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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n32 (08/09/2012) » Section: Week in Review

A Question for Leon Panetta

On the day this paper hits the streets, August 9, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is scheduled to tour the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base, at the invitation of Congresswoman Kathy Hochul.

Cuomo e Fermato a Busti Avenue

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo snuck into town Saturday morning to announce a $2 million dollar deal by which the state would purchase from the City of Buffalo land—Busti Avenue, the paved street, the right-of-way—that the Peace Bridge folks want for their proposed expanded plaza, then turn over the land to the Public Bridge Authority. The announcement raised more questions than it answered.

Meeting the New Boss

As is the custom when one wins public office or an Academy Award, this past New Year’s Day at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center the freshly inaugurated county executive, Mark Poloncarz, took the time for numerous thank-yous. “I believe I have some friends from organized labor in the house?” Poloncarz playfully intoned to the raucous delight of hundreds of members of various unions that lent financial, material, and shoe-leather support to his underdog campaign against the incumbent, Chris Collins.

Vive Le Resistance: Ex-Member of the Buffalo Five to Speak at Burning Books

On the hot summer night of August 21, 1971, seven young people identifying themselves with the Catholic Radical Left broke into the old post office building on Ellicott Street in Buffalo. Today, the Romanesque revival structure is known as the Erie Community College City campus. Back then, during the Vietnam War, it was being used to house draft records and US Army security papers.

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