UB Women Defeat FSU 86-65, Advance to Sweet 16

Mar. 19, 2018
Bulls Stun #6 South Florida; Collect First NCAA Tournament Win In Program History, 102-79
TALLAHASSEE, FLA – The UB Women’s basketball team is advancing to the Sweet 16!

The Bulls defeated FSU in their second round NCAA tournament game Monday in Tallahassee.

Now, they’re set to play Saturday in Albany against the winner of the Virginia v. South Carolina game.

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WNY Land Conservancy Seeks Input on Downtown Trail

Mar. 19, 2018
This bridge would be the end of a proposed “High Line” along the old DL&W railroad corridor that would begin downtown. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
The Western New York Land Conservancy wants public input on a proposed trail along the abandoned DL&W rail corridor in downtown Buffalo.

An open house for the 1 1/2-mile DL&W Corridor, which runs from the Buffalo River near Solar City to downtown Buffalo near Canalside, will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Larkin at Exchange Building’s 1st Floor Cafe.

“We envision the DL&W corridor becoming a place where people can walk or ride a bike and where wildlife can find a home,” said Nancy Smith, executive director of the land conservancy. “We hope to convert this remnant of our industrial heritage into a beautiful, engaging and ecologically resilient linear park.”

Advanced registration is requested at www.wnylc.org/events or calling 687-1225.

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Actress and Activist Cynthia Nixon Launches Run Against Cuomo

Mar. 19, 2018
Former 'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon, who has ties in the left wing of the Democratic Party as well as to the small but influential Working Families Party, has been mulling a run against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for several months. (Getty Images)
Former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, who has ties in the left wing of the Democratic Party as well as to the small but influential Working Families Party, has been mulling a run against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for several months. 

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo got himself a primary opponent Monday in the form of Cynthia Nixon, an actress and activist who is poised to tap into her celebrity status to raise both money and her political novice profile in a contest over the soul of the state’s Democratic Party that Cuomo controls.

Nixon, a longtime advocate of higher funding for public schools, ended months of speculation with an announcement Monday that she will challenge Cuomo for at least the Democratic Party line for governor.

“Next stop Albany,’’ a voice that appears to be a conductor says at the end of an online video her campaign released Monday afternoon showing her riding aboard a train.

Nixon, who has ties in the left wing of the Democratic Party as well as to the small but influential Working Families Party, has been mulling a run against Cuomo for several months.

In her video, Nixon does not mention Cuomo by name. Her announcement comes just a week after Joseph Percoco, a longtime advisor and friend of Cuomo, was convicted in a major corruption case that landed a political hit on Cuomo and his administration.
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Former Squire Shop Building in Snyder Sold to Benderson

Mar. 19, 2018
Squire on Main Restaurant, now closed, operated recently in the space at 4548 Main St. in Snyder that was the longtime home to The Squire Shop, a former men's clothing store. Benderson Development Co. recently purchased this building and the adjoining building. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)
Squire on Main Restaurant, now closed, operated recently in the space at 4548 Main St. in Snyder that was the longtime home to The Squire Shop, a former men’s clothing store.

Benderson Development Co. has purchased two Snyder commercial buildings that include the onetime home to the Squire Shop, the noted men’s clothing store.

Benderson paid $1.36 million through a limited liability company for the buildings at 4548 and 4564 Main St., near Harlem Road, along with a single-family home on Chateau Terrace, according to deeds filed with the Erie County Clerk’s Office over the past few days.

The developer bought the properties from Joyce Karnofsky, of Bradenton, Fla., the widow of Edmund Karnofsky, the longtime owner of both the Squire Shop store and the buildings.

Edmund Karnofsky helped to run the Squire Shop, best known for its buffalo-themed silk ties, for decades until closing the store in the mid-1990s.

The Squire Shop’s space within 4548 Main St. later was host to several restaurants and was eyed as the second location for Mulberry restaurant before that deal fell through recently.
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New Road Will Not Be Touched by the County

Mar. 19, 2018

NEW ROAD is a county road which the county has no intention of doing any improvements to like widening of this road or re-paving it for years to come.

The road is a total of 3.39 miles long.  To widen this road and pave it would cost $3 million dollars per mile. The county doesn’t have the money to do this.

This winter left many county roads in bad shape and these roads come first. A developer who would want to build homes on the road would have to do road improvements themselves.

This road cannot be re-mediated with dirt from another source. By law wetlands deemed as real wetlands by the DEC and the Corp of Engineers cannot be re-mediated.

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Democratic Candidate Marc Cohen to Announce His Run for the 146 State Assembly District

Mar. 19, 2018

Marc Cohen will make a public announcement declaring he is running for the State Assembly on March 20th at 10 am in front of Amherst Town Hall. Everyone is welcome to come and hear Mr. Cohen’s announcement.

Over the past few weeks he has spoken with you (many of you twice!) about the 146th Assembly District race.  He appreciates the overwhelming support you’ve given him in his endeavor to bring new, progressive leadership to Amherst and Albany.

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Time for Some Fun

Mar. 19, 2018

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Support Local Boy Scouts – Friday Fish Fry

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RESOLUTION 2018-398 on Tonight’s Agenda

Mar. 19, 2018

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Senior Deputy Town Attorney
Please appoint Jeffrey Marion, Esq. to Senior Deputy Town Attorney at a salary set for
Senior Deputy Town Attorney on the 2018 Exempt Non-Department Head Salary Schedule, Grade 1, Step A, at an annual salary of $83,333.75 effective March 20, 2018. This is on the today agenda packet under Human Resoures


The below article is written by James Tricoli
Editor:  amhersttimes.com

The above resolution is in the agenda for the March 19, 2018 Town Board meeting.

Here is the truth about how the town lawyers were chosen by our Town Board.

To begin with, Mr. McCarthy, Director of Human Resources, didn’t interview any person for this very important position.  Mr. McCarthy NEVER interviewed Mr. Marion.

Amherst needs a lawyer who has experience in Land Used and Municipal law. Mr. Marion has no experience in either of these areas so, Amherst has had to farm out over $500,ooo to other outside firms to deal with these cases.

There are very capable lawyers who have experience in land Used and Municipal law but it is now known that Mr. Zellner, Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Party, informed Jerry Schad, head of the Amherst Democrats, to tell the new Amherst Town Board the names of the four lawyers that would be chosen to serve Amherst.  They were chosen because of the work they have done for the party.

Four members of our Town Board have leaked this information out. The disgusting hand of Mr. Schad giving patronage jobs to the present Town Lawyers has cost Amherst thousand of dollars.

The people of Amherst must request an explanation from each Board member as to their understanding of how the names of these 4 lawyers were brought to them. There should be a process in place so the board members might interview all lawyers who applied for these positions and who have the credentials our town needs.

I love Amherst.  We can’t keep hiring people who are losers.

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Happy St. Joseph’s Day

Today March 19th is St. Joseph’s day.

Customs of the Day

St. Joseph’s Day is a big Feast for Italians because in the Middle Ages, God, through St. Joseph’s intercessions, saved the Sicilians from a very serious drought. So in his honor, the custom is for all to wear red, in the same way that green is worn on St. Patrick’s Day.
Today, after Mass (at least in parishes with large Italian populations), a big altar (“la tavola di San Giuse” or “St. Joseph’s Table”) is laden with food contributed by everyone (note that all these St. Joseph celebrations might take place on the nearest, most convenient weekend). Different Italian regions celebrate this day differently, but all involve special meatless foods: minestrone, pasta with breadcrumbs (the breadcrumbs symbolize the sawdust that would have covered St. Joseph’s floor), seafood, Sfinge di San Giuseppe, and, always, fava beans, which are considered “lucky” because during the drought, the fava thrived while other crops failed.

The table — which is always blessed by a priest — will be in three tiers, symbolizing the Most Holy Trinity. The top tier will hold a statue of St. Joseph surrounded by flowers and greenery. The other tiers might hold, in addition to the food: flowers (especially lilies); candles; figurines and symbolic breads and pastries shaped like a monstrance, chalices, fishes, doves, baskets, St. Joseph’s staff, lilies, the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, carpentry tools, etc.; 12 fishes symbolizing the 12 Apostles; wine symbolizing the miracle at Cana; pineapple symbolizing hospitality; lemons for “luck”; bread and wine (symbolizing the Last Supper); and pictures of the dead. There will also be a basket in which the faithful place prayer petitions.

The cry “Viva la tavola di San Giuse!” begins the feasting and is heard throughout the day. When the eating is done, the St. Joseph’s altar is smashed, and then three children dressed as the Holy Family will knock on three doors, asking for shelter. They will be refused at the first two, and welcomed at the third, in memory of the Holy Family’s seeking of hospitality just before Christ was born. This re-enactment is called “Tupa Tupa,” meaning “Knock Knock.”

The day ends with each participant taking home a bag that might be filled with bread, fruit, pastries, cookies, a medal of St. Joseph, a Holy Card and/or a blessed fava bean. Keep your “lucky bean,” and let it remind you to pray to St. Joseph.

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