Prosecutor to Finish Moreland Probes

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Where the trail might lead for Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District in New York, is unclear, but the seasoned prosecutor said his team would take up the work of a state anti-corruption commission that he said was “unceremoniously” – and possibly for political reasons – put out of business prematurely last week by Cuomo and state lawmakers.

 

Bharara also did not rule out looking at allegations that have surfaced in recent months that the Cuomo administration may have unduly influenced the work of the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption.

 

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara refuses to rule out probe into Gov. Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission
Bharara wants to investigate the shutdown of Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission in order to determine whether the commission had been improperly meddled with.
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ReENERGIZE Buffalo: Renewable Energy – Watchdog Fundraiser – Riverkeeper Cleanup – Great Blues

David Kowalski  by David Kowalski

Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo 

All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy

·     Renewable New York — Planing for a Clean Energy Future

  • DEADLINE for Comments on NY State Energy Plan is April 30

·     Fundraiser for Watchdog Group after Another Successful Year

·     Volunteer for RIVERKEEPER Spring Shoreline Cleanup

·     Live Cameras on Great Blue Heron Nest at Cornell

EVENTS THIS WEEK: (Web LINKS to Events are in the right sidebar at Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo - Click Here)

  • FRIDAY, April 11, COMMUNITY FORUM: What’s Next with Lead? Explore strategies for dealing with lead and other toxic housing conditions. 9am-1pm, UB Clinical & Translational ResearchCenter, 875 Ellicott Street, Buffalo
  • SATURDAY, April 12, EVENT: Second Saturday at The Foundry – Food, Art & Craft, Buy Gifts, Demonstrations of Skill, Live Music,12:00pm-4:00pm, The Foundry, 298 Northampton St., Buffalo
  • SATURDAY, April 12, GRAND OPENING: BreadHive Artisan Bread Bakery – a Worker Owned Cooperative; Tours & Samples, 5:00pm; Music with DJ Jerome at 8:30pm; 123 Baynes St., Buffalo
  • MONDAY, April 14, MEETING: Energy Committee of the Sierra Club Niagara Group, 6:00pm-7:30pm, Tri-MainBuilding (Suite 438), 2495 Main St., Buffalo
  • MONDAY, April 14, PUBLIC MEETING: Information session on controlling invasive Hydrilla in Tonawanda Creek and the Erie Canal; host U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; 6pm-8pm, VFW Post, 110 Elgin St., City of Tonawanda
  • WEDNESDAY, April 16, PUBLIC MEETING: “One Region Forward—Toward a sustainable Buffalo Niagara” by Kelly Dixon; host Citizens Regional Transit; 12-1:00 pm, 237 Main St., Buffalo
  • WEDNESDAY, April 16, COMMUNITY EVENT: Brighter WNY – Solar Electricity for Your Home, host Solar Liberty, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster Street, North Tonawanda
  • THURSDAY, April 17, EVENT: “Pie for PAI” – Celebration & Fundraiser for Buffalo’s Public Accountability Initiative (PAI); 6:00 PM, Allen Street Hardware (backroom), 245 Allen Street, Buffalo
  • THURSDAY, April 17, ENVIRONMENTAL FAIR: “Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program” by Mark Lowery, NYS DEC – hosted by Sierra Club Atlantic chapter; Fair 5:30pm, Program 7-9pm, First Unitarian Church, Rochester

UPCOMING EVENTS: (Web LINKS to Events are in the right sidebar at Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo - Click Here)

  • April 22, 2014, EVENT: Earth Day Green Drinks Happy Hour, hosted by WNY Environmental Alliance; 5:00pm, Larkin Filling Station, 745 Seneca St., Buffalo
  • April 22, 2014, MEETING: Sierra Club Niagara Group, 7:00 pm, Duns Scotus Hall (Rm.240), DaemenCollege, Amherst; All are welcome
  • April 23, 2014, MEETING: Habitat & Natural Resources Working Group of WNY Environmental Alliance, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Museum of Science, Buffalo
  • April 26, 2014, VOLUNTEER: “Spring Shoreline Sweep” sponsored by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, 9AM to 12PM, Register in Advance
  • April 27, 2014, PRESENTATION: Environmental Series, Part 1 – Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper with Jill Jedlicka, Executive Director;9:35am, Case Library, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo
  • April 30, 2014, DEADLINE: Submit Public Comments on the New York State Energy Plan – Help achieve critical goals on climate, energy efficiency and renewable energy

SAVE THE DATE: (Web LINKS to Events are in the right sidebar at Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo - Click Here)

May 1, 2014, FORUM: Creating a Vibrant Waterfront in Buffalo – “Lessons from Brooklyn Bridge Park”, host Partnership for the Public Good, 2:00pm, Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave, Buffalo

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Governor Cuomo ~ a Notch Below President Harding

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Governor Cuomo has disbanded the Mooreland Commisson.  It was supposed to gather and uncover corruption of officials in New York.

Cuomo is a joke.  He knew this Commission wouldn’t dig up anything because it would reflect on him. This year he’s running for Governor again.  He knew his group wouldn’t dig up any dirt which might spill on his Governor facade.

Cuomo talks out of 5 sides of his mouth.  He has no integrity or class.  He lies with best of them.  Cuomo will win the upcoming election because he doesn’t have a tough opponent and is an excellent con man.

Governor I know it is difficult to be an honest politician, but forget the short time you have on this earth.  Start thinking about how you will be judged when your time is up.

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GOP Still Seeks DiNapoli Foe; Mychajliw Not Interested

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Local Republicans will gather in Williamsville Saturday as part of a series of regional forums designed to “interview” potential candidates for statewide office.

Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive and presumptive candidate for governor, will be at VFW Post 41 in Williamsville. So will John Cahill, former secretary to Gov. George E. Pataki and a potential candidate for attorney general.

But the GOP still has not come up with a candidate to challenge incumbent Democrat Thomas P. DiNapoli for state comptroller — though not for lack of trying on the local level.

Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw said state Republican Chairman Edward F. Cox reached out to gauge his interest in a statewide race — a logical move when considering Republican Mychajliw’s two impressive victories in an overwhelmingly Democratic county.

“It’s very flattering that folks on the state level feel the quality of our work should be used in Albany,” Mychajliw said, but emphasized he is not interested in running for comptroller this year.

By Robert J. McCarthy

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Most Towns Don’t Have One

There is message in wind which seems to indicate our Town of Amherst Planning Department will soon be a wisp in the wind.

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Back To Our Memories

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Today my wife and I went to the Broadway Market.  It still holds the magic for me that it did when I was a kid. The Market was beautiful decorated and the fragrance of different cheeses, breads, and foods in general wafted through the air.

We saw the most wonderful cannolis, which we couldn’t resist.

Of course there was a huge selection of meats and we bought some ham.  We also bought decorated wooden eggs for our grandchildren. The eggs are really beautiful.

The people walking around where smiling and very friendly.

Holy Week is next week.  If you have a chance why not take a ride to the Broadway Market and re-live some old memories or make some new ones.

 

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Out With The Old, In With The New

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On Main St. at Hirshfied there is a stretch of older white buildings which house a variety of storefronts where you can pick up good used clothing and other objects.  There is a restaurant as well.  This is directly across from Willamsville South High School.

If the owner of these buildings can get approval from Village and Town of Amherst officials they will be torn down and replaced with a two-story brick building.

The store owners have no idea when they will be evicted.  The way the owner is feeding information to the present tenants stinks.

The new L-shaped brick building will have a total of 37,292 square feet with 18,646 sq. ft of retail stores or restaurant space on the first floor and 12 to 18 upscale apartments on the second floor.

The artists rendition is attractive and will make a nice addition to our Village/Town.  I say this because it will actually rest in both the Village and the Town!

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Carol Wincenc’s Magic Flute

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Carol Wincenc, Buffalo’s star flute-playing expat, is making her way back to Buffalo for a rare recital Tuesday on UB’s Slee Visiting Artist Series.

Wincenc grew up listening to a variety of music played by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, where her father, Joseph Wincenc, was the longtime concertmaster. It is no wonder, then, that her repertoire takes her all over the map. Tuesday’s recital begins with two luminous Mozart pieces, the Andante in C, K. 315, and the Rondo in D, K. 382. After Mozart comes Bach’s Flute Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1020. Then Wincenc moves up to the present-day, with two pieces by Jake Heggie, Soliloquy and Fury of Light, both for flute and piano.

Debussy’s “Syrinx” for solo flute begins the second half of the concert, followed by Faure’s “Morceau de Concours” for flute and piano. George Enesco’s Cantabile et presto for flute and piano follows, and Olivier Messiaen, “Vocalise” and “Le Merle Noir” (“The Blackbird”).

The concert ends with a splash: the “Rigoletto” Fantasia for two flutes and piano by the 19th century Ukrainian-born flute virtuoso Franz Doppler.

Stephen Gosling accompanies Wincenc on piano. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lippes Hall in Slee Hall on UB’s Amherst Campus. Adult admission is $12 in advance and $20 at the door. For info or tickets, call 645-2921. – Mary Kunz Goldman

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My Recent Conversation With Frank Max

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This morning I spoke with Frank Max.  Frank had a minor stoke but he is back to 100%.  He’s back to work and his attitude is very positive.

We were talking about the political scene in Cheektowaga and Amherst.  Frank is very positive about the future of the party in Cheektowaga.  We talked about some the recent appointments Poloncarz has made. Frank is back to his old self again and sounded much stronger.  He’s eager to get back to the beat of the political world.

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Amherst Residents Speak Out Against Planned Youngs Road Apartments

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No work should begin on apartments planned for Youngs Road in Amherst until the Army Corps of Engineers has a chance to review claims that the site contains wetlands.

Site plans for a two-story, 59-unit senior citizens apartment building on Youngs, south of Renaissance Drive and north of Treebrooke Court, were approved last month by the Amherst Planning Board. No approvals were needed by the Town Board.

Neighborhood opponents, however, insist more than half of the property is wetlands containing natural channels that allow water to flow into Amherst Ditch No. 4 and eventually empty into Ellicott Creek. Destroying the wetlands, they say, would have a huge negative impact on the environment. They have statements from two scientists supporting their claim.

“You are elected to lead, now lead,” Treebrooke Court resident Mike Martha told the board.
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