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The Political Wars Have Begun With the Race for Erie County Executive

Poloncarz for Erie County

Friends,

I’m sure you saw this on Facebook, but it’s just too important to miss.  Please see my note below, and if you can, show your support for the work we’ve done here: Go here to Donate Today!

The 2019 county executive election seems to have started a lot earlier than I would have expected, and in a nasty vitriolic tone as yesterday the comptroller attacked my record of defending the rights of individuals and protecting the environment.

Based on some social media posts I have read I think many are shocked how right out of the gate the comptroller floated an agenda of hate, but I am not. There is only one playbook now for most republican
candidates and it comes right out of the Trump/Paladino campaigns. That’s what he is doing.

The comptroller can attack me for fighting to defend an individual’s rights to be the person they are or protecting the environment all he wants because I am proud of my record of accomplishments and I will
proudly run on them including:

-Promoting job creation and economic development since day one of my administration, and we have 28,200 new jobs in our region since May 2012 of evidence our strategy worked,

-Negotiating a strong Bills lease to ensure the team stayed upon Mr. Wilson’s death (San Diego, St. Louis and Oakland have all lost their teams),

-Handling multiple winter storms/emergencies (tornadoes and floods),

-Responding to the opioid epidemic and reducing the death toll such that Erie County is viewed nationally as the model on how to respond,

-Fighting poverty and protecting the public’s health,

-Preventing lead from poisoning area children,

-Protecting the environment through many measures (microbead ban, promoting a more sustainable government, and yes, reducing plastic
-Investing in our infrastructure, libraries and parks,

-and SO much more.

Click Here to read the article to see the difference between us, and get ready for a nasty, hate filled campaign from the other side.

Thank you,

Mark

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Leaders of ISIS and Al Qaeda Puzzled Why Trump Has Not Invited Them to White House

July 20, 2018

Satire from The Borowitz Report

by Andy Borowitz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The leaders of isis and Al Qaeda said on Friday that they were totally perplexed as to why Donald J. Trump had not yet invited them to the White House.

The terror chiefs said that, as sworn enemies of the United States, they had certainly attacked the country enough to warrant an invitation for an official visit, and possibly a state dinner.

“Maybe we haven’t done anything to directly undermine their democracy—I get that,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of isis, said. “But we’ve been nemeses of America for years, and that ought to be worth something.”

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al Qaeda, said that he also feels snubbed. “No invitation. Not even a save-the-date,” he said. “At this point, I’d settle for the White House Easter Egg Roll, but I’m not counting on anything.”

Calling the absence of a White House invitation for Al Qaeda “the height of unfairness,” the evildoer added, bitterly, “The whole thing seems political.”

Hibatullah Akhundzada, the current leader of the Taliban, said that, like his terrorist colleagues, he was “dumbfounded” that Trump invited Vladimir Putin and not him to the White House. “At some point you have to wonder, what does Putin have on this guy?” he said.

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CEO on Leave From Major Foundation as Board Seeks Audit

July 20, 2018

Peter Fleischmann confirmed he is on leave from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies.

A major regional foundation that supports Jewish charities and manages nearly $200 million in assets has placed its chief executive officer on leave and has hired an outside firm to review its policies, The Buffalo News has learned.

Peter Fleischmann, who has directed the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies since 1982, confirmed he stepped away from his duties in late June. He said he remains CEO during his paid leave.

“I am taking some time off while the foundation conducts an internal audit of our policies and procedures, which I fully support and which I am cooperating with completely,” Fleischmann said in an interview Thursday.

The auditors are looking at processes related to the handling of donations to the foundation, attorney Raymond Fink, the board president, said on Thursday. He declined to discuss what prompted the audit but said officials don’t suspect any criminal activity took place and he specifically said there is no evidence of theft of funds or embezzlement.

“There’s nothing of that nature,” Fink said, adding, “Every dollar in our organization is accounted for.”
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From the Start, Trump Has Muddied a Clear Message: Putin Interfered

July 19, 2018

James B. Comey, James R. Clapper Jr. and John O. Brennan at a Senate hearing on Russia’s election interference in January 2017.

By David E. Sanger and Matthew Rosenberg

WASHINGTON — Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election.

The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation.

Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed.

The shifting narrative underscores the degree to which Mr. Trump regularly picks and chooses intelligence to suit his political purposes. That has never been more clear than this week.
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Music on Main

July 19, 2018

Check out the schedule for tonight’s Music on Main ~

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An Emotional Jim Kelly Accepts the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

July 19, 2018
Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly accepts the Jimmy V award at the ESPYs, with daughters Erin, right, and Camryn. (Getty Images)
Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly accepts the Jimmy V award at the ESPYs, with daughters Erin, right, and Camryn.

With his daughters by his side and his wife in the audience, Jim Kelly accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance on Wednesday night at the ESPYs.

The Buffalo Bills’ Hall of Fame quarterback, who has been battling oral cancer since 2013, was presented the award by two of his closest friends and fellow members of the famed quarterback class of 1983, Dan Marino and John Elway.

“There might be nothing harder in football than getting to the brink of what you dream of, and falling short,” Elway said during Kelly’s introduction. “Well, Jim Kelly led the Buffalo Bills to the Super Bowl four times, and each time fell just short. But time and again, Jim found a way to lead his team back next season, out of the darkness, ready to climb back to the top once more.

“Since Jim retired, he’s traveled a tougher road than any of us can imagine,” Marino continued. “As you’re about to hear, he’s lived his life the same way he played the game of football.”
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Marrano Homes Buys 38 Lots in Amherst for New Construction

Marrano Homes, part of Marrano Marc Equity, bought 30 lots on Cherry Laurel Lane and eight on Tupelo Lane from Cimato Enterprises, according to documents filed with the Erie County Clerk’s office. The addresses range from 99 to 194 Cherry Laurel and 41 to 59 Tupelo.

Evergreen Landing, with a model home on Boxelder Lane, is located in northwest Amherst, off Tonawanda Creek Road South near Niagara Falls Boulevard.
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“I Was Never This Blatant,” Says Benedict Arnold in Hell

HELL (The Borowitz Report)—Saying that he was “flabbergasted” by the events of this week, the Revolutionary War-era traitor Benedict Arnold offered a ringing defense of his own career in treason, asserting, “I was never this blatant.”

“I was brought up to believe that betraying your country was something you’d do very secretively,” Arnold, who now resides in Hell, said. “If you were going over to the enemy side, you’d do everything you could not to be detected. You wouldn’t go around announcing it to the world like a jackass.”

Although Arnold understands why commentators have been using the word “treason” to describe the alarming spectacle they have witnessed this week, he said, “Throwing the word ‘treason’ around like that is very unfair to traitors, and I would even say hurtful.”

“Traitors put a lot of thought, planning, and subtletly into every one of their actions and utterances,” he said. “When I look at these so-called acts of treason, I have to ask, Where’s the professionalism? Where’s the work ethic? The sloppiness and sheer idiocy of it all is jaw-dropping.”

Speaking of his treasonous colleagues in Hell, including Judas Iscariot, Vidkun Quisling, and the entire Vichy government, Arnold said, “Every traitor down here is shaking his head.”

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Eggertsville Church to Install Bronze Sculpture of Immigrants

The parish on Wednesday unveiled a small resin model of the sculpture, “Angels Unawares,” by Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz.

The actual bronze sculpture, which will measure 7 feet long and 6 feet tall, is scheduled to be installed on a sidewalk in front of the church in 2019, sometime after the start of Lent.

The sculpture will depict 140 migrants from diverse historical and cultural backgrounds on a single boat, with angel wings.

St. Benedict’s founding pastor, Monsignor William Tobin, was an immigrant from Ireland, and the parish recently assisted in the resettlement of two refugee families in collaboration with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Amherst and Journey’s End Refugee Services.
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Long Live the Penny: Ted’s Hot Dogs Celebrates Birthday With Deal

July 19, 2018
A regular Ted's hot dog runs for 91-cents all day on July 19. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)
A regular Ted’s hot dog runs for 91-cents all day on July 19.

Apparently National Hot Dog Day wasn’t enough to satisfy Buffalo chain Ted’s Hot Dogs.

The long-serving tubular meat purveyors will celebrate their 91st birthday by selling 91-cent hot dogs all day July 19 at each of the nine Western New York locations, which you can find here. A regular hot dog from Ted’s ordinarily costs $3.05.

To announce the promotion, Ted’s marketing arm created a cute video, below. The penny, the oft-criticized coin in American currency, earns a nice ego boost.

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