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Trump says Sen. Gillibrand ‘would do anything’ for campaign cash after she calls for his resignation

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Outgoing Amherst Town Board Accepts Environmental Statement on Westwood

The former Westwood Country Club would be  transformed into housing for 1,700 people, retail and commercial space and parkland.  (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)
The former Westwood Country Club would be  transformed into housing for 1,700 people, retail and commercial space and parkland.

The current Amherst Town Board on Monday night put its final stamp on the Westwood project – less than three weeks before three new members join the board as of Jan. 1.

The board voted unanimously to accept the findings statement of the environmental review of the project, which calls for transforming the former country club into housing for 1,700 people, retail and commercial space and parkland.

A hotel, senior housing, townhouses and office buildings are all part of the plan.

In the statement, the board asks the developer, Mensch Capital Partners, to consider a plan that eliminates the hotel, works within sanitary sewer capacity and is smaller in size.
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Proposed Delta Sonic on Niagara Falls Boulevard Clears Rezoning Hurdle


A proposed Delta Sonic that would replace Menne Nursery on Niagara Falls Boulevard cleared a key hurdle Monday night.

The Amherst Town Board agreed to rezone the 10-acre property between Niagara Falls Boulevard and Old Niagara Falls Boulevard from general business to motor service. The rezoning is subject to nine conditions, mainly concerning fencing and landscaping.

The Planning Board in October voted, 5-1, to recommend the rezoning. The project now goes back to the town Planning Board for site plan review.
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Rezoning for East Amherst Project is OK’d

A plan to build two three-story buildings on Transit Road in East Amherst received approval Monday night from the Town Board.

The buildings would have a combined 38 upscale apartments, open to residents of any age, on the second and third floors and 17,000 square feet of office and commercial space on the first floors.

The board agreed to rezone 1.8 acres of the 6.8-acre suburban-agriculture site to general business and multifamily residential for the buildings and parking spaces.
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Update: Man, 64, Dead After Being Struck by SUV in Williamsville Parking Lot, Police Say

A 64-year-old man died in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst from injuries after he was struck by an SUV about 9:20 p.m. Monday while he was walking in the parking lot of a Tops Market at 5274 Main St. in Williamsville, Amherst Police reported Monday night.

The man, identified as Michael C. Boncore, was taken to the hospital by Twin City Ambulance, town police said.

The SUV was operated by Justine Bessinger, 23, of Buffalo, police said.
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Update: Cars Stored at Westwood Country Club


The following was posted on the Nextdoor Village of Williamsville site by David Kowal of Snyder:

Northtown Automotive is applying to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to make this car storage legal. The ZBA can deny the permit and the cars will need to be removed.  The ZBA can grant a permit for any time period up to 2 years.  At the end of that time it can be renewed.

This is the first item on the ZBA agenda for Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Amherst Town Hall in the room labeled as Council Chambers.  Anyone from the public is allowed to comment.  There is a 3 minute time limit per person.

I assume that everyone who objected in this comment stream will be at that meeting.
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In response to this post Jon Dibulgio wrote:

Couple things.

1.) Dealers are allocated a certain number of cars and must buy a set amount in order to keep business franchises. After the economy crashed the automakers changed the way they did business. They require franchises to be liquid and that’s why you see all the smaller dealerships got swallowed up by larger groups. If they don’t buy more cars then they need, they simply won’t have them.

2.) I don’t care what they do with the property and neither should you. If you’re that concerned about it, buy it yourself. The town should not buy this property and people shouldn’t look towards them for a bailout.
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Michele Marconi added this statement:

The cars are at Westwood apparently to address a parking crunch near Dent Tower. this is to be solved in the long term by the demolition of the building at the temple site behind Northtown. In the meantime, excess new car inventory is being parked at WW to allow the Dent staff to park at Northtown. The WW owners do not have a permit to do this. And only the ZBA can grant a temporary non conforming use permit.

Town officials have allowed this on verbal approval as SOP. Perhaps its reasonable for the ZBA to approve this illegal use (already happening since 2015 (well in excess of the typical 2 yr duration) for a year maybe in exchange for the removal of the spite fence and the contamination signs placed there by the owner. OR deny it outright and let the Dent owners shuttle their staff to the site from other offsite parking.
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Valerie Priester added this:

The town does not have an overabundance of parks – it has a shortage of parks, and crappy ones at that. Bassett is for “pastoral” use only, so can’t have any activities there other than wandering on foot and the occasional concert. Island park is a village park, unavailable to residents outside the village of Williamsville. That just leave a handful of pocket parks with athletic fields – Paradise, for instance, and Clearfield rec. center – and Billy Wilson III park (wetlands with trail and a handicap playground), and the bike paths. Yes, Amherst State Park is huge, but there are always unleashed dogs there so I never go.

Compare that to some parks in nearby towns – Clarence Town Park is huge, and has a cabin. Cheektowaga has Cheektowaga Town Park and Stiglmeier park that are both huge and offer numerous picnic areas. Where can a family picnic in Amherst? Nowhere. Then there’s the income that could be generated. Town of Tonawanda has the NOCO pavilion which is rented a lot for everything from showers to family parties to Christmas parties. Same for the City of Tonawanda’s pavilion in Niawanda Park. What if the Westwood property was turned into a place with rentable picnic shelters (not everyone in Amherst has a yard, there are a lot of apartments and condos), rent out the country club building for large events (my family lives in Amherst but we are renting the NOCO pavilion in Tonawanda for a holiday party…), and still have room for hiking paths or baseball diamonds or something. No new sewer expenses would be needed. The brownfield contamination is really surface soil from all the years of golf course chemicals. It’s not as expensive as Mensch is making it seem. Used right, turning Westwood into a park could actually generate income rather than drain money from the town.
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Jon Dibulgio added:  Amherst is not in the business of making money, it’s in the business of spending taxpayers so they could ask for more. Look at what happened at the dump, town ran it for years and it bled money. Krantz takes over and he’s made money every year since and has stated that he can’t figure out why they never profited.

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Townhouse Plans at Average Joe’s Site Move Forward

Patron’s at Average Joe’s chat over wings and adult beverages in this 2010 photo. A developer plans to build townhomes on the site of the Amherst tavern. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
Patron’s at Average Joe’s chat over wings and adult beverages.  A developer plans to build townhomes on the site of the Amherst tavern. 

A proposal to build 50 single-story townhouses at the site of Average Joe’s tavern and a neighboring parcel on Sweet Home Road has won the backing of the Amherst Planning Board.

RAS Development’s initial plans to build 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.

The Planning Board first considered the 2360 Sweet Home site separately, but at its Nov. 30 meeting took up both properties together. Board members recommended rezoning a portion of both properties, from either office building or general business to multi-family residential, to accommodate the project.
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Williamsville Co-op Plans Get Boost From County Aid

Meagan Heldwein, left, and Jamie Zynda, both deli managers, stock cheese and dairy items at the East Aurora Co-Op, which opened last summer. A group of volunteers is working to bring a similar cooperative market to Williamsville.
Meagan Heldwein, left, and Jamie Zynda, both deli managers, stock cheese and dairy items at the East Aurora Co-Op, which opened last summer. A group of volunteers is working to bring a similar cooperative market to Williamsville.

Erie County is providing $7,000 to study whether it makes sense to open a cooperative market in Williamsville.

The group of volunteers working to bring a co-op to the village said the feasibility study likely will cost a total of $10,000. Legislators Edward A. Rath III and Tom Loughran sought the money in the 2018 county budget.

The Village Co-op Market of Williamsville incorporated in September and began a drive to bring in founding members a month ago, said volunteer Jim Walfrand. The organization has 32 members so far.
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What Happened to Amherst’s Republicans?

Election Inspector Ken Tunnah, right, helps Lucille Melton cast her ballot on Election Day at Trinity United Methodist Church, in Amherst, N.Y. on Nov. 7, 2017.  (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

For as long as anyone can remember, Amherst was a reliable Republican stronghold.

Town GOP leaders are still scratching their heads, trying to figure out what went wrong on Election Day 2017. Democrats surprised many by sweeping the Amherst races for supervisor and two Town Board seats, resulting in what will be an all-Democratic board on Jan. 1 for the first time in at least a half century.

“We are regrouping,” said Joseph P. Heins, the town Republican Committee’s campaign manager. “We’re going to do a full analysis of all this and make sure we get to the bottom of what really happened.”

One thing is for certain: November’s results marked the culmination of a decades-long sea change in Amherst’s political landscape.
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Comment : Concerning The Invocation At The Town Board Meetings Meetings

I totally agree. Listening to the last two invocations was more political posturing then prayer, and everyone in the audience knew it. But get ready for Barry Weinstein to do it again at tonight’s Town Board meeting.

These people can’t help themselves. They crave praise and expressions of appreciation from the public for their perception of the good they did while on the board. The really is “they can’t handle the truth”, a great many of us have judged them as flawed leaders whose personal agendas often caused significant problems.

The invocation is neither the time nor place to praise yourself. They know it, but do it anyway. How pathetic!

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