Poll: Majority of Americans Would Support Jeb Bush Painting

by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A new poll released today shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans would support the idea of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush taking up painting.

According to the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points, seventy-four per cent of those surveyed “strongly agreed” with the statement: “Jeb Bush painting would be a really good thing for the United States and also for the rest of the world.”

A spokesman for Mr. Bush said that, as of yet, the former governor had made no decision to start painting but would “try to make up his mind by the end of the year” at the latest.

“Gov. Bush wants to serve his country and if he can best do that by painting, so be it,” the spokesman said.

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Village of Williamsville Meeting Notes

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The Village Board on Monday night approved Design Guidelines for Historic Landmarks in the village. The landmarks will be available on the village website later today.

The board also came to a compromise with local business owners on parking and right of way restorations at Main & Hirschfield.

The village, working with local businesses, will:

- Build two bulb-outs at Main Street and Hirschfield Drive with planted trees to absorb storm water and shield pedestrians from cars.
- Create a shelter for cars to park in front of businesses on Hirschfield Drive that includes three parking spaces and a buffer lane to allow space for customers to safely enter and exit their cars.
- Create a walkable and environmentally sound streetscape with pavers or a storm water bio retention swale between cars on the street and pedestrians on the sidewalk.

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Volunteers Needed

The village needs volunteers to help plant about 50 trees this Saturday morning, Nov. 1, at 9 a.m. Please meet behind Village Hall. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and to beautify the village!
Photo: The village needs volunteers to help plant about 50 trees this Saturday morning, Nov. 1, at 9 a.m. Please meet behind Village Hall. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and to beautify the village!

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Good Government Club of WNY Announces 2014 Endorsements

We are pleased to announce our list of endorsed candidates for the 2014 election which have been selected after extensive interviews inquiring into their visions and/or record of accomplishments in office.

Our focus is always upon endorsing candidates who’s complete dedication is for their constituents.

The following candidates have been endorsed by the club:

NYS Comptroller
  • Tom DiNapoli
Justice of the Supreme Court
  • John DelMonte
  • Frederick Marshall
  • Donna Siwek
  • Paul Wojtaszek
  • Brian Higgins
  • Mark Grisanti
  • Michael Ranzenhofer
STATE SENATOR – 62nd District
  •  Johnny Destino
  •  Tim Kennedy
  • Robin Schimminger
  •  Crystal Peoples Stokes
  • Mickey Kearns
  • Mark Mazurek
  • John Ceretto
  •  Sean Ryan
  • Marge Olszewski Szczur
  • Christopher Jacobs
  •  Peter Savage
Chief Judge Buffalo City Court
  • Thomas Amodeo
Associate Judge Buffalo City Court
  • Patrick Carney
  • Barbara Johnson-Lee
Cheektowaga Town Justice
  • Melissa Reese
Lancaster Town Justice
  • Nicholas LoCicero
Tonawanda Town Justice
  • Daniel Cavarello

Don’t forget the 2014 election is Tuesday Nov. 4th.

Thank you for your continued support of the Good Government Club.

Donald A. Alessi – President

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Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) 2014 Environmental Scorecard


Senator Mark Grisanti’s 2014 Environmental Scorecard
for NY Senate District 60 – Parts of Erie County: Grand Island, Kenmore, Tonawanda, City of Tonawanda, City of Buffalo Districts- North, Delaware, Parts of Niagara and Ellicot, The Town and Village of Hamburg, Evans, Brant, Derby, Angola and the Town and Village of Orchard Park.

Whether we’re talking about climate change, fracking, invasive species, clean air, or solar energy, few places are more attunedto the economic benefits that come from environmental leadership, and the need for action, than Western New York. As Senate Environmental Conservation Committee Chair, Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) has had the unique ability to take a stand and move the ball down the field, so to speak, on issues that matter locally.

Unfortunately, Senator Grisanti chose not to.

This year the Senator earned just 67 points on EPL/Environmental Advocates Environmental Scorecard. He voted the wrong way on several bad bills, including a dangerous raid on our communities’ clean water funds to instead pay for construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge (an issue the Buffalo News and 11 other newspapers editorialized against); he was also the lead sponsor of that legislation.

Senator Grisanti’s full voting record on environmental issues can be found on pages 20-21.

As Chair, Senator Grisanti has allowed the Environmental Conservation Committee to become the place where good legislation goes to die. In 2013, the Child Safe Products Act – common sense legislation that would remove toxic chemicals from toys and more – was stalled in his committee even though it had 37 of his colleagues listed as cosponsoring the bill (only 32 votes are needed for passage). This year, with 40 cosponsors and an aggressive push from advocates, Senator Grisanti finally relented and allowed a vote. But then he failed to get it to the Senate floor to actually become law.

This year, eight priority bills died in the Environmental Conservation Committee, including (see pages24-28):

  1. Fracking Moratorium
  2. Climate Protection Act
  3. Environmental Justice for All
  4. Reduce Toxic Mercury in Light Bulbs
  5. Cadmium-Free Toys
  6. Keeping Recyclables Out of Landfills
  7. Microbead-Free Waters Act
  8. Cover Your Crude

Senator Grisanti also dropped the ball on much-needed brownfields reform that would ensure the program cleans up more toxic sites and is no longer a fiscal albatross for taxpayers, and falsely claimed that hazardous fracking waste from Pennsylvania is not being dumped in our communities, when it is. Which all begs the question: if New Yorkers cannot count on the Environmental Conservation Committee to move sound environmental legislation, then who can they count on to protect our communities and public health?

Link: http://eplvotersguide.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/EPL_Environmental_Advocates_2014_Environmental_Scorecard.pdf

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EC Senior Services Announces Caregivers Workshop & Resource Day

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Event Spotlights Topics & Information for Caregivers

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Senior Services has announced a Caregivers’ Workshop & Resource Day to be held from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday, November 8 at the Millennium Airport Hotel in Cheektowaga. The free event features workshops designed to answer a wide spectrum of questions that caregivers may have regarding dealing with challenging behaviors, dementia sensitivity, and much more.

“The Caregivers’ Workshop & Resource Day provides a great opportunity for caregivers to come and find the information they need to care for their loved ones and address their own health needs as well,” said Erie County Commissioner of Senior Services Randy Hoak. “There will be a lot of information available, so I encourage caregivers to register and get their questions answered.”

Workshop topics at the event include: Who’s Helping the Family Caregiver?; Dealing With Challenging Behaviors; An Attorney Talks with Caregivers about Legal & Financial Issues; Home Activities for Loved Ones with Dementia; Laughter for a Happy, Healthy Life; Managing Difficult Caregiver Feelings & Moving Towards Peace; Dementia Sensitivity Training for the Caregiver; Caregiver Communication Changes & Challenges; Coping with Personal Care Issues; End of Life Issues – Helping the Caregiver and Your Loved One; and “Crossroads” – Understanding Levels of Care.

Although there is no charge to attend the Workshop & Resource Day, registration is required. Interested caregivers should call (716) 858-2177 or email caregiver@erie.gov to register. Lunch and adult respite care will be provided at no charge to participants.

This event is hosted by the Erie County Caregiver’s Coalition and the Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center.

For more information:

On the Erie County Department of Senior Services, visit http://www2.erie.gov/seniorservices/

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Don’t Frack Amherst

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At the last Amherst Town Board meeting a fracking ban was not discussed as the town is currently taking in to consideration language submitted which was drafted by NRDC.  This new language will be more legally sound as it was written by NRDC after conversations with attorneys who won the Dryden-Middlefield court cases.

In the interim, PLEASE pass on the petition link below to friends so that the board is continuously getting contact from the community and thus doesn’t forget about this issue.  Every time someone living in Amherst signs this petition it emails the Town Board.

Will Cuomo will throw Western NY “under the bus” so-to-speak?  If he feels he’s in good with us already after all he’s done so far with River Bend and other stuff he might feel he can give us to the oil and gas folks.  I hope he’s not that Machiavellian, but it is in the realm of possibility so come to the meeting all the rest of you in Amherst who don’t want road spreading and future “fracking” of the Utica Shale….

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Farmer Feast In Clarence Friday November 6th, 2014

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October 29, 2014 – East Aurora, NY: In honor of the Erie County Farm

Bureau 100 year celebration, the New York State Commissioner of
Agriculture and Markets will be attending the third annual Farmers Feast
in Clarence on Friday, November 6, 2014. Open to all friends of farming,
tickets are on sale now for $25 per person to include dinner and social.
$30.00 after October 31.

A long standing member of Farm Bureau, the Commissioner of Ag & Markets,
Richard Ball, is the chief adviser to the Governor directing policy and
programming intended to enhance opportunities for New York State growers
and producers.  Governor Cuomo appointed Mr. Ball to the Commissioner role
in January 2014.

In recent months, the Commissioner has announced grants to support
farmland protection programs, funding for soil health initiatives in
addition to highlighting 170 homegrown New York brewing companies from all
ten regions of the State.

“Nothing says fall like a taste of local Oktoberfest, Harvest or Pumpkin
ales, and the good news for New Yorkers is that our top notch beer makers
have unbelievable varieties to choose from this season” enthused
Commissioner Ball.

The Erie County Farm Bureau event features locally sourced meats and root
crops along with tastings of New York State produced beverages. Closing
the night, the Spoth family, owners of Kelkenberg Farm on Wolcott Road in
Clarence Center, share their favorite apple covered cider donut dessert
with all guests.

“We started the Farmers Feast program three years ago as a member
appreciation night and it has grown into a social event for farmers, their
families and all friends of agriculture,” added Patrick Spoth, Erie County
Farm Bureau President. “This year is extra special because the Cornell
Cooperative Extension and Erie County Farm Bureau are celebrating 100
years serving Erie County agriculture.”

Erie County Farm Bureau and the Cornell Cooperative Extension were once
under the same umbrella when established in Erie County in 1914. Half a
century ago, the two organizations intentionally divided to provide
greater focus in their areas of expertise: Farm Bureau leads state-wide
advocacy and influences policy while the Cornell Cooperative Extension is
fully engaged in education programming.

At the Farmers Feast next Friday evening at the Clarence Town Park, a
brief program will be followed by comfort food and abundant gift basket
raffle. Tickets may be reserved by contacting the Erie County Farm Bureau
office at 716-652-5151 or email office@ecfarm.com.

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

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Pope Says Evolution, Big Bang Are Real

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has waded into the controversial debate over the origins of human life, saying the big bang theory did not contradict the role of a divine creator, but even required it.

“When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said.

“He created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfillment.”

Francis said the beginning of the world was not “a work of chaos” but created from a principle of love. He said sometimes competing beliefs in creation and evolution could co-exist.
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ECFSA Approves Proposed 2015 Erie County Budget and Four-Year Financial Plan

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Authority to Remain in Advisory Status in 2015

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Today the Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority (“ECFSA”) voted unanimously to approve the proposed 2015 Erie County Budget and Four Year Financial Plan, calling both “reasonable and balanced”. The legislation that created the authority requires that, within 20 days of receiving the County’s proposed budget and plan, ECFSA must review and determine whether the budget and plan are in balance and realistic. The Authority also adopted a resolution at today’s meeting confirming that it will remain in “advisory” and not “control” status in 2015.

“I thank the members of the Authority for recognizing a good budget and plan and unanimously approving both fiscal documents. The meeting lasted no longer than 15 minutes, evidence of the close working relationship my administration has had with the ECFSA, and I thank their members for the work they’ve done,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “When I ran for Comptroller in 2005, the original ECFSA meetings were long, contentious, and covered ad nauseam by all media outlets which were anxious to portray any negative news about Erie County. We have come a long way since those meetings, and we continue to show today that Erie County is a model of how to deliver services to the public. Meetings are short, relationships are strong, and the fact is that Erie County’s finances are stronger than they’ve been in many years. As the Comptroller and now County Executive during that period of change,  I  am proud to have played a major role in the turnaround of County finances and look forward to continuing such responsible stewardship of County government in the future.”

ECFSA’s Finance Committee met on Friday, October 24th, hearing  testimony from and posing questions to representatives of the County’s Division of Budget and Management.  In addition, ECFSA submitted a detailed written list of 21 questions to County budget officials regarding the 2015 Budget and financial plan, necessitating a comprehensive response from the County.  The committee and ECFSA board meeting was chaired by Vice Chairman Brian Lipke during the temporary absence of Chairman James Sampson.

Poloncarz added, “ECFSA’s decision today to remain in an advisory status is an important independent affirmation and validation of the hard work of my administration in improving the County’s finances while providing important services to the residents of Erie County in a cost-efficient, reasonable and transparent manner.”

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