Yearly Archives: 2020

Pucho Social Club Welcomes Chef Graviel Cheverez for a new dinning experience at their Social Club

Pucho Social Club is proud to introduce a brand new cultural dinning experience with their remodeled bar and our social distancing atmosphere and our amazing Chef Graviel Cheverez.

Call for reservations or curbside pick-up at: 716 578-6254

Located at: 261 Swan Street, Buffalo, NY 14204

page1image3993646256 Annual Hispanic Symposium

Presented in English followed by a Spanish program

Friday October 9, 2020 10am-12:30 pm ET

This event will be held over the Zoom platform. Join us using a computer or telephone. Registration is required.

The symposium will educate professionals about the impact and prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in the Hispanic/Latinx community. The presentation will discuss challenges Spanish speaking families encounter with diagnosis, information learned through clinical trials and what activities we can do with a person living with Alzheimer’s.

Keynote Speaker: Maria Carrillo, Ph.D. Chief Science Officer, Alzheimer’s Association

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and all other Dementia in the Latinx Community: What we know and what we still need to learn through research.

Speaker: Nellie Escalante
Senior Program Coordinator, Arts & Minds

How to improve quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s and all other dementia by engaging in art-centered activities.

Register for this free event by calling 800.272.3900, emaling Maribeth Madigan at mamadigan@alz.org or by visiting action.alz.org

This event is supported in part by a grant from the New York State Department of Health.

A senior woman walking down a corridor with the assistance of a walker. view from rear

By TAMARA LUS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s remarks at a campaign event in Ohio this week reverberated all the way to a sparkling waterfront in Florida, where senior citizens parsed his assessment of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump said that COVID-19 was seriously affecting “virtually nobody” under the age of 18 and sought to frame the pandemic as largely impacting older Americans, as he argued for school districts to resume in-person learning.

“Now we know it affects elderly people with heart problems and other problems,” Trump said. “If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects. That’s it.”

Florida, where 34 percent of the population is over the age of 55, is a potential swing state for Trump’s re-election campaign. Democratic challenger Joe Biden has made some inroads among older voters here, according to recent polls, but the coronavirus could affect the race in profound ways.

Trump’s recent remarks made Liz Cillo, a 72-year-old retiree from St. Petersburg, laugh bitterly. “We’re dispensable. We’re old. I feel as though he’s never showed any empathy or compassion toward us.”

Unlike in previous years, those who study voting patterns and elderly affairs issues say new trends appear to be unfolding this year. Jeff Johnson, the state director for the Florida AARP, says that among voters who are over 65, this year’s presidential race seems to be more “in play” than in years past.

“The best we can tell, it seems to be driven by coronavirus,” he said.

Which makes sense, he added. States like Florida have been hit hard by the pandemic, and no other demographic has been affected more than older folks. About 93 percent of Florida’s 13,600 deaths from the virus have been people 55 and older. On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida in a move to reopen the state’s economy despite the virus’ spread.

Cillo, who did not vote for Trump in 2016 and won’t in November, feels that the president has thrown seniors under the bus. “We’re the most vulnerable,” she said.

She and her friend, 77-year-old Eva Johnson, walk every day along St. Petersburg’s pretty downtown, which is dotted with restaurants and shops on one side and Tampa Bay on the other. They keep 6 feet apart and wear masks. Both are extremely worried about catching the virus, and feel lucky that they don’t know anyone who’s gotten it.

“I follow the rules, and if everyone else would follow the rules too, we’d be much better,” Johnson said.

Nearby, 67-year-old Raymond Holmes was doing his daily five-mile power walk through downtown. Holmes is a Trump supporter who defends the president’s remarks about older people and the coronavirus.

“Trump could appear to have been insensitive but you have to understand that he didn’t want people to panic and he couldn’t necessarily say one group of people needs more than another group of people. He had to placate and he had to handle the entire population,” he said.

The president’s comments touched a nerve with the family of Celia Yap-Banago, a nurse in Kansas City, Missouri, who died of the coronavirus at the age of 69. She was just a week short of her 40-year anniversary working at the Research Medical Center and was close to retirement when she died.

Her son, Jhulan Banago, said the virus’ toll clearly extends beyond older Americans like his mother, scarring his family and infecting people he knows.

“I don’t know if I fully agree with that,” he said of Trump’s comments. “I have some doctor friends as well. Unfortunately one has tested positive for it. And I have a lot of nursing friends as well and they see the effects of it. … I think it affects more than just the elderly.”

Jay Mangold, a 69-year-old retired business owner in St. Petersburg, said people need to take a “degree of personal responsibility,” when it comes to the virus.

“It’s unfair to expect everyone else to put their lives on hold,” he said, adding that he’s taking precautions because of his age, like wearing masks indoors and staying out of crowds. He tries to exercise daily to boost his immune system.

He also wonders about the incessant news coverage of the virus, and whether discussion of it will vanish if Biden wins.

“It’s all the TV news people are talking about,” he said. “It’s like force-feeding a goose for foie gras.”

Michael Carl, who is 55, doesn’t think Trump has handled the pandemic well, especially when it comes to older Black people. He cited the Trump administration’s suing to overturn the Affordable Care Act, as evidence. And he feels that urging schools to open puts elders at risk.

“He could make a bigger effort,” said Carl, then added with a sigh: “Again, if seniors go ahead and die, there’s no social security to pay out.”

Ann Wrigley, a 78-year-old who was walking her Shih Tzu, said she’s not sure if the government could have done better when it comes to senior citizens.

“I think it’s up to us. We’re all individuals, and we need to do what we think is right,” said Wrigley, a registered Republican in Ohio before moving to Florida 16 years ago. She says she’s undecided on the presidential race.

“I just make my decision at the end when I walk in to vote,” she said.

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Associated Press Writer Heather Hollingsworth in Mission, Kansas, contributed to this report.

 

Buffalo, NY – Westside Trash Mob in Allentown:

Building Community while Collecting Trash and Data

WHAT:           Westside Trash Mob is a grassroots cleanup initiative that began in response to the protests on Grant Street. Community leaders from across the West Side join together for socially distant trash cleanups on the last Sunday of each month to promote neighborhood beautification, public education and a sense of community. 

In addition to sponsoring organizations, Westside Trash Mob works with over a dozen community partners including Assemblymember Sean Ryan, Councilmember Joseph Golombek, various block clubs, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, Peacemakers, BreadHive Bakery & Cafe, Gypsy Parlor and Buffalo Maritime Center.

Each cleanup event is hosted by a community organization. A socially distant afterparty features a guest speaker, education station and prizes.

WHO:  Sponsored by the Westside Trash Mob, The Allentown Association, Inc., Community Canvases, Westside Business and Taxpayers Association

WHEN:          Sunday, September 27, 2020

9:30 AM         Welcome & Introductions

10:00 AM       Trash Cleanup & Data Collection

12:00 PM       Afterparty, Education Station & Prizes

WHERE:        At the side lot near the corner of Allen and Wadsworth Streets. The check-in table will be visible from the street.

WHY:             Our city’s unique vibrancy stems from our diverse culture and sense of community. At Westside Trash Mob, we bring people togeth     er as we work toward a common goal of neighborhood beautification. As volunteers break into socially distant groups to collect trash, organizers work behind the scenes to collect data. Working with our local leaders and fellow community organizations, we use the collected data to inform decision making on local infrastructure. Additionally, we leverage our partnerships to provide education on and promotion of complementary initiatives.

CONTACT:   Katherine Pessecow, Co-Organizer

(716) 812-8262 or communitycanvases716@gmail.com

During the event Dave Cory, Will Becker, Jamie Schechter and Elaine

Grisanti will also be available for interviews.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hours after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for Breonna Taylor’s death and protesters took to the streets, authorities said two officers were shot and wounded Wednesday night during the demonstrations expressing anger over the killings of Black people at the hands of police.

Interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said a suspect was in custody but did not offer details about whether that person was participating in the demonstrations. He says both officers are expected to recover, and one is undergoing surgery.

He says the officers were shot after investigating reports of gunfire at an intersection where there was a large crowd.

Several shots rang out as protesters in downtown Louisville tried to avoid police blockades, moving down an alleyway as officers lobbed pepper balls, according to an Associated Press journalist. People covered their ears, ran away and frantically looked for places to hide. Police with long guns swarmed the area, then officers in riot gear and military-style vehicles blocked off roadways.

The violence comes after prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at Taylor, a Black woman, were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire from her boyfriend. The only charges were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into a home next to Taylor’s with people inside

The FBI is still investigating potential violations of federal law in connection with the raid at Taylor’s home on March 13.

Ben Crump, a lawyer for Taylor’s family, denounced the decision as “outrageous and offensive,” and protesters shouting, “No justice, no peace!” immediately marched through the streets.

Scuffles broke out between police and protesters, and some were arrested. Officers fired flash bangs and a few small fires burned in a square that’s been at the center of protests, but it had largely cleared out ahead of a nighttime curfew as demonstrators marched through other parts of downtown Louisville. Dozens of patrol cars blocked the city’s major thoroughfare and more police arrived after the officer was shot.

Demonstrators also marched in cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Philadelphia.

Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by white officers who entered her home on a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation. State Attorney General Daniel Cameron, however, said the investigation showed the officers announced themselves before entering. The warrant used to search her home was connected to a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found inside.

Along with the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, Taylor’s case became a major touchstone for nationwide protests that have drawn attention to entrenched racism and demanded police reform. Taylor’s image has been painted on streets, emblazoned on protest signs and silk-screened on T-shirts worn by celebrities. Several prominent African American celebritiesjoined those urging that the officers be charged.

The announcement drew sadness, frustration and anger that the grand jury did not go further. The wanton endangerment charges each carry a sentence of up to five years.

Morgan Julianna Lee, a high school student in Charlotte, North Carolina, watched the announcement at home.

“It’s almost like a slap in the face,” the 15-year-old said by phone. “If I, as a Black woman, ever need justice, I will never get it.”

Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, said he authorized a limited deployment of the National Guard. Beshear also urged Cameron, the state attorney general, to post online all the evidence that could be released without affecting the charges filed.

“Those that are currently feeling frustration, feeling hurt, they deserve to know more,” he said.

The case exposed the wide gulf between public opinion on justice for those who kill Black Americans and the laws under which those officers are charged, which regularly favor police and do not often result in steep criminal accusations.

At a news conference, Cameron spoke to that disconnect: “Criminal law is not meant to respond to every sorrow and grief.”

“But my heart breaks for the loss of Miss Taylor. … My mother, if something was to happen to me, would find it very hard,” he added, choking up.

But Cameron, who is the state’s first Black attorney general, said the officers acted in self-defense after Taylor’s boyfriend fired at them. He added that Hankison and the two other officers who entered Taylor’s apartment announced themselves before entering — and so did not execute the warrant as “no knock,” according to the investigation. The city has since banned such warrants.

“According to Kentucky law, the use of force by (Officers Jonathan) Mattingly and (Myles) Cosgrove was justified to protect themselves,” he said. “This justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges in Miss Breonna Taylor’s death.”

Cameron said an FBI crime lab determined that Cosgrove fired the bullet that killed Taylor.

Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire when police burst in, hitting Mattingly. Walker told police he heard knocking but didn’t know who was coming in and fired in self-defense.

Cameron, who is a Republican, is a protégé of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and has been tagged by some as his heir apparent. His was also one of 20 names on President Donald Trump’s list to fill a future Supreme Court vacancy.

At a news conference, Trump read a statement from Cameron saying “justice is not often easy.” He praised both Cameron’s handling of the case and the governor calling up of the National Guard.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told reporters that he didn’t have enough information on the decision to comment fully but warned protesters to stay peaceful.

“Do not sully her memory or her mother’s by engaging in any violence,” he said.

Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate and a former prosecutor, also told reporters she hadn’t fully read the decision.

“But there’s no question that Breonna Taylor and her family deserved justice yesterday, today and tomorrow, so I’ll review it,” she said.

Hankison was fired on June 23. A termination letter sent by interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said he had violated procedures by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly” fired his weapon.

Mattingly, Cosgrove and the detective who sought the warrant, Joshua Jaynes, were placed administrative reassignment.

Last week, the city settled a lawsuit against the three officers brought by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, agreeing to pay her $12 million and enact police reforms.

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Lovan reported from Frankfort, Kentucky. Associated Press writers Bruce Schreiner and Rebecca Reynolds Yonker in Louisville, Kentucky, Kevin Freking in Washington, Aaron Morrison in New York and Haleluya Hadero in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, contributed.

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Hudsbeth Blackburn is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

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This story has been updated to clarify that, according to the investigation, officers did not execute the warrant as a no-knock warrant, not that they didn’t use a no-knock warrant.

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This story has been edited to clarify that the shots fired by Hankison entered another home with people inside, not several homes.

 

Buffalo police are investigating after a protester at the Breonna Taylor rally was struck by a vehicle in Niagara Square Wednesday night.

According to police, around 8:45 p.m. a truck drove through Niagara Square and struck a protester on a bicycle.

Police have the driver of the truck and are currently investigating what took place.

Officials say the person that was struck was transported to ECMC to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

A video of the incident can be found below, WARNING it is graphic.

Peaceful legal observer run down at a protest in downtown Buffalo tonight. As we mourn for the injustice for #BreonnaTaylor

Posted by Myles Carter on Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, census worker Jennifer Pope wears a mask and sits by ready to help at a U.S. Census walk-up counting site set up for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

By: Hansi Lo Wang – NPR

The U.S. Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on Sept. 30, a month sooner than previously announced, the bureau’s director confirmed Monday in a statement. That includes critical door-knocking efforts and collecting responses online, over the phone and by mail.

The latest updates to the bureau’s plans are part of efforts to “accelerate the completion of data collection and apportionment counts by our statutory deadline of December 31, 2020, as required by law and directed by the Secretary of Commerce” who oversees the bureau, Director Steven Dillingham said in the written statement posted on the bureau’s website.

These last-minute changes to the constitutionally mandated count of every person living in the U.S. threaten the accuracy of population numbers used to determine the distribution of political representation and federal funding for the next decade.

With roughly 4 out of 10 households nationwide yet to be counted, and already delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, the bureau now has less than two months left to try to reach people of color, immigrants, renters, rural residents and other members of historically undercounted groups who are not likely to fill out a census form on their own.

The bureau’s announcement comes after NPR first reported that the agency had decided to cut short door-knocking efforts, which make up the largest and most expensive operation for a head count that is estimated to cost around $16 billion. Those in-person interviews with unresponsive households started last month in some parts of the country and are set to expand nationwide on Aug. 11.

In a statement released Tuesday, four former Census Bureau directors warn that not extending census reporting deadlines “will result in seriously incomplete enumerations in many areas across our country.”

They’re calling for Congress to appoint an independent institution to determine ways to assess the quality of the 2020 census results and for the bureau to issue daily reports on its progress in the final months to “assure stakeholders that a fair and accurate enumeration is underway.”

“We need the extra time to be able to ensure that the hardest-to-count communities are including in the count. That is what the Constitution requires,” says Vanita Gupta, a former Obama administration official who now heads The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “There is no other reason for the Trump administration to be rushing the census if they didn’t have a partisan or illegitimate motive.”

Keeping with the Dec. 31 legal deadline for producing the latest state population counts would guarantee that President Trump receives those numbers while still in office, even if he is not reelected.

With little authority, Trump is seeking to change those numbers by attempting to exclude unauthorized immigrants despite the Constitution’s requirement to include the “whole number of persons in each state.” The president’s recent memo calling for that change has sparked multiple federal lawsuits from challengers who are asking courts to block the administration from carrying it out and declare it unconstitutional.

In order to have the first batch of census results ready by the end of this year, Dillingham said in his statement the bureau is planning to “streamline” the processing of responses it collects from households.

“To me, that means perhaps rush or use methods that may have not been proven to come up with the most accurate data,” says Ditas Katague, a former chair of the Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee who now directs California Complete Count, the state’s census outreach campaign. “That really causes some concern.”

For days, the bureau has been sending mixed signals about its plans by quietly removing references to Oct. 31 — the previously announced end date for all counting efforts — from its website.

Before the pandemic hit, counting for the 2020 census was originally supposed to be finished by the end of July. But in April, with public support from President Trump, the bureau announced that it needed to extend its timeline, including pushing back the end of counting to Oct. 31.

But during a hearing last week before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Dillingham signaled a shift in plans by telling members of Congress that “the Census Bureau and others really want us to proceed as rapidly as possible.”

The bureau also asked Congress to push back by four months the legal deadline of Dec. 31 for reporting the new state population counts to the president. Delaying that deadline would allow the bureau to keep counting through Oct. 31 to “ensure the completeness and accuracy of the 2020 Census,” Dillingham and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement released in April.

Democrats in Congress and many census advocates have become increasingly concerned that the White House is pressuring the bureau to stop counting soon in order to benefit Republicans when House seats are reapportioned and voting districts are redrawn.

As early as May, top career officials at the bureau said the bureau had already “passed the point” of meeting the current census deadlines.

As negotiations over the latest coronavirus relief package continue, there is a window for lawmakers to include a provision that would give the bureau more time.

So far, however, only Democrats have introduced legislation that would extend deadlines, and Republicans have released no similar proposals.

Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, however, did write this week to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in support of extending the census timeline.

“Given the rural nature of Montana, and the additional challenges brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reverting the deadline back to September 30, 2020 will leave tens of thousands of Montanans uncounted and underrepresented at the federal level,” Daines wrote in the letter.

Hundreds of philanthropic groups, nonprofit organizations, professional associations and civic groups have written to Senate leaders, Ross and Dillingham to try to get the bureau more time for the census.

“There is no scientific rationale to curtail the data-collection period for this constitutionally mandated activity,” the American Statistical Association’s president-elect, Robert Santos, wrote in a letter to Senate leaders.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire — the top Democrat on the Senate appropriations subcommittee that funds the bureau — has written to Dillinghamexpressing concern that the bureau is not “free of political meddling” and asked for the bureau to clarify whether it’s still requesting Congress to extend census deadlines.

The top House appropriator for the bureau, Rep. José Serrano, D-N.Y., disclosed in a letter to Ross this week that the bureau recently stopped conducting weekly briefing calls about the 2020 census for House Appropriations Committee staff after the arrival of the Trump administration’s two new political appointees — Deputy Director for Policy Nathaniel Cogley and Cogley’s senior adviser, Adam Korzeniewski.

The Census Bureau’s public information office has not responded to NPR’s question about why the bureau stopped its weekly calls with the committee staff.

The chair of the House oversight committee — Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. — has requested that both Cogley and Korzeniewski, as well as top career officials at the bureau, appear virtually for transcribed interviews this month.

 

Phlebotomy Instructor

New Hope Site – Buffalo, NY

Part-time Appointment

Qualifications Required:

Must possess Phlebotomy Certification and three years of experience working as a Phlebotomist, Lab Technician or Registered Nurse                                                                                                                                                   

Online applications are now being accepted via the WNY School Application System.
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BOCES Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus is in compliance with the US Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972, Part 86.  The District provides equal employment  opportunity to all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, handicapping condition or sexual preference.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — NFTA workers are speaking out about alleged racial disparities in the organization.

Both current and former workers rallied outside of the NFTA headquarters on Ellicott Street demanding change Friday afternoon.

Participants say Black and Latino workers are confined to lower-tier jobs such as drivers and custodians and passed over for supervisor positions.

They also say Black and Latino workers are more likely to get reprimanded in a situation where a white person may not.

“That problem is what leads to these types of situation where people get fired, terminated retaliatory, where people don’t get promotions and don’t say nothing because they’re worried about their livelihoods. And in this time when we’re talking about black lives matter, let’s not forget that black livelihoods matter too,” said Jerome Wright, Voice Buffalo vice-chair.

Protesters say they hope to be able to meet with the leaders of the organization to find resolutions instead of taking legal action.

The NFTA responded by saying that they have diversity starting at the top, including recently adding the NAACP president to their board of directors.

Their statement said in part, “for the first time in the history of our organization both the chair of the board and executive director are women. To suggest that the senior leadership at the NFTA is lacking in diversity is simply false and not supported by the facts.”

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