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Collins Promises to ‘actively campaign’ and Serve in House

Sept. 19, 2018
(Buffalo News file photo)

A day after refusing to address his future plans, Rep. Chris Collins said Wednesday he will “actively campaign” for his 27th Congressional District seat and serve if re-elected, despite facing charges of insider trading.

“The stakes are too high to allow the radical left to take control of this seat in Congress,” Collins, a Clarence Republican, said in a statement. “Their agenda is clear. They want to reverse the recently enacted tax cuts, impose Canadian style healthcare, inflict new job killing regulations and impeach President Trump.

“We cannot stand by and let that happen,” he added.

Collins’ decision now sets the stage for a locally unprecedented congressional race featuring an incumbent facing felony charges of fraud, conspiracy and lying to an FBI agent. The charges, which Collins denies, stem from a series of stock trades that prosecutors say were based on inside information.
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Familiar Names Vie for Amherst Town Clerk Post in Special Election

Sept. 19, 2018
   

Comment by the amhersttimes.com which is asking why the article has the information concerning  Fran Spoth’s connection to the Spoth family. Francine’s husband has no connection with the  Spoths family who are well known in Amherst for their farming and produce operations. She married a man name SPOTH HE MIGHT BE A LONG LOST COUSIN TO THE SPOTH  BROS.

 

 

Democrats and Republicans have settled on their candidates for the special election to replace Marjory Jaeger as Amherst town clerk.

Town Republicans on Monday endorsed Jeff Zeplowitz for the race, said Amherst GOP Chair Joe Heins. Zeplowitz, 49, is a longtime state Assembly aide and executive with firms that do consulting and polling for political and business clients. His father, Barry, is the founder of a well-known polling firm and his mother, Penny, served on the Amherst Town Board.

Democrats are backing Fran Spoth, a Town Board member and the deputy supervisor, said Jerry Schad, the Amherst Democratic chairman. Spoth, 55, is a former Williamsville School Board member who has worked as a research and marketing specialist. The Spoths are well known in Amherst for their farming and produce operations.

November’s contest is to fill the last year of Jaeger’s term. Whoever wins will have to run again in November 2019 for a full, four-year term. The position pays $82,000 per year.
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Free Burgers at Wendy’s Every Day For the Rest of the Month

Sept. 18, 2018
Participating Wendy's locations are giving away a free burger with purchase. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
Participating Wendy’s locations are giving away a free burger with purchase.

Wendy’s is giving away a free Dave’s Classic Single cheeseburger with any purchase every single day for the rest of the month.

The offer can be redeemed once a day at participating locations through the Wendy’s app.

To get your free burger, download the Wendy’s app and tap “offers” at the top of the screen. Tap “Free Dave’s Single with any purchase,” then “use at restaurant.” You’ll receive a unique code to show at the register.

The code expires after five minutes, and the app generates only one code per day, so don’t hit the “use now” button until you’re at the register and ready to pay.

The burger is free with any purchase. A small Frosty is 50 cents.

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Merrick Garland Says He’s Still Available

Sept. 18, 2018

Satire from The Borowitz Report

BETHESDA, MARYLAND (The Borowitz Report)—Saying that he would like to help the Senate Judiciary Committee “in any way I can,” Judge Merrick Garland announced on Monday that he is “still available” to be confirmed as a United States Supreme Court Justice.

“I haven’t heard from anyone on the Judiciary Committee,” Garland said. “But I just want to let them know that I’ve let bygones be bygones if they’d like to confirm me now.”

The judge said that he was “not surprised” that no one from the White House has called about his availability for the Supreme Court job. “I’ve been reading that Woodward book,” he said. “It sounds like things can get pretty hectic over there.”

Garland noted that, when he was first nominated to the Supreme Court, no Republican senator agreed to meet with him, but added, “Maybe they can find some time in their schedules now.”

“After what they’ve been going through for the past couple of days, the Republicans might want to give old Merrick another look,” he said. “I’m clean as a whistle.”

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Jeffrey Zeplowitz Endorsed for Amherst Town Clerk in the Upcoming November Election

Sept. 18, 2018
When is Election Day?
It’s Election Season Again, Come This November 6, 2018

Congratulations to Jeffrey Zeplowitz, who was officially endorsed by the Republican Party to run for Amherst Town Clerk in the upcoming November election.

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From Kiss to Soda Pop: A Day With Serial Entrepreneur Gene Simmons

Sept. 18, 2018
Gene Simmons with his MoneyBag Soda. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
Gene Simmons with his MoneyBag Soda.

Forty-five years into his life as a tongue-wagging, blood-spewing, rock star business mogul, Gene Simmons knows his fit.

“I’ve worn these pair of pants every single day for a week,” he said, riding in the back seat of a dark SUV along the I-190, the Niagara River to his left.

Simmons’ business partner Paul Janik, co-owner of the Johnnie Ryan soda company in Niagara Falls, was driving. Seated up front next to Janik was Terry Wills, Simmons’ press agent. She has been traveling with Simmons as he promotes his new book, his restaurants, and the Simmons-branded soda he is now producing with Janik’s company.

He was in Western New York Thursday to promote that beverage, Gene Simmons MoneyBag Sodas, which is being manufactured in Niagara Falls by a Johnnie Ryan subsidiary, Rock Steady Sodas.
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Familiar Names Vie for Amherst Town Clerk Post in Special Election

Sept. 18, 2018

Democrats and Republicans have settled on their candidates for the special election to replace Marjory Jaeger as Amherst town clerk.

Town Republicans on Monday endorsed Jeff Zeplowitz for the race, said Amherst GOP Chair Joe Heins. Zeplowitz, 49, is a longtime state Assembly aide and executive with firms that do consulting and polling for political and business clients. His father, Barry, is the founder of a well-known polling firm and his mother, Penny, served on the Amherst Town Board.

Democrats are backing Fran Spoth, a Town Board member and the deputy supervisor, said Jerry Schad, the Amherst Democratic chairman. Spoth, 55, is a former Williamsville School Board member who has worked as a research and marketing specialist. The Spoths are well known in Amherst for their farming and produce operations.
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Monday Night’s Town Board Meeting Was an Honor to Attend

Sept. 17, 2018
by: James Tricoli
Editor of the amhersttimes.com

I attended last night’s Town Board meeting to stay on top of what is happening with our tax dollars and what new projects our town is planning to do.

Last night was  the first time I ever stood in awe. Our Planning Director, Dan Howard, was honored for serving our country for 40 years.

Lt. Colonel Daniel Howard just retired from our armed services. The list of honors he received in his 40 years protecting our country and us was remarkable.

This gentleman who served our country walks the town halls as a quiet giant. He is a giant of a man who I greatly respect and admire.

Lt. Colonel Daniel Howard may you have the best of every thing life can give to a man who served his country for 40 years with such devotion and love.

 

 

 

 

 

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Catholic Health Dedicates New Drug Treatment Clinic in Amherst

Sept.. 18, 2018
A nurse holds a dose of methadone at the Niagara County Drug Abuse Program in the Trott Access Center. Sisters of Charity Hospital on Monday will dedicate its new drug treatment center in Amherst, where it will begin distribution of methadone next month. (Buffalo News file photo)
A nurse holds a dose of methadone at the Niagara County Drug Abuse Program in the Trott Access Center. Sisters of Charity Hospital on Monday will dedicate its new drug treatment center in Amherst, where it will begin distribution of methadone next month.

Catholic Health System and community leaders Monday dedicated its new drug treatment center in Amherst.

The Sisters of Charity Hospital clinic, which will provide daily methadone doses and other services to people with addictions, opened in mid-August in an industrial park on John Glenn Drive.

The dedication comes 17 months after news of the system’s plans to open a drug-treatment clinic on Millersport Highway in Eggertsville spurred opposition. In a compromise, Catholic Health agreed to find a new location and selected 210 John Glenn Drive.

The system spent about $600,000 on renovations to the building. Sisters expects 250 to 300 patients to receive methadone at the clinic within six months of its opening. That distribution will begin next month. The hospital already operated one clinic in Buffalo that provides methadone to patients.
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State Expert on Open Government Explained Executive Sessions

Sept. 17, 2018

Robert Freeman spoke about the Open Meetings Law, FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) requests and fielded audience questions for more than two hours on Monday night.  Freeman, the executive director of New York State’s Committee on Open Government, responded to general questions about government entities and more specific inquiries regarding actions taken at schools board and municipal government meetings.

Freeman, who is one of three experts on Open Government in the country, said the governing body can decide by a majority vote of its members to allow or prevent public comment.  He said the head of the board could not make the decision alone but is the person to implement the decision.

“Every meeting must be convened as an open meeting,” he said.

He listed eight areas that can be discussed behind closed doors by a board:

  • Public safety issues
  • Identity of law enforcement agency or informer
  • Pending or current litigation
  • Information about current or future criminal investigation of criminal offense
  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Medical, financial credit or employment history of particular person or corporation
  • Preparation, grading administration of exams
  • Proposed purchase, sale or lease of property

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