by John Duke - posted 5:01 pm, December 18, 2014
December 19, 2014 | Niagara Falls, New York @ The Rapids Theatre
Tickets: $15 in Advance / $20 at the Door
All-Ages (Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
It’s hard to put your thumb on USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker). In a world where things are constantly being examined, labeled, named, and methodically grouped neatly in one place or the other. When something comes along that won’t be put under a thumb, what then? No, chaos doesn’t consume the earth, but it does often leave people wondering where to place the duo with a sound that is equal parts science and art, a convergence of gentle melody and driving beat. Like a science experiment set to music, what they do melts down acoustic rock, EDM, Dub, Hip-Hop, Orchestral, and Pop transforming it into an entirely new element. It explodes, it implodes, and it is a pure chemical reaction…
If you missed USS and Nolf at their two sold out shows at the Ironworks in March of this year, join them tomorrow for a show that’s guaranteed to be out of this world.
Dave Nolf Band
Nolf’s album, “we say” is available on iTunes – 9.99 for 12 tracks.
by John Duke - posted 2:32 pm, November 11, 2014
Bill waiving fees for DMV veteran’s designation does not become law unless signed by end of year
Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs issued a letter to NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver urging him to have Assembly Bill A08231A/Senate Bill S5995A delivered to the Governor for signing. The legislation, which unanimously passed both the Assembly and Senate earlier this year, prohibits the imposition of any additional fee for the issuance of a driver license or non-driver identification card with a veteran’s distinguishing mark.
In 2013, a law was enacted that allows honorably discharged service men and women the option of having their Veteran status added to their driver licenses and non-drivers identification cards. Unfortunately the State Department of Motor Vehicles interpreted this law as requiring a Veteran to pay an amendment fee to add the “Veteran” status when requested prior to the renewal date of the document.
“Essentially, this legislation eliminates the $12.50 amendment fee and allows this distinction to be added free of charge, regardless of the timing. I strongly believe this designation on New York licenses and ID’s should be a benefit conferred to the New York State veteran community free of charge and not a revenue generator for government,” said Jacobs. “Since this bill received unanimous support in both houses, I find it disconcerting that this bill has not been delivered to the Governor.”
According to New York State law the Assembly has until the end of the year to send the bill to the Governor for consideration. If the Assembly fails to send the bill prior to January 1st it will result in a veto.
“As we celebrate Veterans Day and honor the men and women of the armed forces who have sacrificed so much for our state and nation, it seems only appropriate that this bill be sent to the Governor so that it can be signed into law,” stated Clerk Jacobs. “I respectfully urge Assembly Leader Silver to take whatever steps necessary to see that this legislation is delivered to the Governor without delay.”
Click here to read Jacobs’s letter to Silver.
by John Duke - posted 12:26 pm, November 10, 2014
Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 12 noon, members of the WNY Hispanic American Veterans Memorial Committee invites the community to join them as a wreath is placed at the Hispanic American Veterans Memorial at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park in celebration of Veterans Day.
“Our aim today is to recognize all those who have fallen, in the name of freedom, and all those who have served past present and future. We cannot and will not allow their memory to be forgotten. Our monument will stand vigilant as a reminder, and as a token of appreciation, to all our veterans, their service, and their sacrifice,” said Angelo M. Otero, Vice Chairman of the WNYHAVMC.
Hispanic Americans have fought in every conflict in which the United States has ever participated. The monument is located between the Korean and Rust Bucket memorials, the public is invited to attend.
by John Duke - posted 2:47 pm, October 24, 2014
In case you weren’t able to watch the debate for the NYS Senate 60th district on TV last night, WBBZ TV, channel 5, will re-air the event this Sunday, October 26, 2014, at 10:30 am. It’s said that politics in Western New York is a contact sport and last night’s event resembled a three way boxing match. It was duck and cover until you could throw a roundhouse with plenty of rope-a-dope. You can find out where your candidate stands on: campaign finance reform, a living wage standard verses a low minimum wage, hydrofracking and the safe act. This year, Democrat or Republican control of the state senate could come down to a whomever wins this seat on November 4th. Watch it this Sunday. It was “Gunpowder, gelatine – Dynamite with a laser beam – Guaranteed to blow your mind…” You don’t want to miss it!
by John Duke - posted 5:30 pm, September 10, 2014
Do you want to vote in the general election for Governor this November 4th, but don’t particularly care for the rhetoric of Andrew Cuomo and Rob Astorino? Are you’re tired of the lies and half truths told by both the Republicans and the Democrats? Would you like to tell Albany you have had enough? There is an alternative, a Teamster, and he’s coming to Black Rock in Buffalo. Environmentalist and Gubernatorial Candidate, Howie Hawkins, will be at the Polish Cadets Hall this Thursday, September 11th at 5:00 pm! (Plus the bar will be open!)
The Green Campaign in New York focuses on hydrofracking (which destroyed and bankrupted large parts of Pennsylvania), raising the minimum wage (which proved very successful for business in California) and supports publically funded elections (to remove the corrupt politicians that sell their vote). The Green Party doesn’t allow fusion endorsements.
This Thursday come to the Polish Cadet’s Hall at 927 Grant Street corner of Amherst Street in Buffalo (14207). Hawkins is the only gubernatorial candidate that openly opposes fracking. Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu exceeded all expectations in Tuesday’s primary. It ain’t over till it’s over. If Hawkins, Astorino and Cuomo each receive a third of the votes it’ll be a free-for-all in November. Vote Green – you’ll breathe better at night.
by John Duke - posted 11:58 am, September 5, 2014
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There is an old saying in the political world, “Be careful of what you ask for because you just might get it.” Four years ago, after unprecedented media attacks, Antoine Thompson lost his bid to become the first NYS Senator from what is now the 60th district to serve a third term since Anthony Masiello (1980 – 93) in 1984—85. Next Tuesday, Primary Day, September 9, Thompson will attempt a political comeback in the NYS 141 Assembly District and once again the media attacks have been relentless. Some going as far to say his opponent has been “good enough.” None of it is accurate and he stands a very good chance of winning.
His opponent has entered this primary season severely weakened by widespread criticism of her tenure. Many democrats on the West Side of Main Street, between Amherst Street and Kenmore Avenue and encompassing most of the Hertel Avenue neighborhoods, don’t know who Crystal Peoples is and can’t name anything she’s done for anyone. And it’s in North Buffalo where Crystal Peoples stands her best chance of losing.
While in the state senate Thompson was successful in securing environmental clean up funds, authored prohibitions against fracking to protect the Niagara River and the Great Lakes, obtained neighborhood housing grants, job training programs, and fought on behalf of non-profit groups across the city. All good things, but here’s what could end up being the tipping point in the election: Thompson was also the largest non-corporate sponsor of the Hertel Avenue Italian Festival.
“Ora cercare di battere che!” (Now try to beat that!)
by John Duke - posted 4:00 pm, October 12, 2012
On Monday a Siena Poll with unbelievable results was released to the public. It stated that while 59% of voters liked Mark Grisanti 30% do not and another 11% had no opinion of him. It also claimed 47% will vote for him on November 6, 2012. They polled 439 people out of the more than 300,000 people who live in the district, so mathematically Republican Mark Grisanti could probably count on 202 of the people polled to vote for him next month. But there could be as many as 202,000 people voting. The poll slanted Republican and didn’t mention hydrofracking or raising the minimum age. The poll was commissioned by the Buffalo News and WGRZ TV, two of Grisanti’s biggest supporters. If the poll was real, Democrat Mike Amodeo would have a problem.
First of all, there is the 47% that say they will vote for Grisanti. Common Cause Analysis revealed that Grisanti took in 92% of his campaign cash from donors outside of the State Senate 60th district, but that’s a red herring. 100% of the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee’s cash is from outside the district. Grisanti is about to spend over one million dollars to be re-elected and the RSSCC will spend about one and a half million dollars. Which means 2% of Grisanti’s money comes from within the district while 98% comes from outside sources. So the question becomes; “With spending like that, how in the world is it possible that under 50% of the people will say they are going to vote for you?” The number of people that say they will vote for Grisanti should be much higher, even without spending $2,500,000 to keep an $80,000 job.
If you meet Grisanti you come away liking him. How is it possible that a poll came up with only a 59% likability? My guess would be in the high 90% range. Maybe not vote for him but still like him. I’m one of those people. I think Grisanti is extremely intelligent and 100% likeable but I can’t vote for him, I’m also 100% against hydrofracking. There is no way I can cast a vote for something that will cause cancer. That’s where there isn’t a choice. Pumping cancer causing agents into the ground and into the air and then to take the polluted waste water loaded with carcinogenic compounds and dump it into the Niagara River and Lake Ontario is in a category that defies description; it is going way beyond a mortal sin. I have to wonder why the Siena Poll “forgot” to ask about hydrofracking?
by John Duke - posted 11:28 am, September 28, 2012
The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy’s All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast takes place tomorrow—Saturday, September 29—from 8 to 10 am at Applebee’s (2656 Delaware Avenue, in the Target plaza). $5.50 includes bacon, orange juice and beverage. Proceeds go to Rainbow K Grammar School.