In 1991 the Candlelight Wish Celebration was held lakeside on the steps of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. Buffalo’s LGBT community crossed a threshold that night.
As a concerned citizen I often bring issues to the attention of elected officials through emails and articles in Artvoice, regarding open government, ethics and campaign finance reform.
The Buffalo area—no, not just the City—has been in a state of decline for about 55 years. I am 58. No one under 50 around here has grown up in a vibrant, thriving area. Over time, a collective lack of self-esteem develops.
Most jurors and the juries they comprise don’t realize they have this right:
It might be ascribed to the colossal dumbing-down of America that such an essential and historical freedom principle has been largely forgotten in the land of the free.
In that article, the city’s chief fiscal watchdog said “I believe I have the right skill set to be mayor,” citing his 25 years in the private sector before beginning his public career as a county legislator in 2002.
The past couple of years the state agency has been working overtime to clear-cut trees in some of its most popular Western New York parks, such as Niagara Falls, Allegany and Letchworth State Parks, in order to expand parking lots, bathrooms, roadways and in one case, ironically, construct a “nature center”, all pursuant to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $900 million “NY Parks 2020” plan.
Your local government high school is often the best drug store in town. Government schools are the key distribution point for illegal drugs in many communities. One study concluded that “80% of the nation’s high school students and 44% of middle-schoolers have personally seen illegal drugs used or sold and/or students drunk or high on the grounds of their schools.”
Well, after a long period of false starts and broken promises, all shrouded in “official” secrecy for lack of a better description, Cuomo announced on Tuesday that plans to build the $35 million Hyatt Place Hotel are at last underway because the Hamister Group has secured financing and is finally moving forward.
Big Al, a fixture at Hogs and Heroes events, appeared often on his bike with a child riding in back. This time Big Al could not attend. He was otherwise occupied – being held in a dank cell in the Niagara County Jail.
Straight from the pockets of commuters and tourists, the Grand Island tolls bring in $18 million a year for the NYS Thruway Authority.
If we could ever put the interests of institutional advancement over the prissy sensibilities of cynics, we may be able to make something spectacular of the The Albright–Knox Art Gallery which barely earns 200,000 attendees annually at its Delaware Park location.
This newspaper has learned at press time that all cases currently assigned to State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek are being reassigned to other judges in the Eighth Judicial District.
The great U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis an early advocate of transparency in government once stated “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants”. The Amherst Planning Board needs to bring their meetings into the sunlight for the public to see.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, once again, is reminding motorists that the nanny state ‘Click It or Ticket’ revenue generator will be in effect between May 23 to June 5, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
In the upcoming election, the position of District Attorney will be on the ballot in Erie and Niagara county. Through a back room deal with political party chairs, former Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita became a Supreme Court Judge creating a vacancy.
“It has really been hard on him but he is more optimistic now,” said Daniels now that his center has been reopened and the many patients who have suffered since the office was shut down last month can once again go there for help.
The war on human beings who use, sell or possess drugs (private property), is, from the perspective of reason or morality, dead.
“It needs to go away,” Thompson said after Sunday’s launch of the “Home Free” campaign to once again try to remove the Grand Island tolls and to complete the success of Carl Paladino’s effort to eliminate the Breckenridge toll barrier in 2007.
Apparently, Democrat Poloncarz and Republican Quinn still have not met yet on the new budget adopted by ECC and it is hard to tell when that meeting might take place based on this week’s response from the county executive.
An anonymous North American buyer was the high bidder, but the sale immediately raised concerns with the British Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), which recommended an export bar.
It is truly amazing how much time and effort it takes to obtain basic information and how unresponsive many government officials are.
As expected, the board adopted a tuition increase of $138 a year for students, a number in the range of what we reported last week was likely, and also cut 50 vacant positions (we said 40 was likely) and dipped into the dwindling reserve fund for another $1.5 million to barely close a $7.5 million gap in ECC’s $108 million budget.
Jurors in this state and throughout the United States are firmly told by judges they must follow the judge’s instructions “on the law,” but in so doing, are the judges themselves following the law?