Mary McClary and Tara Cadmus Endorsed By Republicans

The Republican Party of Amherst has endorsed  Mary McClary and Tara Cadmus  to run for the two open seats on the Amherst Town Board.

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Cadmus Seeks GOP Endorsement for Board

Tara Cadmus

Tara Cadmus will be running for the Amherst Town Board in the fall election, when two of the five seats will be on the ballot.

Cadmus, a lifelong Amherst resident and owner of three Amherst businesses, is seeking the Republican endorsement.

Cadmus said the stores, Sweet Jenny’s, Oh Pour L’amour Du Chocolat and 1811 Comics, employ more than 50 people.

“My business model is successful because it’s not just about business,” Cadmus said. “We understand we could not exist without the community that supports us, and so we give back everywhere we can — [to] veterans’ associations, children’s charities, school fundraisers, etc.”

Cadmus said it is this community centered business perspective that she wants to bring to the Amherst Town Board.
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Letter to the Editor: Where is Frank Max’s money going?

by Matthew Ricchiazzi

Dear Mr. Ricchiazzi:

I read your website every day and love how you are exposing political corruption around Erie County and WNY. I am very bothered by Frank Max’s Progressive Democrats of WNY group and their lack of accountability and thought this would make for a great story.

Every political action committee (which the Progressive Democrats are), must periodically file financial disclosure reports with the NYS Board of Elections. You can check this out on the http://www.elections.ny.gov/ and click on “Campaign Finance” and then “View Disclosure Reports”.

If you search for Progressive Democrats of Western New York Filer ID C26203 and Click on their January Filing report it may not look like anything at first glance, but there is a big problem there. http://www.elections.ny.gov:8080/plsql_browser/getfiler2_loaddates

You see the Progressive Democrats of WNY had a big Christmas party on December 22, 2014 with approximately 150 people, yet there is no mention of that party on the January disclosure report. No income, no expenses nothing. I have attached a copy of the invitation for the December party, along with pictures of the disclosure reports showing a $2.00 balance.

Now I received an invitation to the Progressive Democrats Annual Brunch for this Saturday, April 18. One needs to ask what happened to the money from the December 2014 Christmas party and what will happen to the money from this Spring brunch?

Why does Max feel he does not need to report any of this fundraising income to the state?

Frank Max is breaking the law!!!!

One also needs to ask why would any candidate, especially those running for an Erie County Judge seat, want to be seen at this Spring Brunch? The guy is a criminal and pocketing this money.

There have been rumors circulating all across Erie County, that Max pockets a majority of the cash. We need people like you to expose the truth. Thank you for your excellent reporting!!!

John

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Amherst Democratic Club Meeting, April 21, 2015

Amherst Democratic Club Meeting

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There will be a gathering of the Amherst Democratic Club on Tuesday April 21, 2015 @ 7:30 pm @ the Irishman, 5601 Main Street, Williamsville, New York.

As always this is informal, social and discussions will include this year’s candidates and elections, issues and campaigns in the Town of Amherst.  All Amherst Democrats and friends are welcome.

Democracy is not a spectator sport – come on down! Enjoy yourself and relax.

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The Melting Pot Restaurant Picked Number One

The Melting Pot has been named the top casual dinning restaurant brand in the country by Nation’s Restaurant, an industry trade publication.

There is a location of the Melting Pot in the Walden Galleria.

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Village’s Tentative Budget Topic of Hearing

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The preliminary budget of $3.46 million was presented to village residents at Monday’s Village Board meeting.  A public hearing was held for those interested in commenting on the budget.  For the first time in five years, the 2015-16 proposed village budget is projecting a decrease in the tax rate.

Village officials are estimating a tax rate of $4.49 per $1,000 of assessed value. This is a 0.71 percent decrease from the current year.

Picture Main Street aims to enhance the connections among neighborhoods, visitors and businesses along with creating a pedestrian-friendly environment.

Although total spending increased by about 1.3 percent, taxes are projected to decrease.
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Wegmans Announces Expansion, Restaurant for Amherst Store

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Wegmans says it will spend 40 million dollars to expand and renovate the store on Transit road.

The new 14,000 square foot expansion will also include the first Wegmans restaurant in the Buffalo area.

“Our longtime customers and employees know well that we’ve outgrown our Transit Road store,” says Mike Keating, Sr. Vice President of the Buffalo division in a released statement. “We are looking forward to the day when we open the doors to a larger and beautifully remodeled store with more choice, and the first Wegmans restaurant in the Buffalo area.”

It’s called “The Pub,” and it’s a full service restaurant inside a grocery store. It will serve an array of dishes as well as cocktails, wine and craft beer.

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Spiller: ‘I’ll always be a Buffalo Bill at heart’

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) is tackled for a loss by New England Patriots strong safety Tavon Wilson (27) in the second quarter at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014.  (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) tackled by New England Patriots strong safety Tavon Wilson (27)

New Saints running back looks back with fondness

New Orleans is C.J. Spiller’s new home.   For the first time since he went to Clemson University, he got to choose his destination.

The Saints were Spiller’s only free-agent visit. He said the New York Jets, where Gailey now is offensive coordinator, also showed interest.

Of course, the idea of playing with quarterback Drew Brees helped Spiller make up his mind.
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Spring Street Project in Williamsville Wins Award

Sen. Schumer instrumental in green infrastructure project that will break ground soon

Williamsville, N.Y. – Even before the summer groundbreaking of the Spring Street project, the Village of Williamsville streetscape plan is garnering honors as a model for the region and state.

The green infrastructure plan – which gained key support and funding from U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer – will receive an Environmental Excellence Award from the Erie County Environmental Management Council on May 1.

“Congratulations to the Village of Williamsville on receiving the Erie County Environmental Management Council’s Environmental Excellence Award,” said Senator Schumer. “The Spring Street green storm water retention project is an innovative plan that can be replicated in other communities across New York State. I was proud to support this project from the very beginning, not only because is it good for the environment, but because it is also good for business in the Village of Williamsville.”

The plan, which is currently in the design phase and will begin in June, calls for $3 million worth of raingardens, sidewalks, trees, permeable pavers and other streetscape improvements aimed at reducing stormwater runoff into Ellicott Creek and creating an interesting public gathering space where people can eat, shop, relax and visit with their neighbors.

“We are fighting hard to turn the tide of polluted storm water runoff that infiltrates our sewers and pours into Ellicott Creek,” said Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa. “This project will put Williamsville on the map ecologically, beautify the street and spur further private sector investment.”

For Senator Schumer and the Village, it is not the first award garnered by the Picture Main Street plan. The NY Upstate American Planning Association Chapter’s Awards Committee in August honored the plan with the organization’s Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice.

The village, as a way to combat rising sewer costs, has embarked on an innovative green infrastructure strategy centered around transforming massive stretches of underutilized pavement into permeable and walkable connections between village neighborhoods.

Ground will break on the Spring Street project in June and streetscape improvements on Main Street will begin in 2017.

Spring Street Green Infrastructure Plan:

spring streetAbout Picture Main Street and Spring Street:

  • A Village of Williamsville initiative to improve the pedestrian experience on Main Street and Spring Street with $6 million in improvements.
  • Improves the walkability of Main Street and Spring Street and creates a safer environment for motorists and pedestrians. Allows for an environment that is more supportive of economic development and community life.
  • Creates a signature street identity with bulb-outs, pedestrian refuge islands and crossing signal, crosswalks and street greenery on Main Street; and a public plaza and green infrastructure along Spring Street near the Williamsville Water Mill.
  • Includes a “Village Square” and second shopping district on Spring Street anchored by the historic Water Mill and the natural beauty of Glen Park and Glen Falls.

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Looking to Dispose of Old Medications?

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Properly disposing of expired or unwanted medications prevents pollution of our waterways, protects our environment and keeps them out of the wrong hands!

Any type of medication can be brought for safe disposal on:

Saturday, April 25th • 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
1540 Maple Road· Williamsville, NY

Participating is easy: Just drive up, drop off your old medications and drive away!

Sponsored by the Amherst Police Department and the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

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