Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo Events

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David Kowalski

  • MONDAY, March 2, PRESENTATION:  Energy Democracy! What can We Learn from Germany? By Aaron Bartley, PUSH Buffalo Executive Director; sponsor Sierra Club ‘Climate and Clean Energy’ Writers Group, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, Elmwood Ave. at West Ferry, Buffalo; Free and open to the public
  • THURSDAY, March 5, PUBLIC MEETING: Information on Peace Bridge Authority plans to improve air quality in the neighborhood; host Clean Air Coalition; 4:30pm-6:00pm, Niagara Branch Library, 280 Porter Avenue, Buffalo
  • THURSDAY, March 5, COMMUNITY MEETING: Stop the Bomb Trains! Hosted by WNY Drilling Defense; 6:00pm, Crane Branch Library, 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo
  • SATURDAY, March 7, PROGRAM: “Sun Safety-Solar Power” includes children’s Poster Contest plus Displays and interactive exhibits relating to electricity; sponsor New York Power Authority; 10am-3pm, Niagara Power Vista, Lewiston

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The Menth Group Just Might Sell IT.

It’becoming clear the Mench Group has no plans to tear down the buildings on the Greenfield land mass. What I believe they plan to do is find a buyer or buyers  and sell this  property.

They will make their profit and use the money for other projects.

written by James Tricoli, Editor of the Amhersttimes.com

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Get Ready For The Spring Thaw

We showed you the pictures of the standing water on Westwood and neighboring yards from the thaw of the small amount of snow after the New Year.

What happens when all of this “February Freeze” snow melts??

Keep Westwood Green's photo.
Keep Westwood Green's photo.
Keep Westwood Green's photo.

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Keep Westwood Green Message

We have been in a deep freeze mentally for weeks, so we thought some pictures of a “greener” Westwood might shake off the frigid blahs as we watch MORE snow fall.

These photos show standing water and property flooding on Westwood as well as neighboring yards after only a small amount of snowfall from around the holidays/New Years melted. Now that Amherst has had several feet of snow it is going to be much worse when it all melts!

Neighbors have been dealing with this for years since the connecting wetlands and watershed were affected by improperly done “infrastructure improvements” many years ago.

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Keep Westwood Green's photo.
Keep Westwood Green's photo.
Keep Westwood Green's photo.

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More Than a Quarter of Sheldon Silver’s Frozen Funds Are Invested in Williamsville Firm

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has invested more than $1 million in Counsel Financial Services.
Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has invested more than $1 million in Counsel Financial Services.

If federal prosecutors ever prove their case against former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, they could end up recovering more than a quarter of the $3.8 million in alleged ill-gotten gains from a Williamsville firm in which he and his family invested.

That’s far more than the $100,000 figure attributed to Counsel Financial Services LLC in the federal indictment issued earlier this month by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Counsel attorney Terrence M. Connors of Buffalo acknowledged Friday that the Manhattan Democrat and other family members have invested more than $1 million in Counsel, which he represents. The indictment also indicated Silver had invested $380,000 with JoRon Management LLC of Buffalo.
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Village Board Discusses Planned Thruway Authority Project

Village of Williamsville

An update on the Thruway tolls situation.

The New York State Thruway Authority will soon begin leading a project to expand the Interstate 90 Williamsville toll plaza.

According to Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa, this will involve widening the plaza so that there are more lanes, around one to two on each end.

He said the authority will start doing some configuration this summer and continue through summer 2016.

The expansion would not cause the plaza to go beyond its current boundaries.
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Snippets of News by Andy Borowitz

'Disturbed Man Threatens to Destroy I.R.S.<br /><br />
WASHINGTON - A disturbed Canadian man said on Thursday that he wants to destroy the Internal Revenue Service, according to reports. The man, who was born in Calgary before drifting to Texas, has been spotted in Washington, D.C. in recent years exhibiting erratic behavior. In 2013 he gained entry to the United States Senate and was heard quoting incoherently from a children's book before he was finally subdued. Despite a record of such bizarre behavior, officials expressed little concern about his threats against the I.R.S., calling them "delusional."'
Canadian Man Announces Plan to Dismantle US Government

I 100% support Ted Cruz’s call to abolish the IRS, since the IRS collects the money used to pay Ted Cruz.

Disturbed Man Threatens to Destroy I.R.S.
WASHINGTON – A disturbed Canadian man said on Thursday that he wants to destroy the Internal Revenue Service, according to reports.

The man, who was born in Calgary before drifting to Texas, has been spotted in Washington, D.C. in recent years exhibiting erratic behavior.

In 2013 he gained entry to the United States Senate and was heard quoting incoherently from a children’s book before he was finally subdued. Despite a record of such bizarre behavior, officials expressed little concern about his threats against the I.R.S., calling them “delusional.”

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OXON HILL, MD – After creating an uproar by comparing union protesters to ISIS, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he would return to his proven strategy of saying he does not know anything.

“My supporters have come to expect total ignorance from me and I let them down,” he said.

Asked what he meant by his remark about unions and ISIS, Walker replied, “I don’t know,” then gave himself a high five.

'OXON HILL, MD - After creating an uproar by comparing union protesters to ISIS, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he would return to his proven strategy of saying he does not know anything. "My supporters have come to expect total ignorance from me and I let them down," he said. Asked what he meant by his remark about unions and ISIS, Walker replied, "I don't know," then gave himself a high five.'

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Americans Favor Legalizing Pot and Criminalizing Congress

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—By a huge majority, Americans support laws legalizing marijuana and criminalizing Congress, according to a poll released on Thursday.

While the poll reflects a relaxation of attitudes about recreational pot use, it also suggests that many Americans now view membership in Congress as a problem ravaging the nation.
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Battle Lines Drawn Over Schools as Data, Cuomo Agenda Collide

About 1,500 people attend rally at West Seneca West High opposing Cuomo plan to link state aid to school reforms.
About 1,500 people attend rally at West Seneca West High opposing Cuomo plan to link state aid to school reforms.

Teacher evaluations, ‘failing’ results at issue

As a new report shows that more than 97 percent of area principals and teachers are deemed effective or highly effective, educators across the state are rallying against a plan by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to make the rating system tougher.

Data released by the state Education Department on Thursday show that for the second year in a row, most educators from school districts in Erie and Niagara counties were given the state’s highest ratings, mirroring results seen across the state. Even in Buffalo, where the vast majority of schools fail to meet state standards, 91 percent of educators were deemed effective or highly effective.

Teacher advocates say the results reflect the fact that New York has some of the best trained and most experienced teachers in the country. They also point to factors outside the classroom that can greatly affect how children learn.

“The real problem is, along with the achievement gap, there comes a family gap, a housing gap, a health care gap, an income gap, just to name a few things,” said Ashli Skura Dreher, a Lewiston-Porter special-education teacher who was named the state’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.

“If we want to improve educational outcomes, these are the real issues that the governor has to address.”
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To see educator ratings for your school district, go to data.buffalonews.com/databuff/education/erie-niagara-teacher-ratings/

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Praise (Sort of) for FUD, and a Warning

andrew cuomo

We’ve got a bad feeling. A really bad feeling.

It’s Cuomo. Ever since the day after his speech, he’s been acting weird. Remember? He gave his State of the State speech and did the dorky thing he always does – he made a totally lame attempt at humor. This time is was the Three Amigos — Cuomo, Silver and Skelos in sombreros. Hah, hah. But what happened? The very next day, PB exposed Silver for using his office to get rich.  As we’ve written, we still have our doubts about whether Silver’s actions constitute a federal crime or not, but we’re not disputing the fact that he’s now the all-time poster boy for personal gain in public office.

The Three Amigos is the picture worth a thousand words. It’s the punch line for PB.  It tied Cuomo to Silver and Skelos in a way that PB never could.

Cuomo knows it. He knows that everybody else knows it and now he’s desperate to change the perception.
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