A Dozen Companies Express Interest in Running Amherst’s Municipal Golf Courses

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As many as a dozen companies have expressed interest in managing and operating the three municipal golf courses in Amherst.

The town met with potential contractors last week to show off the facilities and answer questions before the Jan. 16 deadline for proposals.

Ten people who expressed early interest in submitting a proposal turned out for the meeting Tuesday, while the town has been talking by phone with two other out-of-state companies considering the opportunity, said Mary-Diana Pouli, executive director of the town’s Youth & Recreation Department. That department currently operates the three municipal courses.

“We anticipate getting back five to seven proposals,” said Councilmember Guy R. Marlette. “I think it’s pretty good. Our hope was that we would get at least a few proposals we could look at.”

Revenue from the three courses has not kept pace with what it costs the town to maintain and operate them.

Over the past 10 years, for example, the town saw a net loss of more than $2 million – or an average of $202,000 a year – running its three courses, with losses ranging from $21,500 in 2004 to as much as $375,000 in 2010, according to figures from the town Comptroller’s Office.
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Progress Is Hitting The Village Of Williamsville Fast And Hard

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The Village Board of Williamsville has plans to bring our Village into the 21st century.  This Board has plans to make our Village a more pro-active place.  They plan to make our Village similar to “Niagara On The Lake”. There has been much done to our Village already to improve it’s safety and look.

There are plans for developers to build new buildings along Main Street.  There are plans for apartments for the elderly who want to move out of their homes and move into apartments being built by developers.  These homes will torn down and new buildings will spring up.

The old quaintness of the Village will be gone and progress will bring in the vision of our present Village Board and the people who gave their input to the Village Board.

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Sony Has No Plans To Release The Film “Interview” Ever

Sony Has ‘No Further Release Plans’ for ‘The Interview’

Sony Pictures Entertainment has walked out on “The Interview,” deciding against releasing the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy in any form — including VOD or DVD.  Sony Pictures has made official what has been painfully obvious to everybody since yesterday morning, when hackers threatened to blow up movie theaters if The Interview was released next week.

“Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” a spokesman said Wednesday.

The studio issued the statement a few hours after pulling the planned Christmas Day release of “The Interview” in response to the hackers who threatened movie theaters and moviegoers if the comedy were released.

By late Wednesday afternoon, the studio had removed any mention of “The Interview” from its official web site. 

The move could open the door for Sony to sell the rights to a rival distributor — though Hollywood is still reeling from Tuesday’s invocation of a possible 9/11-type terrorist attack on exhibitors that screen “The Interview.”

Prior to the decision to pull the film, a Sony Pictures insider had told Variety that the studio was weighing releasing the film on premium video-on-demand. Such a move would have allowed the studio to recoup some of the film’s $42 million budget and tens of millions in promotion and advertising expenditures.
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Village’s Proactive Stance Subject of Mayor’s Speech

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On Monday, Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa presented the State of the Village address to recount the year’s initiatives and what is planned for the future.

From consolidating water and merging with the Erie County Water Authority to designating 24 local historic landmarks, the Village Board has been dedicated to streamlining processes and preservation within the village.

According to Kulpa, the board also was tasked with finding a future use for the Williamsville Water Mill and recovering some of its value.
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Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks

 Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo listened to a presentation on fracking at a cabinet meeting in Albany on Wednesday.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of uncertainty over the disputed method of natural gas extraction.

State officials concluded that fracking, as the method is known, could contaminate the air and water and pose inestimable dangers to public health.

That conclusion was delivered during a year-end cabinet meeting Mr. Cuomo convened in Albany. It came amid increased calls by environmentalists to ban fracking, which uses water and chemicals to release oil and natural gas trapped in deeply buried shale deposits.

Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who has prided himself on taking swift and decisive action on other contentious issues like gun control, took the opposite approach on fracking. He repeatedly put off making a decision on how to proceed, most recently citing a continuing — and seemingly never-ending — study by state health officials.

On Wednesday, six weeks after Mr. Cuomo won re-election to a second term, the long-awaited health study finally materialized.

In a presentation at the cabinet meeting, the acting state health commissioner, Dr. Howard A. Zucker, said the examination had found “significant public health risks” associated with fracking.
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Warren’s Display of Backbone Threatens Career as Democrat

Warren’s Display of Backbone Threatens Career as DemocratWASHINGTON - What some insiders are calling a "rash display of backbone" last week could endanger Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass)'s career as a Democrat, leading party operatives said today. "She stood up for what she believed in and didn't try to water it down," said Democratic strategist Harland Dorrinson. "That is a serious violation of the Democratic playbook." The strategist said Warren could possibly salvage her career as a Democrat if her advisers dissuade her from having further outbursts of integrity in the future: "Someone needs to sit her down and say, we are the party of Dukakis, the party of Mondale. This is not how we do.”

WASHINGTON – What some insiders are calling a “rash display of backbone” last week could endanger Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass)’s career as a Democrat, leading party operatives said today.

“She stood up for what she believed in and didn’t try to water it down,” said Democratic strategist Harland Dorrinson. “That is a serious violation of the Democratic playbook.”

The strategist said Warren could possibly salvage her career as a Democrat if her advisers dissuade her from having further outbursts of integrity in the future: “Someone needs to sit her down and say, we are the party of Dukakis, the party of Mondale. This is not how we do.”

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Andy’s Bit’z’ of Newz

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The budget deal is proof that if our two parties put aside their differences and work together, they can come up with a horrible monstrosity that everybody hates.

Civics lesson: all three branches of government are branches of JP Morgan Chase.

The fact that Elizabeth Warren is an actual Democrat means she will never get the Democratic nomination.

Obama has taken a government that used to be known for torture and turned it into one that signs climate change deals. What is he doing to our brand?

When liberal Hollywood execs are making racist jokes about Obama, that’s a pretty strong sign that the US isn’t post-racial just yet.

Bush: “I would have strongly objected to the CIA’s torture methods if I had been President.”

My conclusion from the torture report is that I wish Bush had taken up painting eight years earlier.

Bush blasted the CIA torture report without reading it, so I guess he’s still strongly pro-torture and anti-reading.

The degree to which Dick Cheney constantly draws attention to himself makes me wonder if he doesn’t realize he’s a war criminal.

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Cheektowaga Dems Blast Frank Max

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A press release from the Cheektowaga Democratic Committee accuses former chairman and accused pension-padder Frank Max of pretending to be a sort of committee-in-exile. Max and his recent “WNY Progressive Caucus” or “AwfulPAC” effort is now under serious investigation, possibly by federal prosecutors.

At a recent meeting of the Cheektowaga Democratic Party this past Monday, December 8, former party chairman, Frank Max was denounced for openly conducting business under the old Progressive Democrat Club, which has no connection to the official Cheektowaga Democratic Party which is headed by the new Chairman Mark Wegner.

Frank Max lost his election for Chairman, but is still playing Chairman as if he is a political party, which he is not. Max is aligned with many Pigeon operatives that you have read about and the investigation continues to this date.
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#NOTONEWELL! Rally Against Fracking and For Renewable Energy Outside Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

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On January 7th in Albany, New York, it is URGENT that we send a loud message to Governor Cuomo: NOT ONE FRACKING WELL!

Governor Cuomo has announced that the state’s fracking health review, on which he has said his decision hinges, will be completed by December 31.

An overwhelming body of science shows that fracking endangers our health, water, and climate. But with the election over, Cuomo may issue a health review that was conducted in secret and open New York to fracking.

Alarmingly, the governor recently said there was science on both sides of the issue, when we know that science increasingly shows just how dangerous fracking is.

January 7 is Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, and we need every single New Yorker against fracking in Albany to tell Cuomo we will not accept even ONE WELL.

It is imperative that we pack the Capitol to call on him to reject fracking and fracking infrastructure, and lead New York in a transition to safe renewable energy.

What: Not One Well! Rally to Reject Fracking and Fracking Infrastructure, Prevent Climate Change, and Promote Renewable Energy

When: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Time: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Where: Concourse Hallways, outside the entrance to the Convention Center, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York

RSVP and Invite Friends on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/656150794505434/

NOTE: THE RALLY IS INDOORS

For a Shuttle in the Albany/Capital District region contact Susan Weber at sweber2@nycap.rr.comor at 518-462-3247

Master list of Buses at www.NYAgainstFracking.org
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Letter to the Editor

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George Mitchell, who developed hydrofracking in Texas, said fracking wastes an enormous amount of water. He recognized that fracking makes water uncleanable for future human use. Years ago, the fracking industry took note and lobbied for a host of exemptions under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. The industry recognized that fracking would be profitable only if they made it difficult for people to sue for loss of drinking water and land value.

Much heavily polluted frack water remains underground and is under huge pressure. It will eventually reach the aquifers long after the frack companies have disappeared from the scene of their environmental crime and future generations will wonder why their aquifers are becoming polluted.

They will search the history e-books and discover a certain Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Charley

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