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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v11n39 (09/27/2012) » Section: Week in Review

All That Kennedy Money

As this week’s deadline approaches, the result of the primary contest between Democrats Betty Jean Grant and Tim Kennedy remains unresolved, though it is beginning to look as if Kennedy, the incumbent state senator, might squeak by on the strength of absentee ballots.

Nate Buckley Trial: Language, Language...

Prosecution and defense lawyers sparred over questions of free speech and the rights of property owners in Buffalo City Court Monday, arguing over a defense motion to dismiss charges in a high-profile criminal case. Nate Buckley, 27, was arrested in April of last year during a political demonstration outside M&T Bank’s complex on Main Street near Chippewa. Buckley and about 50 others were protesting the bank’s financial ties to war contractors. He has been charged with misdemeanor counts of trespass, obstruction of justice, and resisting arrest. Monday afternoon, Judge Joseph Fiorella heard oral arguments for and against the motion by Susan H. Sadinsky, chief of the Erie County District Attorney’s city court bureau, and defense lawyers Daire Brian Irwin and Michael Kuzma.

One Man, An Indeterminate Number of Votes

On Saturday, committee members of the Erie County Democratic Party will meet at Hearthstone Manor in Cheektowaga to elect a new chairman, replacing Len Lenihan, who is retiring after 10 years on the job.

Peace Breaks Out at Linwood Bike Track Meeting

Last week, word started spreading about a revolutionary traffic plan for the recently resurfaced Linwood Avenue. Bicycle enthusiasts were encouraged to learn that Linwood would become the first street in Buffalo to feature a two-way bicycle track situated along the curb at the west side of the street, insulated from auto traffic by a line of parked cars in what’s known as a “floating” parking lane running parallel to the track, 10 feet away from the curb. Automobile traffic would be reduced to one lane running north, and parking on the east side of the street would remain unchanged.

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