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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n34 (08/25/2011) » Section: Week in Review

Shale Gas Dreams

At the beginning of this month, Collins resident James H. Burnette sent a letter to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, urging DiNapoli to use his authority as sole trustee of the state’s pension fund to shed all investments in companies that take part in or profit from the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as hydrofracking. In particular, Burnette urged DiNapoli to boycott National Fuel Gas:

A Separate Peace

One thing seems settled: Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Len Lenihan’s resignation will become fact by the end of the week. Lenihan, who announced his retirement in June, is expected to say his farewells at a party paying tribute to his tenure Thursday evening and leave his post of Friday. The party’s secretary, Erie County Board of Elections Commissioner Dennis Ward, will convene a meeting to vote in a new chair within 30 days of Lenihan’s leaving the post. The leading candidates are Tonawanda’s John Crangle and Cheektowaga’s Frank Max. Increasingly, Max seems to have the votes and the confidence of the committee members. Rumor has it that he now has the blessing of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s political lieutenants, too.

Seen, Overheard, Posted, Considered

…late last week, at lunchtime: Judge Joseph Fiorella handing an envelope to Arthur “Champ” Eve, Jr. at Mattie’s Restaurant on Fillmore Avenue. Fiorella is running for re-election to Buffalo City Court. Champ Eve leads of an influential bloc of East Side committee members.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

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