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New Golden Parachute Protects Erie County Water Authority Boss

Earl L. Jann Jr., executive director of the Erie County Water Authority, has a new contract  protecting him under Democratic control.   (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
Earl L. Jann Jr., executive director of the Erie County Water Authority, has a new contract protecting him under Democratic control. 

With Democrats about to reclaim the Erie County Water Authority, the Republican-controlled agency gave its executive director a golden parachute if Democrats oust him.

The Water Authority would pay Executive Director Earl L. Jann Jr. between $300,000 and $400,000 under a new contract if he is forced out this year once control of the agency flips from Republicans to Democrats.

The hiring of Jann in May had already been criticized. Jann is a retired pharmaceutical salesman and former Marilla town supervisor whose previous Water Authority experience was serving as one of its commissioners.

A longtime nest of political patronage, the Erie County Water Authority is controlled by the party that controls the Erie County Legislature. The party in power typically appoints loyalists to the board and other positions, including the executive director, a job that pays more than $150,000 a year.
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Town Meeting to Discuss Protection of Our Children

by James Tricoli
Editor: Amhersttimes.com

An update on holding a meeting of adults and high school students to discuss the serious problem of students being killed across America in their school classrooms. Supervisor Kulpa is 100% for this gathering.

He suggested we might use the Meeting House on Main Street in the Village. We are now in the process of setting up a date and time for this important meeting.

 

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Trump Says He Does Not Know Jared Kushner Very Well

Satire from The Borowitz Report

TAORMINA, Italy (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump on Saturday accused the media of exaggerating his relationship with Jared Kushner, asserting that “I don’t know him very well.”

“He’s someone I would see around the office and who, I guess, was working for me,” Trump told reporters on the last leg of his foreign trip. “Beyond that, I couldn’t tell you much about him.”

Trump acknowledged that he had spoken to Kushner at times during the 2016 campaign. “I’d pass him in the hall and say hello,” he said. “He seemed like an O.K. person. I never got much of a sense of the guy.”

When asked whether Kushner might have had improper contact with Russian spies during the transition, Trump said, “I couldn’t tell you if that’s the kind of thing he’d do. You really should ask someone who knows him.”

Trump refused to answer further questions about Kushner’s possible legal difficulties, saying only, “I wish Garrett well.”

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Meghan McCain Discovers Donald Trump Lies, Blasting Her Cancer-Stricken Father at CPAC After Promising to Stop

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‘How Dare You’: CNN’s Camerota Clashes With NRA’s Loesch Over Her Claim That Media ‘Love’ Mass Shootings

Dyylan Stableford


CNN’s Alisyn Camerota discusses gun control with the NRA’s Dana Loesch on Friday.

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Trump Warns CPAC Crowd of Dangers if Democrats Take Power

“Remember that they will take away those massive tax cuts and they will take away your Second Amendment,” Trump said told the staunch conservatives.

He added: “By the way, if you only had to choose one, the Second Amendment, tax cuts?”

The audience cheered louder for the Second Amendment — just days after the deadly shooting at a Florida school where 17 people were gunned down.
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Bogus Water Authority Workers Steal $4,000 From Orchard Park Man

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A crook masquerading as a water authority worker stole $4,000 from an 82-year-old man who allowed the scammer in his house to check on basement pipes, Orchard Park Police reported.

The $4,000 cash was kept in a safe in a closet of the man’s bedroom, said Orchard Park Lt. Joseph Ray. Police believe the money was taken by an accomplice who came in the house while the victim was being distracted in the basement. The victim told police he was saving the money for roof repairs.

Ray said the incident occurred the afternoon of Feb. 1 near New Era Field after the homeowner returned from grocery shopping in Hamburg.

The suspect who came to the door was described as a “well-dressed young man,” who wore an identification badge on a lanyard around his neck, Ray said.
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NFTA Backs Amherst Rail Extension in Face of Higgins’ Opposition

The NFTA moved forward Thursday on a proposed Metro Rail extension to Amherst, even though Rep. Brian Higgins said it should focus on the downtown extension to the old DL&W Terminal. Authority officials say they can work on both. (Derek Gee/News file photo)
The NFTA moved forward Thursday on a proposed Metro Rail extension to Amherst, even though Rep. Brian Higgins said it should focus on the downtown extension to the old DL&W Terminal. Authority officials say they can work on both.

Metro Rail’s proposed extension to Amherst survived a crucial test Thursday, even after Rep. Brian Higgins said he could no longer support the $1.2 billion proposal.

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority unanimously, and without discussion, approved an almost $5 million environmental impact study required to proceed with the project.

But that doesn’t mean doubling the length of the current system to beyond the University at Buffalo’s North Campus will avoid a major roadblock after Higgins – a Buffalo Democrat originally viewed as the project’s Washington champion – said Wednesday he would rather see money pumped into the existing system to serve a growing downtown constituency.

NFTA Executive Director Kimberley A. Minkel said after the meeting she believes the proposal still enjoys widespread community support, and that the authority needs to continue preparations even if the Trump administration is casting a wary eye on such projects.
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East Amherst Man Who Stole $1.3 Million From Comatose Boss Cited for Unpaid Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service headquarters building in Washington, D.C., is pictured on March 15, 2005. The IRS filed a tax lien against Christopher Myles, formerly of East Amherst.  (Dennis Brack/Bloomberg News file photo)

An East Amherst man who admitted stealing $1.3 million from his comatose boss now owes $1.4 million for failing to pay state and federal income taxes.

Christopher Myles, 48, pleaded guilty in 2016 to grand larceny and criminal tax fraud and received three to nine years in prison, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said.

Prosecutors said the bookkeeper embezzled from Manhattan-based Central Park Realty Holding Corp. after a 2010 stroke left his boss comatose. She died in 2012.

He spent the stolen money on vacations, furniture, jewelry and a $229,250 home on Meadow Spring Court. The New York Post reported Myles claimed he took the money because he never got a raise and for putting up with an unpleasant co-worker.
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