Amherst Town Board Appoints Second Senior Deputy Town Attorney

Mar. 21, 2018
Jeffrey Marion.
Jeffrey Marion

A restructuring of the Amherst town attorney’s office continued Monday when the Town Board promoted a deputy town attorney to full-time senior status.

Jeffrey E. Marion was appointed to the $83,334 post after previously serving 30 hours a week since being hired in January 2016. That brings the office up to three full-time attorneys, including Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa.

Joanne A. Schultz was also appointed a senior deputy town attorney last summer to handle challenges resulting from the townwide reassessment of properties.

Making Marion, a 1994 graduate of the Ohio Northern University College of Law, full-time will allow the town to handle negligence cases in-house, which is expected to save the town between $150,000 and $200,000 a year, Sliwa said.
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Medical Industry Veteran Fills Vacated Seat on Amherst Ethics Board

Mar. 21, 2018

A medical industry veteran with a long record of volunteer service is the newest member of Amherst’s Board of Ethics.

The Town Board on Monday appointed Frank F. Barone, a longtime staff pharmacist and consultant to nursing homes, to a term ending in 2022.

Barone replaces Thomas M. Grace, who was appointed to the Ethics Board in January but vacated his seat after he failed to file his required financial disclosure form in time.
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Under Pressure, Buffalo Bishop Names 42 Priests Accused of Abuse

Mar. 21, 2018

Rev. Louis J. Hendricks

For more than 30 years, Timothy J. Clark lived with the emotional scars of being sexually abused by a parish priest.

The name of the man who allegedly assaulted Clark remained a closely guarded secret. Clark didn’t want to talk much about it. Bishops for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo refused to acknowledge anything about priests who were accused of molesting minors.

Bishop Richard J. Malone altered course Tuesday morning by disclosing the names of 42 priests facing allegations of sex abuse, including 27 priests whose names had not previously been linked in public to molestation complaints. The diocese joined about 30 other dioceses in the country that have disclosed the names of clergy accused of sexual misconduct.

Among the 27 new names was the Rev. Louis J. Hendricks, the priest that Clark said repeatedly abused him when he was a teenager growing up in South Buffalo in the 1980s.

The stunning list stirred a mix of emotions in Clark, a former altar boy who is now 49 and lives in Alaska.

But victims and their advocates said Malone’s disclosures on Tuesday fell far short of a full accounting of the extent of clergy sex abuse in the Buffalo Diocese.

“That’s not enough. The bishop should be releasing the files of the diocese, including the secret files, which reveal the names of all the supervisors complicit in the cover-ups,” said Mitchell Garabedian, the Boston lawyer who helped uncover how the transfers of molesting priests in the Archdiocese of Boston were authorized by Cardinal Bernard Law. “It’s been shown time and again in documents produced around the country that bishops knew and turned their backs on children.”
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Letter to the Editor

Mar. 20, 2018


Scoping means “What issues should be considered when making the final decision about West Valley”. In other words, how well will the “ballpark” encompass all the possible issues?

There are 3 upcoming hearings on what to consider when deciding what to do about West Valley radioactive nuclear waste, now “stored” within — and on — delicate glacial till, which inches towards sources of drinking water with each and every rainfall. Some of the waste has already reached the Cattaraugus Creek.

Please attend to show your concern about the future of West Valley…indeed Cattaraugus Creek and Lake Erie.

DOE/NYSERDA will count the folks in the audience and use that as an index of concern about West Valley – so please show up at one (or more) of the hearings, and submit written and/or spoken comments.

1. March 19, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 the West Valley Volunteer Hose
Company, Inc., Firemen’s Memorial Hall and Training, 9091 Route 240, West Valley,
NY 14171, in the Main Hall.

2. Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Erie Community College, City
Campus, Post Office Building, 121 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203, in the Minnie
Gillette Auditorium.

3. Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Cattaraugus Council
Chambers, 12837 Route 438, Irving, NY 14081.

Register to speak:

Or you can register to speak at the door.

The Department of Energy and NYSERDA are holding hearings for public comment on the final disposition of vast amounts of nuclear waste at the West Valley Nuclear Waste Facility 30 miles south of Buffalo.  Nuclear waste is buried on unstable soil and DOE must DIG IT UP NOW.  The waste must be exhumed, stored securely above ground, monitored, and moved to a safe site where it does not endanger the health of our community now and for generations to come.

More information available at and, and

In addition to the issues you think (see above link for ideas) should be considered, please ask for a 6 month extension to the April 23 comment period deadline. Why? Several scientific studies, begun in 2010, have yet to be completed. These uncompleted studies may unearth other issues that should be included in the scoping process.



Charley Bowman
Environmental Justice Task Force
WNY Peace Center, Inc
1272 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14209
716-908-8227 (c)

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Join Us To “Spring It On!”

Mar. 20, 2018

Make a Donation Today


Beginning today, Tuesday, March 20, at 6:00 p.m., you can make an online, tax-deductible donation to the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library through the special “Spring It On” webpage! This online “give-a-thon” is hosted by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, and proceeds will go toward the purchase of new reading materials for the public.

By donating, you will help our community discover the world of reading through libraries!

Click here to make a donation 

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Spring It On Starts NOW!

Mar. 20, 2018

Help feed hungry children TODAY!

Donate Now

Spring It On, a 24-hour online fundraising event, starts NOW! The Food Bank of WNY needs your help to feed hungry children in our community!
The Food Bank of WNY and our network of 341 member agencies assist as many as 55,000 children and infants throughout Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties, but we cannot do it alone. Your donation to the Food Bank of WNY’s Spring It On campaign will support local children in the following ways:
  • Provide infant formula, diapers and baby food to families with young children through our Baby Needs Program.
  • Give elementary school students food to take home on Fridays during the school year through our BackPack Program.
  • Supply high school students with access to nutritious food through our School Pantry Program.

You also can help by spreading the word! We only have one day to Spring It On – and the clock is ticking! Please share this email as well as our Spring It On posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Spring It On runs until 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of hungry children in WNY!

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Marc Cohen Delivers Speech Tossing His Hat Into the Ring

Mar. 20, 2018

Good morning everyone and thank you for joining me as we set out to make history in the 146th Assembly District. A special thank you to Steve Meyer for his dedication to public service, his advocacy on behalf of our labor organizations, and for his incredible support of my candidacy.  You’ve truly changed our district for the better, and we all owe you a huge debt of gratitude.

I was born and raised in Amherst and was taught at an early age the importance of service to the community. I remember volunteering at the Weinberg Campus nursing home every Sunday morning with my mom, and performing for community members in my synagogue’s klezmer band directed by my dad. As I grew in Western New York, so too did my involvement in the community. I saw firsthand the extraordinary opportunities afforded to the residents of Amherst. I also saw areas where we could be better served.

For too long we have lacked a strong, active voice in the Capitol. We need someone committed to improving our schools by voting to support investment in public education, who is committed to protecting our environment by acknowledging the impending threat posed by climate change and supporting legislation that safeguards our precious greenspace, who is committed to strengthening our economy by continuing to invest in the industries of the future, and who supports expanding and revolutionizing our infrastructure.

We need a representative willing to speak out against hate and discrimination, who has no patience for corruption and impropriety, and who will wake up each and every morning with an eye toward improving the quality of life for the residents of this great district.

Albany is in desperate need of new progressive leadership and I am ready, willing, and eager to make advocating on behalf of this community my full time job – because the people of the 146th district deserve nothing less.

All too often, politicians pander to big donors and special interests rather than listening to the people who put them in office. Well I’m here to listen!

Politics in this country, at all levels, is replete with polarized, partisan rhetoric. Rather than governing with the best interest of the public at heart, too many lawmakers participate in destructive discourse to score cheap political points.

These same politicians ask, cycle after cycle, for you to blindly trust in them. But I’m here today asking you to join me in starting a new chapter of mutual trust, collaborative progress, and fighting for the government we deserve.

I will never claim to be something I’m not and I will never make promises I can’t keep. What I ask is that you, the people of Amherst and Pendleton, evaluate me based on my platform and my track record of success. As a two-term Trustee for the State University of New York I have had the opportunity to represent more than 600,000 students and families across 64-campuses in the country’s largest system of public higher education.

Session after session I sat before the Assembly and Senate to advocate for additional investment in our future. My allegiance isn’t to any corporate interest or donor, it is to the families and communities of our great state. I’ve worked hard to build relationships in an effort to make meaningful, positive change for our communities. You won’t get anything less from me as your Assemblymember.

Our representatives in government ought to inspire people to be better, to inspire the next generation of teachers and doctors, of entrepreneurs and civil servants. These last years it seems that ethics and integrity have become optional. But the future is bright. It’s bright because a new generation of leaders is engaging in the process, are registering to vote, are taking to the streets to demand change. I am proud to be part of that next generation, and it is on their behalf and on behalf of our entire community that I stand before you to declare my candidacy for the New York State Assembly.

Thank you very much. I look forward to taking your questions.

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U.S. 3 in critical condition, including shooter in Great Mills High ScHOOL


3 in critical condition, including shooter in Great Mills High ScHOOL

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Amherst Town Board Rejects Woman’s Request for Kennel Permit

Mar. 20, 2018

An Amherst woman’s request for a kennel permit to breed dogs was unanimously denied Monday night by the Town Board.

Lisa Braun had proposed breeding West Highland white terriers at her Campbell Boulevard home, but Council members said they had concerns about her keeping up to 12 adult dogs on the premises.

The board on March 5 heard from two neighbors who said they were opposed to the business idea, citing concerns about quality of life and barking. Braun had told the board she uses a “natural humane bark control device” and would not be constructing any new structures on her property.

Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger on Monday informed the board prior to their vote that there are currently no active kennel permits in the town.
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Townhouse Plans at Average Joe’s Site OK’d by Amherst Town Board

Mar. 20, 2108
A site plan shows the proposal for 48 attached townhouses at 2350 and 2360 Sweet Home Road in Amherst.

A proposal to build 48 townhouses at the site of Average Joe’s tavern and an adjoining property on Sweet Home Road won a key approval Monday night from the Amherst Town Board.

The board unanimously approved rezoning the entire 1.74-acre parcel at 2350 Sweet Home and a 5.8-acre portion of the parcel at 2360 Sweet Home to a multifamily residential classification.

RAS Development’s initial plans to build 85 rental apartments at 2360 Sweet Home, at North Ellicott Creek Road, changed to accommodate neighbors, and again when the Average Joe’s property at 2350 Sweet Home became available more recently.

Neighbors spoke in support of the latest proposal at a March 5 public hearing.
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