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Echo Chamber (April 17): News You Could Have Read Anywhere

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 Protest

  • AFSCME Local 264 plans to protest outside of Mayor Byron Brown’s fundraiser today at Kleinhans at 4pm. Check it out.
  •  News continues to be generated by the October 2006 storm. In Snyder, lawyer Jim Duggan got a court order from State Supreme Court Judge Makowski calling for a halt in the removal of storm-damaged trees on three streets there. The Town of Amherst had ok’d the removal of 44 80-year-old silver maples on Burroughs Drive, Duggan’s street of residence, at the beginning of the week. Contractors began cutting them down on Tuesday, escorted by Erie County Sheriff’s deputies “for the crews’ safety.” Now the two parties will have to work out in court…
  • Additionally, the folks at Carvings for a Cause are now offering smaller pieces of art for sale. Items made by local woodworkers from the trees felled after the storm,  including bowls, vases, and cutting boards, will now be for sale.
  • The Brookings Institution released a supplemental report yesterday showing that Buffalo could receive between $600 million and $1.1 billion in economic benefits if the Federal government were to fully adopt the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) Restoration Strategy. Read the report (it’s only three pages long, for Christ’s sake!) here:

    Brookings’s Great Lakes supplemental report

  • The Feds raided a Cheektowaga Mexican restaurant—El Caporal—yesterday, which is owned, they say, by an undocumented Mexican alien. Simon Banda allegedly paid for workers to be smuggled acorss the border to work here and in six other restaurants he owns regionally.