Village of Williamsville Meeting Notes

Village of Williamsville

Village Board meetings are always interesting and active.  At last night’s Village Board Meeting the board:
- Concluded public hearings on the final 13 of the 26 total properties designated for historic landmark status. A vote on the properties will be taken after historic design guidelines are completed, likely in September.
- Passed two laws that will make it easier for village staff to enforce high grass, property maintenance and other quality of life issues in a timely manner.
- Discussed the delicate balance between the “event village” culture on Main Street and the need for village residents to have a reasonable amount of quiet time in the summer without bands blaring music.
- Also, look in this week’s Amherst Bee for a letter to the editor from Deputy Mayor Chris Duquin on the landlord registration law.

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The Village of Williamsville Board Meets Tonight

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The Village Board meets tonight with a work session at 6 p.m. and a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome! Topics of discussion include public hearings for properties nominated as landmarks as well as public hearings for rezoning. Visit and click on “Village Board” to read the full agenda.

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The Real War in Amherst Has Begun


The Planning Board, or should I describe them for their actions, “Bring me any developer and we will give them everything they want.”

They know full well they are protected by the Town,  ZBA and the police.  The only resource the people have is to check with the state which formed these two boards and try to make changes so the average person has a chance.

It seems there is one avenue we have not explored and that is our Constitution

The people of Amherst must not accept getting slapped in face anymore.

The Declaration of Independence says right in it, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,…”

Of course, we don’t govern our nation based on the Declaration of Independence.  Our government is guided by the Constitution.  There is no provision in the Constitution for over-throwing the government.

But the Declaration is precedence. Our government exists only because we overthrew the old one, and it can be done again if need be.

I’m saying we must find out how these two boards, the Planning and the ZBA, were “born,” then we must discern a way to make them operate much more fairly.  I would suggest the quickest way would be to have these two groups elected, rather than appointed.

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Primary Candidate Ken Smith’s Platform For The People Of The 146th Assembly District

vote smart1.   Replace School Property Taxes with the stock transfer tax.

2.   Term Limits for all elected officials  -  no more than 2 terms.

3.   Increase Social Security Benefits by 25% to be paid by a sales tax on Wall Street.

4.   Interest on day-to-day Savings Accounts should be 5¼%.

5.   All New York Government Spending on Projects and Services should be done using New York State manufactured goods and New York State service providers.

6.   Bring back Steel Manufacturing to New York State.  Steel is used to build roads and bridges.

7.   Create good paying 40 hour a week jobs by bringing manufacturing jobs to New York.

8.   Eliminate tolls on the Thruway.  Gasoline taxes should be dedicated to highways and not going into the general fund.

9.   No unfunded mandates made by New York State on local governments.

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An Excellent Idea From Mike Wrona

The following letter was sent to:
Thomas Dee, Pat Burke, Tim Tielman and Geof Szymanski
I circulated  my idea to Rep. Brian Higgins and Canal Harbor Development.  I am now submitting it to you.
There has been talk for years now about access to the Outer Harbor and the expense involved in building a new bridge or tunnel to make it all possible.  I am very confident that I have a very low cost solution to the problem and expense for gaining access.  My idea repairing and moving a historic, but out of service, lift bridge construct by the Lackawanna Bridge Company in 1917.  I estimate that bridge to be 125 ft long.
The Adams Street vertical lift bridge across the Erie Canal in the City of Lockport has been out of service and in a raised position for several years.  I’ve been told that repair cost for the bridge would be roughly $8,000,000   My solution would be to dismantle the bridge as minimally as possible and transport it via barge to South Michigan Ave where it would be repaired and re-installed.
I estimate that the City Canal at South Michigan is roughly 200 ft wide.  That would required a narrowing of the canal by 75 ft.  I have the feeling that all the work could be done for considerably less than the $65 to $80 million a new bridge over the Buffalo River would cost.
There are a few benefits to my idea.
1.  It does not break up and interfere with the Canalside site.
2.  It would connect to the new Ohio St. Parkway.
3.  The bridge is historic and would fit the historic theme surrounding harbor redevelopment.
4.  The City of Lockport should not put up a fight for the bridge because it has a twin, Exchange St. Bridge, only 2 blocks away.
5.  There wound be an fight from the New York Canal Authority because it will not spend the money to repair the bridge because to do so
would require it do hire a new bridge tender or force the current tender  to travel 2 blocks to operate 2 bridges for canal traffic.
6.  The bridge is unique with 2 cars lanes and 2 sidewalks for pedestrian or bicycle traffic.
Find attached a photo of the bridge an a link to multiple pictures.
Mike Wrona
West Amherst

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The Clarendon-Linden Fault System Is A Major Series Of Fault Lines In Western New York State

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Location of the Clarendon-Linden fault system in Western New York

The Clarendon-Linden fault system is a major series of fault lines in western New York state, in the United States.  It extends through Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, and into Allegany counties and is responsible for much of the seismic activity in the region.

The system is named in part for the town of Clarendon, New York.

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Large Earthquake Rattles San Francisco Bay Area

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A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit northern California’s San Francisco Bay area Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Leslie Gordon of the USGS says the tremor struck around 3:20 a.m. Sunday about 10 miles northwest of American Canyon, which is about 6 miles southwest of Napa. The USGS says it’s the largest tremor to shake the Bay Area since the 1989 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta quake, which reportedly led to 63 deaths.

Three people were seriously injured and nearly 90 patients have been treated at one hospital.

“There’s collapses, fires,” said Napa Fire Capt. Doug Bridewell, standing in front of large pieces of masonry that broke loose from a turn-of-the-century office building where a fire had just been extinguished.  ”That’s the worst shaking I’ve ever been in.”

Jessica Turner of the U.S. Geological Survey told CBS San Francisco aftershocks of up to 5.0 are likely in the next week. There is only a 5 percent chance of a stronger quake during the next week. Already at least 25 aftershocks have rocked the region.

The USGS said the depth of the earthquake was just less than seven miles.
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The Buffalo Dolls at Sweet Jenny’s in the Mill!

Buffalo Dolls

Music, Dancing and Art at the Mill!

Today’s the day!  From 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Come on out to the show and have a good old fashioned time with The Buffalo Dolls.  Bring along your friends and a lawn chair so you can be nice and comfy.

The Buffalo Dolls will be performing on the Main Stage. The Buffalo Swing Dancers will be there also and of course ice cream from Sweet Jenny’s – Buffalo – NY.

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Buffalo Dolls ~ A Talented and Enjoyable Group

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Last evening I was intended on sitting on my deck and simply veg out.  I was working on some ideas when I remembered there was a group singing songs from the 40 and 50′s performing in the village.  This is the era of music I fell in love with.

Instead of vegging out I drove to the Red Mill off Main Street in the village.  The group, known as the Buffalo Dolls, was singing.  I thought I’d listen to a few songs.  My mind floating joyously back to the time and songs of Frank Sinatra, Andrew sisters, Dick Haynes, Vaughan Monroe, Jo Stafford and so many great acts.

The Buffalo Dolls is a polished group who captured the vibe of those bygone days.  They were smooth and their voices blended well.  They are a talented group who were very entertaining and a sharp contrast to some of today’s groups.

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Andy’s Perspective

Andy Borowitz has been on vacation.  He was supposed to be gone for the month of August, but he couldn’t stand it any longer.  There is so much fodder for him to troll through.  Enjoy ~

Yes, I know I’m supposed to be on vacation, but Rick Perry.

Rick Perry said today that ISIS may have already gotten into the US by crossing our border with Mexico. So I guess they got into Mexico by crossing Mexico’s border with Syria? #myheadhurts

Perry: ISIS Plotting to Seize Texas’s Oil

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MANCHESTER, NH – Texas Gov. Rick Perry said today that ISIS militants were preparing to invade Texas from Mexico in the hopes of seizing the state’s bounteous supply of oil. Perry pointed with pride to his record of keeping Texas safe from Islamist militants during his entire tenure in office, but said he fears that lax border enforcement has left Texas’s oil wells vulnerable to seizure from Mexico-based ISIS. “Make no mistake,” he said. “When someone invades another country, it’s for oil.”

Prediction: in the 2016 GOP primary, Jeb Bush will position himself as the “not in prison” candidate.

I would think that the people who hate everything Obama does on the job would want him to take as long a vacation as possible. #confused

FACT CHECK: During his Presidency, Obama has taken 125 vacation days. By comparison, George W. Bush invaded Iraq for no reason.

Critics Blast Obama’s Three Meals a Day

US President Barack Obama eats a "median

G.O.P. chief Reince Priebus ripped President Obama on Sunday for consuming three meals a day while on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.

“With international crises boiling over in Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine, it’s unconscionable that the President is having breakfast, lunch, and dinner,” he said.

The White House defended the President’s eating habits, noting that his predecessor, George W. Bush, frequently supplemented his three meals a day with an afternoon snack, but Priebus was unmoved by this argument. “It sends a very dangerous message to our enemies to see President Obama eating,” he said.

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