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Quinn to Face Lawmakers in Wake of Scathing State Audit

January 27, 2016 Tony Farina 68
Carl McCall     ....reportedly called by Quinn
Carl McCall
….reportedly called by Quinn

As embattled Erie Community College President Jack Quinn prepares to face county lawmakers today (Jan. 28) at 3 p.m. on the scathing state audit of the institution he leads, there are signs that Quinn has been working very hard to convince anyone who will listen that he’s not to blame for the problems at ECC and can fix them.

Sources say Quinn has reached out to Carl McCall, the former state comptroller who is now chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, in an attempt to deflect the public relations damage he has suffered in the recent audit of ECC by current State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli that confirmed much of what I have been reporting for the last several months about the rampant problems at ECC under Quinn who often travels on non-college related assignments despite his $192,5000 salary, the highest paying public job in WNY. read more

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Closing Bars Earlier May Impact Business, Diminish Freedom Locally Enjoyed

January 27, 2016 Frank Parlato 54

The issue of whether to roll back the bar closing time from 4 a. m. to 2 a. m. in Erie County is certainly a hot-button item right now.

The idea is a bad one – or, at best, hastily conceived.

Forget that this is a perfect example of an attempt by ‘big brother’ enthusiasts to impose their morality and an overreach, this is an attempt to enact a new regulation that would damage existing business and take away the choices people now have, whether they are late-working individuals or people coming from a neighboring community where the closings are earlier to enjoy some late night time with friends. read more

Free Emergency Preparedness Training offered twice in Buffalo on January 6

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BUFFALO- New York National Guard troops, in conjunction with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will be presenting a free disaster preparedness class twice on Wednesday, January 6 at the Catholic Charities office in Buffalo.

The two-hour program will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Catholic Charities is 525 Washington ST, Buffalo.

The event is opened to any interested citizen and no sign-up in advance is required.

The taxpayer-funded event is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s continuing Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program, which “provides citizens with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions,” according to a press release announcing the classes. read more

   DiPizio Construction Co. Wins Major Appellate Court Ruling on Canalside Suit

December 29, 2015 Tony Farina 53
A lot went haywire since then: December 5, 2011 - Congressman Higgins and Rosanne DiPizio of DiPizio Construction Announce That Buffalo is 3rd in the Nation in Construction Jobs Added in 2011.
December 5, 2011 – Congressman Higgins and Rosanne DiPizio of DiPizio Construction Announce That Buffalo is 3rd in the Nation in Construction Jobs Added in 2011. A lot went haywire since then.

The local construction company suing the state over its termination as the Canalside contractor in July of 2013 has won a major victory in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.

In a unanimous ruling handed down last week, the court reinstated DiPizio Construction’s claim that the president of the state’s Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) may have lacked the legal authority to terminate DiPizio from the $20 million replica canal project without authorization in the form of a vote from the Board of Directors, something DiPizio’s lawyers contend never happened. read more

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Cohen to Represent Mascia at Hearing

December 18, 2015 Tony Farina 43

Joe Mascia, the elected tenant commissioner at the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority who was suspended by Mayor Byron Brown for racist remarks that were taped without his knowledge, will have a chance to make his case for reinstatement in front of a hearing officer Friday (Dec.18) at 9:30 a.m. in Buffalo City Court, Part 30.

The 70-year-old activist insists he is not a racist, and said if he was, “it would have shown up a long time ago.”  He plans to challenge the circumstances of the recording made by Paul Christopher during a four-hour car ride to Albany earlier this year. read more

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Black ECC Executive Files Discrimination Complaint Against School

December 18, 2015 Tony Farina 37

With the first state audit of Erie Community College in 20 years due to be released shortly at a time when the institution is facing serious financial challenges, new legal concerns are emerging for President Jack Quinn and his administration in the form of a discrimination complaint filed with the state by the black former associate vice president for legal affairs, Marsha Jackson, who says she was discriminated against “on the basis of my race and color” and denied the opportunity to apply for a higher position. read more

Ice Boom Installation Complete, Along with Our Fleecing

August 18, 2017 Frank Parlato 19

Ice Boom Installation Complete, Along with Our Fleecing

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) successfully installed the three remaining floating sections of the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom on December 28, completing the work for the 20http://southbuffalonews.com5-20http://southbuffalonews.com6 season.

The official Lake Erie water temperature on December 28 was 42 degrees F.

The ice boom is a steel pontoon structure that keeps the Niagara River free of large chunks of ice.

It was installed in the mid http://southbuffalonews.com960’s and is owned by NYPA. read more