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Money, Money. Where is the Money?

by James Tricoli, Editor

The article I wrote about the $100,000 missing money from the “ImagineAmherst” project has become a mystery which the Town of Amherst hasn’t been able to solve.

Amherst received a grant from the State of NY for $161,000 to be used during the period from September 1, 2015 – September 30, 2017.  It was earmarked for the “ImagineAmherst” project.  Amherst promised to match this amount in cash and in-kind.

I have been in contact with Supervisor Weinstein, as well as the Planning Department and the Comptroller’s office under FOIL to let me view all the paper work they had on this project.

Supervisor Weinstein answered my questions without a FOIL.  He wasn’t on top of what money was paid out for the “ImagineAmherst” project.  His response was quite different from what the Comptroller said, or Dan Howard, the Deputy in the Planning Department replied as to where our tax dollars were used.

The responses I got to the inquires I made didn’t answer the questions about how the $100,000 that is unaccounted for were used.  The two amounts the Planning Department and the Comptroller reported to me were different.  The Comptroller told me she paid Code Studio $53,000 towards the $215,000 we owe them. The e-mail I received from the Planning Department stated that they paid Code Studio $70,000 towards the contract Amherst signed with them for $215,000.

Code Studio is a company in Texas which Amherst hired to help with the “ImagineAmherst” project.

I will continue to dig and ask questions until I find the truth.

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Please Join Congressman Brian Higgins & Friends For Our Annual Family Picnic At DiTondo’s Tavern

Please join Congressman Brian Higgins & friends
for our Annual Family Picnic at…
  * DiTondo’s Tavern *

  370 Seneca Street, Buffalo 14204

Tomorrow evening!

Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Italian Sausage * Salads * Hot Dogs
Beer * Wine * Pop * and more
$35 per person  | $60 per family/couple
Higgins for Congress | P.O. Box 28 | Buffalo, NY 14220

Kindly RSVP to Lyndsey Barnes | 716.253.1927

Hope you can join us!
Contributions to Higgins for Congress are not deductible for income tax purposes. Federal law requires us to make our best efforts to record, maintain and submit the name, address, employer and occupation for all contributors whose contribution exceeds $200.
Higgins for Congress cannot accept corporate contributions.

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How Did Your School Fare in the 2017 Math, ELA Assessments?

Standardized test results for the last school year showed slight growth at the state and local levels in both English and math, and a slight narrowing of the gap between black and Hispanic public school students and their white peers.

In addition, the number of students opting out of the state tests slightly declined for the first time in five years, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Education.

Student tests receive grades of Level 1, 2, 3 or 4, 4 being the highest. The percent of student proficiency was calculated by adding the Level 3 and Level 4 number of students for each class and then dividing that total by the total number of test takers. Percents may include classes in grades 3 through 8.
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Expansions Planned for Fox Creek Estates, Dockside Village in East Amherst


Two mixed-use projects proposed by Rane Property Management for the same section of Transit Road in East Amherst received initial approvals from the town Planning Board last week.

Both projects combine apartment and retail elements and are extensions of existing Rane Management complexes in the area, according to plans filed with the town.

In the first, Rane Management President Anthony Cutaia plans to expand his Fox Creek Estates senior apartments, at 9500 Transit Road, by constructing two, three-story buildings on the adjoining property at 9540 Transit Road, north of Casey Road. Rane Management also owns the townhomes just to the south at 9512 Transit.

For the second project, Rane Management plans to expand its Dockside Village apartment complex onto Transit Road.
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Replacement for Sonoma Grille in Snyder to Open by Next Fall

Iskalo Development has filed plans with the Town of Amherst to build a new restaurant, Jazzboline, to replace the former Sonoma Grille,
 which closed in 2013.
 (Elizabeth A. Mundschenk/Buffalo News)

The restaurant replacing the Sonoma Grille won’t open until next fall, but diners who want a preview of the menu can stop by the restaurant inside the Reikart House hotel.

The developer behind the Reikart House, which replaced the former Lord Amherst Hotel, and the Hyatt Place hotel on the same campus in Snyder decided months ago to tear down the former Sonoma Grille building and to construct a new restaurant on the site.

Building from scratch on the property allows Iskalo Development to construct a restaurant that makes better use of the available space for the new restaurant, named Jazzboline, said David Chiazza, Iskalo’s executive vice president.

Iskalo also plans to build a pocket park on the Main Street property, which patrons of the restaurant and the two hotels will be welcome to use, in place of a swimming pool on the grounds.
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Columbus McKinnon CEO Buys $1.1 Million Home in East Amherst

The president and CEO of Columbus McKinnon bought a six-bedroom, 4½-bath home in East Amherst for $1.1 million, according to county real property records.

Mark Morelli and his wife, Laura, purchased the home on Contessa Court, in a subdivision off Youngs Road between Casey and Maple roads, in a sale that closed Aug. 14. The 7,457-square-foot, colonial-style home was built in 2000, according to the listing from Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. The 53-year-old Morelli was named the head of the Amherst-based manufacturing company in late February.
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Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo: Climate Change Forum – Wind & Solar Benefits

David Kowalski

by David Kowalski 

All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy

  • TUESDAY, August 22, NUCLEAR MATTERS: Two Presentations – ‘Update on West Valley Nuclear Waste’ by Diane D’Arrgo, Nuclear Resource Information Service and Barbara Warren, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition; Also, ‘Nuclear Disarmament’ by Jim Anderson, Director, Peace Action NY. Sponsor Sierra Club Niagara Group Executive Committee. 7:00pm, Daemen College, Duns Scotus Hall (room 252), 4380 Main St., Amherst. All are welcome [LINK]

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Cuomo Threatens New Casino in Niagara Falls; ‘Foolish,’ Senecas Respond

Gov. Cuomo is threatening to put a casino in Niagara Falls if the Seneca Nation doesn’t continue payments to municipalities. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday doubled down on his threat to locate a new casino in the Niagara Falls area in response to the Seneca Nation halting revenue sharing payments from its casino in the Falls.

“They’re not fulfilling the compact and their right to exclusive gaming is gone,’’ Cuomo said Tuesday afternoon after an economic development event in Rochester.

“I have no doubt that we would get companies from around the world to bid on casino rights in the Buffalo/Niagara area. I have no doubt,’’ Cuomo said. “Look, we could potentially create more jobs with a different operator.’’

“Foolish,” responded the leader of the Senecas.

“It will do poorly,” Seneca Nation President Todd Gates said later.  ” The market is saturated.”
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The Benefits Of Lemon Water In The Morning (And How To Make It)

The Benefits Of Lemon Water In The Morning (And How To Make It)

How do you start your day? Perhaps it’s with a cup of steaming coffee or tea, or a hearty breakfast before heading off to work. Or, if you’re the early morning gym-going type, no doubt you have a small pre-workout snack.

All of these are great ways to start the day, but perhaps you’d be willing to consider one small addition to your morning routine: a cup of lemon water.

“Lemon water?” you may be thinking.

“What the heck is sour water going to do for me?” Well, I’m so glad you asked!

Read on to find out the MANY benefits of lemon water in the morning (including for those of you who are sleepy heads and suffer from bad sleep and need to use a sleep apnea mouthpiece. You’d be surprised by the sheer number of ways water with a bit of lemon juice can make you healthier…
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