Monthly Archives: May 2018

However, the memo remains classified and not public, leaving its details hidden.

By: Kyle Cheney

Special counsel Robert Mueller has provided a federal judge with an unredacted version of the Justice Department memo laying out the scope of his investigation and the potential crimes he’s authorized to pursue.

However, the memo — long sought after by President Donald Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill, who regularly accuse Mueller of overstepping his bounds — remains classified and not public, leaving its details hidden.

The document was filed as an “unredacted memorandum” under seal with the U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of Virginia, where Mueller is expected to try former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on bank fraud charges.

Mueller’s decision to share the classified document comes two weeks after the judge, T.S. Ellis, demanded to see the full scope memo, authored by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Earlier this month, Ellis called for the document during a hearing on Manafort’s attempt to toss out some of the charges against him.

In comments that drew applause from President Donald Trump and his allies, Ellis scolded Mueller’s team and raised questions about whether its pursuit of charges against Manafort was really part of an attempt to elicit testimony against Trump himself in Mueller’s ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump’s team coordinated with Moscow.

Mueller initially filed a heavily redacted version of the memo showing that Rosenstein had authorized him to pursue allegations connected to Manafort’s work on behalf of a pro-Russia party in Ukraine, which preceded the 2016 election. The public portions also showed Mueller had the green light to look into any involvement in Russia’s 2016 election meddling.

Trump’s staunchest allies on Capitol Hill have since then demanded that the Justice Department provide an unredacted version of the memo to Congress, despite longstanding precedent prohibiting DOJ from sharing records from an ongoing investigation.

On Wednesday, Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) called for Trump to override the Justice Department and order the release of the memo to Congress.

Meadows said the Mueller team’s decision to share the scope memo with Ellis bolsters his call to provide the document to Congress.

“You can’t share it with the judiciary and the Executive Branch and not share it with congress,” he told reporters on Capitol Hill. “I think it strengthens our case.

Meadows, who frequently speaks with Trump, said he hadn’t received a response from Trump to the GOP lawmakers’ letter but that he would be surprised if the White House doesn’t endorse their call.

“I would be surprised if they don’t act upon it,” he said, “but I’ve been surprised before.”

There was another round of steady increases in employment in the Buffalo metropolitan area in April.

The market tacked on 6,800 jobs, in the private sector compared to a year ago, a growth rate of or 1.5 percent. Nonfarm jobs, including the public sector, rose by 7,100, or 1.3 percent, the state Department of Labor reported Thursday.

Service plus health and education-related jobs were the industries that led hiring in the past year in the two county region comprising of Erie and Niagara.

Other Upstate metro areas also had employment gains year-over-year. Rochester boosted its private-sector job count by 4,700, or 1.0 percent. Syracuse was up 2,600, or 1.0 percent. Albany added 3,200 private positions, or 0.9 percent.

New York state’s private job count is at 8.15 million, an all-time high, according to the preliminary figures.

The statewide unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.6 percent in April, matching its lowest level since July 2007.

The state’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ninety-four percent of U.S. public school teachers spend their own money on classroom supplies without reimbursement, according to a Department of Education survey on Tuesday that follows protests by educators who are asking for more pay and funding.

Teachers in the 2014-15 school year on average spent $479 out of their own pockets on such supplies as chalk, pencils and construction paper, while about 7 percent spent more than $1,000, the report by the department’s National Center for Education Statistics said.

Spending was more common in high-poverty schools than in wealthier ones, the survey showed. Just over half of U.S. public school students are eligible for the free lunch program, which is seen as a marker for poverty.

The study follows walkouts by teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma seeking better pay, benefits and funding. After the biggest teachers’ strike in U.S. history, Arizona’s governor last week signed a budget bill that will boost pay by 20 percent.

In North Carolina, thousands of teachers are expected to rally on Wednesday in Raleigh, the state capital, to seek more school funding from lawmakers.

A 2002 law allows teachers to deduct up to $250 from their U.S. taxes for unreimbursed spending on classroom materials. Legislation introduced by Representative Anthony Brown, a Maryland Democrat, and 35 co-sponsors would double the deduction and index it to inflation.

The average U.S. teacher earned $56,383 in the 2012-13 school year, marking a 1.3 percent drop from the turn of the millennium, Education Department statistics show.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said walkouts by teachers should not be necessary to address lack of spending on public education.

“There is no other job I know of where the workers subsidize what should be a cost borne by an employer as a necessary ingredient of the job,” she said in a statement.

The Education Department said the study was based on a nationally representative sample of public schools, teachers and principals in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

BUFFALO, N.Y.  – City leaders in Buffalo are trying to tackle a half-billion dollar budget plan.

With only one week left to get the budget in order, the $513.6 million spending plan is proving to be one of the city’s most difficult.

“This is probably one of the toughest budgets since I’ve been here that we’ve ever had to endure. City services are increasing, every time there’s an event, a huge event in the City of Buffalo, police are not free, first responders are not free, having the fire department fully staffed is not free, fixing the roads that lead into these venues are not free,” said Darius Pridgen, Common Council President.

Mayor Byron Brown proposed a property tax hike for the first time in 12 years, as well as an entertainment tax on tickets for events in the city.

The Buffalo School Board and the teacher’s union says more money needs to be allocated for education. Last year the city gave 15 percent of revenue to the district while Rochester contributed 24 percent to the city’s school district and Yonkers allocated 34 percent.

“There’s no reason why they can’t allocate the same percentage as the other school districts, 25 to 35 percent. That’s an insult to our kids and it’s basically an attack on our kids,” said Phil Rumore, President of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

A number of residents spoke out at a public hearing on the Budget Tuesday, calling on the council to allow more say from the public.

“We need people living in communities who are impacted by how that money is spent to be deciding on where that money goes,” said Buffalo resident, Brian Borncamp.

Several people asked the council to set aside $5 million for participatory budgeting, specifically asking for a reduction in the police department’s budget.

“We’ve seen that budget grow and grow every year, but we don’t see homicide rates being solved at a higher rate, we don’t’ see crime decreasing in our communities at all. In a year when we’re saying the budget needs to be tighter, why is the police department increasing by $2 million dollars,” said Jennifer Carman, Buffalo resident.

Council President Pridgen says the council is going over the budget line by line.The council can reallocate money, but they cannot change the total amount of the budget.

Common Council has until Tuesday to return the budget to the mayor.

Mayor Lovely Warren along with Party in the Park Producer Jeff Springut today announced the lineup for the 2018 Party in the Park. For nine consecutive Thursdays, starting June 7, music will ring out of Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Acts range from the sublime (Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad and G Love and Special Sauce) to the mediocre (Led Zeppelin and Queen cover bands).

The complete lineup:

June 7 — Turkuaz
June 14 — Anders Osborne with Parsonsfield
June 21 — Get the Led Out
June 28 — Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
July 5 — Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
July 12 — G Love and Special Sauce with Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express
July 19 — The Original Wailers with Ginkgoa
July 26 — Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts
August 2 — Almost Queen

New this year is a VIP Ultra Lounge, a craft beer garden and bazaar. Tickets are $35.

Patrons may bring in one sealed bottle of water. Lawn chairs, skateboards, bicycles, in-line skates, go-carts, and pets — including horses — are not permitted unless they are sealed in a bottle of water.

In case of bad weather, the rain location is Anthology, 336 East Avenue. Parking can be found at Washington Square Garage, 111 Woodbury Avenue; Court Street Garage, 194 Court Street; The East End Garage, 475 East Main Street; and at the Strong, 1 Manhattan Square.

Music starts at 5:30 p.m. General admission is $5 (Children under 12 are free to a good home). Tickets available at the gate or through Ticketmaster.


El organismo declara que los actos de protesta no justifican el uso de la fuerza; asimismo, informa que miles de heridos padecen por la falta de servicios médicos.

Por: EFE

La Oficina del Alto Comisionado de Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos denunció hoy que Israel mata de una forma que “parece indiscriminada” y recordó que querer saltar o dañar una valla fronteriza (la de la Franja de Gaza) no justifica el uso de munición letal.

“Parece que cualquiera puede ser asesinado o herido; mujeres, niños, reporteros, personal de primeros auxilios, si se acercan a más de 700 metros de la valla. Dispararon a un amputado doble, ¿qué amenaza es un amputado?”, afirmó el portavoz en Ginebra de la Oficina, Rupert Colville.

“Parece bastante claro que se está matando de forma indiscriminada”, precisó Colville.

“El uso de la fuerza letal debe ser el último recurso, no el primero y debe responder a una amenaza a la vida. El intento de saltar o dañar una valla, o lanzar cocteles molotov no es claramente una amenaza de muerte”, subrayó el portavoz.

Colville puntualizó que el hecho de que no había “amenaza real de muerte” contra el Ejército israelí se demuestra en el hecho de que solo un soldado israelí resultó herido leve.

“La comparación de cifras habla por sí sola”, y citó que según informaciones verificadas por la ONU, 58 personas murieron, entre ellas seis niños y un trabajador sanitario; y mil 360 personas resultaron heridas por munición letal, de las cuales 155 están en condición crítica y pueden morir en cualquier momento.

El Ministerio de Salud palestino eleva la cifra total de muertos a 60 y a dos mil 700 la de heridos, la mitad de ellos de bala o metralla.

Desde el 30 de marzo las diversas facciones palestinas han convocado manifestaciones semanales para reivindicar su derecho al retorno a las tierras de las que fueron expulsados o huyeron con la guerra y creación del Estado de Israel en 1948, que cumplió ayer setenta años.

Ayer, además, los palestinos se manifestaron contra la inauguración de la Embajada de EU en Jerusalén y en el marco de la Gran Marcha del Retorno.

“Hemos recordado en innumerables ocasiones a Israel las leyes internacionales y una y otra vez estás normas son ignoradas”, denunció el portavoz.

Colville recordó que el alto comisionado de Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, ha definido lo que ocurre en Gaza como “muertes ilegales” porque la Franja es un territorio ocupado por Israel, y es una violación de la cuarta Convención de Ginebra, el tratado que rige la actuación en zonas de conflicto.

Al mismo tiempo, Colville definió la situación en Gaza como de “pesadilla” dada la falta de camas de hospitales y de personal para tratarlos y denunció que “Israel una vez más no ha dejado salir de la Franja a palestinos heridos para obtener tratamiento en otro lugar”.

El portavoz de la Oficina de Asuntos Humanitarios de la ONU (OCHA), Jens Laerke, confirmó que Israel sigue “controlando” la salida desde Gaza y que la situación sanitaria es “una tragedia” dada la falta de capacidad para atender a “cientos de heridos” y que se están quedando sin materiales esenciales y se quedarán sin carburante en menos de una semana.

Tarik Jasarevic, portavoz de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), añadió que la capacidad de reacción de los hospitales de Gaza está en mínimos desde hace una década a causa del bloqueo israelí a la franja, y que una de cada cinco medicinas esenciales se han agotado y se necesitan urgentemente tanto antibióticos para tratar a los heridos como tratamientos para el cáncer.

Según el recuento de la ONU, desde que comenzaron las protestas han muerto 112 personas, entre ellas 14 niños.



El Gobierno del país considera que la reubicación “intensificará indudablemente los movimientos antisionistas y antiestadounidenses en la región y en el mundo”


El Gobierno iraní condenó hoy el traslado de la Embajada estadounidense de Tel Aviv a Jerusalén y advirtió que esta medida sólo reforzará “la determinación de la nación palestina oprimida para resistir la ocupación” de Israel.

La reubicación de la Embajada también “intensificará indudablemente los movimientos antisionistas y antiestadounidenses en la región y en el mundo”, así como “la resistencia en los territorios (palestinos) ocupados”, indicó del Ministerio de Exteriores en un comunicado.

La decisión de Washington de “imprudente e ilegal”, se afirma en la nota, en la que se subraya que Jerusalén es “una parte integral del territorio de Palestina y uno de los tres sitios sagrados islámicos”.

La República Islámica reiteró su apoyo a la causa palestina e instó a las naciones islámicas a vigilar “las tramas del régimen sionista y sus aliados para sembrar la discordia dentro de la comunidad islámica y dejar en el olvido el tema de Palestina”.

Exteriores denunció que Israel cree que “la perpetuación de su existencia ilegítima depende de la tensión y la violencia en la región”, por lo que acusó a ese país de ser “la causa” de las crisis en Oriente Medio.

Los palestinos han convocado hoy protestas tanto en Gaza como en Cisjordania en contra del traslado de la Embajada, que contradice al consenso internacional de no reconocer soberanía en Jerusalén hasta que palestinos e israelíes alcancen un acuerdo de paz y fijen las fronteras.

Ya se han registrado enfrentamientos entre las fuerzas israelíes y manifestantes palestinos en la frontera entre la Franja de Gaza e Israel.

Irán encabeza el llamado “Eje de resistencia” contra Israel, integrado también por Siria y por grupos como el libanés Hizbulá y el palestino Hamás.

This past January city residents turned out for Budget Proposal Day. That was the first time in history where we had a public hearing on the city’s budget before it was drafted. As reported in the press, the public wanted to see $5 Million Dollars for Participatory Budgeting (PB), increased spending for public schools, and to decrease to spending on police.
At the beginning of May, the mayors office released a draft proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Contained in that budget was a $15 Million dollar increase to property taxes and user fees, increased spending on police, no additional commitment to public schools, and no line item for Participatory Budgeting. The administration made these decisions in-spite of 200 people turning out to city hall to demand a drastically different budget.
Currently the budget sits in the hands of the common council. After the final public hearing on May 15th the common council can take 3 kinds of actions. The council can approve the budget as is, remove spending from the budget, or re-assign spending to another use.
The Participatory Budgeting Leader team is asking for supporters of participatory budgeting to speak at the public hearing. We need you to tell the common council to amend the budget to include $5 million dollars for participatory budgeting. In order for the common council to invest in participatory budgeting, we need you to tell them where to take that money from.
We invite you, to join us on May 15th at 5:00pm in Common Council Chambers on the 13th floor of City Hall.
If you believe in PB then we need you to tell the council how to fund it.
Without your voice holding power accountable, participatory budgeting won’t be funded.
Here are two charts for how the city spends $500 Million every year. We need you to speak at the hearing telling the council to fund participatory budgeting, and we need you to tell the council where the money should come from.
Questions, Comments? Call Brian at 716-852-3813

Kid Rock is coming to Darien Lake later this year.

Along with Brantley Gilbert and Wheeler Walker Jr., the country, rap and rock artist will perform on September 28.

The concert will be part of the Red Blooded Rock N Roll Redneck Extravaganza tour.

Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Prices range from $39.50 to $129.50.

Those interested in getting tickets can go to, or call 1-800-745-3000.

Help Wanted – Case Manager –
Senior Services (Spanish Speaking)

Provides information and assistance on services to the
elderly, their families and other service providers. Knowledge
of the principals of social work as related to the elderly.
Fluency in Spanish and English. Valid NYS driver’s license.

Resume to: Christine McKenzie, Erie County Senior
Services, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202.


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