New Carnival This Weekend in Williamsville

Village Spring party 2016

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Runs ThursdaySunday; Proceeds to benefit historic railroad depot

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Who:    The Village of Williamsville
Midway Rides of Utica
The Western New York Railway Society

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What:   The first-ever Williamsville Spring Fair kicks off today in Williamsville. The carnival, managed by Midway Rides of Utica, will feature more than 15 rides for children of all ages. Admission to the carnival is free and traditional fair foods will be available for purchase. The event is meant to draw awareness to the South Long Street area, which is being redesigned as a walkable neighborhood with small shops and townhomes. Proceeds from the rides will benefit the WNY Railway Society, which manages the Lehigh Valley Train Depot on the carnival site. The Railway Society will also host a flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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When5 to 9 p.m. Thursday;
5 to 10 p.m. Friday;
Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday;
Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Where: South Long Street Park, South Long Street, Williamsville, NY 14221

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Morley Safer, Stalwart of ‘60 Minutes,’ Dies at 84

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Editorial: Why Our Town Board Meetings Are A Joke

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You walk into an Amherst Town Hall meeting.  You came to say something about a certain project which is on the agenda for that evening.

The rule was you had to sign up before 7:oo pm to be able to speak about the topic which concerned you.  If you “fell in snow” and came into the meeting 5 minutes late you couldn’t speak at the first free expression part of the meeting, but if you hung around until the end of the meeting you would be allowed to speak.  The trouble with speaking at the end of the meeting is that hardly anyone is there to hear what you have to say.

Currently the agenda is set up slanted for the Town Board members who control all the information pertaining to what the meeting will be about.  There usually are about 49 items on the agenda which Town Board members can talk about.  The Board usually puts 95% of the items “on consent” which means there can be no discussion about them by either the Town Board or the public.

The audience isn’t allowed to ask any questions about these items because they have already been discussed in the afternoon where no questions can be asked by the public, like any town business done in the past two weeks like purchases they’ve made, people they’ve hired and other important things the Town is in involved in, or what they plan to do in the future.

The way the town meeting runs the public can address the Board before any of the Town’s business is discuss by every department and before the Town Board members speak.  The public may have questions that they want clarified based on information that they heard at the last Board meeting.  Sadly they don’t know what has transpired between that meeting and the current one.

This is ludicrous. How can the public ask questions about the agenda when the topics on the agenda aren’t discussed until after the public speaks and before they have any knowledge of what is going to be discussed by the Town Board and every Department such as Highway, Engineering and the rest of the departments on this night.

The second time the public can ask questions is at the end of the meeting.  At that time the Town Board will not answer questions but tell you, you will be answered by e-mail or other methods.

The Town Board arranged the agenda this way so the meeting would not run long.  I believe this is a not an example of transparency but a way to keep secrets and hold the people in the dark.

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Complaint Accuses County Democrats of Illegally Conspiring With Statewide Union

Marc Panepinto defeated incumbent Republican Mark J. Grisanti in 2014 for the 60th District State Senate seat, but is not seeking a second term. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)
Marc Panepinto defeated incumbent Republican Mark J. Grisanti in 2014 for the 60th District State Senate seat, but is not seeking a second term.

An investigation into the 2014 campaign for State Senate may intensify as a new complaint has been lodged against the Erie County Democratic Committee charging illegal coordination with a statewide union.

Buffalo attorney Peter A. Reese, who is often at odds with local party leadership, has asked the Erie County district attorney and the state Board of Elections to seek an “investigation and possible prosecution of election law violations” in connection with a $60,000 contribution from the Communications Workers of America.

The bulk of that money, Reese contends, was funneled into the campaign of Democrat Marc C. Panepinto, who already is mentioned in two separate probes of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political operation and its 2014 efforts to elect a Democratic majority in the Senate.
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Lawsuit Accuses IDA Board Member Marconi of ‘clear bias’

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AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Lord Amherst Hotel has been under construction for years.

It’s been delayed by financing, community push-back against Amherst Industrial Development Agency, town’s economic development.

Now, there’s a new hurdle: a lawsuit that calls into question the AIDA’s board for conflict of interest, failure to follow state law and ethics violations.

Tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars has been spent on trying to prevent the Lord Amherst Hotel from coming to fruition. Much of it started in 2012, outspoken Snyder resident Michele Marconi, at the helm of opposition.

She finds herself at the center of the controversy yet again, except now, she’s a member of AIDA.

The AIDA is being sued by the property’s developer, Iskalo, which issues a strong opinion of its case.
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Parkhaven Drive Home Damaged in Amherst Fire Monday Afternoon

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A house fire on Parkhaven Drive in the Town of Amherst caused $150,000 damage Monday afternoon.

According to Amherst Fire Control, a passer-by called 911 after seeing the back of the home located at 167 Parkhaven Drive on fire. The caller stayed on the line with fire dispatchers while another passer-by alerted the lone occupant of the home.

Firefighters from the Ellicott Creek Fire Co. were on the scene within four minutes, fire officials said. Firefighters confirmed that the occupant was out of the home, and worked to bring the fire under control.

Within half an hour of arrival, the fire was brought under control, officials said. Fire crews, however, stayed on the scene performing overhaul and salvage work.
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Option to Extend Youngs Road is Put Back in Amherst Master Plan

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An unfunded option to extend Youngs Road north from Casey Road to French Road in Amherst has been put back in the town’s comprehensive master plan.

Democrats on the Town Board voted, 3-2, Monday in favor of restoring the option, which had long been included in various versions of the town’s master plan dating from 1955. It was removed from the current master plan in February 2015 by the town’s previous Republican majority.

When the new Democratic majority was installed this year, it voted to have the Planning Department explore reintroducing to the master plan an option to someday pursue an extension of Youngs.

A majority of speakers during an April 19 public hearing on amending the master plan spoke out against reintroducing the concept of extending Youngs, arguing that it would bring unwanted development, destroy the character of the surrounding neighborhood and divert traffic from Transit Road to Casey.
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Bit”z” of New”z” From Andy Borowitz

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THINGS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP I DON’T CARE ABOUT:
1) His pretending to be his own publicist
2) His marital history
3) Trump University
4) The size of his hands

THINGS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP I DO CARE ABOUT:
1) Similarities to Hitler

There is enough in Donald Trump’s past to to disqualify him for a job at Kinko’s.

I don’t understand why the media are digging up decades-old tape of Trump being a pathological liar when they could just use something he said today.

Dan Quayle has announced that he will support Donald Trump. This is historically significant, because Quayle contributed to the steady lowering of the bar that has made Trump possible.

It’s a good thing Mexico will pay for that giant wall because it doesn’t sound like Trump contributes much in the way of taxes.

It’s not that Trump supporters are ignorant of how horrible he is, it’s that his horribleness is precisely what they like about him.

Some people say they would only vote for Hillary if she were running against the worst person in the world. Obviously this is good news for her.

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Many in Nation Tired of Explaining Things to Idiots

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Many Americans are tired of explaining things to idiots, particularly when the things in question are so painfully obvious, a new poll indicates.

According to the poll, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, while millions have been vexed for some time by their failure to explain incredibly basic information to dolts, that frustration has now reached a breaking point.

Of the many obvious things that people are sick and tired of trying to get through the skulls of stupid people, the fact that climate change will cause catastrophic habitat destruction and devastating extinctions tops the list, with a majority saying that they will no longer bother trying to explain this to cretins.

Coming in a close second, statistical proof that gun control has reduced gun deaths in countries around the world is something that a significant number of those polled have given up attempting to break down for morons.

Finally, a majority said that trying to make idiots understand why a flag that symbolizes bigotry and hatred has no business flying over a state capitol only makes the person attempting to explain this want to put his or her fist through a wall.

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Change In Sign-Up Sheet For The Public To Speak

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Town Board Rules Of Order:

DOC ID: 15220 RESOLUTION 2016-582 Page 1 Town Board Rules of Order

WHEREAS, the Amherst Open Government Advisory Board made the attached written recommendation during its May 5, 2016 meeting, recommending that the Town Board amend Section 7(J)(5) of the rules of order for Town Board meetings to state as follows:

“Those members of the public wishing to speak shall sign in at the podium and write down their name and address on a sign-up sheet. The sign-up sheet will remain at the podium until the Public Expression portion of the meeting begins. The Supervisor shall recognize those speakers for comment. After the last signed in speaker has spoken the Supervisor will ask if any additional members of the public who have not previously signed in would like to speak. Those members of the public wishing to speak will sign in at the podium and write down their name and address on a sign-up sheet and the Supervisor shall recognize those speakers for comment. Remarks shall be addressed to the board as a whole and not to any single member thereof. In the event that a speakers’ inquiry is urgent or their comment is inaccurate, the Supervisor or a Town Board member may respond for one (1) minute after closing Public Expression. All speakers shall abide by the Rules of Order for Decorum”

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the attached Town Board Rules of Order dated May 16, 2016 be adopted.

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