Taxpayer Watchdog Poloncarz Finds Sweetheart Assessment for Himself

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By Tony Farina

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It was not long ago that Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz urged the Amherst IDA to reject a law firm’s request for $550,000 in tax breaks for a proposed $4 million office expansion.

Poloncarz property at 1500 Delaware Ave. assessed $50,000 below purchase price
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“Lawyer’s offices should not get tax breaks,” Poloncarz told the IDA even though 20 new jobs were being proposed as part of the expansion plan, a request the law firm later dropped.

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But while Poloncarz was billing himself as a taxpayer watchdog, in 2012 he made a pretty good real estate investment for himself with a very favorable assessment, purchasing what was described by realtors as a “classic four bedroom home with gorgeous refinished woodwork on the first floor with oak paneled walls in the dining room.”
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Divers Encounter Mysterious Blob Off Turkey

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The divers didn’t know what to think of the 13-foot wide translucent sphere that was soft and gelatinous looking. Tanriover, who shot video of what he called “The Thing,” told Deep Sea News that they felt a mixture of excitement and fear as they approached the unknown sea creature.

After the video was posted, Dr. Michael Vecchione of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History was the first to come forward with a possible identification, saying it looked like a huge squid egg mass.

And he told Deep Sea News that it’s the largest he’s ever seen.

Vecchione suspects it came from a large red flying squid called Ommastrephes bartramii, though no one has ever seen it lay eggs before. The white dots in the sphere are said to be the eggs, though the larger structures in the egg mass have not been identified.

The only other known egg mass such as this one was the one Danna Staaf and her colleagues documented for the first time in 2008. It was a Humboldt squid egg mass found in the Gulf of California, and it was between 10- and 13-feet wide, making it the largest egg mass every recorded in scientific literature, according to Deep Sea News.

That egg mass featured 600,000 to 2 million eggs, or 10 times more than any other squid ever recorded.

Why these squid egg masses don’t wash ashore or aren’t encountered by divers more often is likely because they are usually found in deeper water and the eggs usually hatch in three days, limiting the time they could be seen.

All of which makes this a rare sighting, on two fronts.

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Former Colts QB Trudeau Charged With Drunken Driving

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ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jack Trudeau has been arrested on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated, public intoxication and intimidating a police officer.

Zionsville police say the arrest occurred Sunday night.

A probable cause affidavit says the 52-year-old Trudeau threatened a police officer during the arrest. It says a portable breath test showed Trudeau had a blood-alcohol content of 0.31 percent, nearly four times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

A phone call for comment to Trudeau’s Zionsville home rang unanswered.

The Colts picked Trudeau in the second round of the 1986 draft out of Illinois. He played for Indianapolis until 1993 and then with the New York Jets and Carolina before retiring in 1995.

He paid a $2,500 fine in 2007 after allowing underage drinking at his home.

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Taste of Williamsville

Taste of Williamsville

This year’s 27th Annual event is being held:

 Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 at 12 noon – 8 pm


New this year:

Food Judging on the Main stage with local celebrity judges!

Judging from 3:30 to 4:30


One Huge Tent – rain or shine!

** Bring canned goods to support the Food Bank of Western NY **

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by Andy Borowitz

Statistical proof that gun control has reduced gun deaths in countries around the world is something that a significant number of those polled have given up attempting to break down for morons.

NRA: “Guns don’t kill people. Movies kill people.”

Maybe I’m a dreamer, but I wish mental health care were as easy to get as, say, a gun.

“For those who thought the bar still had room to be lowered, our findings resoundingly contradict that assumption,” a researcher said. “The bar is now essentially flush with the ground.”

In terms of dignity, the Republican race has descended several rungs below a “Yo mama” contest.

Republicans Furious at Trump for Perfecting Hateful Message They Spent Years Working On

Trump’s Poll Numbers Indicate Republican Voters Now Mainly Sociopaths

Trump is giving voice to millions of frustrated Americans who are fed up with empathy.

To those who say Donald Trump is making us the laughingstock of the world, actually our gun laws already did that.

An attempt at moderation by the moderator will be followed by a personal attack on the moderator by Donald Trump.

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“Liquified Petroleum Gas & Methane Gas Storage Under the Shores of Seneca Lake: Insanity On Any Level”

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“Talking Peace: Insights on Peace and Justice with the WNY Peace Center”

Showtime: 5:05 PM to 6 PM, Monday July 27, 2015

Those outside the Buffalo area can tune in via the internet by going to: http://bscvs01.buffalostate.edu/wbny

Crestwood Midstream Partners, LLP plans to store liquified petroleum gas underground in dozens of salt caverns next to Seneca Lake, just north of Watkins Glen NY. And they want to expand the methane storage capacity in other salt caverns, owned by a Crestwood subsidiary, Arlington Gas Storage.

The entire gas storage area is 600 acres, roughly equivalent to 1/2 the area of the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. The gas storage facility sits in the middle of a prosperous wine growing, a billion $ tourism region and on the very shores of a precious source of drinking water, Seneca Lake.

Every township surrounding Seneca Lake has said NO, except the Town of Reading, where Crestwood resides.

Does this expansion of fossil fuel storage make sense in a setting where the world’s economies are moving toward renewable energy, where tourism is growing, and where the world’s sources of drinking water are disappearing?

Over 260 members of We Are Seneca Lake don’t think so. They have been arrested at the main gate of Crestwood Midstream Partners on Seneca Lake.

My guest is Lyn Gerry who lives in Watkins Glen NY. Lyn is a member of We Are Seneca Lake, and has been arrested twice, along with hundreds of others, for blocking the Crestwood’s main gate.

Prior to her Crestwood activities, Lyn hosted a weekly radio program for 20 years and started the A-Infos Radio Project in 1996.  She was one of the early pioneers in internet radio and she began covering the hydrofracking issue on her radio show 9 years ago, long before anyone heard of it.

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N.R.A. Proposes Sweeping Ban on Movies

 

FAIRFAX, Va. (The Borowitz Report)—Saying it was “high time to take action against the number one cause of violence in America,” the National Rifle Association issued a statement today urging a sweeping ban on movies.

Tracy Klugian, an official spokesperson for the gun-lobbying organization, said that the N.R.A. had taken this extraordinary step because it “could not stand idly by and watch movies tear apart the fabric of our civil society.”

To that end, Mr. Klugian said, the N.R.A. would use money from its PAC, the N.R.A. Political Victory Fund, to support politicians who favored a ban on filmed entertainment.

In the hours after the N.R.A.’s announcement, politicians on both sides of the aisle were quick to applaud the group for identifying what it called “a long overdue need for movie control.”

“It is time for us to stop the madness,” said Speaker of the House John Boehner. “As a first step, I am proposing legislation that would impose a two-year waiting period and background check before one is allowed to see a Hollywood release.”

Minutes later, the White House said that the Speaker’s proposal was “a good first step, but does not go far enough,” arguing that Congress had to “take a hard look at whether superhero costumes and masks should continue to be legal.”

All in all, the N.R.A.’s Klugian said he was “cautiously optimistic” that the organization’s call for new legislation would be heeded “because our message finally seems to be getting through: Guns don’t kill people. Movies kill people.”

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Rick Perry: Allowing Guns In Movie Theaters Would Prevent Shootings

“These concepts of gun-free zones are a bad idea.”

by Andy Borowitz

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) claimed that if people could bring their guns to the movies, they could have prevented the movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, Thursday evening.

“These concepts of gun-free zones are a bad idea. I think that you allow the citizens of this country — who have been appropriately trained, appropriately backgrounded, know how to handle and use firearms — to carry them,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday. “I believe that, with all my heart, that if you have the citizens who are well trained, and particularly in these places that are considered to be gun-free zones, that we can stop that type of activity, or stop it before there’s as many people that are impacted as what we saw in Lafayette.”

Such a provision “makes a lot of sense” under the Second Amendment, the 2016 presidential hopeful said.

When Tapper asked if that solution would be more effective than strengthening gun control laws, Perry pushed argued that the problem in Lafayette and the recent shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, is a lack of enforcement.

“We need to enforce the laws that are on the books,” he said. “Somebody didn’t do their job in the standpoint of enforcing the laws that are on the books.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) similarly called for better enforcement of gun laws, stressing that John Russell Houser, the shooter who had a history of mental illness, should not have been able to obtain a gun.

“Every time this happens, it seems like the person has a history of mental illness. We need to make sure the systems we have in place actually work,” he said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “We need to make sure that background system is working. Absolutely, in this instance, this man never should have been able to buy a gun.”

Houser legally purchased the gun used Thursday at a pawn shop in Alabama last year, according to law enforcement officials. He had previously been denied a pistol due to a prior arrest and reports of domestic violence.

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Official Republican Debate Format

by Andy Borowitz

BREAKING: Republicans Announce Official Debate Format

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—The Republican National Committee has released the format for its first 2016 Presidential debate, to be broadcast by Fox News on August 6th:

1. Question from moderator to Donald Trump;

2. Ignoring of question by Donald Trump, followed by personal attack on Jeb Bush;

3. Feeble attempt at rebuttal by Jeb Bush;

4. Interruption by Donald Trump, followed by attack on other eight candidates

5. Attempted moderation by moderator;

6. Personal attack on moderator by Donald Trump, followed by gratuitous attack on Rick Santorum;

7. Reaction shot of stone-faced Rick Santorum, excluded from debate but sitting in audience;

8. Concluding statement by Donald Trump, including attack on Fox News’ ”cheap-looking” debate set;

9. Demand for apology by Mexicans, veterans, China, Bobby Jindal’s mom, and other people attacked during debate by Donald Trump;

10. Donald Trump declared winner by Donald Trump.

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Russ Brandon Named President of the Buffalo Sabres

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The Buffalo Sabres announced Monday that Russ Brandon has been named Team President and Alternate Governor. Brandon replaces Ted Black, who the Sabres say has mutually agreed to part ways with the organization.

Brandon will also maintain his duties with the Bills, and now oversee all aspects of business operations for both teams while reporting to Terry and Kim Pegula.

A news release from the Sabres says the Pegula’s have been impressed with Brandon since purchasing the Bills. “Russ will work with Pegula Sports & Entertainment to create strong synergies between the Sabres and Bills,” said Terry and Kim Pegula. “With Russ’ strong ties to the area business community and sponsorship partners, he will effectively position both organizations for future growth.
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