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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n42 (10/20/2011) » Section: Week in Review

Occupy Buffalo Growing

Last Saturday, perhaps 400 people, maybe more, filled Niagara Square, despite the rain and seasonable temperatures, to take part in the third general assembly of Occupy Buffalo. In the previous days, individual tents had sprung up like mushrooms; the occupiers had constructed a makeshift headquarters of tarps strung between trees; all of this new settlement endured dramatic winds through the later part of the week.

Poloncarz Dances with Collins

The warm night was sharply countered by A/C on full blast inside WNED studios, where the stage was set for the first of two debates between incumbent Erie County Executive Chris Collins and current Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz. The ghosts in the room were alive and well, as a WNED director informed the audience before showtime that the last debate they hosted was Spitzer vs. Faso, October 12, 2006, the night of the October Storm. I was asked to sit next to Jim Domagalski, the former Republican chairman who resigned to run unsuccessfully for State Senate. Jim tells me he was in the audience that night and that Faso really kicked ass, but no one saw it.

The Pork Lawsuit Continues

Last week, Buffalo attorney and local libertarian pundit James Ostrowski appeared before the New York State Court of Appeals to make his case that the state is iolating its own constitution by providing tax breaks and direct subsidies to private businesses.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

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