Petition Scandal Afoot?

Fur always flies during petition season in Western New York and 2014 is no exception. Leaders of the Erie County Democratic Committee (ECDC) are in a pitched battle with the rival Democrat faction led by Cuomo insider Steve Pigeon, Cheektowaga chair Frank Max and Mayor Byron Brown and the war is spilling into the petition process. Word has it that Pigeon-Max-Brown are primarying hundreds of ECDC members and judicial delegates loyal to chairman Jeremy Zellner. For his part, Zellner is trying to knock off many PMB loyalists, too.

Enter Mike Deely, regional staff director of the New York State United Teachers Union. He’s one of the largest donors to the ECDC over the years and a longtime member of the party’s executive board. Deely recently joined PMB forces, upset with the direction headquarters has taken in the last year. Needless to say, this doesn’t sit well with Zellner loyalists. In fact, the animosity may have gotten a little out of hand at the Erie County Board of Elections (BoE) last week.

Insiders say that when Deely’s petitions came into the BoE last week, Democrat Election Board leader Dennis Ward and other loyalists go a bit upset. It’s not clear which election board official did it, but Deely’s petitions were allegedly torn up and thrown out. The second committeeman on that petition ended up on another petition with another committeeman instead of Deely – one loyal to Zellner. Those petitions have been filed.

Destroying nominating petitions is illegal. This story will unfold more clearly in the days ahead – watch this space!

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Amherst Searching For Highway Superintendent


Wanted: Person to take charge of plowing, paving, parks and drainage for Erie County’s largest suburb. Good pay, but job is guaranteed for only 15 months.

That’s the situation in Amherst, where town officials are on the hunt for candidates to replace Highway Superintendent Robert Anderson. who announced last week that he will retire effective Sept. 27.

“I am seeking letters of interest and résumés,” Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein said. “My plan is to give them to the personnel office, let them sift through them and see what we get. I’ve gotten two so far.”

Highway superintendent is an elected position, but it will be up to the Amherst Town Board to appoint a successor to fill the remaining 15 months on Anderson’s term, until voters can cast their ballots in November 2015.

Anderson, a three-term highway superintendent whose career with the department spans more than 35 years, cited “recent health concerns” for submitting his letter of resignation .
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Amherst Councilman Injured in Auto Crash

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I learned today that Amherst Councilman Mark Manna was involved in a car crash Tuesday, about 11 a.m.  I’ve been told that another driver apparently ran a red light.  Mark was injured and his car totaled.  I do not as yet have any further details.

* Mark has undisclosed injuries but expects to make a complete recovery.

Sending Mark prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.

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Glen Park Festival is Saturday

The annual Glen Park Festival is Saturday, July 26th to Sunday, July 27th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. This year a record 92 artists will be there. Hope to see you there!

Village of Williamsville's photo.
Village of Williamsville's photo.

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Royal Baby’s First Year Widely Considered Disappointing

LONDON (The Borowitz Report)—Britain’s Prince George, who is celebrating his first birthday this week, is facing a rising chorus of criticism within the United Kingdom, with many calling the first year of his reign a major disappointment.

Alistair Strott, a journalist and one of George’s most outspoken critics, calls the Prince’s first year “long on hype and short on solid achievement.”

“Like a lot of us, I followed the royal birth last year with a great deal of excitement and anticipation,” says Strott. “But one year in, we all have to look at each other and say, ‘That’s it?’ ”

While defenders of Prince George cite a packed schedule of events during his first year, Strott is unimpressed. “Yes, he’s been on TV and magazine covers,” he says. “So have the Kardashians.”

The journalist is not alone in criticizing Prince George, as a recent U.K. poll called his inaugural year the worst first year for a royal baby since the Second World War.

Strott acknowledged that George had spent much of his first year in office learning to walk, but added, “If he’s learned to talk, he certainly hasn’t said anything memorable.”

On most of the major issues facing Britain today, from unemployment to its relationship with the European Union, “George has been missing in action,” Strott says.

Buckingham Palace has already started the drumbeat of publicity for Prince George’s second year, but Strott remains skeptical. “People can call this child ‘royal’ if they like, but the word I’d choose is ‘overrated,’ ” he says.

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Perry Boosts Presidential Stature by Using Troops for No Reason

AUSTIN (The Borowitz Report)—An aide to Rick Perry is confident that the Texas Governor proved he “has what it takes to be President” with his decision on Monday to send troops somewhere for no reason.

By deploying a thousand National Guardsmen to the U.S.-Mexico border, Perry has shown that as President he would be “ready and willing” to use troops without a defined objective, mission, or exit strategy, the aide confirmed.

“Sending troops someplace with no clear idea of why they are going or what they are supposed to be doing once they get there is a key part of the Presidential skill set,” said the aide, Harland Dorrinson. “Rick Perry has just shown that he’s got that nailed down.”

Dorrinson acknowledged that the gold standard for using troops for no reason might have been set by Perry’s predecessor in Texas, George W. Bush, but added, “If anyone can beat that record, it’s Rick.”

According to the aide, Perry’s “extremely Presidential response” to the immigration crisis is already winning him the praise of G.O.P. voters. “Nothing unites Republicans more than standing up to children,” he said.

I think we should all thank Rick Perry for helping America win the war on small children. #hero

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East Amherst Girl is Set to Appear on TV Quiz Show


Ananya Nrusimha is a 16-year-old girl from East Amherst.  She has a firm handshake and looks people directly in the eye upon meeting them. Ananya is well-spoken and confident, yet humble. This would be enough to make the impressive, aside from her accomplishments.

Thursday evening, Ananya’s face will be seen in millions of living rooms as she begins her run on the “Jeopardy! Teen Tournament.”

Appearing on the show was the moment she has been waiting for since sixth grade, when she first started to apply to be on “Jeopardy! Kids Week.” As soon as she was old enough, she started taking the online test for the teen version.
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British Contest Seeks Buffalo Start-ups to Expand in the UK

Nick Astbury

Nick Astbury, British Deputy Consul-General of New York, talks about the contest seeking to get U.S. companies to expand in the U.K.

Great Britain thinks Western New York businesses have much to offer its economy, and it has launched a contest to lure some over.

During a recent visit to Buffalo, which included an afternoon with Mayor Byron W. Brown and an obligatory stop at Anchor Bar for wings, representatives from the British Consulate of New York had high praise for Buffalo and its burgeoning technology sector.

“What we’re all about is we’re looking for U.S. companies that have shown past growth, that have got a product or service that’s really innovative and looking to grow — not move — overseas for the first time,” Astbury said. “The idea very much is it’s companies growing instead of moving.”

Start-up companies can enter the competition under six categories: education, finance, health, Internet of things, lifestyle and media.

One winner will be chosen for each.
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Tuesday in the Park

Mark Weber Trio

Did you enjoy hearing the Mark Weber Trio at Glen Park last Tuesday or wished you could have been there?

This Tuesday, July 22, the Mark Weber Trio will be performing in Glen Park from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM as a part of the Seven Tuesdays in the Park concert series.

Remember to bring your own chairs to enjoy the show!

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If You Don’t Know GOD, Don’t Make Stupid Remarks!


Got this message from a friend and thought I’d pass it on to all of you.

A young Canadian paratrooper was taking some college courses between assignments. He had completed 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan. One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed atheist and a member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA).

One day the professor shocked the class when he came in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, “GOD, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform… I’ll give you exactly 15 min.”

The lecture room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop.

Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed, “Here I am GOD, I’m still waiting.”

It got down to the last couple of minutes when the soldier got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and cold-cocked him; knocking him clean off the platform. The professor was out cold.

The young soldier went back to his seat and sat there, silently.The other students were shocked and stunned, and sat there looking on in silence.

The professor eventually came to, noticeably shaken, looked at the soldier and asked, “What in the world is the matter with you? Why did you do that?”

The young soldier stood up and calmly replied, “GOD was too busy today protecting soldiers, who are protecting your right to say stupid shit and act like an idiot. So He sent me.”

The classroom erupted in cheers!


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