Dear ADC Members and Friends:
554 passengers on a high speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris owe their lives to two brave American soldiers. A 26 year-old man of Moroccan origin was a taken into custody. The French police were told that man look suspicious as he entered the bathroom.
The Americans who intervened included U.S. serviceman, airman Spencer Stone of Lajes Air Base, Azores, who was wounded and was expected to be treated at a specialist hospital for people with hand injuries in the northern French city of Lille.
Among the other passengers who helped stop the attacker were Stone’s friends: National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and another American, student Anthony Sadler. Skarlatos had returned last month from a tour of duty in Afghanistan and the three were on holiday together in Europe.
The three Americans watched this man leave the bathroom heavily armed. He started shooting into the crowd. The two Americans took him to the ground and subdued him.
Ray Walter is reportedly still a candidate for Erie County Executive. If anyone has seen any positions papers, press releases, etc. please share them with the rest of us.
There are still a couple county legislative seats that are being hotly contested and there are several town primaries, particularly in Cheektowaga where everyone seems to be running for everything, with old loyalties not necessarily being honored. The only significant campaign activity so far this year is with the judicial races.
There will be two new Supreme Court judges elected in the 8th Judicial District plus a new Family Court Judge and two Erie County Court Judges. The news at the moment on these races concerns the ratings of the Erie County Bar Association.
There are only two candidates for the two Erie County Court seats, which means that the two candidates have been in effect already elected. Incumbent Sheila DiTullio and assistant district attorney James Bargnesi are the two. So here is the story: while Judge DiTullio has the Bar Association’s “Outstanding” rating, Mr. Bargnesi does not have a rating from the Association.
The driver involved in the May 30th accident that killed 3-year-old Maksym Sugorovskiy and critically injured his 5-year-old sister in Delaware Park will not face criminal charges.
Christian P. Myers, 28, told Buffalo police he fell asleep at the wheel and that was what caused the accident shortly before noon that day.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said that Myers did not engage in any reckless driving, as defined by law, obeyed all traffic control devices and did not violate the speed limit.
ALBANY—Ray Walter, a Republican assemblyman from Amherst, announced that he will take on Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz in November.
Walter, who was first elected in 2011, is not his party’s first choice: Republicans had previously hoped that either County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw or County Clerk Chris Jacobs would oppose Poloncarz’s bid for a second term. Both said that they will not seek to serve as county executive.
While the county’s Democrats have a nearly two-to-one enrollment advantage, Republicans have won three of the past four county executive races. Poloncarz, however, is generally perceived as a front-runner; according to the Buffalo News, internal polls taken by both parties show the incumbent with a large lead.
Walter will not need to relinquish his Assembly seat to run.
I’ve asked Mr. Walter why he is running such a flat, boring race for Erie County Executive. He said he is waiting for the right time to start pulling out his major guns.
In another time the race he is running would be a tip off that a candidate had been promised a bigger, better job.
One of the wettest Junes in recent memory put something of a damper on East Aurora’s Roycroft Summer Festival, so organizers are giving it another shot this week.
The Roycroft Campus Art Show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the campus grounds (21 S. Grove St., East Aurora), will feature 35 artists and artisans working in glass, wood, metal and paint. (The event is distinct from another summer show, also held in June by the Roycrofters-At-Large Association.)
In addition to artist booths lining the campus, the festival will feature glass-blowing demonstrations by Vicki Schneider on the porch of the Roycroft Power House (39 Grove St.) and an exhibition of hand-made furniture by resident Roycroft artisan Jim Cordes. Call 655-0261 or visit roycroftcampuscorp.com.
Any time the Bills win it’s a great game and we’re happy. But not everyone is happy.
There has been no movement in Marcell Dareus’ contract negotiations and the Buffalo Bills defensive tackle’s disappointment is quickly turning to disgust.
Moments after the Bills’ 11-10 exhibition win over the Cleveland Browns, Dareus did not hold back at his locker.
“They’re making it hard,” said Dareus, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. “And it’s just really making me unhappy. I feel like they don’t really want me here.”
“We’re still waiting,” Dareus said. “I feel like they don’t want me here as bad as I want to be here, as bad as the fans and my team wants me here. I feel like they’re saying, ‘Whatever. You come a dime a dozen.”
The Bills have offered Dareus more than $90 million over six years, per a source, but Dareus seeks more. All indications are that he wants to be paid on the level of Ndamukong Suh, who signed a six-year $114 million extension with the Miami Dolphins this past offseason. Dareus is scheduled to make $8.06 million this season.
Regal Cinemas has released new rules and regulations for bag checking at theaters across the country.
The theaters will now feature signs that read “For the safety and comfort of all our guests, backpacks and bags of any kind are subject to inspection before entry.
The policy is clearly posted on both sides of Regal Cinemas ticket counters.
The theater says it wants guests to enjoy their experience all while feeling safe, following a number of shootings.
Regal released this statement:
“We acknowledge that this procedure can cause some inconvenience and that it is not without flaws, but hope these are minor in comparison to increased safety.”
Richie Incognito was suspended in Miami for his role in a bullying scandal. He’s now a Buffalo Bill. Percy Harvin was dumped by Seattle after getting in two separate fights with two separate teammates. He’s now a Buffalo Bill. IK Enemkpali was cut by the New York Jets after busting quarterback Geno Smith’s jaw in a locker-room punchout. He’s, of course, now a Buffalo Bill.
The head coach of the Buffalo Bills doesn’t shy away from any of that, doesn’t pretend it’s some kind of a coincidence.
Yes, Rex Ryan, acknowledges, he and the front office haven’t shied away from bringing in talented players who bombed out elsewhere because they couldn’t coexist with their teammates. They aren’t, at least publicly, a bit worried about it.
These, he notes, are the kinds of attitudes he seeks. Second chance, last chance, another chance … guys who almost lost it all now back with the desperation that comes with having something to prove.
Where other teams see problems, he sees potential. Or maybe he just sees himself.
“I’m getting a second chance,” Ryan said. “I’d probably be the guy who heads that list.”
Benderson Development Co. is pursuing its second medical office facility on Maple Road in Amherst in recent months, hoping to capitalize on growing demand for services around Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.
The real estate firm is hoping to construct a 23,760-square-foot, single-story commercial building on 2.36 acres at 2350 Maple. Located near the Eastview Plaza that is anchored by Lowe’s, it would be convenient for residents of the Maple and Transit Road areas, while also supporting the hospital nearby, said Eric Recoon, Benderson’s vice president of leasing
In particular, he noted the proximity of The Amberleigh, an independent senior living community at 2330 Maple.
The developer is eying a mix of medical and professional offices, and possibly some retail or small service tenants, and is asking the Amherst Planning Board to rezone the property as “neighborhood business.” Plans also call for parking and landscaping.
If the project’s site plan is approved by the Planning Board, construction would begin in the spring of 2016, to wrap up in the fall, according to Planning Board documents.