Illegal Mailings Continue in Assembly Race

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             Steve Meyer, candidate for Assembly in the 146th district, held a press conference calling on the New York State Board of Elections to get to the bottom of anonymous and illegal campaign mailings that have been sent throughout the district since September; three sought to tarnish Meyer’s reputation before Primary Day. Meyer believes the mailers are in violation of new ethics and election laws this year. It also appears that the mailings have all originated from Marketing Tech, a local direct mail distributer.

            “We need more transparency in the political system, not less,” Meyer said. “This is why people have lost faith in their elected officials – thinking the rules don’t apply to them and they can willy-nilly break the law.”

There have been at least four mailers sent since September without the statutorily required identification of who paid for the piece.  The first three were sent before Primary Day and sought to slander Meyer. The most recent piece, mailed the week of Oct. 13, featured the logo of Assemblyman Ray Walter as well as a photo of his family, and sought to encourage people to vote by absentee for him.

All of the anonymous mailers have originated from the same permit identification code. The code belongs to local firm Marketing Technologies of Western New York.

Marketing Tech describes itself on its website as “a single-source marketing services resource for graphic design, online communications, animation, direct mail production, data handling, and business printing.”[1] Marketing Tech’s 2012 portfolio includes work done for Ray Walter and Walter’s 11 Day Pre-General campaign finance disclosure listed an expenditure of $967.88 to Marketing Tech.[2][3]

Meyer sent a formal letter to the Independent Enforcement Counsel of the state Board of the Elections in September.  He asked the unit to investigate the mailings and is urging them to conduct and conclude as soon as possible, as Election Day is only two weeks away.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions right now about who is behind these mailers,” Meyer said. “I think at the very least, this firm needs to explain why they feel its not necessary to abide by our campaign ethics laws and who it is that is behind this activity.”

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BPO, Irish Classical Theater and LehrerDance Collaborate on Rare Production of Moliere Comedy ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’

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Western New York’s leading cultural institutions are joining forces to make you laugh.

On Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Irish Classical Theatre Company and LehrerDance will come together to present Moliere’s comedy “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” at KleinhansMusic Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo.

Written in 1670, the class-conscious satire and slapstick humor of Moliere’s comedic masterwork still resonate today. “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” follows Monsieur Jourdain, a merchant who desperately wants to join the aristocracy. He seeks to learn the “noble arts” of fencing and dancing, and fantasizes about marrying his daughter to nobility and taking a noble wife himself, despite already being married. The aristocracy does not come off unscathed in this play, which ultimately ends happily for all characters involved.

The Buffalo Philharmonic will perform music written by Richard Strauss for the 1917 German premiere of the play. Strauss is best-known for his operas, particularly “Der Rosenkavalier” and “Salome.” The orchestral suite for “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” is unusual among his works, in that Strauss gave it a distinct Baroque flavor to echo the history of the play. 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Strauss’ birth, and the music will be recorded for Naxos Records. JoAnn Falletta will conduct the orchestra.

“I find it absolutely delightful that a play written in 1670 can still be completely charming, hilarious and just as relevant in 2014 as it was in the 17th century,” said Falletta. “Working with the Irish Classical Theatre Company and LehrerDance makes this production a dream come true for me.”

Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil will join the BPO for the weekend’s performances as guest concertmaster. In addition to his responsibilities with the Cleveland Orchestra, Preucil also teaches at the Cleveland Institute for Music. His ConcertmasterAcademy teaches violinists the leadership and communication skills needed to ascend to the position of concertmaster, and Preucil has been assisting the BPO in its concertmaster search.

The play is directed by Fortunato Pezzimenti and stars Irish Classical Theater Company Artistic Director Vincent O’Neill as Monsieur Jourdain. The rest of the cast is comprised of notable Western New York actors. Kelli Bocock-Natale, a multiple Artie Award recipient for both acting and directing, will play opposite O’Neill as Madame Jourdain. Bonnie Jean Taylor, who has acted and danced with most major theater companies in Western New York, will play the Jourdains’ daughter Lucille. Her suitor, Cleonte, will be played by NiagaraUniversity graduate Zak Ward. Ray Boucher, Kevin Kennedy, Nicholas Lama, Brian Mysliwy, andImmanuel Naylor round out the cast.

“At the Irish Classical Theatre Company, we have a long tradition of collaborating with other theatres and arts organizations. Interestingly, we have done more collaborative performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra than with any other organization in the area. As we experience the talents of Moliere and Strauss, let us celebrate at the same time the diversity and wonderful richness of our arts scene here in Buffalo,” said O’Neill.

Five members of the internationally-acclaimed LehrerDance will perform in several scenes, adding a dance element to the show.

“LehrerDance started in Buffalo with the hopes of working with the top culturals. Being onstage with Irish Classical Theatre Company and the BPO is the perfect fulfillment of that hope. It’s such a fun, good-natured entertaining show. What LehrerDance brings to it is fun, good-natured dance. That’s why I feel it’s such a great fit,” said Jon Lehrer, artistic director and founder of LehrerDance.

Audiences can experience the production three times: at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31; at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1; and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Complimentary coffee and donuts are available before the Friday performance starting at 9:30 a.m.One hour prior to curtain time on Saturday and Sunday, the audience is invited to attend “Musically Speaking,” a talk that will further explore both the play and the music.

Tickets range from $29 to $67 and are available at bpo.org, at the box offices of Kleinhans Music Hall and Irish Classical Theater, and by calling (716) 885-5000. Students with ID may purchase their tickets at the Kleinhans Music Hall box office for $10.

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Halloween in the Village – Daytime

Saturday October 25th

*11am -6pm

Trick or Treating in the Village….look for this sign for participating merchants 

 

*Hours of participation may vary at each participating merchants

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Halloween in the Village – Evening

Saturday October 25th

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Secure Victory Party – You’re Invited

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Hope you can make it to this one- it’s our last opportunity to raise money this year!

On Thursday, October 23rd at 6pm, we will be hosting a Secure Victory Party at the Irishman Pub in Williamsville, NY. I really hope you can make it!
Tickets are $20 per person, and you can be a sponsor of the event for as low as $49. Sponsorship levels are $49, $99, and $250.

WHAT: Secure Victory Party
WHEN: THIS THURSDAY, October 23rd, 6pm-8pm.
WHERE: Irishman Pub, 5601 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221
TICKETS: $20 per person, sponsorship levels of $49, $99, and $250.

Checks can be made payable to “Friends of Steve Meyer”. Credit card contributions accepted. NO business checks will be accepted. You can also pay ahead at www.electstevemeyer.com/donate.

RSVP is not required but highly encouraged. Click here to RSVP: http://goo.gl/forms/vQCphwnIZv

Questions? Call or email: (716) 833-0376 or steve@electstevemeyer.com.

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Andrew Cuomo’s Book Released Today, Oct 21, 2014

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All Things Possible
by Andrew M. Cuomo is Available Now

In what the New York Times described as “an insightful coming-of-age political autobiography”, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reflects on his rise, humiliating fall, and surprising comeback in politics. In a series of compelling, behind-the-scenes stories, he recounts his dramatic personal and political setbacks, how he overcame them when he was written off, and reveals what he’s learned about effective political leadership that enabled him to enact marriage equality, gun safety, and balanced budgets.

Already featured in The Wall Street JournalUSA Today, the New York Times Magazine, and more, this is “a side of Andrew Cuomo that is never seen,” … and it shows what it takes to be … “a reform Democrat who gets things done” (The Daily News). For a sneak peek at some of the book’s most moving stories, take a look at this Wall Street Journal article and watch Governor Cuomo’s interview on CBS This Morning.

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Corruption Rules Up-Coming November Elections

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Comment from Concerned Citizen: On Corruption Rules Up-Coming November Elections.

Harsh words. Unfortunately true.

The ZBA is apparently the ACS, Amherst’s Catering Service.  As long as they exist, in this capacity,
the residents and the integrity of Amherst do not have a chance. Whatever the town board decides
can easily be undone by this bunch of swindlers, catering to swindlers, whether it is zoning, height
restrictions, setbacks, etc.

The Town Board should, by all accounts, reign them in.  Or, themselves?

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Anti-Fracking Rally Outside of Cuomo’s Buffalo Debate

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Wednesday, Oct. 22nd
Outside of WNED Studios 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo NY 14202
(close to Erie St. & Lower Terrace)
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Be part of the Fracking “BAN” Wagon & help welcome Governor Cuomo to Buffalo this Wednesday!
He is holding a campaign debate in Buffalo, a very important event for him where he’ll be describing his vision for New York’s future, with lots of media present.
And it’s a very important event for us – we must show him the power of the movement demanding that New York’s future be frack-free!
It’s imperative that we have a strong showing to drive home to Cuomo that the Buffalo region also opposes fracking, as he has been greeted by anti-fracking protestors all across the state at his public appearances.
Please join us if you can make it!

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Higgins is Playing Small Ball in the Big Leagues

The following are quotes from the Buffalo News’ Washington Bureau chief Jerry Zremski, who coincidentally is also the President of The National Press Club. The article is linked here.

Zremski offers a stinging criticisms of the Congressman, who has served for 10 years in the House of Representatives. He writes:

  • He’s introduced fewer bills than most of his peers, and the only ones he’s steered to passage assign new names to post offices and the new federal courthouse in Buffalo.
  • Some who think that being a member of Congress is first and foremost a federal government job, [think] Higgins is playing small ball in the big leagues.

Higgins lacks the national profile, stature in the Congress, and political capital that would be expected of someone with his senority. Higgins is the ranking member of the Homeland Security subcommittee that oversees the NSA’s mass survaillence programs, yet has never appeared on a national news program.

“I could certainly polish myself up and get on those [television] programs, but you’ve got to be able to contribute something to what they’re looking for,” Higgins said.

Zremski appropriately notes that Higgins’ lacks the political clout of his peers:

  • Higgins’ low profile has not gone completely unnoticed, though. Roll Call named him to its “Obscure Caucus”.
  • Higgins’ name has appeared in Politico, a daily must-read for Washington insiders, only 60 times since the news site’s founding in 2007. Among House Democrats first elected the same year as Higgins, the median number of Politico appearances was 246.
  • Asked to comment on Higgins, Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the widely respected Rothenberg Political Report, said: “It’s been 10 years since I’ve even thought about him.”

There is considerable disconntent with the Congressman’s lackluster performance. Many observers say that “he lacks the caliber of leadership that the region needs.”

“He should be taken to task for acting less like a congressman and more like a city councilman in Washington,” said James E. Campbell, a professor of political science at the University at Buffalo and a Republican.

In the Buffalo News’ opinion section, the editorial board delivers a scatahing rebuke of the Congressman:

“One thing is for sure: Higgins is not the kind of national political figure that the late Rep. Jack Kemp, R-Hamburg, was, nor has he carved out a role in the House leadership like Republican Reps. Bill Paxon and Thomas M. Reynolds.”

The above assessment begs the question: Why is Higgins being re-elected every two years? The low expectations of the Buffalo-Niagara Region becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as we continue to accept poor results.

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Drone Flew Over Larkinville Concert

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Are drones watching YOU?

Local attorney Dan Ward, said he believes a drone was flown over a concert last month at Larkin Square.

“I’ve never seen anything quite like that before in my life,” said attorney Daniel Ward, who says he and a few of his friends were in the crowd last month at a Larkin Square concert. Lance Diamond, a Buffalo performer was on stage. And Ward says there was something strange in the sky.

“Somewhere around 8 p.m., out of the sky appeared, it was dark it would appear to be a drone, it had two red lights and two green lights and it circled the crowd or the audience multiple times,” he said.

Ward says a small drone was flying about 200 feet over the crowd and was in the air for at least an hour.

“It seemed to be surveilling the audience and I don’t think that has any place in a democracy to have that kind of surveillance over the general public,” Ward said.
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