduce it to five stories.

The new proposal now calls for construction of a new complex at 451 Elmwood Ave. that would be 66 feet, 8 inches in height – down by seven feet from the original proposal.

It would still contain ground-floor retail, one floor of office space and apartments, but the number of residential units will now be somewhere between 21 and 24, rather than a maximum of 36, said Paladino, who is CEO of Ellicott Development Co.
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Clarence IDA to Vote Thursday on Tax Breaks for Project at Former Motel Site

April 18, 2018
A rendering of the mixed-use building planned for 9560 Main St., Clarence, the former site of the Fountain Court Motel. (Image courtesy of Stephen Development)
A rendering of the mixed-use building planned for 9560 Main St., Clarence, the former site of the Fountain Court Motel. 

A developer is seeking $451,000 in tax breaks for a mixed-use building planned for the site of the former Fountain Court Motel in Clarence.

The Clarence Industrial Development Agency board will hold a public hearing Thursday morning on the $5.6 million project, followed by a vote on the request for assistance.

Stephen Development seeks $223,243 in property tax breaks over 10 years, $185,633 in sales tax breaks and $42,000 in mortgage-recording tax breaks, said IDA consultant Paul Leone.
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White House to Investigate Pruitt’s $43,000 Secure Phone Booth

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Nation Shocked to Learn of Possible Bias at Fox News

April 18, 2028

Satire from The Borowitz Report

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Millions of Americans were stunned and incredulous on Monday after learning of a possible incident of bias at Fox News Channel.

At a time when so many American institutions have been under attack, the possibility that Fox, one of the nation’s most respected news organizations, might be susceptible to hidden agendas was too much for many to take.

In interviews across the country, Fox viewers expressed disappointment, confusion, and shock that a news network known for its exacting standards had imperilled its hard-earned reputation for fairness.

“I’m devastated by this,” Carol Foyler, a viewer from Scottsdale, Arizona, said. “If we can’t trust Fox News, who can we trust?”

Tracy Klugian, a viewer from Akron, Ohio, said that he had been “walking around in a state of disbelief” since he learned of possible bias at the network. “I’m trying to be strong, but it’s tough,” he said. “I know I speak for a lot of people when I say that today was the day that America lost its innocence.”

But some Fox viewers, like Harland Dorrinson, of Topeka, Kansas, warned of a “rush to judgment” against Fox, urging people to remember the network’s stellar record of journalistic accomplishments.

“Whenever there was a national emergency, whether it was Benghazi, Hillary’s e-mails, or Obama’s birth certificate, Fox News was there,” he said. “One little mistake doesn’t wash all that away.”

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Roger Stone Disses Barbara Bush as a ‘Nasty Drunk’ on News of Her Death

April 18, 2018

Roger Stone

by Joe Levine, The Warp

Instagram post on Tuesday evening just hours after her death.

There, Stone wrote that the former first lady was a “nasty drunk” and posted a quote from him suggesting that if you lit her body on fire it would “burn for three days.”

“Barbara Bush was a nasty drunk. When it came to drinking she made Betty Ford look like Carrie Nation #blottoBabs,” said Stone. “Barbara Bush drank so much booze, if they cremated her … her body would burn for three days.”

The former first lady died last night after several years in failing health. She was 92.

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