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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v12n24 (06/13/2013) » Section: The News, Briefly

Beer Train Draws Criticism

Niagara Frontier Transit Authority executive director Kimberly A. Minkel and public affairs director C. Douglas Hartmayer found themselves on the hot seat before the Economic Development Committee of the Erie County Legislature Tuesday. The reason for the scrutiny is the in-your-face advertising for Coors Light Silver Bullet beer that completely wraps one of the authority’s light rail trains, advertising the brand to all passers-by as the rail cars move slowly up and down Main Street.

Peace Bridge Access: 3 Ways of Looking at a Public Meeting

Second floor, D’Youville College Center. Twenty-two posters set up around room to describe Peace Bridge plans, 11 on each long wall. One attendant available to answer questions for every two posters. Some posters vague, such as one that essentially repeated that the public is able to provide feedback on the matter, saying so in different ways.

At the Schoellkopf Power Station

Last Friday, the Niagara Preservation Coalition asked the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division to issue an injunction stopping work at the site of the former Schoellkopf Power Station, where the Maid of the Mist tour operators are building a dock and winter boat storage.

Common Council Report

A key issue of the Peace Bridge controversy that has been overshadowed by the recent dispute between New York State and the PBA made its way into Tuesday’s Common Council meeting. North District Councilman Joseph Golombek, Jr. made an impassioned push to remove commercial truck traffic from the Peace Bridge and put a stop to the air-pollution assault on the surrounding neighborhood. Golombek told the Council that commercial truck traffic has contributed to neighborhood asthma and cancer rates that are a whopping four times higher than the national average.

War Between the Dems: Dispatch From the Cheektowaga Front

On June 1, a half dozen local Democratic Party town chairs, including Frank Max of Cheektowaga, sent a letter to the co-chairs and executive director of the state party, begging intercession in a conflict with Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy Zellner.

Buffalo CarShare Launches Expansion Effort

Buffalo CarShare is making great strides toward making personal transit possible for the average- to low-income citizen. Since the nonprofit service started four years ago, it has been on the steady rise, adding four to five cars to its fleet every year.

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