Cain, Romney Tied in Post-ABC Poll Despite Scandal

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Herman Cain and Mitt Romney are virtually tied at the top of the race for the GOP presidential nomination, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll taken after allegations of sexual harassment against Cain were made public.

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Most Republicans dismiss the allegations as “not serious,” and seven in 10 say such reports do not make any difference when it comes to picking a candidate.

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Nearly a quarter of all Republicans and GOP-leaning independents now back Cain as the party’s nominee, his best showing in Post-ABC polls this year, and up significantly from early October. At 23 percent nationally, Cain is neck-and-neck with Romney (24 percent) atop the GOP field.

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“I think [the charges against Cain are] mostly garbage that they throw at people who want to be president,” James Kindsch, from Middleton, Wis., said.
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Statement From Congresswoman Hochul On News That Norfolk Southern Plans To Hire 500 Employees Nationwide


Buffalo Included On List of Cities Set To Receive Jobs

The following is a statement from Congresswoman Kathy Hochul following news that Norfolk Southern plans to hire 500 employees across the country:

“I was delighted to hear today’s news that Norfolk Southern will hire 500 employees before the end of the year; investing in jobs across our country and here in Western New York.  These jobs will not only help Norfolk Southern meet their growing demand for freight rail service, but will help get Western New Yorkers back to work.

“After meeting with the President of the Livonia, Avon & Lakeville Railroad today, I have no doubt that railroads are true economic engines that help drive the Upstate economy.  We need to continue supporting our railroads, both large and small, as they continue to expand and create jobs for hard-working Americans.”

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Chamber to Host Networking Event at Garden Place Hotel

On November 15, 2011 the Amherst Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Business After Hours event from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  The evening of networking will be held at Salvatore’s Garden Place Hotel located 6615 Transit Road (near Genesee Street) in Williamsville and will feature Steven Sanders, Amherst Town Councilman, as the Honorary Host.

Exceeding the expectations of their guests has been the top priority of Salvatore’s Garden Place Hotel since its inception in 1995.  Featuring larger suites, more amenities, complimentary full hot breakfast buffet, the hotel also offers shuttle service to and from the airport as well as to and from Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Restaurant.  A unique boutique hotel set on manicured grounds with spacious parking and easy access to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the Thruway, Salvatore’s Garden Place Hotel boasts a rich history in the Buffalo Niagara region, maintaining its level of excellence at surprisingly affordable rates.

Amherst Town Councilmember Steven Sanders will serve as November’s Honorary Host.  He currently serves as the Town’s liaison to the Amherst Industrial Development Agency and the Town’s Board of Assessment Review, Citizens’ Financial Advisory Committee, Government Study Committee, Recycling & Waste Committee and Zoning Board of Appeals.  Steven is also the sole proprietor of Steven Sanders, CPA, a small accounting firm (and member of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce).

This event is free to members of the Amherst Chamber.  First-time non-member guests are invited to Business After Hours to experience the culture of the Chamber and find out more about the benefits and services available to our members.  For more information or to make a reservation for November’s Business After Hours, please visit or call 716.632.6905.  For more information on joining the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, please contact Kim Whelan.

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A Frack Free 2012?

Do we know what Craig Bucki’s position is on Fracking?

The ill-conceived plan to frack New York threatens public health and could cost taxpayers billions.  Tell the DEC to scrap the Draft SGEIS.                                        

Governor Cuomo’s attempt to fast track fracking in New York State has encountered two more stumbling blocks. A key advisory panel that was supposed to have delivered its final report by November 1st hasn’t been able to meet its deadline.

The report is delayed because the state still hasn’t been able to figure out how much it will cost to repair the roads and bridges damaged by drilling equipment, or how much it will cost to mitigate the public health problems caused by air and water contamination. New York has come up with an estimate of what it will cost to staff the DEC for fracking-about a quarter of a billion dollars of taxpayer money.

Cuomo’s fracking juggernaut is also being held up by the thousands of public comments that are streaming into the DEC about the Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS). Do your part. Send a letter to the DEC, and if you can, personalize it in some way. The DEC is required to read and evaluate each unique and substantive comment it receives about the Draft SGEIS, and that takes time-hopefully time enough for us to educate New Yorkers about the dangers posed by fracking, and to build support for a permanent, statewide ban.

Home Mortgages at Risk ?

It appears that neither the gas industry nor New York State has bothered to read the fine print in most home mortgages. The FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and many private banks require that gas wells be set back 300 feet from residential property lines and from homes. These mandatory setbacks are not reflected in gas leases or state regulations. If fracking in New York moves forward, many homeowners who have leased, or who live near properties that have leased, could find themselves in default of their mortgages. While wholesale foreclosures are unlikely, homeowners are liable to encounter difficulty if they try to refinance or sell their homes.

The Month Ahead

It seems New York State and the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) have both decided that the weeks around the Thanksgiving holiday are a perfect time to schedule public hearings.

Between November 16th and November 30th, the DEC has scheduled the only four public hearings on the Draft SGEIS.

The DRBC will probably vote to adopt fracking regulations at a public meeting in West Trenton scheduled for November 21st. Even though these proposed regulations have been revised, the public will not be permitted to comment on them before they are put to a vote.

Please see our home page for the details on all these meetings and try to attend as many as you can.

For more information email or call (845) 468 7063

Two out of three people who find out about fracking think the risks aren’t worth the rewards.

Public awareness is the key to our success, so spread the word!

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Higgins Says Supercommittee Should “Go Big” with Infrastructure Plan to Grow Jobs

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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) was one of 60 Democrats and 40 Republicans sending a letter to the Congressional Supercommittee, asking its members to “go big” and consider up to $4 trillion in deficit reduction measures including spending cuts and revenue increases over the next decade. The committee has until November 18th to recommend a minimum of $1.2 trillion in cuts.  Higgins believes strongly the best plan to reduce unemployment and also reduce the debt is one that supports significant investments in infrastructure.

Below are Congressman Higgins’ remarks: 

Mr. Speaker, this week the bipartisan chairs of the previous deficit reduction commissions admonished the Supercommittee to “go big” with a package that includes a balance of cuts and revenues.  Unfortunately I think they will “go small,” and that would be a tragic lost opportunity.

It would also be a lost opportunity if the Supercommittee’s legislation does not include job-creating measures.  Because the best way to reduce the deficit is to create jobs. 

Just ten years ago the debate in this country was over the implications of repaying our debt in its entirety.  We had that debate because under President Clinton 22 million jobs were created and record deficits turned into record surpluses.

Mr. Speaker the Supercommittee should be bold and include a major investment in infrastructure.  With interest rates at historic lows it will never be cheaper to finance the massive backload of improvements that we need to make to stay competitive.

Optimistically, economic growth over the next two years is not expected to be enough to the sustain current employment levels. 

That means unemployment will increase unless we act to create jobs.  I urge the Supercommittee to do the right thing “go big.” The American people need to work and much work needs to be done.

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Poll: Majority of Likely Voters Say They Were Sexually Harassed by Cain

Here he goes again.  Andy Borowitz adds yet another touch of humor to our days.

There was a new complication in the race for the White House today as a just-released poll revealed that a majority of likely voters say they were sexually harassed by candidate Herman Cain.

According to the poll conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, 51% of voters “strongly agreed” with the statement “I have been sexually harassed by Herman Cain” while an additional 24% agreed that “Herman Cain is sexually harassing me right now.”

News of the poll hit just as Herman Cain accusers gathered for a march on Washington in numbers estimated at 999,999.

Even as the controversy swirled about Mr. Cain, he received a stirring vote of confidence from a prominent world leader.

“A man’s sex life should not affect his right to hold power,” said Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi.
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Lily Tomlin Coming To UB Center For The Arts

Lily Tomlin will perform Saturday, April 28 at 7:30pm at UB Center for the Arts.
All seats $47  
Enjoy a nostalgic evening of smart comedy, social commentary and personal reminiscences with one of America’s best-loved performers, Lily Tomlin.

The show features hilarious insights from more than a dozen of her famous characters, including: the precocious 6-year-old Edith Ann; telephone operator Ernestine; Judith Beasley from Calumet City, Indiana; and Trudy, the schizophrenic street lady.

Proceeds to benefit Beechwood Continuing Care’s Welcome Home Initiative   
Tickets go on sale at the Center Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets and charge by phone (1-800-745-3000) on Friday, November 4 at 10AM.

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Movie & Dinner In Williamsville

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Returning this year is a village favorite event!

Movie and dinner at the meeting house will be returning Sunday, November 20, 2011.

There will be music by Canisius High School at 4:30 and the movie will start at 5:00pm at the Meeting House, 5658 Main street.  The dinner will be at 7:30PM at The Irishman and will cost $13.95. The music and movie are free and so is the popcorn! For reservations please call 626-2670.

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A Letter from Bank of America

An Apology to Our Customers

The following letter was sent today by Bank of America to all of its debit card customers:

Dear Valued Customer:

As most of you probably know by now, last month we instituted a $5 monthly fee for all of our debit card users.  To say that what followed this decision was a shitstorm would be a massive understatement.

That’s why we are writing to you today with a simple message: “Our bad.”  And to tell you that we are refunding the $5 to you, effective immediately.  All you have to do is pay a simple, one-time $10 refund fee.

You can receive your refund online, or pick it up at your nearest Bank of America branch, where a teller will hand the money directly to you for a simple, one-time $15 handling fee.
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Statement From Congresswoman Hocuul On Veteran’s Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Vote

The following is a statement from Congresswoman Kathy Hochul following her vote for the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011:

“Today, I was proud to vote for the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011, which will help many of our veterans and their families get by in these tough economic times.  As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I understand the struggles many of our veterans face and will continue to work tirelessly to ensure our vets receive the benefits that provide them with reasonable and adequate compensation.

“This bill will give these brave men and women an increase in their disability compensation, as well as additional compensation for dependents and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children. 

“I urge the President to quickly sign this bill into law so that our veterans don’t have to wait a single day to receive the resources they whole heartedly deserve.”

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