Monthly Archives: April 2019

By: Edwin Martinez

As the President of the Pucho Augustin Olivencia Center, Wilmer Olivencia is focused on serving as a voice and advocate for individuals and families in need of support during difficult times. Because of his background and own experiences, he is able to serve as a voice for the Latino community while creating understanding and awareness among multiple audiences. “It’s important for people to know that Pucho, Inc. serves people of all backgrounds and the impact that it can have on these individuals. I am a product of Pucho, Inc. Because of the support I received here, I was able to succeed. There are so many people with great potential, and we have the power to help them reach that potential, with the support of the community,” said Wilmer during an interview about his role at the Pucho Olivencia Community Center and in the community.

With more than 20 years of experience in the human services and community organizing field, Wilmer is able to provide a wealth of knowledge on the programs and strategies that benefit our clients and the entire community. His extensive background includes work in the fields of: Community organizing, governmental administration, not –for- profit management and employment/training services. Through Pucho, Inc., Wilmer substantially increased services to the community via the Three Kings day celebration, the Grease Pole Festival and numerous other cultural event which have succeeded in increasing community pride and preserving the  Hispanic culture of Buffalo’s Latino community.

As the former Deputy City Clerk Wilmer sought to increase openness in government and increasing access to government for Buffalo’s Hispanic Community.

Wilmer is lifelong resident of Buffalo New York. The oldest child of Wilmer & Elsy Olivencia and Grandson to the Late Agustin “Pucho “ Olivencia & Carmen Olivencia. Wilmer had the pleasure of growing up in the Eastside of Buffalo on the famous Swan St and Myrtle neighborhood. A neighborhood, that first welcomed many Hispanic families upon arriving to the city of Buffalo. He moved to the Westside at an early age and had the best of the both worlds. He attended St. Columba grammar school, McKinley Vocational High School & Erie Community College where he majored in Criminal Justice.

Wilmer currently serves as the Program Coordinator of the Anti-Graffiti-& Clean City Program for the City of Buffalo. In this recent appointment by Mayor Byron W. Brown he is responsible enhancing the quality of life and leading the fight against graffiti and blight by working collaboratively with all city departments, community groups and businesses. Under his leadership the City of Buffalo was able to remove 2235 pieces of graffiti. He also played a major role in coordinating snow removal for over 1000 Senior and disabled city residents during this most recent winter that we are still experiencing.

Wilmer is happily married to his beautiful wife Wanda and lives in the Niagara District with their 3 awesome children: Jasmine 21, Kayla 19 & Michael 18. He is enjoys camping, vacationing in the Caribbean and hosting events at Puchos Social Club.

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Global military expenditure reached its highest level last year since the end of the Cold War, fueled by increased spending in the United States and China, the world’s two biggest economies, a leading defense think-tank said on Monday.

In its annual report, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said overall global military spending in 2018 hit $1.82 trillion, up 2.6 percent on the previous year.

That is the highest figure since 1988, when such data first became available as the Cold War began winding down.

U.S. military spending rose 4.6 percent last year to reach $649 billion, leaving it still by far the world’s biggest spender. It accounted for 36 percent of total global military expenditure, nearly equal to the following eight biggest-spending countries combined, SIPRI said.

China, the second biggest spender, saw military expenditure rise 5.0 percent to $250 billion last year, the 24th consecutive annual increase.

“In 2018 the USA and China accounted for half of the world’s military spending,” Nan Tian, a researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure (AMEX) program, said.

With President Donald Trump committed to strong national defense despite reducing U.S. troops numbers in conflict zones such as Afghanistan, 2018 marked the first increase in U.S. military spending since 2010, SIPRI said. His defense spending request to Congress this year is the largest ever in dollar terms before adjustment for inflation.

“The increase in U.S. spending was driven by the implementation from 2017 of new arms procurement programs under the Trump administration,” Aude Fleurant, the director of the SIPRI AMEX program, said in a statement.

The other top spenders are, in declining order, Saudi Arabia, India, France, Russia, Britain, Germany, Japan and South Korea. Saudi Arabia, which is leading a military coalition battling Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen, was the biggest per capita spender on defense, just ahead of the United States.

NATO TARGET

Trump has criticized some of Washington’s NATO allies in Europe, especially Germany, for failing to meet the alliance’s spending target of 2 percent of gross domestic product.

SIPRI data showed military spending equaled 1.2 percent of GDP in Germany – Europe’s largest economy – last year, based on GDP estimates for 2018 from the International Monetary Fund.

Britain and France, the two other largest economies in Europe, spent 1.8 percent and 2.3 percent of GDP respectively on defense in 2018.

Military expenditure by all 29 NATO members amounted to just over half of global spending, SIPRI added.

Russia, which flexed its military muscles with its 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and intervention in the Syrian conflict, dropped out of the list of the top five spenders in 2018 following an annual decline of 3.5 percent.

Despite a sustained drive to upgrade and modernize Russia’s armed forces, President Vladimir Putin has had to tighten purse strings following a sharp decline in global oil prices and the need to prioritize some domestic spending programs.

Russian spending recorded its first annual decline in nearly two decades in 2017, with a fall of 20 percent in real terms, SIPRI estimates released last year showed.

Reporting by Niklas Pollard; Editing by Gareth Jones

Washington – President Donald Trump falsely claimed that “Puerto Rico got $ 91 billion dollars” in disaster relief funds to mitigate the disaster caused by Hurricane María, but, how much money has really arrived to the island in federal recovery and reconstruction funds?

A revision of the data provided by the U.S. and Puerto Rican authorities to verify the most recent statements of government officials, the conclusion of an analysis by the Associated Press is that funds allocated to address the emergency, recovery and the reconstruction process is about $ 45.7 billion.

Disbursements, including funds the federal government spent on restoring the island´s power infrastructure, loans and Medicaid funds to ease the government’s fiscal crisis, reach $ 20 billion.

However, funds directly available related for Puerto Rico´s reconstruction remain at $ 1.507 billion from the US Department of Housing (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR). According to the federal government, Puerto Rico has only used $ 42,000 of the funds released under the CDBG-DR program.

Although official figures have changed little in recent months, those who listen to government authorities face a puzzle of different numbers.

Although President Trump told Republican senators in a meeting at the federal Capitol, and then tweeted, that Puerto Rico had received $ 91 billion, the White House later recognized – in a document defending its response to the emergency caused by Hurricane María and accusing the island´s government of having a history of corruption – that that number was not real.

The current official White House estimate is that the federal government has allocated $ 41 billion for Puerto Rico disaster recovery and that the other $ 50 billion could be spent in the future.

Disbursement of federal funds for Puerto Rico

1- Restoration of power infrastructure $4.96 billion*.

($3.06 billion to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that hired U.S. companies. Plus $1.9 billionin subsidies to Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.)

2- Medicaid $3.22 billion**.

3- FEMA reimbursements to the local government

$3.01 billion.

4- FEMA reimbursements to households and individuals $2.4 billion.

5- U.S. Small Business Administration loans for Businesses in Puerto Rico $2.20 billion.

6- Funds through The Community Development Block Grant, Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG–DR) $1.5 billion***

7- Food Assistance $1.27 billion.

8- Employee Retention Benefit $423.3 million.

9- CDL loans for municipalities$294.4 million.

10- FEMA reimbursements to municipalities for expenses related to the emergency $282.2 million.

11- Reimbursements to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for debris removal $231 million.

Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares tweeted that they have only received $ 300 million. The governor also stated –creating even more confusion- that “Puerto Rico has not been able to spend a single dollar of the money already appropriated by Congress.”

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González says the data she has gathered indicate that the island received $ 50 billion.

In any case, it is false to say that disaster relief funds for Puerto Rico have far exceeded funding for other states hit by a natural disaster, as President Trump argued.

According to Associated Press, damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and other southern states cost the government more than $ 120 billion.

If Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood insurance funds, and without all federal programs at hand, are considered, Texas has received at least

$ 51 billion for recovery and reconstruction after Hurricane Harvey, which along with María have been the most powerful storms recorded in recent years..

12- FCC funds for the telecommunications network $51 million

13- WIC funds $14 million

Approximate Total: $19.8 billion.

*Funds went almost entirely to U.S. electric power companies.

**Based on PRHIA monthly estimates.

***These are the only funds disbursed for the island´s reconstruction. Of this total, just $42,000 have been used.

Sources: FEMA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Office of the Resident Commissioner, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.

As other experts have noted before, a FEMA spokeswoman in Washington warned yesterday that disaster comparison does not provide an accurate representation of disaster funding because there are many variables and elements that are very different from place to place and from disaster to disaster.

Unfortunately, it´s not possible to see the breakdown of disaster relief appropriations and disbursements made to the island since there is no such platform in the federal government.

Although Governor Rosselló Nevares insisted that he has set the “most transparent reconstruction” after a natural disaster, the Central Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience (COR3) website provides partial information on the promised allocations and only includes disbursements made by FEMA.

After an $ 88 million contract with CGI Technologies, Cecille Blondet, executive director of Espacios Abiertos affirmed that “the COR3 website does not give a complete picture”, nor does it take the entire recovery plan as a basis. She added that to “be able to track the recovery process in Puerto Rico after María and ensure a transparent, clean and fair recovery— in addition to knowing how is Puerto Rico’s recovering after María, what investment is required, and from what sources will these funds come— the civil sector needs updated information that allows us to follow the progress of the recovery to actively participate and monitor effectively.”

Although it was requested, the Department of the Treasury did not provide information on how much money in federal disaster relief has reached the Treasury.

On Wednesday, AP reported on a White House document that, among other things, states that “Congress does not need to appropriate more funds for the recovery effort in Puerto Rico,” which suggests that the rest of the funds may come from reconstruction projects authorized by FEMA.

$152 millionin FCC funds for repairs and improvements to the telecommunications network.
$151.5millionadministratively allocated through HUD to the Puerto Rico Housing Authority.
$43.2millionto address hurricane damage in 36 universities and technical schools.
$25 millionin FEMA Flood Insurance Program.
$20.6millionin Head Start funds for healthcare programs.
$14.9millionfrom FEMA for municipalities permanent work projects.
$14millionin WIC food program.
$12.8millionin U.S. Health Department funds to community healthcare centers.
$8.9millionin U.S. Education Department funds to universities and schools.
$5.58millionfrom the U.S. Department of Commerce to non-profits for community development programs.
$3.7million from NOAA for shipwreck and debris removal.
Approximate Total: $45.726 billion
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*Funds went almost entirely to U.S. companies.

Despite President Trump’s reluctance regarding new recovery or reconstruction funds for Puerto Rico, there are bills pending in Congress proposing to allocate between $ 605 million and $ 1,067 billion for the island´s recovery.

Amid the crossfire between Rosselló and Trump, La Fortaleza Public Affairs Secretary Anthony Maceira acknowledged that they will need to overcome the President´s objections to gain access to the billions of dollars that rebuilding the power grid would cost.

According to Governor Rosselló Nevares´ plan, only modernizing the transmission and distribution systems will require more than $ 16 billion in federal assistance.

The last version of the Puerto Rican government´s fiscal plan estimates that the island would receive $ 78 billion in federal funds for recovery and reconstruction.

Of that total, they estimate that $ 46 billion will come through FEMA assistance for public agencies, including permanent works.

They also count on $ 19,946 billion in CDBG-DR funds already allocated, $ 2,5 billion in FEMA assistance to individuals and families, and $ 9,5 billion in “federal missions” programmed by the U.S. government, which should include the funds used to restore the power grid.

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Buffalo Bills fans cheer during the first half against the New York Jets on September 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Bills super fan Ezra Castro, aka Pancho Billa, had been invited to make the team’s third-round NFL Draft pick in person Friday night in Nashville.

Castro was on the stage via FaceTime through the phone of former Bills safety Coy Wire, who made the selection.

Castro also was involved in calling in the Bills’ first-round pick to Nashville on a three-way call with Bills GM Brandon Beane on Thursday night.

Castro learned Thursday morning he was going into hospice care in the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is staying there to receive care and support due to the stage four cancer he has battled for 18 months, cancer that began as a mass around his spine and then invaded his liver and his lungs.

Here is video posted on the Bills’ Twitter feed of Wire and Castro making the selection of Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary.

True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School in Rochester, NY on October 18, 2010.
Rochester’s school district leaders have six weeks to assure state education officials that they know how to correct major problems in the district – and that they’ll be able to follow through.
Late last year, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia ordered district officials to produce an improvement plan responding to a critical assessment by Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino. But in March, she rejected their first attempt, saying it didn’t reflect a coherent vision and wasn’t realistic in terms of timelines and the district’s ability to implement the reforms.
At the time, Elia promised to send a more detailed list of her concerns, and today, she did that. In a 29-page report (available to the public here), she offered detailed comments on all aspects of the district’s initial plan.
In her letter to district officials, which accompanies the report, Elia says that the timelines in the first plan
“appear aspirational,” especially given the enormous leadership challenges facing the district. Among them: the search for a new superintendent. School board members have selected four finalists and they’ve scheduled public forums involving the four on May 4 and 5. But it’s unlikely that they’ll have a new superintendent in place before the end of this school year.
Adding to the instability in the district: Four of the seven school board seats will be on the ballot in the June 25 primary election. In addition, Board President Van White is seeking election to City Court. It’s possible, then, that in January five of the seven board members will be brand new. Any new board members will not have been involved in the selection of the new superintendent, and none will have been involved in the creation of the district’s improvement plan. Leadership instability in the district and dysfunction on the school board are among Elia’s major concerns about the district.
What if the district’s revised plan isn’t satisfactory? At that point, it’s possible that state officials would step in, perhaps putting a temporary monitor or appointed board in charge, or, perhaps discussing mayoral control. During a conference-call with the media today, Elia didn’t mention any possibilities. “All options are on the table,” she said. But, she added, “we’re in the middle of this process,” and she plans to let that process continue.

(San Juan) Puerto Rico’s governor pledged on Wednesday to lift the U.S. territory from a deep recession by creating more jobs, reversing a migration exodus and implementing a range of incentives as the island struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria.

During a nearly two-hour state of the commonwealth address that followed a brief power outage at the seaside Capitol, Gov. Ricardo Rossello also said he plans to hold a yes-or-no referendum on statehood. He also criticized President Donald Trump’s response to Maria, a Category 4 storm that hit September 2017 and caused more than an estimated $100 billion in damage.

“As Americans, Puerto Ricans deserve a swift recovery from Hurricane Maria. It’s been over a year after the catastrophic event. We are still waiting for the disbursement of most of the funds already allocated by Congress,” Rossello said briefly in English before resuming his address in Spanish.

The governor said his administration has faced several obstacles amid hurricane recovery efforts, including what he called unfair conditions imposed to obtain federal funds and a hostile attitude from some federal officials.

“I reiterate to President Trump that he is discriminating against 3 million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico,” the governor said.

Rossello also called on the U.S. Congress to review the way a federal control board overseeing the island’s finances has been operating as Puerto Rico’s government tries to restructure a portion of a public debt that exceeds $70 billion. He accused the board of wanting to wield more power than authorized.

“It’s time the members of that board understand this, and that instead of standing in the way of the government providing essential services, that they help it recover financially,” he said.

Rossello announced that his administration in July and August will start directing federal hurricane recovery funds to new housing projects, loans to stimulate construction and local businesses, and aid to rebuild and repair homes damaged by Maria. He said it would begin awarding long-awaited property titles.

“I know this has taken time, and that it also has been a huge source of frustration,” he said.

Rossello noted that of the $20 billion in community development block grant hurricane recovery funds assigned to Puerto Rico, the U.S. government already has approved plans detailing how $9.7 billion of that will be spent.

After his speech, members of the main opposition party criticized Rossello for not providing details on how he expects to achieve what he pledged.

“The people are tired of promises, of hearing about all these dreams without knowing how they’ll be reached,” said Sen. Eduardo Bhatia.

Added Rep. Rafael Hernandez: “It’s a message of promises, of proposals. … There are more questions than solutions.”

Rossello spoke hours after a court hearing on Puerto Rico’s debt restructuring process at which a federal judge ruled that the control board and others may sue those accused of contributing to Puerto Rico’s financial collapse.

    City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency

    Request for Proposal 

    The City of Buffalo (“City”), through the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency (“BURA”), is seeking proposals through the federal HOME Investment Partnership Programto assist in the development of affordable housing projects in the City of Buffalo. Through this program, activities have been undertaken to enhance ongoing neighborhood revitalization efforts. For the funding period covered by this application the City will assess proposals received that address the goals outlined in the City’s Consolidated Plan.

    Applicants must be incorporated for-profit or non-profit entities to undertake affordable housing activities within the boundaries of the City of Buffalo.

    It is the policy of BURA, that all local Minority/Women Business Enterprises (M/WBE’s) be encouraged to submit proposals. BURA continues to ensure that all locally owned M/WBE’s are afforded the maximum opportunity to participate as Applicants or Sub-Applicants in the provision of goods and services for BURA. BURA encourages the award of at least thirty percent (30%) of the total dollar value of this project directly or indirectly to M/WBE’s.

    Proposal Submission Deadline: June 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. 

    Request for Proposal submissions are due to:

         Yvonne C. McCray, Director of Housing

          City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency

      65 Niagara Square

       Room-920 City Hall

    Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

    RE: City of Buffalo HOME Investment Partnership Program RFP Submission (No. 2019-1H)

    A full copy of the Request for Proposal can be picked up in 315 City Hall or 920 City Hall, 65 Niagara Square Buffalo NY 14202, the Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo NY 14203 and http://www.city-buffalo.com/BuraBidsor http://www.city-buffalo.com/bids.

    Photo by Phil Mosier Lynnwood Park and Recreation Center cleanup. In conjunction with volunteers from the neighborhood association, and Oglethorpe University. Pictured; the Gilbert family who live near the park. Mother Angela Gilbert with daughter Mikaela (10months), and Father Sean Gilbert with his son Aiden (3yr).

    ERIE COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT HIRING SEASONAL EMPLOYEES

    Applications accepted through April 12

    ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is preparing for warmer weather and is now accepting applications for seasonal employment in 2019. Available positions include cashiers and starters at both Elma Meadows and Grover Cleveland golf courses, park maintenance workers for various locations throughout the Parks’ system, and lifeguards at the beach.

    “Seasonal workers play a vital role in our operations each year, and this opportunity gives them great experience and a chance to be a part of our team,” said Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Daniel J. Rizzo. “Our parks are active all year long and will be more so as the weather warms up so we want to have our workforce in place when that happens.”

    Applications are available online at the Parks’ website and must be submitted by April 12, 2019. Completed applications can be submitted in person or mailed to:

    Erie County Parks Department

    95 Franklin St., Room 1260

    Buffalo NY 14202

    For more information:

    On the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, visithttp://www2.erie.gov/parks/

    Raíces To Produce Musical Version of Desde El Puente Play Festival, Opening April 19th

    BUFFALO, NY  — Raíces Theatre Company, Western New York’s premier Latinx theater production company, will stage the latest version of its Desde El Puente one-act play festival opening Friday, April 19th. This is the fourth edition of Raíces’ flagship play festival and the first one to include original music compositions developed by members of the Raíces ensemble. “This musical version seemed like a natural progression in our development of Desde El Puente and with our ensemble,” said Victoria Pérez, Artistic Director of Raíces. “Musicals are my favorite way to tell a story. The Latino culture is, in part, driven by our music. Therefore it seems like the perfect way to continue to tell our stories.”

    As with previous versions of Desde El Puente, each 10-minute one-act play is written, directed and performed by members of the Raíces ensemble. “We are theatre makers, we are storytellers, and we are artists,” said Pérez. “It’s something that brings us great pride.” The one-act plays in this edition of Desde El Puente will feature various Latino musical styles including salsa, merengue, plena, buleria, bolero, hip hop, tango and bachata, to name a few. The lineup of plays includes:

    – Llega la Hora, by Maria Pérez-Gómez and Victoria Pérez. A dating show where the contestants vie for the bachelorette’s love via the language of the heart… la música.

    – Plena Cautiva, by Dewel Pérez. The feeling of ten minutes of freedom.

    – El Closet Magico, by Maria Pérez-Gómez, music by Adrian Güadalupe and Maria Pérez-Gómez. A closet where the magical sounds of Puerto Rico come to life with music and adventure.

    – Sin Palabras, by Victoria Pérez, music by Lilliangina Quiñones, lyrics by Victoria Pérez and Lilliangina Quiñones. Once the “it” couple, Angi and Eddie are now in a volatile relationship heightened by a significant loss. Can they make it work?

    – Good Night Puto, by Alexia Guzmán, music by Carolyn Miranda. A woman thinks she needs a man but learns that, with a little tough love, all she really needs is herself.

    – Padrinos de Boda, by Anthony Alcocer. A marriage celebration of two people truly embracing a harmonious life together filled with a singular love, proud traditions, and the endless joy of Latinidad.

    – Es mi Voz, by Lissette DeJesús, music by Sara Rodríguez. One woman finds that when she lets her voice be heard in a world that tells her to be silent, she becomes the hero that we ought to see in ourselves

    – Don Pedro y Yo, by Rolando Martín Gómez. The story of Puerto Rican freedom fighter Pedro Albizu Campos and the struggle for social justice set to salsa poetry.

    – Just in Time, by Alejandro Gómez, music by Daniel Williams. Two friends are drifting apart but they try to restore their friendship before it’s too late.

    Desde El Puente opens Friday, April 19th and performances run for three weekends through Sunday, May 5th. The one-act play festival will be performed at the Manny Fried Playhouse, 255 Great Arrow Ave., third floor, 14207. Performances are Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 3:00 PM, Sundays at 6:00 PM and two Thursday Pay-What-You-Can performances at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $25 for general admission or $20 for students/seniors and can be reserved by calling 716-381-9333 or by visiting raicestheatrecompany.com. Desde El Puente is funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York. This project is also supported by NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program).

    About Raíces Theatre Company

    Raíces Theatre Company is based in Buffalo, NY, and operates as Western New York’s premier Latinx bilingual theater company. Raíces – which means “roots” in Spanish – was chosen as the company’s name as it perfectly reflects the belief that, in order to truly understand who we are as Latinx people, we must celebrate the present while always looking at who we have been in the past in order to have a clear vision for the future. Its mission is to provide original theatrical entertainment for the WNY region which is specifically geared towards nearly 30,000 Hispanic people living in Buffalo and 10,000 more living across Erie County. The company is dedicated to develop, nourish, and produce modern and original works dealing with the Latinx experience in order to preserve our “raíces.” Raíces has also earned great recognition from the Buffalo theater community, having won one Artie Award and receiving five Artie Award nominations during its existence. It has also partnered successfully with many local theater companies including MusicalFare, Subversive Theatre Collective and Road Less Traveled Productions.

    The US Census 2020 holds two job recruitment events on Tues., April 30 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon and Thurs., May 2 from 2 – 5 p.m. in the Central Library TechKnow Lab.  Brad Hahn from Explore Buffalo presents on Wednesday at 12 noon and there is a TEDx Buffalo program on Friday at 11:45 a.m.

    Downtown Central Library has extended hours this Friday, May 3 for the opening of the new rare collections exhibit Telling the Story: Enslavement of African People in the United States.  The Library will be open until 8:00 p.m. Please join us!

    Next Monday, May 6, author and motivational speaker Kevin Carroll gives a free lecture presentation at 10 a.m., presented by Project Play WNY and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation. To register, click here:  https://buffalolib.libcal.com/event/5340589. Seating is limited.

    Here is your link to all of the upcoming programming at Central Library:https://bit.ly/2TV7SU3.

    Have a wonderful week.

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