It’s Not About the Flag

It wasn’t about the bus then, and it’s not about the flag now.

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Amherst Town Hall

Sept. 15, 2018

On the 22nd of October the League of Women Voters will have a “Question the Candidate’s Night” at the Amherst Town Hall on Main St. in the Village of Williamsville.

The candidates being invited will be those who will be running for the Amherst Town Clerk Office, candidates who are seeking the 142 District seat in our New York State Senate and the candidates seeking the District 146 seat in the New York State Senate.

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Sept. 15, 2018
Past Speakers of the House
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If both President Trump and Vice President Pence  have to resign due to the results of the Muller’s report guess who becomes President?

The Speaker of the House.

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Bob Woodward Defends His Trump Reporting: I’ll Release Tapes if Sources Are Ready

Sept. 14, 2018
Jenna Amatulli

Journalist Bob Woodward is standing by his reporting so ardently that he’s willing to share.

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Trump’s Calls to Manafort Going Straight to Voice Mail

Satire from The Borowitz Report

Sept. 14, 2018

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump placed “a large number” of phone calls to his former campaign manager Paul Manafort on Friday morning, and all of them went straight to voice mail, White House sources have confirmed.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the number of voice-mail messages that Trump left for Manafort was somewhere in the range of twelve to three hundred.

Trump reportedly continued to leave messages for Manafort until his mailbox was full, after which Trump hurled his phone across the room, narrowly missing Mike Pence’s head.

Speaking to reporters, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, downplayed the significance of Manafort’s failure to pick up after Trump called him several hundred times.

“Phones can be tricky sometimes,” she said. “You saw what happened when he tried to call the President of Mexico.”

While other Administration officials were mum on Manafort’s deal to coöperate with Robert Mueller’s investigation, Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said that it was “actually fantastic news,” because “it means I’ll get to be on TV a lot.”

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Paul Manafort Cooperating With Investigators In Mueller Probe

Sept. 14, 2018

by Lisa Eustachewick

In exchange, he’ll serve no more than 10 years behind bars.

Clad in a dark suit and purple tie, the 69-year-old told Judge Amy Berman Jackson “I understand” when she advised him of the rights he was giving up — including the right to appeal — by pleading guilty.

Manafort also agreed to forfeit several properties in the Hamptons, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Alexandria, Virginia, according to court filings. He’ll also give up funds in four bank accounts, as well as a life-insurance policy.

Last month, Manafort was convicted on eight of 18 charges of bank and tax fraud or concealing tens of millions of dollars in offshore accounts.
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Election Results From Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

Sept. 14, 2018

Elections 2018

Results from Thursday’s races in Erie County

Updated: Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at 12:17 a.m.

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French Bakery Owner Adding Second Location in Market Arcade

Sept. 14, 2018
Pastry by Camille's crepes include traditional French buckwheat crepe with Gruyere, ham and egg. (Andrew Galarneau/Buffalo News)
Pastry by Camille’s crepes include traditional French buckwheat crepe with Gruyere, ham and egg.

French pastry chef and restaurateur Camille LeCaer is planning a crepe-centered café downtown, in the Washington Street end of the Market Arcade building.

Savory and sweet crepes, croissants and coffee will be mainstays of the brief menu, he said. There will also be buckwheat waffles and macarons, the delicate French sandwich cookie.

“We’re not to go crazy at the beginning,” said LeCaer. “For now, I want to make sure it makes sense.”

The 500-square-foot space in the Washington Street end of 617 Main St. will be aimed at weekday breakfast and lunch seekers downtown. It will be open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’ll be a place to grab a quick bite and a coffee on the go, he said. “It has to be fast, so people can come in, and go, they only have a short time.”
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City Considers Sale of Waterfront Land to Ciminelli at More Than 40 Percent Off

Sept. 13, 2018
A rendering of the newly redesigned West End townhouses.
A rendering of the newly redesigned West End townhouses.

Just over a month after approving plans for Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.’s West End townhome project at Waterfront Village, city officials are now considering whether to sell the developer the land it needs – but at a bargain-basement price.

At the recommendation of the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, the Buffalo Common Council is reviewing a request to approve the sale to the developer of 2.4 acres of prime real estate for $1.3 million. That’s a 41 percent discount from the original agreement at $2.2 million.

The deal includes a profit-sharing arrangement in which the city also would get one-third of all net revenues above $18.3 million that are generated from the sale of the 20 new townhouse units.

But to equal the $900,000 discount in the upfront price, those excess proceeds would have to reach $2.7 million, for a total of $21 million in sales value – or $1.05 million per townhouse.
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Bliss Plans New Candlewood Suites to Replace Former Buffalo Airport Inn

Sept. 13, 2018
A Candlewood Suites hotel is coming to Freeman Road in Lancaster.
A Candlewood Suites hotel is coming to Freeman Road in Lancaster.

A longtime dilapidated motel in Lancaster that was sold at auction is now poised to give way to a brand-new Candlewood Suites extended-stay hotel.

The planned new hotel, which will be developed and owned by Paul Bliss, will be located at 50 Freeman Road, on the site of the former Buffalo Airport Inn. The Clarence construction contractor and developer purchased the 88-room motel in March for $1.35 million, and now plans to demolish the aging two-story structure.

Aside from the standard design supplied by the hotel chain, the specific details of the new building are still in flux. But Bliss said it will feature about 100 rooms – all suites – in a building that is tentatively expected to be four stories in height and about 50,000 square feet in all.

The hotel will be managed by Phil Gaulin’s Brookwood Hospitality, which already manages Uniland Development Co.’s Embassy Suites in downtown Buffalo. Brookwood is also working with Uniland on the developer’s planned hotel at the Northtown Center in Amherst.
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