Buffalo Ranks as Second Happiest City in U.S.

Buffalo, New York

BUFFALO, NEW YORK

According to a study conducted by creditdonkey.com Rochester and Buffalo are the two happiest cities in the country.

People often dream of escaping to the “big city” to pursue their dreams of being actors/rock stars/writers/corporate raiders. The idea is alluring, after all: power lunches at fancy restaurants, memberships at country clubs, hobnobbing at big galas – they’re all part of the fantasy.

But those who have gone before you in that journey to the big city may advise caution. Think of the traffic on that six-lane freeway, they’ll warn. The cost of living might be high, they’ll caution. The people will be unfriendly, or the jobs hard to get, they’ll say.

Sure, all that may be true. But, with some digging, we were able to find big cities that defy the stereotype and are filled with a higher proportion of happy workers. Here’s what we found when we looked at metropolitan statistical areas with at least a million people.
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Democrats Need to Replace Andrew Cuomo

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New York’s Democrats are a liberal lot. Ever since two young state legislators, Al Smith and Robert Wagner, authored the pioneering bills that outlawed a host of labor abuses in the wake of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire, New York’s Democratic elected officials and voters have been at the forefront of social reform. As governor, Franklin Roosevelt initiated public works and public jobs programs that became a model for those he implemented as president. In recent decades, New Yorkers have increasingly voted for Democratic candidates, and for increasingly liberal Democratic candidates.

So why on earth would the state’s Democrats want to reelect Gov. Andrew Cuomo?

At a time when Democrats everywhere are seeking to diminish economic inequality, Cuomo, who is running for a second term as governor, has adopted policies that would only widen the economic gaps.
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A New Election Cycle, A Different Approach Toward Cuomo

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From the morning memo, the first item:

Back in 2012, Buffalo Republican Sen. Mark Grisanti aired a TV ad for his re-election campaign that lashed himself to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The 30-second ad gave Cuomo starring role, featuring the governor giving credit to Grisanti for the long-sought UB2020 program at SUNY Buffalo.

The ad emphasized Grisanti as an “independent” in the state Legislature — a label that was sure to help a Republican in a newly redrawn Senate district that is overwhelmingly Democratic.
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Happy Dyngus Day

Young women wielding pussy willows ride the Buffalo Barfly.com float during the 2010 Dyngus Day Parade in Buffalo. This year’s celebration of all things Polish promises to be bigger than ever.

Young women wielding pussy willows rode the Buffalo Barfly.com float during the 2010 Dyngus Day Parade in Buffalo. This year’s celebration of all things Polish promises to be bigger than ever

Broadway will be a sea of red and white, and pussy willows will be everywhere as annual celebration gets underway.

Buffalo’s Dyngus Day celebration today will be bigger than ever, with a parade and polka dancing, kielbasa and pierogi feasting, and pussy-willow and squirt-gun flirting.

But the tradition started out much smaller, decades ago, in the working-class family taverns of the Polish neighborhoods on Buffalo’s East Side. There, cooks in barroom kitchens created stove-top delicacies.

And it’s where the heart beat of today’s parties still pounds.
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Dyngus Day: Complete schedule of events

Times, costs and details of Western New York’s celebrations today.
There’s even an event at St. Gregory the Great on Saturday night!  Live polka music: Buffalo Touch

Call for details. 633-4594

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Happening This Week in Williamsville

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The award-winning a cappella group, the Friends of Harmony, will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Williamsville Meeting House & Museum, 5658 Main Street.

Spectacular Sixties

The concert is sponsored by the village’s Arts & Cultural Committee.  It’s free and open to the public.

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Jim Kelly Considering “Several” Offers to Join Bills’ Ownership Groups

Dan Kelly, Jim Kelly’s brother, addresses the media at Prior Aviation where the Hall of Famer was supposed to arrive.

Dan Kelly, Jim Kelly’s brother, addresses the media at Prior Aviation where the Hall of Famer was supposed to arrive. 

Will finish cancer treatments at ECMC

Jim Kelly returned to Buffalo late Saturday after spending several weeks undergoing treatment in a New York City hospital.

The Hall of Fame quarterback will be fielding offers to join an ownership group for the Buffalo Bills while he continues his treatment for sinus cancer at a Buffalo hospital.

And his brother told The Buffalo News that the former Bills star will have something else on his mind – offers from several different groups of potential Bills owners who are interested in buying the National Football League team.

Despite his illness, Kelly remains vitally interested in becoming part of a Bills ownership group and in keeping the team in Buffalo, Dan Kelly told The News.
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Easter Greetings

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I hope all my readers enjoyed a blessed Easter with their family and friends.  On this day our Lord Jesus Christ arose from the dead and promised that he was going to prepare a place for us.  Christians believe that when we die we will join our loved ones in eternal life.

Blessings on all of you.

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Rick Perry Hopes Combination Of Wearing Glasses and Not Talking Will Make Him Seem Smarter

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AUSTIN, Tex. (The Borowitz Report)—With an eye toward a Presidential run in 2016, Rick Perry, the Texas governor, is hoping that a two-pronged strategy of wearing glasses and not speaking will make him appear smarter to voters, aides to the Governor confirmed today.“After the 2012 Republican primary, we knew that we needed to solve what we called the Governor’s smartness problem,” said Harland Dorrinson, an aide to Perry. “The fix that we came up with was glasses, but, as it turned out, that was only half the solution.”

After outfitting Perry with designer eyewear, aides sent him on the road to reintroduce himself to voters, but the response, Mr. Dorrinson said, was underwhelming: “The problem was, he was still talking.”

A round of focus groups convinced aides that only through a combination of wearing glasses and not emitting any sounds could Perry overcome voters’ initial impressions of him.

At a recent political stop in San Antonio, the newly minted Governor Perry was on display, wearing his glasses and gesticulating expressively while saying nothing for thirty minutes.

“Our focus groups show people no longer know what Rick Perry is thinking,” said Mr. Dorrinson. “That’s a huge improvement.”

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Gas Station Owners Feel The Joy Of High Gasoline Prices

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Since Holy Week started last Saturday I have noticed the kinder side of people.  I especially want to thank the gas station owners who last week were charging $3.68 a gal.  Now, with more people driving, the price of gas in our neck of the woods has gone up to $3.83.

It appears simple gouging your neighbors as much as you can, because ~ this is Amherst!

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Weppner Selling Yacht

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On April 10, Alan Bedenko posted the following:

On her campaign website, Weppner says she’s running for Congress because she’s a

…strong voice for those who have a difficult time speaking for themselves due to inequity in power. She intends to carry that voice to Washington to help overcome the unique challenges facing Western New York.

It’s a silly statement, when you read it. “Inequity in power” doesn’t prevent or stunt someone’s ability to “speak for themselves”. Unless Weppner is advocating for that socialist equality nonsense, it’s hard to know what she’s talking about. I can’t decide if she’s trying to be regular people, or if she’s saying, in effect, that she’s better than regular people – you lumpenproles can rely on her to do your anti-Obama, anti-Kenyan advocacy for you.

In the meantime, I wonder if Weppner is funding her campaign through the sale of her yacht?
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