Prosecutors Seek Delay in Buffalo Billion Trial, After New Evidence Comes to Light

The federal courthouse in Manhattan. (Google image)
The federal courthouse in Manhattan.

ALBANY – Federal prosecutors want a delay in the Buffalo Billion corruption trial because a document they call “highly relevant” to charges against two former LPCiminelli executives was not turned over to them by the Buffalo firm in response to a grand jury subpoena seeking evidence into the alleged pay-to-play case.

Lawyers for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan Thursday requested a one- to two-week delay in the trial date, scheduled for June 11, based on new information they received from Kevin Schuler, a former top LPCiminelli executive who recently pleaded guilty for his role in the matter and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

At issue is an email exchange between Schuler and an unidentified executive at Buffalo’s LPCiminelli that occurred six weeks before the state in 2013 issued a request for proposals to select a preferred developer for projects associated with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion program.

The program, subsequently awarded to LPCiminelli, included the state’s investment of $750 million in a solar manufacturing plant at RiverBend.
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At ‘Solo,’ a Lancaster Boy Will Celebrate His Own Science-fiction Miracle

May 25, 2018
Ronan Christian, who is legally blind, puts on his new electronic seeing device so he can see the animals for the first time at the Buffalo Zoo.  (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
Ronan Christian, who is legally blind, puts on his new electronic seeing device so he can see the animals for the first time at the Buffalo Zoo.

“Solo,” the new “Star Wars” movie, is bound to be brimming with special effects. But at Dipson Flix Stadium 10 in Lancaster, when the movie opens May 25, the biggest visual miracle won’t be on the movie screen.

That miracle will be in the crowd.

Ronan Christian, 12, will be watching the movie with his parents and 17-year-old brother, Aidan. Until just weeks ago, Ronan, a sixth grader at William Street School in Lancaster, had never seen a movie. Until recently, he could hardly see anything.

He was born with a barrage of obstacles that made vision nearly impossible. His mother, Kristin Planz-Christian, once looked through a pair of glasses designed to show her how the world looked to him. The image haunted her.

“It looked like somebody wiped Vaseline on your glasses,” she said.
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Clarence, Lancaster, Elma Set the Pace for County Population Growth

May 25, 2018
Clarence saw its population rise by 1,875 people, to an estimated 32,548. The only community with a larger raw increase in population was Amherst, which rose by 3,716 people, or 3 percent, to 126,082. (Derek Gee/News file photo)
Clarence saw its population rise by 1,875 people, to an estimated 32,548. The only community with a larger raw increase in population was Amherst, which rose by 3,716 people, or 3 percent, to 126,082.

Outer-ring suburbs in the northern and eastern sections of Erie County where new housing abounds grew faster than any other communities in Erie County over the last seven years.

Clarence, Lancaster and Elma all grew more than 4 percent between 2010 and 2017, with Clarence’s population rising by 6 percent, according to the latest Census population estimates.

But 17 of the 22 towns and villages in Erie County that saw a population increase over that period were in the Southtowns.

And the 23 communities that shrank over the past seven years included a number of the county’s villages, the cities of Tonawanda and Lackawanna and the inner-ring suburbs of Tonawanda and Cheektowaga. Alden’s population fell by the sharpest rate – 7.5 percent.
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Trump Furious After Nobel Committee Gives Him Participation Trophy

May 24, 2018
Satire from The Borowitz Report

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump was reportedly furious after the Nobel committee informed him on Thursday that he would not receive a Nobel Peace Prize but would get a participation trophy instead.

In Oslo, a Nobel spokesman said that Trump would have the distinction of becoming the first world leader to receive such a trophy, also known as the Nobel Consolation Prize.

The spokesman displayed the prize, a gold-painted plastic trophy measuring eleven inches in height and featuring a small man at its pinnacle, holding a tiny laurel wreath over his head.

Announcing the award, the Nobel representative said, “Although Donald Trump did not actually achieve peace, he did talk a lot about it, and that should be worth something.”

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Letter to the Editor

May 24, 2018

Self-centered developers do not make good neighbors

There is an ugly dilemma in Western New York, like a rotten apple in the “City of Good Neighbors.” It has to do with certain local developers. Once their plans are presented, there is little room for compromise, no matter the logic or wishes of others.

They care little about anything else: people, the importance of nature, animals, beautiful old neighborhoods, history or scientific facts. They are not good neighbors and don’t care how they stress others or the physical commotion caused by construction in an already settled community or areas needed for nature.

They have convinced themselves that we need whatever plans they are trying to sell to our politicians, some of whom are their gutless enablers, allowing them to break rules, established for the common good.

After all, our obnoxious developers have an office to run, employees and taxes to pay, possibly a building to maintain and their attack-dog lawyer to support.

Is this how wise and fair decisions are made in Buffalo? Based on one person’s financial interests?

On a trip down South last year, when a man passed me on the sidewalk and realized I was from up North, he said, “Your developers are a nuisance, trying to tell us what to do.” I replied, “Yeah, I understand, we need to tell them, don’t call us, we’ll call you.”

He must have had a recent poor experience, for him to speak up like that. There needs to be an answer to this nonsense.

Judy Catalano
Buffalo

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Trump Calls Off Meeting With North Korea’s Kim

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N.F.L. Adds First Amendment to List of Banned Substances

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—The National Football League has expanded its list of banned substances to include the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the league confirmed on Wednesday.

Although the N.F.L. has long banned substances such as anabolic steroids and growth hormones, the First Amendment is believed to be the only right guaranteed by the Constitution to be included on the list.

Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the National Football League, said that, by adding the First Amendment to the list of banned substances, the N.F.L was establishing a “policy of zero tolerance on tolerance.”

In order to enforce the ban, Goodell said that players would be tested periodically to determine whether they had used words, gestures, or facial expressions that are strictly prohibited under the new rule.

Speaking at the White House, Donald Trump applauded the league for banning the approximately seventeen hundred N.F.L. players from exercising freedom of speech, and expressed hope that the ban could eventually be expanded to include the other three hundred and twenty-five million Americans.

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Noco Seeks to Open Car Wash in Amherst Near ECC North Campus

May 24,2018
Noco Energy Corp. plans to build a car wash on the site of this former Getty gas station at 6164 Main St. in Amherst and two neighboring parcels. The project would require a rezoning for the adjoining parcels. (Stephen T. Watson/Buffalo News)
Noco Energy Corp. plans to build a car wash on the site of this former Getty gas station at 6164 Main St. in Amherst and two neighboring parcels. The project would require a rezoning for the adjoining parcels.

Noco Energy Corp. wants to build a car wash on the site of a former Getty gas station in Amherst across from the Erie Community College North Campus.

The property at 6164 Main St. is one of three parcels at the northeast corner of Main and Youngs Road that Noco would build on, said Ellen Kost, Amherst’s assistant planning director.

The former Getty gas station property is zoned appropriately for the project, but a house directly to the north at 15 Youngs Road and a vacant parcel directly to the east at 6172 Main must be rezoned from residential to motor services, Kost said.
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Plymouth Crossroads 8th Annual Golf Tournament

August 13th – Links At Ivy Ridge
The early bird registration cost of the tournament is $110 up to July 13th, after this registration costs $130. This includes;

  • Lunch on the turn
  • Scramble contests: Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Closest to the Line, and more!
  • A chicken dinner beginning at 5:30 pm  We are also in need of donated items for raffle baskets and sponsorships for our golf tournament in August. Please email Gyasi, for more information on how to donate or sponsor our event!
  • You can register for the event by downloading the registration form HERE and sending it to Plymouth Crossroads or emailing Gyasi at Gycurry@plymouthcrossroads.org! Individuals also have the choice of paying for golf only($75) or attending our dinner ($35) which will include a silent auction and an alumni speaker. Interested in printing out a flyer to hang up in your office, neighborhood, or even gym? Click here!

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Trump Says There Are Many Other Koreas He Could Meet With

May 23, 2018
Satire from The Borowitz Report

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Seemingly downplaying the importance of his planned June 12th summit with the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, Donald J. Trump said on Tuesday that there were “many other Koreas” he could meet with.

“I know Kim Jong Un thinks North Korea deserves my attention, but the fact is that there are many, many other Koreas,” he said.

Trump made his comment while seated next to the South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, who appeared startled by the remark.

“There are so many fine Koreas right now,” Trump went on. “Big Koreas. Little Koreas. Beautiful, shiny Koreas. New Koreas are being discovered every day.”

In an apparent jab at Kim, Trump said that he planned on meeting with “only the best Koreas.”

“I’m going to have my people draw up a list of the finest Koreas, and, quite frankly, I don’t know if North Korea would make the top ten,” Trump said.

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