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Bass Pro Project; Buffalo Businessman Files Lawsuit

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A group of Buffalo residents filed suit in New York State Supreme Court Monday to stop state money from being used to subsidize the proposed Bass Pro-centered development at the Erie Canal Harbor.

The suit claims that the $35 million subsidy offered to Bass Pro violates a prohibition in New York's Constitution against the gift or loan of state funds to a private enterprise.

Mark Goldman, proprietor of the Calumet Art Cafe and author of books on Buffalo history, is leading the group.

"We believe that the defendants, by offering public money to a private corporation, have acted in violation of the New York State Constitution," Goldman said in a statement released Monday. "We believe that efforts to give public funds to Bass Pro are a serious abuse of power that could, if allowed to stand, corrupt the democratic process."

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Buffalo Brewfest to Take Place at HSBC Arena

Several different types of beer will be available under one roof on Friday, August 6th at the HSBC Arena.

The Buffalo Brewfest will feature beers from all over the world. You will be able to enjoy tastings and see how beer is included in several different types of meals.

In addition to the good time, all proceeds will benefit a good cause.

"All of the money from this event goes to our foundation and throughout the year, we will use the funds generated from the Buffalo Brewfest for scholarships to our literacy program and our Autism intervention program," said Joseph Cozzo, President of the Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center. "We like to tell people that they are coming down and drinking for a good cause."

The event runs from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. tickets cost $25 and will be $35 at the door.