Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo

David Kowalski

All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  • TUESDAY, June 30, PRESS CONFERENCE: State Tax Credit & Sales Tax Exemption on Geothermal Heat Pump Installations. Legislators Sean Ryan and Robert Ortt call on Gov. Cuomo to sign the bills. 12:30 PM, 10 Winter St., Buffalo
  • TUESDAY, June 30, VOTER REGISTRATION: A Healthy Democracy = A Healthy Environment! JOIN US for a Voter Registration Drive. Sponsors: WNYEA, Community Power for Health & Justice, & Sierra Club. 4:45pm, PUSH Buffalo, 271 Grant St., Buffalo. Snacks & 1st Beer FREE
  • WEDNESDAY, July 1, BIKING TOUR: Canalside — 5:45-8PM, Buffalo. Register Online with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
  • THURSDAY, July 2, MEETING: WNY Drilling Defense – Ban the ‘Bomb Trains’ shipping explosive crude oil through Buffalo and Erie County. 6:00pm, Crane Branch Library (Upstairs), 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo. Open to all
  • SUNDAY, July 5, VIGIL: For the Victims of Lac Megantic Oil Train Disaster. We will read the names of the victims. Sponsor WNY Peace Center. 7:00pm-8:00pm, Elmwood Ave. and Bidwell Pkwy, Buffalo
  • Monday, July 7, SESSION: Pope’s Climate Encyclical – Walk through it with Sister Eileen O’Connor, Member, Diocesan Care for Creation Committee. Sponsor: Sierra Club’s Climate and Clean Energy Writers Group. 6:00-7:30 PM, Unitarian Universalist Church (2nd floor), 695 Elmwood at Ferry, Buffalo
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Fran Spoth for Amherst Town Board

Town of Amherst

Fran Spoth is running for a seat on the Amherst Town Board.  She has offered her résumé for the residents of the town to review. She is the target of Zellner, Lorgio, Polancarz and Jerry Schad the  traitors Democratic Chair in Amherst whose committee endorsed her.It’s clear she can’t be control like many of the candidates who are running for Amherst Town Board. She said she would show these  bosses the deals they made can will collapse.

217 West Klein Road
Williamsville, New York, 14221
franspoth@hotmail.com
689-0064

Family:

  • Married to Michael for 25 years.
  • Mother of William who attends University of Buffalo.
  • Spouse and I are both lifetime residents of Amherst.

Education:

  • Masters in Social Work from State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • B.A. from Buffalo State College.
  • Graduate of Williamsville South High, Mill Middle and Maple West Schools.

Employment:

  • Worked for 10 years as Director of HANCI’s Adult Day Care Centers, Intergenerational Program and Elder Abuse Program.
  • Research and Marketing Specialist – Baker, Shore & DiLorenzo LLC.

Community Service

  • Elected two terms to the Williamsville School Board
  • Appointed to the Internal Audit Committee for the Williamsville School Board
  • Served on the Williamsville District Shared Decision Making Committee
  • Amherst Democratic Committeeperson
  • Past  Fundraiser Coordinator for Boy Scout Troop 85
  • Former President and Vice-President of Heim Middle School PTSA.
  • Past Officer of the Williamsville PTSA Council
  • Served on the Erie County Youth Services Board
  • Served as President for Western New York Adult Day Care Services Association.
  • Sunday School Teacher for 3-5 year olds for over six years
  • Member of the Friends of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra
  • Former Board Member for Erie County Adult Day Care Center.
  • Facilitated Alzheimer and Dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Caregiver Support Groups.
  • Participated in Speakers Bureau for the Western New York Community.
  • Member of the Family Violence Coalition Planning Committee.
  • Former parent for Mathewson McCarthy Baseball

Awards:

  • Certificate of Recognition on behalf of Alzheimer’s disease patients and families.
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Amherst Youth Board for outstanding volunteer service.
  • Honorary Life Membership in the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers.
  • Service Award from the Williamsville PTSA Council for dedication to youth in the community.
  • Award from Cub Scout Pack 248 for service and dedication to Scouting.

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New York Prison Escapee David Sweat Shot, Captured After 3-Week Manhunt

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Time to sleep peacefully for the folks in northern NY State.

Convicted murderer David Sweat was shot and captured today, more than three weeks after he escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate New York.

Sweat was caught in the area of Constable and Burke, New York — which are approximately five miles south of the Canadian border. Authorities believe Sweat was trying to make a final break to the Canadian border, officials said.
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Baltimore Police Open Probe Into New Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man

The latest incident unfolded in the Baltimore suburb of Owing Mills, where three officers fired at least 19 rounds and killed Spencer Lee McCain, 41, during a domestic disturbance on Thursday. The Baltimore County police’s homicide unit is investigating, police said in a statement Saturday.

Police will conduct an internal review to determine compliance with departmental policy, rules and regulations, the department said. It will send the findings to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.

The investigation comes at time when U.S. law enforcement is under close scrutiny over the use of lethal force, especially in confrontations with African-American men.
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Lack of Mayonnaise Leads to Hammer Attack

MAYONAISE

A 40-year-old Buffalo man had to be pepper-sprayed after he staged a brief attack with a hammer and an unidentified large metal object because he had allegedly not been given mayonnaise with his order at the McDonald’s at 1338 Main St. late Thursday night.

When you have a taste for something you really, really need to satisfy that need.

The man was charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree menacing.

Police said Jason S. Durgin, of Tremont Ave. in Buffalo, went after a security guard working in the fast-food restaurant and “became aggressive because they didn’t give him mayonnaise,” according to a police report.

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Tara Cadmus For Amherst Town Board

Howard Cadmus's photo.

 

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One Down and One to Go

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Escaped convicted murderer Richard Matt was shot and killed by authorities in upstate New York today, according to officials, 20 days after he made an elaborate escape from prison.

Matt was shot and killed at about 4:10 p.m. in Elephant’s Head, New York, about 20 miles south of the Canadian border and just 50 miles away from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY.

Officials believe the other convicted murder he escaped with, David Sweat, is still on the run, sources said. State police know Sweat’s “general vicinity” and were “trying to close him off now.”
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Bishop Malone Releases Statement About Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

20120809 Bishop Richard J. Malone presides at Evening Prayer with priests of the Diocese at St. Louis Church.  (Patrick McPartland/Staff Photographer)

Bishop Richard Malone, head of the Catholic Diocese in Buffalo, released a statement following the Supreme Court’s ruling that gay couples have the right to marry.

I am bitterly disappointed that the majority of justices of the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to overturn the definition of marriage, which has remained unchanged for more than two millennia. Marriage is the lifelong exclusive union of one man and one woman, a font of unitive life and love as well as the foundation of a stable family and society.

Marriage is rooted in creation: God created marriage in the very same breath as He created the human person, and for the Catholic Church, that will not change.

It is my prayer that despite today’s developments, we will embrace anew the truth, beauty and goodness of marriage as it has always been and always will be, between a man and a woman.
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Now Hiring: Cuomo Can Soon Officiate Weddings

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A piece of the legislative package set to be approved tonight would allow the governor of New York to officiate weddings, a power that is already afforded to judges, county executives and mayors.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wanted the authority because he often asked to perform weddings, particularly after he championed the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York in 2011.

“After we passed the marriage equality law, which we are all very proud of in this state, I’ve had a number of requests to conduct marriages,” Cuomo told reporters today. “Many people are authorized under the law. The governor wasn’t one of them.”

The bill adds “current or a former governor” to the list of leaders that can officiate a wedding. So former Govs. George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson could also officiate weddings now.

The bill would take effect immediately.
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New Film About US Persecution of Gays Spurs Calls to Remove Hoover’s Name From FBI Building


The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington, D.C.

As momentum mounts for taking down the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds, another checkered historical legacy is coming under fresh scrutiny: that of legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, whose name adorns the FBI Building in Washington.

Newly unearthed details about Hoover’s secret targeting of gay and lesbian Americans — featured in “Uniquely Nasty,” a Yahoo News documentary released this week — has revived calls to remove his name from FBI headquarters in Washington.

“I don’t think his name should be on that building,” said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, after watching the Yahoo film, “Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays.”

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