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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n40 (10/06/2011) » Section: Week in Review

Look Out, Conservatives, Kitty's Coming to Your Party

Last Wednesday evening at the Hamlin House, VFW Post #1, on Franklin Street, marriage equality activist and newlywed Kitty Lambert asked for a most remarkable wedding present.

Occupy Buffalo

About 90 people stood in a cold breeze in Niagara Square last Saturday in group that had been promoted on Facebook as the first meeting of “Occupy Buffalo.” No one held signs or shouted. This didn’t seem designed to be a protest. The only witnesses, besides a crew setting up tents for a wedding, were the occasional drivers on the south side of the circle. A few sounded their horns, but the honks were mostly ignored. Those assembled were a diverse group of ages and cultures, with a long list of social, environmental, and economic issues. One by one, upon arriving, they introduced themselves and the reason they came out to the event.

The Check Was in the Mail

On Monday, Erie County Legislator Maria Whyte, who is the Democratic candidate for Erie County Comptroller, held a press conference accusing her Republican opponent of dragging his feet on filing campaign finance disclosure reports. Chris Jacobs, she said, had failed to meet the latest deadline for filing, September 23, as he was required by law to do because he ran in the Independence Party primary last month. She noted that he also had failed to file a report for the period ending July 15, despite the fact that he had begun handing out campaign literature—for which someone must have paid—before that date.

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