Corruption Will Cost Former Assembly Speaker 12 Years in Prison, Nearly $7 Million

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrives at federal court in Lower Manhattan on May 3, 2016, in New York City.  (Getty Images)
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrives at federal court in Lower Manhattan on May 3, 2016, in New York City.

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Sheldon Silver, the definition of Albany power spanning two decades, this afternoon was sentenced to 12 years in prison for tapping into his extraordinary influence over state government to personally enrich himself.

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He also was ordered to forfeit $5,179,106.12 from proceeds from his crimes, according to tweets from Newsday in the courtroom, and was fined an additional $1.75 million.

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Silver, 72, will surrender July 1

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U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said on Twitter just after the sentencing: “Today’s stiff sentence is a just and fitting end to Sheldon Silver’s long career of corruption.”

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In urging a significant sentence, one of the federal prosecutors, according to media accounts, summed up Silver’s actions: “Just pure greed.’’
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Spend The Money Now To Fight “The Lead Murder” Of Our Children’s Minds

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Over 1,100 children in our area have lead levels, high enough to cause brain damage.  These children live mainly on the west side of Buffalo as well as the east side.

I grew up on the lower west side of Buffalo.  I understand and witnessed many young people who suffered from brain disorders.  I never understood why they were so moody or angry.

Many people watching TV during the news question why there are so many shootings and killings on the east and west sides of Buffalo.  Maybe we can understand if we realize that many of the people who are doing the killing grew up with lead as a staple in their diet.  These children, as they grew up, act very irrationally.  They are unaware that their actions might be the end product of a mind messed up by lead.

Children who are not treated for this horrible condition may end up breaking into your home in the suburbs.  Now is the time to spend the money to help all children suffering from this treatable condition.  Don’t let any government body allow this serious problem to continue.

The public must make a serious outcry to save all children.  We must stop the harm them may do to themselves or to others.

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Nurses of America Receive Proclamation

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Last evening at the Town Board meeting May 2nd, a proclamation was given to the Nurses of America, an award as the most trusted occupation for the last 11 years, with the exception of 2001.

This was a well deserved award for all nurses who have given so much relieve to the sick and suffering.

May GOD bless every good nurse.

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Research Shows Local ‘Winters Are Trending to be Warmer’

Shawn Heltz and Megan Lasker enjoy their lunch outside on a mild day in Hamburg Monday, February 1, 2016. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
A young couple enjoy their lunch outside on a mild day in Hamburg Monday, February 1, 2016.

How does your garden grow in 21st century Buffalo?

Thirteen days longer than it did 70 years ago.

Research exploring trends in Western New York’s climate shows the first frost of the year occurs on average about 4.1 days later now than it did in 1941 and the last frost comes 8.8 days earlier in the spring than it used to back then, according to a SUNY Buffalo State report.

analysis shows the average annual temperature in Buffalo Niagara has increased 1.7 degrees overall between 1974 and 2014.

That’s on par with a 1.8-degree figure nationwide.

Of all of the records set for temperature over the last 30 years, 61 were set for high temperatures, according to the analysis.

An even deeper look into the data reveals that the greatest increases came during the winter and spring months.

Winters are 2.2 degrees warmer on average now. Spring months are 1.9 degrees warmer.
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Hershey Gets Sweet on Dried Meat Bars

The 122-year-old chocolate maker is turning to meat-based protein bars as healthier eating habits and an increase in alternative snacks are taking hold

Chocolate maker Hershey Co. has a solution for America’s waning taste for candy: beef snacks.

The 122-year-old company is betting that dried meat bars are the new chocolate bars.

To that end, Hershey will start selling Krave protein bars in August, made from dried meats and a combination of other ingredients such as mangos, cranberries and quinoa.
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Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo

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All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  • MONDAY, May 2, TALKS: NYS Clean Energy Standard by Bob Ciesielski, Sierra Club. NY Renews Initiative by Brittny Baxter, Working Families Party. Sponsored by Sierra Club Writers Group and Energy Committee, 6:00 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church (2nd floor), 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. All are welcome [LINK]
  • TUESDAY, May 3, SCREENING: New film by Academy Award Nominee Josh Fox of GASLAND fame: “How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.” Josh Fox will be there for Q&A! 6:30pm, Starpoint Central School District, HS Auditorium, 4363 Mapleton Rd., Pendleton. FREE [LINK]
  • THURSDAY, May 5, ANNUAL DINNER: Clean Air Coalition of WNY – Hotel Lafayette, Greenhouse Room, 391Washington Ave., Buffalo. Doors open at6:00pm. Click link for ticket information [LINK]
  • SATURDAY, May 7, WASTE DROP-OFF: Amherst “Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day” – 9:00am to 2:00pm, Erie Community College, North Campus, Williamsville. Click link for Erie County Hazardous Waste website or call 858-6800 for information [LINK]

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • May 10, PRESENTATION: Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships at Home, by Doug Tallamy, Author. Reception at 6pm, presentation at 7pm, UB Center for the Arts, North Campus, Amherst. Tickets $20 [LINK]
  • May 11, PUBLIC HEARING: Presentation of the NY State ‘Clean Energy Standard’ followed by Public Comments – Hosted by the Public Service Commission. 6:00pm, Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Rd, Amherst. Click for Talking Points at Sierra Club Niagara Group [LINK]
  • May 14, RALLY: Break Free From Fossil Fuels and shift to Clean, Renewable Energy. Goal: keep fossil fuels in the ground, stop explosive oil rail shipments, say no to fracked gas and oil pipelines. Get tickets online for the Bus from Buffalo to Albany [LINK]

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A Plea To Governor Cuomo

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Governor Cuomo was screwed by his best friends. If he ever wants to be President he must show the public he has the chutzpah to get rid the ones who ripped off our State. He cannot simply throw some little minnows under the bus.

Cuomo’s friends made millions on the Buffalo Billions now its his choice to cut his relationships with these people.

Governor, now is the time you rid yourself of the people you trusted who didn’t love you as much as they loved money.

Andrew this is my personal plea in the name of your father who was a good friend of my father and Godfather, Sam  Picone.  You must surround yourself with the best and brightest.  Honest people like Dan Ward of Amherst.

You can become an excellent President if you start today to honor the people who elected you and dump the scum around you.

by James Tricoli
Editor of the Amhersttimes.com

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May 2nd There Is a Town Board Meeting

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This week’s schedule for Amherst’s meetings.  The Amherst Town Board has their work session at 4: 00 pm in the Town Hall 5568 Main St., Monday, MAY 2nd

The Amherst Town Board meeting is at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall located at 5568 Main St. Monday May 2nd.  

The main subject will be a discussion on reintroducing the concept of a Youngs Road Extension into the Town’s Comprehensive Mater Plan.

If you intend to speak at the night meeting arrive before 7:00 pm to sign up on the sheet attached to the podium.

There is an opportunity to speak at the end of the meeting if you didn’t speak at the earlier public expression period.

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Concern Citzen : Decades of Contamination Complicate Proposals for Westwood Site

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Curious that LP Ciminelli’s name keeps popping up for less than admirable tactics to secure taxpayer funding. Isn’t he a Mensch partner along with Shaevel? (Take note of another self-proclaimed “mensch”) Sounds like a pattern of “defrauding” New York State. Isn’t claiming a Brownfield clean-up on a lush, green, viable golf course a stretch? How exactly did that happen, Mr. Shaevel? Could it be large donations drove that decision? Could it be the whole Westwood proposition is just another way to award developers even though they will blight another area of Amherst?

Looks like even Supervisor Weinstein’s conscience has kicked in and is looking at the Westwood development askance.

Shaevel’s exhortations of Westwood’s development as a benefit to all Amherst rings hollow. It is becoming crystal clear it is a scam out to defraud and denude Amherst, anyway possible, to benefit themselves.

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Concern Citizen Question:

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Is Weinstein a Mensch?  That is the most common question asked by the citizens of Amherst who visit my site. He owns quite a bit of land and many buildings but there is no proof he is part of the Mensch group.

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