STUDY: Americans Safe From Gun Violence Except In Schools, Malls, Airports, Movie Theaters, Workplaces, Streets, Own Homes


boro-gun-study.jpgWASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—A new study released today indicates that Americans are safe from the threat of gun violence except in schools, malls, airports, movie theatres, workplaces, streets, and their own homes.

Also: highways, turnpikes, libraries, places of worship, parks, universities, restaurants, post offices, and cars.

Plus: driveways, garages, gyms, stores, military bases—and a host of other buildings, structures, and sites.

National Rifle Association C.E.O. Wayne LaPierre applauded the study, saying that it reinforced his organization’s long-held position that the United States does not need additional gun laws. “This study makes it abundantly clear that Americans are in no danger of gun violence except in these isolated four hundred and thirteen places,” he said.

He added that he hoped that the study would spark a conversation “about the root cause of mass shootings: people who recklessly show up at places where they could be shot at.”

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Good Morning


It’s over.  The thousands of mailings, TV commercials, phone calls and door-to-door visits are over.  The voters have had their final say and results are in.

Congratulations go out to all the candidates for running.  It takes a great deal of time and commitment to run for public office.

Congratulations to those who won their race and condolences to those who lost, whether the loss was huge or slim.  Loss hurts no matter when you feel it.

Some will attempt another go sometime in the future others will call it quits today.  Whatever the decision, thank you for running and trying to make a difference.

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Election Day Error Which May Have Cost Some People Their Vote


On Election day I went over to the Village Hall to pass out flyers.  I noticed there were about 25 political signs on the Public Library property.  The signs made it look like it was the place to vote.  Eight people parked in front of library and walked up the stair only to find the library was closed.  It appeared that they were looking for a way in to cast their votes but they didn’t see any signs directing where to vote and left.

I walked in front of the Village Hall and saw a sign on the front door that said, “Polling Place.”  There were no signs posted in the ground directing people to the polling place.

Later in the day there was a 4” square sign put up in front of the voting place. The  sign was put on a brick tower indicating the voting place was straight ahead, down the street rather than inside the building.

I went inside and explained the problem.  They said they were following directions and couldn’t put a sign into ground because they didn’t have a wire.

It was a comedy of errors.  Too bad it cost some residents their chance to vote.

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It’s Election Day!


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Barbara Nuchereno Is Looking For Your Vote

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Higgins Announces Grant Opportunity for Local Fire Departments


Federal Assistance to Firefighter Grant Deadline is December 6

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) application period is now open and invites local fire departments to apply.

The AFG program provides competitive grants to fire departments and nonaffiliated EMS organizations to improve the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, and to establish or expand fire prevention programs throughout the United States.  All applications are submitted to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and go through a non-partisan, merit based review ranked by factors established by a panel of fire service professionals.

More than $320 million was appropriated in 2013 for the AFG Program, including the Fire Prevention and Safety Program.   The application period for AFG grants opened on November 4, 2013 and all applications must be submitted by December 6 at 5pm.

In July Congressman Higgins hosted a grant workshop in the City of Tonawanda for local firefighters at which a Department of Homeland Security Regional Fire Program Specialist was on hand to provide information about the AFG Program.

More information on the fire grant program is available through the federal fire grant website at:

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Vote Plea From Michele Marconi – “No No Iskalo”

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Tomorrow is Accountability Day.
A day of reckoning.
The day voters get to decide how Amherst will shape up in the next four years.
Our message, to stop the unchecked commercial development and incursion into residential areas has resonated throughout the Town and the region.  And as you can see if you read the paper, all eyes are on Amherst and what occurs tomorrow.
You have all come to meetings and been flicked off, ignored and dismissed as an insular group of rabble-rousers.   You have all bought RED shirts, scarfs, hats and sweaters.  Many of you have, after a deep breath, marched up to the microphone in Town Hall and spoken clearly and passionately about our neighborhood, to be met with silence and blank stares. 
We have been lied to, out maneuvered and treated with disdain.  But we kept coming.  That, in and of itself, shocked them all.  In the past, neighborhood groups have fizzled and grown tired.  But we are still here and need to show up tomorrow, at the polling booth, dressed in RED and exercise some political muscle.  
Every vote counts.  Majority rules.  Kara Buscaglia beat Nucherino on the Conservative line by ONE VOTE. But she won nonetheless.  So its incredibly important that you turn out tomorrow.
Remember the late nites at the ZBA meetings, always last on the agenda.
Remember the Town Board and their silence and blank stares or how they would rudely talk among themselves while we were at the podium.
Remember the Planning board approving the hotel with the boundary dispute sitting for all to see on the overhead.
Remember that the IDA squeezed in the last approval for the Hyatt all while knowing that if the vote was delayed by one week, the Hyatt wouldn’t get a dime because of the changes in State law effective April 1.
Remember the silence from the ZBA as they graveled approval of the 9 variances for the Iskalo Hyatt in silence with no discussion or explanation, well past midnight.
Remember that the ZBA spent lots of time on chickens and swimming pools and said nothing about the second giant hotel imposed on Main St in the past year.
The FRIENDS OF MIKES POND is not a political group
It is a groups of area residents, who banded together, in commonality of interest, wanting an airing of the facts associated with a giant building to be shoehorned on a residential street in a small oddly shaped site, which was restricted to building no higher than 2 stories.  We made no political moves until after the final vote was in on the site plan approval, when it was painfully clear that Iskalo was in control of the votes in Town Hall and the project was very much alive.  I’m not sure how good we are as a political group.  But we will know soon enough.
I’ve been sending these messages for almost 2 years and you have all been there and answered the call when we needed a big turnout or letters or volunteers or a home for the NO Iskalo signs and I thank you for all you have done.   I may be the messenger but you are the muscle.
and I would ask TWO more things of each of you and everyone you know.
VOTE!   Don’t miss it, and call FIVE friends or neighbors.
Tell them YOU are going to VOTE and impress upon them how important it is.
Ask them to do it as a favor to YOU and I am asking YOU now.
And FORWARD this message to EVERYBODY in your ADDRESS BOOK!!!
Post it on FB or wherever you like, but pass the word..
oh…and one more thing..
Join us at Loughrans at 9p,TOMORROW
dressed in RED,
with a BROOM in one hand and a BLUE in the other,
to watch the returns and celebrate the SWEEP!!!!
and yeah I know…this is too long.. you send too many of these and you are driving me crazy….
m;) No No Iskalo.

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Amherst Drug Dealer Jailed For Violating Probation


An Amherst man was sentenced Friday to a year behind bars for violating the terms of his probation on a guilty plea for selling cocaine in the City of Lockport twice in May 2011.

Rodriguez A. Bembo, 41, of North French Road, was sent to the Niagara County Jail by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

“It’s just not working on probation,” Kloch said, although Bembo said he ought to get some credit for staying clean for two years. Kloch could have sent him to state prison for as long as nine years.

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Amherst Candidates Hope To Get Voters To The Polls

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For all the talk about who’s going to cut taxes or who’s opposed to big development, Tuesday’s election for Town Board in Amherst will come down to what it always does:

Who will get out the votes?

“That’s the key,” said Carl M. Balmas, chairman of the Amherst Republican Committee.

“The No. 1 factor is turnout,” agreed Dennis E. Ward, Democratic commissioner for the Erie County Board of Elections. “Four years ago, there was an abysmally low turnout, and Democrats suffered more because of that.”

Amherst has roughly 77,000 registered voters, including 4,300 more Democrats than Republicans.

But Ward, the town’s former Democratic chairman, believes it’s dead even, because the number of Democrats tend to be exaggerated by University at Buffalo students who have either moved on or lack interest during an election year with no presidential or governor’s race.

That’s where Amherst’s 14,000 unaffiliated voters come in.
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Satish Mohan, Private Citizen

The UB engineering professor who emerged from obscurity for a single term as Amherst supervisor has tempered his views about elective office.

Dr. Satish Mohan teaches students in Bell Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

Dr. Satish Mohan teaches students in Bell Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst

Memories.  One term, one name ~ Satish.  Love him or hate him.  People didn’t seem to fall anywhere in the middle with him.

To answer the top three questions you might have about Satish Mohan:

Yes, no and maybe.

Yes, the former supervisor is alive and well and living in Amherst.

No, he doesn’t maintain a highly visible public profile these days – for one thing, he’s too busy as a full-time faculty member at the University at Buffalo.

And maybe – just maybe – he might consider stepping back into the public eye, if the opportunity seemed right.

“I have so many ideas,” said Mohan, 78, “on how to solve our problems.”

This is Satish Mohan, now.
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