Town of Amherst Asks for a Mulligan

Long rumored to be an Indian burial ground but now acknowledged as a relocated Potters Field, Amherst residents are about to get a brand new cemetery on the Audubon Golf Course. It is a reasonable solution to the shabby treatment of the remains of the poor.

And, as opposed to “Amherst is operating a cemetery”, the truth is that Amherst is allowing customers to golf in a cemetery. Maybe it would be wise to close the affected holes this golfing season.

6 Responses to “Town of Amherst Asks for a Mulligan”

  1. Doug says:

    According to the Buffalo News, remains taken from different locations were reburied in the Audubon Park in 1964. There had to be information available for anyone interested during the past 55 years. So why the interest in the dead people now? Why all of a sudden do some have queasy feelings about walking on what has been reported as bone and wood fragments? It is common knowledge that there are and have been sensitive areas all along Ellicott Creek. Plaques might be appropriate. That is what parks usually do.

    What is the real story? The way it looks it is an excuse to further commercialize Audubon Park. I would feel better if the truth were told. It may not be a bad thing to be buried in a floodplain complete with gardens and flowers.

    BTW. Can the people’s park be transferred to another corporation without the consent of the people?

  2. Andrea says:

    Maybe UB should pay to rebury the graves
    In another area.

  3. Cliff says:

    UB should. What is left? Can’t possibly take up much room now. The more they move, the less there is.

    The whole story sounds contrived and disingenuous. Sounds suspiciously like the swap deal that the Mensch partners proposed to Weinstein and which he rejected out of hand.

    Have the people making decisions consulted with the golfers? Are they too freaked about walking over century old bone and wood fragments and have for the past 55 years?

  4. Michele says:

    In response to Doug, the entire Audubon parcel is 292 acres of which the golf course is about 170 acres. The cemetery is located on the back 3 holes and is about 30 acres of what is currently parkland owned by the people of Amherst, its use restricted as parkland. However, 93 acres of this same 292 acre parcel was “alienated” meaning the parkland restrictions were removed in 2019 in order to allow the town to swap some of Audubon for Westwood. The planned use of these 93 acres has not been publicly discussed in any meaningful way. However, to create a memory garden, an additional 30 acres would need to have the protected parkland status removed. And that requires an OK from both houses of the NYS Legislature and the governors signature.

  5. Chris says:

    If what Michele is saying is true, this whole charade is truly an outrage. Either Kulpa is naive or he believes the rest of us are. The cemetery was proposed by Mensch during the original land swap with Westwood. Weinstein refused to play their game mostly because of the lopsided value of the people’s parkland, versus Westwood’s. It appears what we have here is the Mensch swap by stealth, bit by bit to get all of the Audubon. Kulpa already finagled 93 acres of parkland using Westwood as the single reason. He initially wanted 240 acres. Now, he’s going back for more parkland to transfer to a for-profit corporation? What else will emerge down the pike to get more parkland? After all, it is still shy of 240.

    The parkland spoils being divided and Westwood still not in hand would indicate a giant con job on the people. Kulpa with his selected employees were to be different from the past. Sadly, they are. They are not merely tools of these developers, they are their agents. And, we’re paying for it.

    Looks like Mensch gets the “mulligan” and the town’s people get shafted.

  6. Bobby says:

    In spite of the overblown rhetoric to sell the Mensch plan for the Audubon, using Kulpa as their spokesperson, no one is buying into the hustle. No different than 8 years ago. That fact was underscored in this week’s edition of The Bee through letters, phone calls and a poll that registered overwhelming opposition.

    Building on the golf course land has been a life-long ambition of many developers.
    Who would have guessed that Kulpa would be the one engineering the buildout using Westwood as the catalyst and being bested by the Mensch partners?