Village Outlines Objectives for Year in ‘2019 Prospectus’

The Village Board on Feb. 11 debuted the “2019 Prospectus” while attending the annual New York Conference of Mayors event in Albany.

The seven-page “Prospectus” outlines this year’s village objectives, all of which continue the board’s commitment to improving the community for its residents, businesses and visitors.

While this year’s village goals are listed below, click here to read Prospectus 2019.

Printed copies of the “2019 Prospectus” are available at Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville.

2019 Village Agenda:

  • Ellicott Creek Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan completion and waterfront project identification
  • Establishing a Lehigh Valley Depot District, which would connect the historic Williamsville Depot and Lehigh Valley Trail with the newly acquired Section Master’s House, a 1907 building once used by the depot.
  • Completing a Parks Master Plan for the Village Parks
  • Explore possibility of Micro Transit opportunities on Main Street
  • Upgrading the sewer infrastructure and exploring consolidation with the Town of Amherst
  • Continue to advocate for a Young’s Road interchange off Interstate 90

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Beto O’Rourke Jumps Into 2020 Presidential Race

Mar. 14, 2019
by David Knowles

Beto O’Rourke
Beto O’Rourke was “born” to run … for president.

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Betsy DeVos Suggests That Bribing Colleges Helps Students Learn Math

Mar. 14, 2019

Satire from The Borowitz Report

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Offering an upbeat assessment of the headline-grabbing college-admissions scandal, Betsy DeVos said on Thursday that bribing colleges gave students “a really neat opportunity” to learn math.

The Secretary of Education suggested that, rather than keeping children in the dark about the bribes that enable their college acceptances, “Parents should sit around the kitchen table with their kids and work on some fun math problems together.”

“Let’s say it’ll cost Amber seventy-five thousand dollars to get into Stanford, and it’ll cost her twin brother Dylan seventy-five thousand to get into Georgetown,” she said. “How much money total will their parents have to wire?”

“Or let’s say Jenna has a 470 verbal score, but she needs a 730 to get into Yale,” DeVos said. “How much will she have to pay to get her score changed?”

DeVos said that, as regrettable as the criminal charges against the parents in the bribery scandal were, the arrests themselves provided a teachable moment. “Lori Loughlin posted a million dollars in bail, and Felicity Huffman posted two hundred fifty thousand,” she said. “How much bail did Lori and Felicity post?”

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What Will the Broadway Market Do With $4 Million in State Funds?

Mar. 14, 2019

The Broadway Market, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
The Broadway Market, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

The crew of three at the We R Nuts stall in the center of the Broadway Market has all heard it before – a big investment that’s going to transform the 131-year-old marketplace.

This time, it’s a pledge from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for $4 million.

Pearl Omphalius, who runs the roasted nut stand with her son, Kody, said Wednesday she thinks it may be just what the aging landmark needs.

“I don’t see why not,” Omphalius said, the alluring scent of butter, brown sugar and toasting nuts wafting from her shop.

“There are certainly barriers that will have to be overcome,” she said, gesturing toward the empty vending booths, the tired decor, the dingy parking ramp and, of course, the dearth of customers.

“But why not? Why not overcome it?” she asked, offering a visitor a crunchy, glazed cashew.

Cuomo announced Tuesday that the state would invest $50 million in the city’s East Side, including $4 million to turn the Broadway Market into a thriving, year-round destination.
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FAA Chief says He Doesn’t Know How Long Boeing 737 Max Planes will be Grounded

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Executive Director David S. Mingoia is Guilty of Breaking the Laws of the Amherst IDA

Mar. 13, 2019

The Amherst IDA needs an immediate investigation before the people of Amherst realize their precious land is being given away willy-nilly to developers.

The Executive Director must never have read the laws of how a project can get any type of tax break. The Mother House Project didn’t qualify under any of the AIDA rules.

The AIDA gave them $1.4 million in tax breaks because the developer said they couldn’t do the project because of their poor financial position unless they received tax breaks from the Amherst IDA. The problem arose when none of the AIDA board members stepped up to do their duty to check out the actual financial state of the developer.

If Tzetzo Brothers really were in financial trouble why did they accept the bid to do MOTHER HOUSE PROJECT?  Did they already know the AIDA would give them the tax breaks they wanted?

The AIDA tried hard to avoid any input from the public. They didn’t post their meetings for public expression anywhere other than in the Amherst Bee.

The AIDA members failed terribly in their duty and didn’t do their required homework on this project. The only information they received came from Executive Director David S. Mingoia.

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Broadway’s ‘Mean Girls’ Kicks Off a Diverse 2019-20 Season at Shea’s

Four shows now on Broadway and two that had runs last year are coming to Shea’s Buffalo Theatre for the 2019-20 season.

Buffalo will launch the touring production of “Mean Girls,” inspired by Tina Fey’s movie of the same name. It’s the fourth time a show has started its tour in Buffalo. The show opens the Broadway Series on Sept. 21.

“There’s wonderful diversity in the programming — contemporary, classic favorites, shows fresh from Broadway — that will challenge, excite and inspire,” said Michael Murphy, Shea’s president.

The lineup follows what has been a banner season for Shea’s. The theater reached 18,632 season subscriptions, shattering the previous mark, and featured “Hamilton,” the theater’s best three-week engagement ever.

With demand for tickets high, and a plethora of Broadway traveling shows available, Shea’s has expanded its subscription series from six to seven shows. Four shows were offered when the Broadway Series began.

The 2019-20 Broadway Series

Sept. 21-27: “Mean Girls”

Oct. 15-20: “Come from Away”

Feb. 11-16, 2020: “Jesus Christ Superstar”

March 10-15, 2020: “Hello, Dolly!”

April 14-19, 2020: “The Band’s Visit”

May 5-10, 2020: “Anastasia”

June 2-7, 2020: “Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville”

Special Engagements

Nov. 14-17: “Jersey Boys”

Dec. 10-15: “Les Miserables”

Dec. 19-22: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical”
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New La Quinta Inn Opens in Amherst

Mar. 13, 2019

The La Quinta Inn & Suites in Amherst formally opened Wednesday.

The new 68-room hotel features 40 rooms with two queen-size beds and 28 king-size suites with kitchenettes.

This is the fourth La Quinta in the Buffalo Niagara region, after one on Transit Road in Lancaster, one on Hamburg Turnpike in Lackawanna and another on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls. Located at 145 Innkeepers Lane, the new one is just off Interstate 290 at Niagara Falls Boulevard, behind the new CarMax dealership and adjacent to a Sleep Inn and the Extended Stay America Hotel Buffalo-Amherst.

Construction was actually completed last summer, but the formal opening was delayed.
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Cornered Citizen Whose Words are Right on The Ball.

See the source imageIndustrial Development Agency sounds great but what are they doing?
The basic function of an IDA is to attract or create jobs.
What IDA’s have morphed into is simply more Corporate Welfare.

We’re subsidizing Developers and Corporate Ventures with public tax dollars – why give Tax Dollars to a business when there are other similar competing private businesses in the same area? And it’s made worse by extending these tax breaks for 5, 10, or even more years.

If you owned a shoe store how would you like it if a government supported shoe store opened next door? The Mother House project should stand on it’s own with no incentives. If it’s a worthy project let private development go after it, if not then nothing happens. What’s wrong with that?

The Amherst IDA appears to be beholding to no one and operates without following its own ByLaws.
We have unelected, pro-development appointees in control of spending public tax dollars – not good.
The Amherst IDA should be broken up and its mission returned to direct Amherst Government control where elected citizens can oversee its mission.

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Trump Budget Would Decimate Great Lakes Initiative

Mar. 13, 2019

President Trump's budget makes deeps cuts to programs important in Buffalo. (Al Drago/New York Times file photo)
President Trump’s budget makes deeps cuts to programs important in Buffalo.

WASHINGTON – Less than five weeks after President Trump vowed that his fight for border wall funding “won’t affect Buffalo at all,” he proposed a fiscal 2020 budget with $8.6 billion in new wall money – along with a 90 percent cut in Great Lakes funding, the elimination of the program that brings Buffalo its largest chunk of federal cash and the end of federal heating aid for the poor.

That being the case, the spending plan Trump released Monday received a less than warm reception from local Republicans and Democrats alike.

Rep. Tom Reed, a Corning Republican, offered a mixed review of Trump’s budget, noting that he had “some broad agreements in regards to the border security issue.”
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