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Raising Money in Black Rock

Carl Paladino introduces Dave Nolf and his band.

Last Thursday the First Amendment Club threw a  fundraiser at the Polish Cadets Hall for the Black Rock/Riverside Little Leagues, which continue to say they have been stiffed of funding promised them by State Senator Antoine Thompson in 2008. (Last night, at Joe Golombek’s announcement that he’s challenging Sam Hoyt, a Little League representative told us that they’d been told checks had been issued and deposited, but he insisted the Little Leagues have no record of the deposits being made, and that Thompson’s office won’t return their calls.) The First Amendment Club aimed to make up for some of the missing funding.

A number of local politicians and musicians attended. The bands were introduced by gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, followed by a review by the barbaric Tom Ragan of the infamous Shredd & Ragan of 103.3 The Edge. And if that wasn’t enough to make the evening unusual, a man looking like Steve Pigeon, claiming to be Steve Pigeon, came in as the event was winding down.


  • Jonathan Wellinton-Fidrych III

    That Pigeon chap appears to be the type of fellow that WE higher status community leaders can work with. It is clear that he appreciates the value of money. I’ll have to invite him to lunch at the Club.