Two Ask Pope Francis to Investigate How Buffalo Diocese Handled Sex Abuse Claims

Vanessa DeRosa, 25, and Tino Flores, 51, who claim they were sexually abused by representatives of the Buffalo Diocese are trying to reach  out to Pope Francis to investigate the Diocese of Buffalo’s handling of sexual abuse complaints.  They had a press conference at Hogan Willig law offices in Amherst onTuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.  (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
Vanessa DeRosa, 25, and Tino Flores, 51, who claim they were sexually abused by representatives of the Buffalo Diocese are trying to reach out to Pope Francis to investigate the Diocese of Buffalo’s handling of sexual abuse complaints.

A Buffalo man says he was sexually abused by a priest 40 years ago when he was a boy.

A Niagara Falls woman says a male lay teacher abused her 12 years ago when she was a student at a Catholic middle school.

Last year, their attorneys said, they took their complaints to the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, which ordered an investigation, but nothing has happened.

Both Flores and DeRosa said they still believe in God but have no faith or trust in the church.

If a meeting with the pope is arranged, Flores said he would tell the pontiff to “screen your priests better.” DeRosa said she would ask him to “take better notice of who is working for the church.”
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Mark Manna’s Fundraiser Review

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On January 26, Town Board member Mark Manna had a fund raiser.  Mark is term limited which means he won’t be able to run for the Amherst Town Board this November.  He has already served two consecutive terms.

Mark’s fund raiser on the 26th was well attended with a mix of young and old.  The dialogue was a varied mixture of politics and other subjects.  Mark’s fundraiser’s are known for offering delicious food and this time was no different.

The fundraiser was informative and fun.  The attendees were a cross section of Amherst residents including the Spoth brothers, Tom Weisbeck, Steve Pidgen, Peter Reese, Pat Lucey, Kristie Mazurek along with several other lovely ladies.

Many people were waiting for Mark to announce what position he was running for or if he was running for anything.  He said he still thinking what he will do.

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Newly Discovered Ayn Rand Diary Reveals She Intended Her Books as Pranks

by Andy Borowitz

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<p>NEW YORK - A just-discovered 1981 diary by the author Ayn Rand indicates that she intended her bestselling books to be "hilarious pranks" and not to be taken seriously as sources of philosophy. Referring to the contents of her books "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead," Rand wrote, "Imagine if someone actually tried to implement the ludicrous philosophy in these books as public policy. The results would be disaster!" The diary reveals that Rand briefly considered including a disclaimer with her novels indicating that they were supposed to be ridiculous, but decided it was unnecessary because "only a total idiot would take these books seriously."
NEW YORK – A just-discovered 1981 diary by the author Ayn Rand indicates that she intended her bestselling books to be “hilarious pranks” and not to be taken seriously as sources of philosophy.

Referring to the contents of her books “Atlas Shrugged” and “The Fountainhead,” Rand wrote, “Imagine if someone actually tried to implement the ludicrous philosophy in these books as public policy. The results would be disaster!”

The diary reveals that Rand briefly considered including a disclaimer with her novels indicating that they were supposed to be ridiculous, but decided it was unnecessary because “only a total idiot would take these books seriously.”

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Be Gone Mr. Silver With Your Alleged Stolen 4 Million Dollars

 

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver agrees to leave office by Monday amid federal corruption charges
Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle of Rochester announced the move Tuesday. Morelle will serve as acting speaker until a new one is elected by the Democrats in the Assembly.

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When Were Permits Issued?

What’s going on on Youngs Road?  Before things go too far residents near 1055 Youngs Rd. should know what project is being started.  The following letter was sent to the members of our Town Board requesting answers NOW.

Members of the Town Board,

Today 27 January 2015 construction equipment showed up at 1055 Youngs Rd. and began digging.
To the best of my knowledge there have been no permits issued for any construction work to begin at this site.
How can any activity be commenced without all the proper permits?
Please advise. Thank you

Patrick Welch1
Patrick W. Welch, PhD

U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)

Veterans Advocate & Educator
Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court – Senior Mentor

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Village of Williamsville Board Meeting Information

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Here’s a quick recap of what happened at the Village Board meeting last night:

– Welcomed new Department of Public Works Crew Chief Ben Vilonen and discussed the DPW agenda for the next year. Items include improvements to Glen Park, the Pocket park, more crosswalks and safer crossings for children and the shaping of trees throughout the village.
– Discussed the possible landmarking of 5727 Main St., Blum’s Swimwear and Intimate Apparel, with a representative from Iskalo Development Corp. The board asked for more documentation from Iskalo before deciding on whether or not to approve the landmark nomination for the building.
– Clarified the specifics of the Picture Main Street plan with residents who spoke at the meeting. The plan will include bulb-outs or curb extensions to make it easier for pedestrians to cross Main Street and to prevent drivers from illegally using the parking lane as a driving lane. It will not decrease parking in the village (except for four spaces near the H.A.W.K. signal) and it will not result in lane reductions. The Village will soon select a contractor for the project, which will design and build the changes. Work is expected to begin later this year.
– Scheduled the Village election for June 16, 2015. Seats up for election include the mayor, two trustees and the justice. All terms are four years. Anyone interested in running should pick up an information packet at Village Hall, 5565 Main St.

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Mayor Acts Quickly, Forcefully to Close Bars Linked to Gunfire

Mango'z on Forest Ave. was closed within four days after argument spilled outside and man was shot in the leg Dec. 6; Habibi Sheesha Lounge at 467 Elmwood was closed Jan. 5 after disturbance outside led to multiple gunshots Jan. 3. Impulse Lounge at 517 Washington St. was closed Saturday after fight led to shooting of man outside earlier in the day. (Photos by John Hickey/Buffalo News)
Mango’z on Forest Ave. was closed within four days after argument spilled outside and man was shot in the leg Dec. 6; Habibi Sheesha Lounge at 467 Elmwood was closed Jan. 5 after disturbance outside led to multiple gunshots Jan. 3. Impulse Lounge at 517 Washington St. was closed Saturday after fight led to shooting of man outside earlier in the day.

OK.  He moved.  Mayor Brown did shut down some of the worst offenders in the city.  Good for him.

Late Saturday, Mayor Byron W. Brown completed a hat trick of nightspot closings within the last seven weeks, reinforcing his claim that the city will crack down on bars and clubs that threaten public safety by attracting gunfire to their immediate neighborhoods.

The mayor shut down the Impulse Lounge on Washington Street over the weekend, just as he earlier had closed the Habibi Sheesha Lounge on Elmwood Avenue following a Jan. 3 incident and Mango’z bar on Forest Avenue after a Dec. 6 shooting. All three closings came within days – even hours – of a violent incident.

The mayor, who has had a reputation for being cautious and measured on other issues, has acted swiftly and aggressively in all three cases, closing the three establishments without waiting for any formal action by either the Buffalo Common Council or the State Liquor Authority.
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Assembly Democrats Have to Summon the Backbone to Choose a New Speaker

Sheldon Silver

No. It’s not enough.

Sheldon Silver can no longer serve as speaker of the State Assembly, and any crackpot coverup scheme that would allow him to step aside temporarily while some cronies divvy up his responsibilities is ludicrous and cowardly. He needs to go.

What hold does this man have on these chickenhearts that they can’t summon the courage to just dump him? Why are they content to be smeared by their continued support of a man charged with some of the most serious crimes a public official can be accused of committing against the public?

No, he has not been convicted of anything yet, but that doesn’t mean he should retain his hold on a job that he can no longer adequately perform. His legal troubles won’t be over in a week or a month or several months. They could drag on for years, as did those of former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.
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Cuomo ‘On Edge’ As Federal Corruption Probe Continues

Gov . Cuomo is “freaked-out and furious” over the bombshell criminal charges dropped on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver last week — and “obsessed with fear’’ because of the ongoing federal corruption probe.One source described Cuomo as “doubly enraged’’ by hard-driving Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara’s decision to bring the five criminal corruption charges against Silver just hours after the governor delivered his State of the State address — and then, less than 24 hours after that, to indict Albany’s “three men in a room’’ culture in which Cuomo is the lead player.

“Cuomo feels Preet just walked all over him,’’ said the source.

Knowledgeable insiders, including law-enforcement experts, said it wasn’t accidental that Bharara brought the charges against Silver just hours after Cuomo’s State of the State.

“Prosecutors have a lot of discretion, and when they time a high-profile arrest in a way that steps all over Cuomo’s speech, that’s the use of discretion for a purpose,’’ a former federal prosecutor told The Post.

And several sources described Cuomo — who along with his aides is being investigated by Bharara over the abrupt disbanding of the governor’s Moreland Act commission on public corruption — as “on edge’’ over Bharara’s ominous statement Friday that the public should “stay tuned’’ for more criminal charges to come.

“Andrew’s been working the phones day and night, staying up into the early morning hours, making hundreds of calls in one day trying to find out what the hell is going on,’’ a source close to the governor said.

Cuomo, who has retained a private lawyer, has enlisted several former federal and state-level prosecutors with ties to Bharara’s office including Steve Cohen, his former chief-of-staff, in an effort to find out Bharara’s next move, the sources said.

“He’s freaked-out, furious, and obsessed with fear, it’s like a nightmare for him. The whole narrative he laid out for his second term has been derailed by Bharara,’’ said a source in regular contact with the governor.

“The narrative has been taken over by Bharara and it’s all about Albany’s corruption, not Cuomo and his program for the state,’’ the source said.

State political circles are abuzz with speculation that Bharara is seeking to determine if Cuomo had any knowledge of Silver’s allegedly illegal outside income last spring when he agreed with Silver and Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos to fold the commission.

The hair-pulling turmoil that has engulfed Assembly Democrats over the possible (and many believe likely) need to replace Silver as speaker hasn’t been seen since Syracuse-area Assembly Majority Leader Michael Bragman unsuccessfully sought to oust Silver in 2000.

A half-dozen names of possible replacements are on lawmakers’ lips and here, direct from a usually authoritative Assembly member, is a late bulletin on the maneuvering: “The Queens County organization is making calls for [Queens Assemblywoman] Cathy Nolan.

“A Queens/Bronx coalition would counterbalance a Brooklyn/Manhattan coalition under [Assemblymen] Joe Lentol [Brooklyn] and Keith Wright [the Manhattan Democratic chairman], with 30 votes each.

“Bronx County Chairman [Carl Heastie] is looking like the kingmaker here.’’

That said, a lot of smart money is on well-regarded Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chairman Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr. of Manhattan, a former state Democratic chairman, as a non-controversial successor to Silver, at least on a short-term “interim’’ basis.

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The Clothes Make the Man, Not a Mayor

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Mayor Brown of Buffalo not only finds it difficult to tell the truth, but impossible.  In my personal relationship with the Mayor he has shown me he  is more concerned that his clothes are the best.  He is such a fool he believes clothes make the man.  He fails to understand the BS he throws around lands on his clothes and soils them beyond salvage.

He doesn’t have the inner integrity or honesty to be a man who can help change a city, instead he brought in more racketeers and crooked businessmen.  He seems to be expecting the President to select him to serve on a more responsible job.  That won’t happen but there are must be some good haberdasher shops that need sharp dressers to run these shops in the Arctic Circle.  Mayor Brown buys nice clothes.  Now he can sell sharp men’s hats and clothes.

Why all this background information on Mayor Brown?  Our Mayor today shut down 3 bars which have been having troubles.  They are in the Elmwood triangle but Brown hasn’t shut down any of the dangerous bars on the Eastside.  Is this because the Mayor gave many of these bar owners government money to be used to help build new houses on the Eastside when instead they opened up bars?  When the government went to investigate what the Mayor did with the money his face turned red and said he couldn’t collect any of the money because the men he gave it to wasted away on trips, booze, cars and women.

Brown got angry at these people and told them not to do it again!  Wow.  That was a vivid statement.  Here he shows his lack of true grit because above all he needs the black, Hispanic and America Indian vote to keep winning.

Brown is smooth and when he had his right hand man Steve Casey were running Buffalo, Brown was a perfect mannequin.  There is a huge danger keeping this powder puff as Mayor.  There is major crime here and more gangs are coming to Buffalo.  We need a Mayor who is honest, tough and has a good, fully inflated, set of bal_s.

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