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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n38 (09/22/2011) » Section: Week in Review

Big Man

“Fuck you all,” Antoine Garner muttered as he was led by Erie County sheriff’s deputies into the Tonawanda City Hall on Tuesday morning.

Driving BMW Out of the Party

Last Saturday, the executive committee of the Erie County Democratic Party did as everyone expected them to do: They refused to endorse incumbent Barbara Miller-Williams as the Democratic candidate for the new District 1 seat on the Erie County Legislature.

Campaigning Where the Sidewalk Ends

The sky roars overhead as a passenger jet slowly tumbles downward towards the runway with all the grace of a flying Greyhound bus. It’s Saturday morning at Mark Poloncarz for Erie County HQ, a massive vacant storefront chosen for its acreage of windows facing a busy section of Harlem Road in the Town of Cheektowaga. Volunteer coordinator Ben Swanekamp is there in a t-shirt, ball cap, and black-frame glasses. He cuts a diminutive figure and is the youngest person I’ve seen at a campaign event all season. Mark Poloncarz, at a previous event, announced to us all that Ben was the numbers guy, the guy not only responsible for volunteers, but ultimately responsible for where to volunteer and to whom volunteers should reach.

SUNY Foundations Get Ethics Guidelines

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher sent a memorandum to SUNY Trustees at their September 20 meeting calling for all SUNY campus-related foundations to adopt new conflict of interest policies. State legislators insisted upon the measures when they voted in favor of the NYSUNY 2020 bill this summer, in response to the widespread appearance of nepotism and inside dealing at some SUNY foundations, notably the myriad UB foundations.

Odds & Ends

Democrats are waving around two sets of poll numbers, both of which claim that Democrat Mark Poloncarz is running neck-and-neck with his Republican opponent in November’s election, Erie County Executive Chris Collins. The first of these polls was conducted by the Poloncarz campaign, and the other was commissioned by AFSCME, a union which represents governmental workers.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

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