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June 29-July 13, 2005

Issue #78

  .....Buffalo's Best Fiend

Independence Day
3rd Party Politics for Fun & Profit

Pataki Leads Carge Against the Talentless
by Matt Taibbi
Last Best Chance
Dragging our Feet on Nuclear Terror
by Alex Zaitchik

Welcome to My Nightmare
Eminent Domain Ruling Leads to Gigantism in B-List Actors

by Ian Murphy


Say it Ain't Soda
Revoking the Bottle Deposit is an Asinine Idea

by Christofurious Riordan


Reid's United States of Europe
Book Review
by Paul Fallon


Just Kill Me
Recruiters are Dying to Talk to Your Kids
by Matt Taibbi


Litigious Idol
Help choose Barnes' new Cellino!


Dear Donny
Romantic Advice from the Secretary of Defense



The Sports Blotter
The Week in Sports Crime

Cover Page
Buffalo in Briefs
Page 3
Kino Korner - Movies
[sic] - Your Letters
The BEAST Blog


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Power to the People Who Possess It!

Although he was put into office as a result of an intense campaign by organized labor, Congressman Brian Higgins has focused on two issues with laser-like intensity: the redevelopment of Buffalo's waterfront and the need for Buffalo to obtain a larger share of revenue from the New York State Power Authority's massive Niagara Power Project.

Plans for the waterfront by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's preferred development team seem to be moving forward, despite the fact that the team's plan greatly limits public park space in favor of private waterfront condos.

Thus far, Higgins has not been able to convince the New York State Power Authority's Board that Buffalo deserves far more than the offer currently on the table in negotiations for the federal relicensing of the Power project.

Louis Ciminelli, patriarch of the eponymous local real estate development dynasty, has served as Chairman of the New York State Power Authority, but that does not mean that he has been entirely sympathetic to the idea of increasing Buffalo's share of revenue. His loyalties seem to lie with the Pataki administration.

Now Pataki has chosen a replacement for Ciminelli from the “toxic political culture”  of Erie County politics. Erie County Legislator Elise Cusack of Amherst seemed to be sending a message of reform when she announced that she would not seek reelection in the wake of the County budget crisis. However, Cusack's resume shows that she has always been a creature of Republican party politics, so it was not surprising that she has already resurfaced as Ciminelli's replacement on the board of the Power Authority.

Although the position is unpaid, her vote on the upcoming relicensing battle is of critical importance. After accepting the appointment, Cusack vowed to be a “fighter for Western New York” in the upcoming debate. The question is which Western New York will she be fighting for? The Western New York that feeds the downstate GOP/Wall St. machine, or the Western New York that still holds out a slender hope for industrial revitalization through low-cost electric power?

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