So much news, so!

Sometimes, I read the paper and nothing strikes me. Other days. Bam!

Bam#1

Another 27 sighting…although I’m not sure how positive this one is…

Some question the expense of having a full-time Council in Buffalo with its staff of 27 and dozens of interns.

We just downsized 4 at-large members, which should not have even been an issue…but…Well, isn’t it obvious that we don’t need that many members? But no…no…not obvious in Buffalo. Home of all things racially motivated of course. 27 staff members.

Bam#2

Adelphia trial under way:Company is called Rigases’ “private piggy bank’

“John J. Rigas billed Adelphia Communications Corp. for everything from frequent flights to Buffalo Sabres games to his Columbia House record club membership”

Screw you old man. We pin all our high waterfront development promises on you and well, this is what we get. Wait, screw you Buffalo for pinning all of our high waterfront development plans on Adelphia!

Bam#3

Bills say Brown gone, Winfield going

Out with the old, in with the new…Bye bye Ruben.

“Brown is one of the most active Bills ever in community service. Among his favorite causes are the Salvation Army, the United Way, Buffalo Prep and Upstate New York Transplant Services. “

Bam#4

Partnership speaks out against downtown casino

MY GOD! Will anything ever change in Buffalo? Common Council too big, Adelphia, Peace Bridge Expansion, CasiNO‘s. Gee whiz. Recycle recycle recycle.

I repeat. The day that Buffalo decides to get a casino is the day I move out.

Bad bad lawmakers. Dumb MAYOR. Can anyone say PUPPET? Arugh.

Those urging the Senecas to reconsider downtown sites include Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence; Assembly Majority Leader Paul A. Tokasz, D-Cheektowaga; and Mayor Anthony M. Masiello. Reynolds, who reportedly has been leading the effort, has declined to discuss any role he might be playing in locating a casino in Erie County.

Masiello said he doesn’t buy the Partnership’s findings and will continue to pursue a downtown casino.

“The studies I’ve seen say a casino would create thousands of jobs and lead to millions of dollars in spin-off revenues to existing downtown businesses,” the mayor said. “I disagree with the Partnership and will continue to push for a downtown casino as a valid part of our economic development strategy.”

Bam#7

State budget reforms stall once again

The biggest April Fools Joke ever. NY State Fiscal Year. April 1st.

Nineteen years have passed since the last time the state adopted a budget on time.

As in previous election years, the sides have sounded committed to adopting a budget on time. This year, however, the rhetoric appears more genuine. Even Democrats who control the Assembly – usually blamed for using the deadline as a bargaining chip with Gov. George E. Pataki, a Republican, and the Republican-controlled Senate – have said they see some tactical and political advantages in a timely budget.

See SOME advantages in passing a timely budget. Oh, woe is me. SOME?

Bam#6

Birth-control coverage by charity ordered

Good for California. (Full text of case-Catholic Charities v. Super. Ct.)

The high court said that Catholic Charities is no different from other businesses in California, as opposed to “religious employers” such as churches, which are exempt from the requirement. Catholic Charities argued that it, too, should be exempt.

But the state Supreme Court ruled that the charity is not a religious employer because it offers such secular services as counseling, low-income housing and immigration services to people of all faiths, without directly preaching Catholic values.

In fact, Justice Kathryn Werdegar wrote that a “significant majority” of the people served by the charity are not Catholic. The court also noted that the charity employs workers of differing religions.


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