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Around And About

July 14, 2016 Artvoice 0

By Tony Farina   Financial Filings Due Friday The political season is getting into full swing locally, and Friday (July 15) is the first financial […]

Dr. Marti Peterson, DDS

June 23, 2016 Artvoice 0

WHY SHE OPENED A NEW PEDIATRIC DENTAL OFFICE IN ALLENTOWN For Dr. Marti Peterson, Pediatric Dentistry is not just a career, it’s a mission. “Excellent dental […]

Buffalo: Where Good Ideas Go to Die

June 9, 2016 Artvoice 0

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.

State Parks Declares “War on Trees”

June 9, 2016 Artvoice 0

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.

The Best Drug Store In Town

June 2, 2016 Artvoice 1

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.”

Cuomo Says Hamister Has Financing in Place, Is Moving Forward

June 2, 2016 Artvoice 2

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.

Around And About

June 2, 2016 Artvoice 0

BY TONY FARINA Lack of Transparency Examples abound about the lack of transparency when it comes to the accounting of taxpayer dollars and nowhere is […]

Amherst Planning Board Needs Some Sunlight

May 26, 2016 Artvoice 0

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.

Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray represents a sea change in the political will of the leadership of Grand Island. Unlike his predecessors, he wants the tolls removed. “Mr. Cuomo, tear down these tolls!” McMurray said at a rally attended by activist Rus Thompson.

Money Grab at Bridges Hurting WNY Says Grand Island Supervisor McMurray, Activist Thompson Toll Removal Effort Reignited, Regional Support Needed!

May 19, 2016 Artvoice 0

“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.

Poloncarz Still Reviewing ECC Budget Plan

May 19, 2016 Artvoice 0

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.

Britain Stops Sale of Rare Falls Painting

May 12, 2016 Artvoice 0

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.

ECC Crisis Passed on to Elected Officials

May 12, 2016 Artvoice 0

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.

Raising the Jury from the Dead

May 12, 2016 Artvoice 0

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?