Projects don’t have to be worth a Buffalo Billion to draw the interest of contractors or the scrutiny of investigators. A former University at Buffalo maintenance supervisor is accused of delivering a $1 million painting contract to a friend in exchange for $100,000 – offenses that allegedly were uncovered after the painter failed to file his state paperwork.
Former Sloan resident Dean Yerry, 63, was arraigned in Erie County Court on Friday afternoon on a felony charge of bribe receiving and a misdemeanor count of conspiracy to prevent competitive bidding or offering on public contracts.
Yerry was arrested earlier this month at his retirement home in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, Nev. The charges grew out of an investigation by state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott, coordinated with prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit.
An Amherst man arrested early Thursday is accused of driving drugged and having three spring-loaded knives in a traffic arrest on Niagara Street, Buffalo police reported Friday.
Scott S. McClusky, 34, is charged with third-, fourth- and seventh-degree possession of controlled substances, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance outside its original container and driving impaired by drugs.
The suspect, who was pulled over about 5:45 a.m. at Niagara and Ontario streets, was taken to the Erie County Medical Center after he said he ingested 30 narcotic pills earlier, according to Officer Christopher Schafer.
The primary draw was the news of a $42.5 million gift from Los Angeles-based investor and Buffalo native Jeffrey Gundlach that vaulted the gallery well over its fundraising goal in the span of less than three months and ensured a major expansion would be likely be completed within five years.
Though the event unfolded under the cloud of a corruption scandal involving the chair of the gallery’s campus development committee and the fate of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” project, a definite sense of Buffalo optimism still pervaded.
TOLEDO (The Borowitz Report)—At a campaign rally on Friday, Donald Trump warned that Hillary Clinton is scheming to “rig the debate by using facts” in their first televised face-off, on Monday.
“You just watch, folks,” Trump told supporters in Toledo, Ohio. “Crooked Hillary is going to slip in little facts all night long, and that’s how she’s going to try to rig the thing.”
“It’s a disgrace,” he added.
The billionaire drew a sharp contrast between himself and the former Secretary of State by claiming that his debate prep “involved no facts whatsoever.”
“I am taking a pledge not to use facts at the debate,” he said, raising his right hand. “I challenge Crooked Hillary to take that pledge.”
He also warned that unless CNN, which is hosting the debate, promises to forbid the use of facts, he might pull out of Monday’s contest. “I’m only going to debate if I’m treated fairly, and facts don’t treat me fairly,” he said.
At CNN, a spokesperson assured Trump that the network would do everything in its power to keep the debate “as free of facts as possible.”
“We have a well-established practice at CNN,” the spokesperson said. “If the candidates start straying into facts, data, or other verifiable information, we have instructed the moderators to cut them off.”
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has just announced that the museum’s once-in-a-lifetime expansion project, known as AK360, has taken a giant leap forward in record time with the pledge of the largest single private donation to a cultural institution in the history of Buffalo, New York.
Financial visionary and prominent art collector Jeffrey Gundlach, a native of the Buffalo area who has maintained lifelong ties to the city and its world-renowned Albright-Knox, has made an innovative challenge gift to the institution of $42.5 million. The gift has galvanized the entire Buffalo community to rally in support of the project, with more than $40.5 million contributed from the private sector, including individuals, foundations and corporations, as well as expected government support of an estimated $20 million, including $15 million from the State of New York. This spectacular level of rapid support has inspired the museum to increase the goal of its capital campaign to $125 million. Funds will enable the museum to realize an urgently needed expansion and renovation of its buildings—with a design by Shohei Shigematsu of the internationally recognized firm OMA—and to enhance its campus in Frederick Law Olmsted’s magnificent Delaware Park. As part of the AK360 Capital Campaign, the museum will also bolster its operating endowment to ensure its future vibrancy and vitality.
The Town of Amherst is looking for people to add their input into the future of the town. You can attend one of their upcoming Charrettes, September 24-28. The first one will be taking place Saturday from 9am-12:30pm at the Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst on Main Street. Stop by to find out more about the Imagine Amherst Project or visit the website at www.imagineamherst.com. There you find a Charrett schedule for everything they have planned.
A man who defrauded State Farm Insurance of $19,553 in a claim stemming from an alleged burglary pleaded guilty to a felony Monday in Niagara County Court.
Gary W. Coleman Jr., 41, of Frankhauser Road, Williamsville, will receive a conditional discharge if he pays restitution before his Dec. 16 sentencing date, Assistant District Attorney Joel M. Grundy said. Otherwise, four years in prison is the maximum penalty Judge Sara Sheldon could impose.
Grundy said Coleman was living in an apartment on Dysinger Road in the Town of Lockport in 2014 when he reported a burglary and was paid about $30,000 for the lost property.