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Mayor Byron Brown Concerned About HSBC's Future in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A Proposal by Buffalo Mayor Byron to transfer an entire 7.7 acre waterfront plot to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHD) for possible future use by HSBC Bank failed to gain the approval of the Buffalo Common Council Wednesday.

"The way the Council treated business today is just inexcusable," said Lovejoy District Council Member Richard Fontana, a supporter of the plan.

Another plan, proffered by a majority of council members to transfer slightly less than 2 acres of the so called Webster Block to the ECHD, also failed to garner the six votes needed for passage.

Instead, a majority of lawmakers approved a resolution directing the city's legal department to start drafting documents that would be needed to eventually transfer the smaller portion of the property to the Harbor Development Corp. if the needed sixth vote can be found.

That group included Common Council President David Franczyk.

National Political Memorabilia Convention

Attention all collectors, students of history and political aficionados, Buffalo will be the host of the National Political Memorabilia Convention August 5th - 7th at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

Buy, sell and trade political campaign collectibles and view an astonishing political exhibit featuring New York State related material from George Washington through Jack Kemp.  Attendees will also be ale to sit at a replica of the president's 1876 Resolute Oval Office Desk or stand behind an official replica White House presidential podium!! 

The convention is a massive show and sale of thousands of campaign buttons, ribbons, posters, banners dating as far back as George Washington's 1789 inauguration all the way to Barack Obama's historic campaign for the White House.

All are welcome to attend and the public is encouraged to bring in any political item for a free appraisal by knowledgeable experts.  Auctions will be available on site. 

Roswell Park Holds National Bone Marrow Drive

BUFFALO, NY-Roswell Park and the National Marrow Donor Program are holding a Bone Marrow Donor Drive in Roswell's main lobby on Tuesday, August 3rd from 4-6 PM.

If you're between the ages of 18-60 with no history of cancer, diabetes or heart problems, you can become either a bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell donor.

Marrow and stem cell transplants are used to treat leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases. Only 30% of these people find a matching donor within their own families.

Donor screening is free and involves a simple swab of the inside of the cheek. All information collected at the drive goes into a computerized registry for those who have agreed to potentially donate marrow or stem cells.

 

Mayor Brown's Son Arrested

BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown issued a statement Monday afternoon regarding the arrest of his son over the weekend for petit larceny:

"My son Byron was arrested this past Saturday, charged with petit larceny and issued an appearance ticket.

My wife and I are greatly disappointed by this extremely poor judgement by our son.

Although this is a private family matter, I want to make it clear that my son Byron will cooperate fully with the authorities throughout the ensuing legal process."

According to the police report, the arrest took place at the A.J. Wright store on Delaware Avenue and involved allegedly taking  over $50 worth of merchandise.  The items taken, according to the police report, were Hanes t-shirt packages and a stereo boom box for an I-Pod.

The Mayor's son was accused of shoplifting after accepting the items from a clerk who failed to ring up the items.  The clerk was also charged.

Croce and Eagan Place Bid For Buffalo Statler Building

BUFFALO, NY - Two Buffalo businessmen have become the latest to try and breath new life into the mothballed Statler Towers building downtown, hoping to succeed where others have failed.

According to documents filed in US Bankruptcy Court, a purchase agreement was signed on July 21 between the bankruptcy trustee in charge of the building's disposition and a yet to be named entity headed by Mark Croce and James Eagan.

Croce is President of Buffalo Development Corporation and owns several downtown properties including the Buffalo Chophouse restaurant and the Curtiss Building, which he is currently converting into a boutique hotel at the corner of Franklin and West Huron streets.

Egan is a partner and Executive Vice President of Midwood Financial Services

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.