Daily Archives: Sep 14, 2020

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden focused their presidential battle on the wildfire-scorched West Coast Monday, with Trump meeting fire officials in California while Biden declared the fires and recent extreme weather underscore an urgent need to address climate change. Something Trump has ignored because he does not believe in Climate Change.

    The dueling events marked a stark moment on the campaign trail, where the two candidates’ dramatically contrasting outlooks on climate change —and the impact it has had on the record-setting fires ravaging California, Oregon and Washington state —were front-and-center

    Biden lashed at Trump, saying the moment requires “leadership, not scapegoating” and that “it’s clear we are not safe in Donald Trump’s America.”

    “This is another crisis, another crisis he won’t take responsibility for,” Biden said. “If you give a climate denier four more years in the White House, why would we be surprised that we have more America ablaze?”

    Trump, who will be briefed during a stop near Sacramento before a campaign visit to Phoenix, has been mostly quiet as the catastrophe on the West Coast has unfolded over the past few weeks. He tweeted appreciation of firefighters and emergency responders on Friday, the first pubic comments he had made in weeks about the fires that have killed at least 33, burned millions of acres and forced thousands from their homes on the West Coast.

    When he has weighed in on the fires, it has been mostly to blast Western Democratic leaders, making the claim that poor forest management is to blame for the fires that have created a hellscape in big swaths of the West.

    At his campaign rally in Nevada Sunday, Trump contended anew that Democratic state leaders are to blame for failing to rake leaves and clear dead timber from forest floors. However, many of the blazes have roared through coastal chaparral and grasslands, not forest.

    As he was campaigning, he also offered condolences to those impacted.

    “We are with them all the way!” Trump tweeted, noting his administration has approved additional federal and other resources to fight the fires.

    The disaster and new national attention on climate change could be creating another difficult moment for a president facing multiple challenges, including the coronavirus pandemic, joblessness and social unrest. Trump has repeatedly discounted the impact of climate change, walked away from a major international climate agreement and proudly rolled back environmental regulations.

    University of Colorado fire scientist Jennifer Balch called Trump’s deflecting blame on forest managers “infuriating.”

    “It’s often hard to know what Trump means,” Balch added. “If by forest management he means clear-cutting, that’s absolutely the wrong solution to this problem. … There’s no way we’re going to log our way out of this fire problem.”

    Biden, who gave his climate speech in Delaware on Monday, released a $2 trillion plan in July to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from U.S. power plants by 2035.

    But as the wildfires rage, some climate activists have expressed frustration that Biden has not been more forceful on the issue. He has not embraced, for instance, some of the most progressive elements of the Green New Deal.

    Amid that disapproval from the left, Biden over the weekend offered his most pointed criticism connecting Trump’s climate change denialism to the fires.

    “The science is clear, and deadly signs like these are unmistakable — climate change poses an imminent, existential threat to our way of life,” Biden said in a statement. “President Trump can try to deny that reality, but the facts are undeniable. We absolutely must act now to avoid a future defined by an unending barrage of tragedies like the one American families are enduring across the West today.”

    Trump will visit McClellan Park, a former U.S. Air Force Base about 10 miles outside of Sacramento that is used by firefighters as a staging area for large aircraft used in combating blazes. Most of the largest firefighting aircraft have not been utilized in recent days due to heavy smoke limiting visibility.

    Biden’s running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, will return to her home state on Tuesday to meet with emergency service personnel to be briefed on the state’s wildfires.

    In 2015, Trump stated bluntly: “I’m not a believer in global warming, I’m not a believer in man-made global warming.” After the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report concluded climate change would hurt the economy, Trump said he read it but didn’t believe it. In September 2019, he falsely slammed the Green New Deal as an effort that would lead to “No more cows. No more planes … no more people, right?”

    Climate scientists say rising heat and worsening droughts in California consistent with climate change have expanded what had been the state’s autumn wildfire season to year-round, sparking bigger, deadlier and more frequent fires.

    All five of the state’s largest fires in history have raged in the past three years, as well as the deadliest fire, a 2018 blaze that killed 85 people when it swept through the town of Paradise on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada.

    An analysis out in August from Stanford climate and wildfire researcher Michael Goss and others found that a nearly 2-degree (1 Celsius) rise in autumn temperatures and 30 percent drop in rainfall has more than doubled the number of autumn days with extreme fire weather over the past 40 years. Confronting the worsening conditions of climate change, and the still more dangerous conditions to come, has “critical relevance for ongoing efforts to manage wildfire risks in California and other regions,” the researchers wrote.

    All five of the state’s hottest days on record have struck since 2014, overlapping one of the state’s worst droughts on record.


    Lemire reported from Las Vegas, Knickmeyer from Oklahoma City and Madhani from Chicago.


    Buffalo, NY.  – A day after a mental health call led to the shooting of a man at Genesee and Ash Streets in Buffalo, dozens of protesters took their calls for justice through the streets. The main message from protesters Sunday night: “defund the police and refund the community.”

    Police said the unidentified officer pulled the trigger after the man hit an officer with a metal bat.

    “That’s what I don’t understand. Instead of using your gun, you could’ve used your taser,” said Tameshia Walker. Ahead of the protest Sunday night, she told Panorama Hispano News her grandfather was the man shot by police

    The daughters of the 60-year-old man said his name is Willie N. Henley. They both acknowledge their father does have mental issues and is known around the community and to police. He is said to be in stable condition at ECMC, according to police and the family.

    “He sticks to himself. He’s a loving and a caring person. That’s why I don’t understand why this had to happen,” said Henley’s daughter, Monique Henley.

    Both Henley’s family and protesters were troubled by what happened. Several organizers spoke out as protesters marched from Genesee to Niagara Square and then stopping in front of Buffalo Police Department’s B-District.

    Messages of mental health training, defunding police and passing new legislation were mentioned throughout the march. However, organizers said each protest will focus on one specific issue they want to see fixed. Sunday night’s protest focused on defunding the police and reallocating the money to community resources.

    “We can’t just rush out into the streets when something occurs. We need to sit down and think about it and come up with positive, intelligent solutions,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown earlier Sunday afternoon. He appeared on his weekly radio show on WUFO.

    Brown said since 2016 Buffalo Police began crisis intervention training and so far 125 officers are certified.

    “That is not enough. It’s not. You see all the situations all the problems we have going on right now. It’s not enough,” said Walker.

    Henley’s family is calling for the officer who shot their father to be fired.

    “I just don’t understand why just yesterday it escalated when he walks this strip every single day,” said Monique Henley. Her sister, Iesha Henley added: “I feel like those police officers were aware of his condition. They were aware of him.”

    Buffalo Police confirm the officers involved are on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues. Body camera footage is also under review, which Henley’s family says they want to see.

    “Our lives matter. Make a change now we don’t need it later, we need it now,” said Walker.

    Protesters said Sunday night’s demonstration marks the first of many. The next protest is planned for Monday afternoon. Meanwhile, Brown said on his radio show an announcement on additional mental health initiatives is coming this week.


    USA postage stamp showing proud Hispanic American mean and women marines, soldiers and veterans

    Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off Tuesday September 15th with WBBZ-TV Special airing at 8pm and on Facebook LIVE!

    BUFFALO, NY, (September 13, 2020) Western New Yorkers are invited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 to October 15. This year in recognition of the national holiday, the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc. is working with WBBZ-TV to present the “Hispanic Heritage Month Special” scheduled to air Tuesday September 15th from 8 – 9:30p.m. on Your Hometown MeTV Station Channel 67.1 on-air; Cable 5; FiOS 5; Dish 5; and DirecTV 67 and presented on the Hispanic Heritage Council Facebook page LIVE!

    The special is sponsored by: People, Inc, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Buffalo Teachers Federation, Dr. Raul Vasquez and G-Health Enterprises. The presentation is in lieu of the traditional Official Kick Off celebrated every year at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (Ring of Knowledge). Due to the current health pandemic the Hispanic Heritage Council organized a virtual celebration that features civic and community leaders, special performances by students of the Buffalo Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts, area musical artists, and much more. For scheduled Events Click the link: https://www.wned.org/television/program-highlights/hispanic-heritage/

    The Hispanic Heritage Council, in collaboration with the arts and cultural groups of our region, is proud to offer a full schedule of events that can be found at (http://www.hispanicheritagewny.org) in addition WNED-PBS Ch. 17 will offer a full month of televised programming in celebration of the month. Every program planned is family friendly and culturally educational and informative.

    “Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration for everyone, not just for Hispanics, this is the reason why the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc. includes the community as a whole in its initiatives. We strive to ensure everyone can learn about the great accomplishments Hispanics have attained with hard work, and together celebrate and perpetuate our culture and traditions.” said Esmeralda Sierra, President.

    This year in recognition of the National Theme: “Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future” the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc. is celebrating its 10th year of existence! So much has been accomplished throughout this decade, and there are many big plans for the future, with the announced project to build a Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute in Buffalo’s Hispanic Heritage District on Avenida San Juan, the Niagara Street Corridor.

    Thanks to Mayor Byron Brown, and the Buffalo Lit Partners from the Buffalo Landmark Illumination Team (including the New York State Power Authority), Buffalo’s City Hall and other buildings of note will be illuminated in special colors Tuesday September 15th to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month in Western New York and on Thursday September
    24th to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month, Niagara Falls will be illuminated Red, Orange and Green at 10:00 p.m. for fifteen (15) minute duration.

    Citizens of Hispanic descent have lived in the City of Buffalo and Western New York area since the late 1800s after immigrating from countries such as Spain, Mexico, Cuba, regions in South and Central America and the Caribbean including Puerto Rico. This growing population has made significant contributions to Western New York.

    On the special televised program the Hispanic Heritage Council will recognize members of the Western New York community for their public service in three categories, in addition to their award each recipient will receive a nice gift certificate from Colvin Cleaners 2375 Delaware Avenue & Dinner for two at Sabores de mi Tierra Restaurant 241 Niagara Street.

    The Friend of Hispanic Heritage Award is an organization or individual who, through words and actions, exemplifies and supports the mission of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc. is to foster and inspire awareness, understanding, and appreciation of past, present, and future contributions of the Hispanic Community in Western New York. The recipient of this award contributes significantly to the rich cultural heritage of Western New York.

    Mr. Miguel A. Medina

    Mr. Medina, a well-recognized community leader in education, Buffalo Public School Principal for well over three decades, has consistently taken his schools from mediocrity to excellent bilingual schools. These schools are as follow; Bilingual Center #33, Martin Luther King School #48 & #39. Mr. Medina has recently been appointed to lead the premier bilingual education school in the City of Buffalo, Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy. This is a credit to his capacity and ability as a school leader and for that we are very proud to recognize him for the impact he’s made to children, families, and community at large.

    Mr. Michael J. Billoni

    Mr. Billoni, a great friend to WNY’s Hispanic Community, has supported and promoted many events within Buffalo’s Latino Community from when he was General Manager of Buffalo Bisons more than 30 years ago to recently being instrumental with his wife, Debbie, in humanitarian efforts such as Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria & Earthquake Relief Efforts, helping surviving families settle in WNY and helping families on the Island during their annual visit there in December. He has also worked in partnership with Hispanic Heritage Council of

    Western New York Inc. and the community in the distribution of Coats 4 Kids & Gowns 4 Proms Program to the many children in the Buffalo Public Schools and the community through his family’s Colvin Cleaners’ business.

    The HHC Volunteer Award is presented to someone who has gone above and beyond by demonstrating outstanding and continued service to the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc., in a manner that has resulted in a significant impact on, or contribution to the Western New York Hispanic Community.

    Dinorah Santos

    Ms. Santos demonstrates daily through her deeds the true meaning of volunteerism. She has helped unselfishly countless youths, organizations, and families, waiting for nothing in return because of the love and care she has for the community. Throughout the years, Ms. Santos has volunteered her time for many organizations, including the Hispanic & Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Miss Borinquen Leadership Program, CGLI Close Up Washington, Pucho Olivencia Community Center, the City of Buffalo, the Hispanic American Veterans of WNY and the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY. While amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Santos has volunteered for many Food and PPE Equipment drives within her community.

    Sharon Danna

    Ms. Danna for the past several years has dedicated her time and energy to community gardens throughout the City of Buffalo. One of these gardens is located on Avenida San Juan in the Hispanic Heritage District on the corner of Niagara & Virginia Street “Keep The Momentum Going Garden” every spring / summer Sharon beautifies the flower beds and landscape with the support of the NYSDOT & Home Depot. In 2021 Sharon affirms that this garden will be part of the Buffalo Garden Walk.


    The Hispanic Heritage Board of Directors is proud to select three Directors for this prestigious award recognizing their dedication and commitment throughout the years.

    President’s award is given to a Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc.
    Director who through their actions exemplifies and supports the vision of the council as a leading organization that creates and supports the promotion of the Hispanic community and its contributions to Western New York’s rich historical and cultural heritage.

    Ms. Esmeralda Sierra

    Ms. Sierra a Director since 2011, through Esmeralda’s dedication and commitment, the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc., has become a strong fiscal and financial non for profit organization. Many of her years serving on the board has been as the Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Sierra is also the newly elected President.

    Dr. Tamara Alsace

    Dr. Alsace has been with the Heritage Council of Western New York Inc., since it was founded in 2010, considered a co-founder, Tamara’s dedication and commitment has helped the organization meet their vision and mission to the Western New York Hispanic Community.

    Mr. John Sanabria

    Mr. Sanabria has been with the Heritage Council of Western New York Inc., since it was founded in 2010, considered a co-founder, John’s dedication and commitment has helped the organization meet their vision and mission to the Western New York Hispanic Community.

    Nationally, Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

    September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. They all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

    The Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc. is a nonprofit organization that fosters and inspires awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic community in the region. The organization is dedicated to preserving the history of Hispanic people living and working in Western New York for future generations.

    For more information: Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc. | PO Box 361 Buffalo, NY 14201 | 716-402-1442

    National Federation for Just Communities this year with host it community leadership banquet virtually because of COVID 19. Reimagined 2020 NFJC Citation Banquet will be held Tuesday, October 20th 7:00PM LIVE on Zoom!

    This years NFJC honors: Ellen E. Grant, PhD. Rev. James J Maher, CM. Kenneth Manning Esq. Toni Vazquez and Raul R. Vazquez, MD.

    Each year NFJC recognizes community leaders, individuals/organizations in WNY who have made significant contributions to this region through their involvement in volunteer activities and/or their special achievements in specific areas of community and professional life.

    These individuals/organizations exemplify the NFJC core mission of promoting goodwill, understanding, respect, and trust.

    Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane’s goal this offseason was clear — improve the offense, specifically the passing game. He knows for the Bills to contend in a conference with explosive juggernauts such as the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo cannot be one-dimensional.

    It’s why Beane traded for wide receiver Stefon Diggs and drafted receivers Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodgins this spring. After producing the third-fewest passing yards in the NFL over the past two seasons, the Bills’ weakest point was clear. With a developing quarterback in third-year starter Josh Allen, that statistic wasn’t lost on Beane.

    “The key in this league is you have to be able to throw it when other teams know you’re going to throw it,” he said in April. “You can’t control things. Penalties happen, lost yardage, whatever. You’re going to be in third-and-long when everyone in the building knows you have to throw the ball. In those situations, that is an area we have to improve.

    In his first opportunity to show he can beat teams with his arm, Allen passed with flying colors. He completed 33 of 46 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-17 win against the New York Jets in Week 1, eclipsing the 300-yard mark for the first time in his pro career. Facing the league’s second-best rush defense from a season ago, the Bills figured they would have to move the ball effectively through the air in order to get their offense going Sunday. As a result, Allen tied his career-high in passing attempts and set a new one for completions.

    Allen said after the game one of Buffalo’s goals was to get the ball in the hands of its playmakers. In order to do so, coordinator Brian Daboll dialed up 22 plays with four receivers on the field, according to NFL Next Gen Stats data, something he seldom called for in 2019. In fact, the Bills ran six plays with four receivers on the field all of last season.

    This isn’t a complete shift in Buffalo’s offensive focus; on the contrary, Beane said the team wants to “be able to run that rock when it’s windy or snowy,” particularly late in the season. But the latest wrinkle to the Bills’ offense gave Allen plenty of options whenever he dropped back, and he said it made him “100%” comfortable when he did.

    Allen was the league’s second-least accurate quarterback with at least 16 starts over the past two seasons, but he looked in command on Sunday.

    “We started off with some really good playcalls to get me in a rhythm,” Allen said. “I did a good job today of letting the game come to me and not try to force things early on. I know people want to see the deep to Stef, the deep to John [Brown], and shoot, I want to throw those but you’ve got to be smart and check down when necessary.

    “That’s what I think we did a good job of today. Our guys underneath were patient, and when they caught the ball, they made some guys miss and got some yards after the catch.”

    The Bills won convincingly against New York, in large part because of Allen’s proficiency through the air. On the ground, Buffalo’s eighth-ranked rushing offense from a season ago struggled to move the ball. Allen ran for 57 yards and a score on 14 carries, but outside of his production, the Bills ran for 41 yards on 18 carries.

    Sunday’s win might not be the new normal as Beane previously mentioned, the Bills still want to run the ball. They might return to a more run-heavy approach Sunday in Week 2 on the road against the Miami Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, CBS). But their first win inspired confidence they could survive a shootout with one of the seven top-12 offenses from a season ago they will play this season.

    “We don’t want to throw it every game. It will still be team-specific, opponent-specific,” Beane said. “If we feel we’re playing an opponent who is weak with us running up the middle or running on the edges or the screen game, whatever it is, Brian Daboll and his staff will see that, and that’s what they will attack.

    “I wouldn’t say, ‘Hey, the Bills are going to go out and throw it 40 times a week.’ But if it’s a game where we have to throw it 40 times because we’re playing against one of these high-powered offenses and we have to keep up, that’s what we’ll do. We want to be able to play any style that we need to.”



    Independent Health Foundation & Buffalo Bills Foundation partner to collect 20 tons of food for 2020 to benefit FeedMore WNY. With the growing need of food insecurity in our community, let’s Huddle for Hunger!

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 14, 2020) – Join Buffalo Bills Legends, including Jim Kelly, in partnership with Independent Health Foundation, Buffalo Bills Foundation and Channel 4 for the Huddle for Hunger Food Drive to benefit FeedMore WNY at the Bills Stadium on Friday, September 18 from 4 – 8 pm and Saturday, September 19 from 12 – 4 pm. Huddle for Hunger masks will be given to the first 5,000 donors at the stadium. Limit two per car.

    “Barriers to nutritious food have been a concern for children throughout Western New York, even before the COVID-19pandemic,” said Carrie Meyer, Executive Director, Independent Health Foundation. “We’re grateful for the partners like the Buffalo Bills Foundation and FeedMore WNY as we work to address food insecurity for families in our community.”

    With the goal of collecting 20 tons for 2020, food and other items will be collected to support FeedMore WNY’s childhoodfeeding programs. Donations of any shelf stable products will be accepted, specific items in need include:

    • Peanut Butter (16-ounce plastic jars)
    • Macaroni and Cheese (6-ounce box)
    • Oatmeal (individual sized packets)
    • Tomato Sauce (15-ounce cans, low sodium)
    • Canned Vegetables (15-ounce cans, any variety, low sodium)
    • Canned Fruits (15-ounce cans, any variety, canned in juice or water)
    • Canned Chicken or Tuna (5-ounce cans, canned in water)
    • Diapers
    • Baby Wipes“There are thousands of children in our community who have to experience food insecurity every day,” said Michelle Roberts, Executive Director of the Bills Foundation. “Our Foundation is focused on addressing childhood food insecurity during this very difficult time. Our team has worked hard with FeedMore, the Independent Health Foundation and WIVB to create this drive that will help thousands of community members who struggle to get consistent access to healthy food. We encourage all who can to help by donating.”

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    Donors can enter this COVID-19 safe food drive by car off Abbott Road. Signage will direct donors on how to proceed through the Bills Stadium parking lot.

    Donations may also be made virtually. To do so, go online at: https://www.feedmorewny.org/huddle-for-hunger/.

    “More than 79,500 children in FeedMore WNY’s service area may be at risk of hunger in 2020 because of the COVID-19 health crisis. At FeedMore WNY, we work tirelessly to help ensure no child – or community member of any age – has to struggle with hunger. We are grateful to the Independent Health Foundation, the Buffalo Bills Foundation and WIVB-TV News 4 for holding ‘Huddle for Hunger’ to provide nourishing food to children and families in need throughout Western New York,” Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of FeedMore WNY, said.

    FeedMore WNY’s services include youth-related programs to support children and their families in Western New York in need of both healthy and accessible meals. FeedMore WNY’s BackPack Program, designated baby needs pantries as well as high school and college food pantries provide nutritious food and support to those who need assistance.

    FeedMore WNY provides nutritious food and support to hungry community members of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances. The nonprofit continues to seek food and funding donations and volunteers to continue its pandemic response. Before the pandemic, as many as 135,000 individuals in any given month relied on FeedMore WNY’s services. Since March, thousands more people have been reaching out for food assistance due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

    For more information or to help, please call FeedMore WNY at (716) 822-2002 or at (716) 852-1305 or visitwww.feedmorewny.org for more information.

    Established in 1992, the Independent Health Foundation works to improve the health and well-being of Western New York residents through awareness, prevention, education, and other programs focused on community health priorities. For more information on the Foundation’s activities, visit www.independenthealth.com/foundation.



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