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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Getting Some Dome

Members of the Occupy Buffalo movement finished assembly of a geodesic dome in Niagara Square on Dec. 4. The igloo-like structure—donated by an anonymous supporter—will help keep protestors planning to camp through the winter warm while allaying city fears of a hypothermia crisis.

Slaps on the Wrist

Last week the Williamsville School District wrapped up its investigation into the homophobic bullying of 14-year-old student Jamey Rodemeyer—who tragically committed suicide this September—by levying “a minimum of suspensions” (up to five days) to an undisclosed number of students. That’ll show ’em.

Junk Mail in Inboxes

Angry over an unflattering AV Daily blog post, Carl Paladino—who must have been chomping at the bit to return to his “Mad as Hell” days—banned Artvoice on Dec. 5 from his properties. And then sent an email to more than 45,000 people accusing AV of trying “to deny our community a breath of fresh air.”

Green Cards

Following his latest run-in with the law, former Sabre (and Canadian citizen) Matt Barnaby could be at risk of deportation if he’s deemed guilty of “crimes of moral turpitude.” The ex-pest was arrested in Clarence on charges of DUI after being pulled over on Dec. 5 while driving his Porsche sans a wheel.

Role Models

The Wilson Central School District is investigating claims that two elementary teachers arrested for public lewdness during the Bills game on Dec. 4 were having sex in a stadium bathroom. When you consider how the Bills season has gone of late, can you blame them for finding other sources of entertainment?

By the numbers...


Cultural organizations in Erie County once again eligible for funding due to a Dec. 6 bipartisan budget deal agreed upon by the County Legislature. After having previously been shut out of County Exexutive Chris Collins’s budgets, the arts and culturals are now in line for $931,841 in support—pending Collins’s approval of the bill.


New York State tax rate on income over $2 million according to a new deal agreed upon by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders on Dec. 6. The deal reduces or holds tax rates on all income levels, even lowering the previous 8.97 percent tax on the ultra-wealthy—which was set to expire in 2012—and will raise $1.9 billion in revenue.


Percentage of New York residents that have an unfavorable opinion of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich according to a November Siena College poll. A Dec. 5 Gingrich fundraising email predicted that “New York is in play in 2012”; this despite the fact that President Barack Obama carried New York in 2008 by 26 points.

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