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Congressman Brian Higgins Reacts to Bass Pro Decision

BUFFALO, NY - Rep. Brian Higgins (D-South Buffalo) reacted with relief over Bass Pro's decision not to come to Buffalo.

"I find this liberating," Higgins told WGRZ-TV in an interview from Washington.

"It's been 9 years, ...and I don't think they were ever coming to Buffalo," Higgins said.

Earlier this month, Higgins set a deadline by publicly demanding that Bass Pro make a decision --one way or another-- about coming to Buffalo.

Asked if he believes his doing so influenced the company's decision not to come, Higgins replied, "I think it forced a decision. I don't think it forced the decision (not to come) but it forced a decision. And in the end we needed to have a decision."

Father Baker Carving Joins Others at the Marina

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The 37th and newest carving completed as part of a project following the October 2006 storm is now on display at the Erie Basin Marina.

Carvings for a Cause unveiled a statue of Father Nelson Baker made from a Chinese Elm tree. Since 1986, Our Lady of Victory Basilica and the Diocese of Buffalo have been working to secure his canonization. In 1987, Father Baker reached the first of the three steps necessary by being named by the Vatican as a Servant of God.

Carvings for a Cause uses trees lost in the October 2006 storm and others and transforms them into works of art that honor numerous Western New York individuals and symbols from both past and present.

Roswell Park Dedicates New Garden

BUFFALO, NY-Bricks, pavers, benches and trees are part of a new garden at Roswell Park that honors those whose lives have been touched by cancer.

The garden dedication was part of Roswell's annual Walk of Life ceremony. More than 250 family members and friends of those affected by the disease were on hand to honor and celebrate the life of their loved one.

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."