With Big Money on the Line, Cellino & Barnes Case Explodes in Court

Ross Cellino speaks with his attorneys before a hearing with Judge Deborah Chimes in Buffalo on Thursday, July 27, 2017. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
Ross Cellino speaks with his attorneys before a hearing with Judge Deborah Chimes in Buffalo on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

There were angry allegations from Ross M. Cellino Jr. about Stephen E. Barnes’ “lies,” “bullying” tactics and “secret meetings. ” He accused his estranged law partner of improperly funneling $1.3 million in law firm funds to a California operation that financially benefits only Barnes.

There were angry claims from Barnes that Cellino engaged in selfish, appalling and “reprehensible behavior,” putting his own interests first “in utter disregard of the best interests of the law firm.”

Everyone involved claims to have done nothing wrong. And everyone involved agrees that the Cellino & Barnes law firm is very profitable — especially for its two battling founders.
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‘Nature Play Space’ Proposed for Williamsville’s Glen Park

An area of Williamsville’s Glen Park could be designated as a play space full of trees, logs, branches, rocks and pinecones to help connect kids with nature.

The space would be an alternative to the metal and plastic structures that make up many of today’s playgrounds, said Village Trustee Deb Rogers, who presented the idea Monday to the Village Board.

The concept is modeled on an area of Reinstein Woods in Cheektowaga, which includes shelter building, a wooden eagle’s nest and a touch-and-see table, Rogers said. A nature play space would require little to no start-up costs and would be made up of free elements found in the park, she said.
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Anthony Scaramucci Gives a Profanity-Laced Interview Trashing Priebus and Bannon

by Taylor Rogers

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Big Money For Erin K. Baker Langworthy

by James Tricoli:  Editor of  the Amhersttimes.com

To help explain why Mrs. Erin K. Langworthy has raised a greater amount of money than all the rest of the worthy candidates for the Amherst Town Board is because her husband, Nicholas  A. Langworthy, is the Chairman of the Erie County Republicans Party.  She is presently working in Rep. Ray Water’s office as his Chief of Staff.

I have asked Mrs. Langworthy directly, face to face, for an interview.  She said yes and that she would call me the next day. The next day never came.  I called her office several times over a 4-month period to speak to her.  Each time she wasn’t available but a staff member said she would call me or email me back.  Never happened!

If Mrs. Langworthy is ashamed of her married name she doesn’t have to be.

The public is now aware of her full married name which explains many things written about her and why you avoid the press and debates.

If Mrs. Langworthy is ashamed of her married name she doesn’t have to be.

The public is now aware of her full married name which explains many things written about her and why you avoid the press and debates.

The stats shown below are from the Buffalo News

Erin Baker, a Republican candidate for Amherst Town Board, has raised more money than all the other Amherst candidates for contested races combined, according to campaign reports filed last week with the state Board of Elections.
Total receipts
Total expenses
Closing Balance

THE BUFFALO NEWS » SOURCE: STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS

DATA:
Name Total receipts Total expenses Closing Balance
Baker 64735 7935 56800
Jaeger 37581 6117 31465
Spino 10310 2861 7449
Berger 3820 881 2939
Kulpa 3668 796 2872
Kindel 2500 1500 1000
Lavin 1300 208 1092

BIG MONEY FOR MRS. BAKER

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New Wellness Grant to Help Seniors, Caregivers, Those With Disabilities

Nora OBrien-Suric, president of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, said the foundation is excited to support a collaborative that will expand the scale and scope of services available to help older adults lead a dignified, independent, high-quality life in their community.  (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
Nora OBrien-Suric, president of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, said the foundation is excited to support a collaborative that will expand the scale and scope of services available to help older adults lead a dignified, independent, high-quality life in their community. 

The Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative has been awarded a 30-month, $342,000 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York to form an integrated care network of community-based organizations and Area Agencies on Aging in Western New York.

The collaborative is made up of member community-based organizations and aging agencies that provide home and community-based services and evidence-based programs that promote independence and healthy living. This network looks to produce better health outcomes and quality of life for older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers.
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‘Zombie home’ to be Demolished in Williamsville

A “zombie home” in the Village of Williamsville that has been a nuisance to neighbors will be demolished, the Village Board decided this week.

The home at 96 S. Long St., south of the Lehigh Memorial Trail, has been the subject of numerous complaints from residents about rats and the tattered tarp covering the roof, said Mayor Brian J. Kulpa.

A “zombie home” is a vacant property stuck in an incomplete foreclosure that can bring down neighboring property values as it deteriorates.
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Owner of Dockside Village Apartments Plans Expansion Onto Transit Road

Anthony Cutaia, president of Rane Property Management, shows off the clubhouse at his Heron Pointe development on Grand Island. Rane is planning to expand its Dockside Village apartment complex in East Amherst onto Transit Road. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
Anthony Cutaia, president of Rane Property Management, shows off the clubhouse at his Heron Pointe development on Grand Island. Rane is planning to expand its Dockside Village apartment complex in East Amherst onto Transit Road.

The developer of the Dockside Village apartment complex in East Amherst is planning an expansion onto Transit Road.

Rane Property Management plans to construct two buildings at 10800 Transit Road, just north of the Dockside Parkway entrance into the development.

The first building would have offices or retail on the first floor and eight fully furnished, extended-stay apartments on the second floor, said Anthony Cutaia, Rane’s president.
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TM Montante Starts Talks on Next Gates Circle Project

Development partners TM Montante Development and Morgan Communities submitted a site plan application to the City of Buffalo Planning Board for the next building at Lancaster Square at Gates Circle.  (Rendering courtesy TM Montante)
Development partners TM Montante Development and Morgan Communities submitted a site plan application to the City of Buffalo Planning Board for the next building at Lancaster Square at Gates Circle.

Developer TM Montante is beginning to talk with neighbors about another new building on its sprawling site at Gates Circle that could include an urban grocery store and more apartments.

Montante officials confirmed that they have begun talking with both potential tenants and the community about the next proposed building for the planned Lancaster Square at Gates Circle development.

The building, which is in the early planning stages, would be located on a parcel at Lancaster and Linwood avenues, next to a city-owned parking ramp that Montante is negotiating to purchase. Current plans call for it to include a neighborhood grocery store of up to 25,000 square feet, along with potentially 140 to 150 apartments, although those figures are tentative, officials said.
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Trump to Upstate New Yorkers: Move!

President Trump suggested upstate New Yorkers should move to states like Wisconsin that are adding manufacturing jobs. (News file photo)
President Trump suggested upstate New Yorkers should move to states like Wisconsin that are adding manufacturing jobs.

WASHINGTON — President Trump has a message for down-on-their-luck blue-collar workers all across upstate New York:

Move.

And don’t look back on the house you left behind.

In a Wall Street Journal interview published Wednesday, the president said that people in New York and some other states are going to have to move to states such as Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado, which, he said, are adding manufacturing jobs.

“You’re going to need people to work in these massive plants,” Trump said. “I’m going to start explaining to people: When you have an area that just isn’t working like upper New York state, where people are getting very badly hurt, and then you’ll have another area 500 miles away where you can’t get people, I’m going to explain, you can leave.”
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Redevelopment Needs a Targeted Approach


Mayor Brian Kulpa

In the recent investigation of ‘ the town’s economic status, David Versel segmented the town into six separate and distinct investment districts.

By breaking the town into these areas, it is possible to develop focused planning efforts and work more strategically with neighborhood leaders to ensure that residents have more input into redevelopment patterns in their communities.

Equally as important, targeted economic stimuli and the town’s existing investment in infrastructure should be focused and planned by district. In addition, the town must coordinate capital investment by other state, federal, and local government agencies through the same planning process.

Leveraging input and capabilities of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency and the Amherst Chamber of Commerce completes the process and engages the private sector.

This approach to town planning will allow the individual town departments to focus on specific nodes and corridors at the same time, which will trigger reinvestment. Areas ripe for this sort of focus include Niagara Falls Boulevard and Maple Road, Sheridan Drive and Sweet Home, Bailey Avenue, Audubon Parkway and the Transit Road corridor, just to identify a few.

Targeted investment and focus on these nodes and corridors will serve as catalysts for the stabilization and re-emergence of neighborhoods such as Eggertsville and Sweet Home, and will benefit future redevelopment of retail and office parks across the town.

The town should be actively engaged in the study of places throughout the United States and Canada to identify best practice solution for each of the very different opportunity areas, nodes, and corridors in the Town of Amherst.

Participation in trade associations and conferences, research and a distinguished
speakers series or forum program are concepts that have served the Village of Williamsville well and can be adopted more broadly at the town department level.

Brian Kulpa
Mayor
Village of Williams
ville

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