Progressive Democrats Annual Christmas Party

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Polish Villa II
1085 Harlem Road
$35 per person – $60 per couple
Remit checks to:
Progressive Democrats
50 Red Oak Drive
Cheektowaga, New York 14227
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Holiday Food Preparation Safety Reminders

Dr. Gale Burstein

Dr. Gale Burstein

Don’t be a Turkey when it comes to Food Safety!

ERIE COUNTY, NY— Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a novice preparing your first holiday meal, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) encourages you to use the safest ways to thaw, prepare, stuff, and cook your turkey.

“It is essential that you thaw turkeys while keeping them at a safe temperature. Foodborne bacteria multiplies rapidly between 40°F and 140°F. A frozen turkey is safe indefinitely, but as soon as it begins to thaw, bacteria that may have been present before freezing can begin to grow again.” states Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health.  “Turkeys can be thawed one of three ways: in a refrigerator, in cold water, or in a microwave oven.”

Cleanliness is integral in proper preparation! Bacteria present on raw poultry can contaminate your hands, utensils, and work surfaces during your holiday dinner preparation. If these areas are not cleaned thoroughly before working with other foods, bacteria from the raw poultry can contaminate other foods. Poultry may contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, Listeria, and Campylobacter that can cause infectious diarrhea and more serious complications.

“After working with raw poultry, always wash your hands, utensils, and work surfaces before touching other foods.” continues Dr. Burstein.  “Also, it is essential that your turkey reaches a safe internal minimum temperature of 165°F. To ensure safe home food preparation, be sure to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.

Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of preparation. Leaving food at room temperature too long is one of the biggest holiday food safety problems. When food sits outs for more than two hours in the danger zone — above 40 degrees and below 140 degrees — it is prime for bacterial growth. Store leftovers in 2-inch deep, shallow containers and make sure the refrigerator is not over-packed, thereby allowing plenty of air to circulate so food can be properly cooled.

Reheat leftovers to 165 degrees. Filling a plate with food and popping it into the microwave for a few minutes may seem safe enough. But, a thermometer needs to be used to make sure all the food is reheated enough to kill bacteria. Microwaves heat in an uneven manner, so let the covered food sit for a one to two minutes to allow the heat to destroy bacteria that may have been present.

For detailed instructions and additional advice on safely preparing  holiday meals, residents are encourage to access numerous informative websites on the internet as well as turkey manufacturers’ toll-free numbers.

For more information

Erie County Department of Health – Food Safety & Security

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – It’s Turkey Time: Safely Prepare Your Holiday Meal

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – Turkey Basics at

United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service – Let’s Talk Turkey – A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey

Western New York Frozen & Refrigerated Food Association – Food Preparation Tips

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What Is The State Of Our Village????

State of the Village Meeting

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How Wonder Boy Lost the Erie County Legislature


Everyone has an opinion as to why Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy (Wonder Boy)  Zellner managed to lose the Democratic Party majority on the Erie County Legislature for the first time since he was born in 1978.    Something which has been overlooked by other commentary is a fact well known since the salad days of Joe Crangle:  The chairman of the ECDC doesn’t need to win any general elections to retain power.   All that is necessary is to keep an iron grip on the Committee by winning the biennial reorganization meeting following the even year primary election.   The rules of the Committee do the rest, as the chairman gets to name enough executive board members to give every boot licking yes man in the county a push button vote under the chairman’s control.

by Peter A. Reese November 15, 2013

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Protect Amherst Life: News

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If you are one of the thousands of Amherst residents concerned about bad and over development in our community you might want to check out the PAL newsletter.  PAL is the Protect Amherst Life group whose President is Patrick Welch.

The PAL group is hoping all individual neighborhood groups will band together to make a difference in the way our Town Board deals developers.

It’s time to unite.

Dear Neighbors,

My name is Patrick W Welch and I am the President of the Protect Amherst Life Association.

This group has been formed for two reasons:

1) To oppose the bad development planned at 1055 Youngs Road.

2) To oppose the continuing overdevelopment of Amherst. This is destroying our neighborhoods and quality of life.

This is our first newsletter, which is meant to inform everyone of the progress in our efforts toward preserving residential life.

Young Development is proposing to build 99 senior rental apartments in a complex of three, three story buildings located on approximately 5 acres between Treebrooke Court and Park Place Townhomes and Condominiums. This would place a high-density rental development right in the middle of low and medium density residential communities.

The developer was seeking a Zoning Board of Appeals variance, which we fought, and he withdrew the request. That is a small victory, but the fight is far from over.

We will be scheduling a meeting with the developer in the very near future and we would like to invite everyone to hear what he has to say.

If you wish to be informed of our progress or join in the effort, please send me an email: or call: 445.0465 with your name, address, phone number so we can develop a distribution list. This will allow us to keep everyone updated electronically via social media and our soon to be launched website in addition to a printed newsletter.

Thank you,

Patrick W. Welch, PhD

Our Mission: Work Together to Protect the Quality of all Life in Amherst

PAL is a grassroots, democratically run, neighborhood-based organization designed to meet the following key goals:

• Create an awareness of the problems and challenges faced by our community and stimulate residents to actively support and preserve the high quality of our neighborhood through participation in projects, meetings and discussions.

• Enhance and strengthen the community by informing citizens of neighborhood issues and engaging residents to create and implement long-range plans to meet shared needs and goals.

• Advocate for constructive development in the areas of neighborhood beautification, zoning and land use planning, traffic control, local ordinance enforcement and coordination.

Situation Overview and Community Concerns

The proposed development would have one entrance and exit onto Youngs Road. This removal of our green space would directly affect 3 large local communities (Brush Creek, Park Place and Park Edge). This would not be limited to our communities only considering the volume of traffic that Youngs Road receives from other areas of Amherst. This proposed bad development along with other developments in Amherst affect all our communities and the quality of life that we expect and deserve.

Concerns include:

• Overdeveloping businesses in our area (bad development)

• Higher traffic volume (difficult exiting our communities now)

• Environmental concerns and detouring water flow from our wetlands

• Residential suffocation and potential relocation

• Destruction of natural federal wetlands and elimination of wildlife

• Decreased property values

• Degradation of the quality of living (balance of community)

Please email: or call: 445.0465 to help make a difference today!

 To see more of their newsletter click HERE. 

Don’t forget to “Like” their Facebook page.

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Editorial: Mensch Capital Partners Plan To “Mensch Up” Amherst



Now the public knows the plan.  Westwood Golf club will be torn down.  God’s beautiful land will be ravaged as the Mensch Brothers put up condos and other edifices.

The public must join together to stop this travesty from occurring.  All neighborhood groups should meet together and discuss ways to stop this monstrous act from becoming a reality.  Neighborhood groups have power in Amherst if they work together, raising their voices and take action.  They must shout out loud and clear “No,” to this development.

Talk to your Town Board members to see where they stand on the destruction of this last piece of nature being ripped apart.

The people of Amherst must question every decision made by the Town Board as to why they are in favor of horrid actions.  It is time for the people of Amherst to fight back and fight back hard against being the slaves of developers.

We have five members on our Town Board.  We need three votes to stop the developers from taking any action.

The developers have never been gentle towards the people, now is the time for the people to play hard ball.

Written by James Tricoli
Editor of the

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ADC Must Stop Illegal Action


The Amherst Democratic Committee has tried many different ways to raise money for the committee.  One of the ideas they are pushing is to have members pay dues.  Dues are $30 a year.  It is illegal to have to pay dues to a legitimate political committee.

I had paid my dues without the knowledge that dues were illegal. The treasurer of the Committee has informed the members it is illegal to pay these pay these dues, therefore all the money the Committee Treasurer collected from members must be returned.

Each month he writes on the agenda “Remember to pay you dues.”  This action is illegal and the treasurer must be dismissed for fraud.

In addition the treasurer was complaining about how the amount of money our Committee had in our account was very low.  Without notifying any members of the committee, he sent $1,000 to the Erie County Democratic headquarters.

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And The Beat Goes On, And On, And . . .


The City of Lackawanna is in need of a new development director, and Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski could be courting an established political insider to fill the seat.

Ralph D. Miranda submitted his resignation to Szymanski, effective Dec. 2.

Szymanski said he has yet to start a formal search, but one name already has surfaced as a possible successor.

Multiple sources said Szymanski is looking to appoint Robert A. Mendez, the former executive director of the Erie County Water Authority.

Mendez, a longtime Lackawanna resident and campaign treasurer for former County Executive Dennis T. Gorski, stepped down from the Water Authority in late September, after 16 years at the helm. He could not be reached to comment.

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Eggertsville Community Organization

Eggertsville MerryChristmas

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
at 7:00 pm

St Paul’s Lutheran Church Parish Hall
4007 Main Street
Eggertsville, NY 14226

You’re Invited!

December’s Holiday Party


Our December meeting will be our annual holiday party. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or anything else, come and celebrate with us. We’re celebrating the spirit of the season, peace and goodwill, with our neighbors. We ask that you consider bringing some type of dish to share; a snack, Christmas cookies, anything you wish. While you’re at it – bring a neighbor or friend.

We are also supporting St. Paul’s Food Pantry please bring a non-perishable food item.

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U.S. Navy Arrives In Oswego To Search For Missing Reaper Drone In Lake Ontario


An MQ-9 Reaper drone used by the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard is displayed at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield at Fort Drum. One of the planes that took off from Fort Drum crashed into Lake Ontario last week during a routine training mission.

Why are drones being flown over NY State?  More than a week ago a New York Air National Guard aircraft crashed into Lake Ontario.  Now, a week later, a U.S. Navy team has arrived in Oswego to take over the search and recovery effort, military officials said today.

The Navy search platoon from the Fleet Forces Command in Virginia arrived at the Oswego Coast Guard Station on Lake Ontario on Wednesday, the officials said.

The team will search for the wreckage of the MQ-9 Reaper drone that crashed during a routine training mission Nov. 12 into Lake Ontario, about 20 miles northeast of the Port of Oswego and about 12 miles from shore.

An undisclosed number of pieces of the wreckage have been recovered by the Air National Guard near Montario Point in southern Jefferson County.
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