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Morgan Relatives Among 4 Indicted in $167M Mortgage Fraud Scheme

James Tricoli
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The article below is from the Buffalo News

A federal grand jury Tuesday returned a 62-count indictment accusing two Erie County men and two men from Monroe County of giving lenders false rent rolls and using other tactics to make it look as though apartments had more income than they did.

Frank Giacobbe, 43, of Amherst; Patrick Ogiony, 34, of Buffalo; Kevin Morgan, 42, of Pittsford; and Todd Morgan, 29, of Rochester; were each charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud, and substantive wire fraud and bank fraud charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.


Some of the defendants will be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder.

If convicted, they each face a maximum of 30 years in prison.
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Trump Posed in Photo With Pedophile George Nader for $189,000 RNC Donation

May 23, 2018

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The Buffalo News Article in Tuesday’s Paper on The ECWA is a Must-Read For the Truth About This Corrupt Organization

May 23, 2018

The Tuesday edition of the Buffalo News there was an article in section A page 7 calling out the Erie County Water Authority leadership for what they are ~ a group of  corrupt people who know nothing concerning the real problems of our water ways. The news article tells how patronages jobs were bought by giving large donations to political parties and/or individuals.

Individuals who are in leadership positions at the ECWA include Jerome Schad, the head the Amherst Democratic Committee.  Schad is the Chairman of the ECWA. He has given many jobs to people in the Amherst Committee, jobs in different political spots in Buffalo and Amherst.

The best way to cleanse the body of the ECWA is to cut the heads of the leadership and the body will wither and die.  The options are clear. Replace this corrupt group with competent people or dissolve the ECWA.

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Williamsville Principals to Receive Pay Increases in New Contract

May 23, 2018

The Williamsville Central School District reached a new contract with principals that calls for 2.75 percent pay increases in each of the deal’s four years.

The Board of Education and Williamsville Administrators’ Association Tuesday agreed to the contract, which is effective July 1 and ends June 30, 2022. The amount that principals and assistant principals contribute toward health insurance will increase 0.5 percent in each of the four years, from 17 percent to 18.5 percent.

The minimum starting salaries will be set at $109,000 for a high school principal, $106,500 for a middle school principal, $104,000 for an elementary school principal and $92,000 for an assistant principal.

The association has 23 members across the district’s 13 schools, said Dodge Elementary principal Charlie Smilinich, the association’s president.
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Six Flags to Operate Darien Lake Theme Park Resort … again

May 22, 2018
Visitors to Darien Lake ride on the Superman roller coaster. (News file photo)
Visitors to Darien Lake ride on the Superman roller coaster.

Darien Lake theme park resort is going back under the Six Flags banner.

Six Flags Entertainment Corp., which owned and operated the amusement park and campground near Corfu from 1999 to 2007, announced Tuesday that it had an agreement with EPR Properties of Kansas City, Mo., to acquire the lease rights to operate Darien Lake and four other attractions. The others are in Houston, Phoenix and Oklahoma City.

EPR will continue to own the property. There was no immediate indication whether the name would become Six Flags Darien Lake again.

In a news release on its website, Six Flags said it expected the lease arrangement to close in June. The five new parks will expand the number of Six Flags-affiliated parks in North America to 25.
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Editorial: A Well-deserved Smack for the Water Authority

May 22, 2018
A survey of users by J.D. Power ranked the Erie County Water Authority as the eight worst among the nation's 88 largest water providers. (Derek Gee/News file photo)
A survey of users by J.D. Power ranked the Erie County Water Authority as the eight worst among the nation’s 88 largest water providers.

What do you know? The water authority that hires unqualified leaders and frolics in a sewer of patronage is viewed by its own customers as one of the nation’s worst. Sometimes, there is justice in the world.

The annual service by J.D. Power ranks the Erie County Water Authority eighth worst among the largest 88 water providers in the country and third worst among those in the Northeast. It’s the price for a programmed rejection of professionalism. Who wants to pay fees to an agency that doesn’t care about qualified leadership? Well, never mind: The Water Authority doesn’t care about that, either.

It’s a monopoly in its large service area, so customers are captive. They have nowhere else to go. That frees the authority and the Erie County politicians who manipulate it, to ransack its reputation as they choose.

Specifically, the Water Authority received especially poor marks in the areas of communication, conservation and price. But Andrew Heath, J.D. Power’s senior director of the utility practice, said problems with political leadership, hiring practices and other issues likely played into its abysmal rating.

The Erie County Water Authority’s ranking has fallen each of the last three years that J.D. Power has conducted the water utility customer survey. It’s hardly a surprise, given the deceptions and reckless decisions it has committed.

For example, as the authority was preparing to hire an unqualified candidate as its executive director last year, its leaders misled the public by claiming to a reporter that no such action was pending, then surreptitiously put the matter on the agenda. It’s no wonder they wanted to avoid publicity: The new leader was – and remains – Earl S. Jann, a former town supervisor whose main qualification was that he was a conspicuous donor to Republican causes and candidates.

Jerome Schad
That’s the way it is at the Water Authority, and the abuses are bipartisan. The Democrats who now control the Erie County Legislature recently appointed Amherst’s Democratic Party chairman, Jerome Schad, as the authority’s chairman.

And so it goes at the authority, where you must pay to play.

The Erie County Water Authority has run itself into the ground. Its very organization reeks of corruption and its own ratepayers are onto the game. The question is when voters will start taking it out on the local politicians who game the system and when the ones in Albany will conclude that the authority, a creation of the state, is more trouble than it’s worth and replace it with a county department with qualified leadership.

Any guesses when that will happen?
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Trump Says He Has No Idea Who F.B.I. Informant Might Be

May 22, 2018

Satire from The Borowitz Report

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump said on Monday that he is “a-hundred-per-cent positive” that an F.B.I. informant infiltrated his 2016 campaign but that he has “absolutely no idea” who that mole might be.

“I’ve been trying to figure out who would have the opportunity and the motive to do something like this,” he said. “But I keep coming up empty.”

“Opportunity-wise, you’d need to be someone who’s in my inner circle and who could get close to me without raising suspicions,” he said. “But, then again, the person would have to be able to suddenly disappear for periods of time and report back to the F.B.I. I can’t think of anyone in a position to do that.”

“As for motive, you’d really have to be out to get me,” Trump added. “Now, I have enemies like anyone else. But I can’t think of anyone I’ve given a reason to really, really hate me.”

Trump said that he would “keep trying to figure out who it is,” but he admitted that, at this point, the informant’s identity was “a total mystery.”

“I’m kind of an amateur detective,” Trump said. “I watch ‘Law & Order,’ I watch all the ‘Law & Order’s. I watch all the shows. But, I’ve got to say, this one has me stumped.”

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Make a Reusable Bag From a T-shirt at Amherst’s Earth Day Celebration

May 22, 2018

Tired of all those single-use plastic bags piling up?

Learn how to make a reusable bag from a T-shirt on June 2 when the Town of Amherst holds its Earth Day celebration at the Williamsville Farmers Market. The event from 9 a.m. until noon will be held at the market in the Amherst Town Hall parking lot.

The event is hosted by the Amherst Conservation Advisory Council and Amherst Recycling and Waste Committee. Members of those committees will show the public how to make their own reusable bag. Bring your own T-shirt, or use a donated T-shirt. Completed T-shirt bags will also be available to market shoppers.

Prior to the event, donations of clean, gently used T-shirts may be brought to the bins in Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St.

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National Developer of Student Housing Plans Big Project Near UB North Campus

May 22, 2018
This image shows the property at 1185 Sweet Home Road where Landmark Properties of Georgia plans to build student housing. The now-shuttered Lifetime Health Clinic is in the background. (Google Image)
This image shows the property at 1185 Sweet Home Road where Landmark Properties of Georgia plans to build student housing. The now-shuttered Lifetime Health Clinic is in the background. 

A Georgia-based company that once wanted to construct student housing on the former Buffalo Shooting Club property in Amherst now plans to build a large residential complex on Sweet Home Road near the University at Buffalo North Campus.

Landmark Properties of Athens, Ga., would build 221 units of low-density student housing on the nearly 13-acre property at 1185 Sweet Home, between Rensch and Maple roads, according to documents submitted to the Amherst Planning Department.

The plans call for two five-story buildings, on the portion of the property closest to Sweet Home, and 16 three-story buildings farther back from the road, said Ellen Kost, the town’s assistant planning director. The two tallest buildings would have retail on the first floor.

The property at 1185 Sweet Home, just to the west of UB’s Center for Tomorrow, is home to a Lifetime Health Medical Group clinic that closed in December. It is assessed at $3.37 million. Landmark Properties has the property under contract, Kost said.
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