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The Marijuana Bill

“For me, this is about a lot more than just raising revenue: It’s about investing in the lives of the people that have been damaged..” - Majority Leader Crystal Peoples Stokes

• Marijuana Expungement Clinics Announced Page 5

Council Member Wyatt Fights to Fix “A Messed Up Program” Page 3

Making Strange Tiffany Gaines Debuts Project as the First, Black in-House Curator for the Burchfield Penney Art Center Page 8

Demand Justice for George Floyd! Page 11

Rochester Mayor Warren Announces Effort to Explore Reparations

Brandye Merriweather is New President of Buffalo Urban Development Corp. Page 4

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East to Host Virtual Job Fair for Rochester Youth During Spring Break WHO: East Upper & Lower Schools, in collaboration with the City of Rochester, Connected Communities, Flower City AmeriCorps, RMAPI, and RochesterWorks!, invite all members of the public—especially youth and their families—to attend sessions for the "Future Ready: Youth Workforce Readiness Series" to gain hard and soft skills for success in the working world and to connect with internship, employment, and career opportunities. Mayor Warren

Mayor Warren Announces Effort to Explore Reparations, Universal Basic Income and Home Ownership Initiative Seeks to Use Potential Marijuana Tax Revenue & Other Funding to Close the Wealth Gap between Black, Brown & White Residents

Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today an initiative to explore the implementation of reparations, including the possible establishment of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) program, as well as a home ownership program. “The recent report by the RASE Commission made plain the stark realities that exist in our community and included a strong call for all of us to take action to address these historic inequities,” said Mayor Warren. “Beyond changing policies and procedures, we must do more to close the wealth gap between Black and Brown people and our White neighbors. The recent legalization of marijuana in New York State presents us with a new opportunity to bring real resources to bear to uplift our families and improve, not only their financial well-being, but their very future.” Mayor Warren announced the establishment of an exploratory committee charged with reviewing existing Universal Basic Income and reparation pilots in other cities to see how a life-altering program can be developed for Rochester. The committee will be chaired by City Chief of Staff Brittaney Wells and Chief Equity Officer Dr. Cephas Archie.

CULTURE! Cerebral Kingdom, Rochester’s Black-owned bookstore, located at 533 State St., is owned by husband and wife Anthony King and Zakiya McAdams-King. The store, which opened last August, is a welcome and much needed addition to the Rochester community! Stop by for a real cultural, literary treat! The store is open Sundays noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday thru Saturday noon to 7 p.m. For more information call (585) 623-8358 and follow them on social media @cerebral kingdom books and on twitter @cerebral kingdom Stay tuned for more on Cerebral Kingdom coming soon!

Commission on Racial/Structural Equity Releases Inaugural Report

"No Excuses It's Time For Action"

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he Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE) recently released its inaugural report, providing recommendations to dismantle institutional racism and structural inequities and create a fairer and more level playing field for all residents in the City of Rochester and Monroe County. The report, entitled “No Time for Excuses; It’s Time for Action,” is a culmination of six months of data collection, analysis and community input and contains nearly 40 recommendations and five overarching systemic solutions. “I am pleased with the work of the RASE Commission so far and grateful for the leadership and guidance of its co-chairs,” said Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “Their hard work and dedication in examining local policies, practices, and procedures, has resulted in a set of tangible recommendations that our community can begin reversing the debilitating effects of centuries of systemic racism. I am truly thankful for the time and leadership of all of the members of the Commission. The City is committed to working with the Commission and our community our community partners to implement these recommendations, which build upon our successful efforts through the ERA agenda and REAL initiative.” “We have arrived at a moment of reckoning on the issue of race and the manifestation of racism, in the greater Rochester community and across this nation. The evidence of disparity, Former Mayor Bill Johnson inequity and exclusion, based on race, gender and income, are too blatant for anyone to ignore any longer,” said former Rochester Mayor and Commission Co-Chair William A. Johnson Jr. The concrete actions proposed in this report, as well as solutions proposed by others working on these same issues, will define whether we are wedded to rhetoric or action – relevant actions that will stand the test of time.”

WHY: This annual youth-oriented job fair helps prepare youth, regardless of what stage they are in, for success in the working world. The goal is to help youth think about and prepare for entering the workforce, whether in high school or after graduation, and to connect with local employers and professionals to be exposed to available opportunities. TIME, DATE, PLACE: The "Future Ready: Youth Workforce Readiness Series" will include daily sessions during the Rochester City School District’s Spring Break: March 29 - April 2, 2021. The sessions will be recorded and posted, but live participation is encouraged. Learn more and register for the sessions: https://sites.google.com/ rcsd121.org/future-ready/ home.

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Council Member Wyatt Fights to Fix a “Messed Up Program” Introduces Legislation to Replace Controversial School-Zone Cameras with Non-Punitive Measures Near Schools to Keep Children Safe

Final Salute For Veteran Deacon William E. Yokley

Pictured above are Jesse Clipper Post No. 430 members, Commander Rev. Eugene L. Pierce, Past Commander Minister Paulette Woods, 2nd Vice Commander Richard Hill, and Chaplain Deacon Michael Davis, after they rendered a final salute to WWII Veteran Deacon William E. Yokley (inset), at St. John Baptist Church. Deacon Yokley, retired manager of transportation at NFTA, made his transition on March 7 in his North Buffalo home. He was 93. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Lillian "Lisa" Tolbert; four sons, Herbert Tolbert, Bernard "Bernie" Tolbert, Donald Tolbert and Bruce Tolbert; a daughter, Brenda Tolbert; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Community Candidates File Petitions to Run in the June 22 Primary A host of community candidates have filed designating petitions to run in the upcoming June 22 primary for the following offices: •Erie County Sheriff: Former Deputy Police. Commissioner Kimberly Miller-Beaty and activist Miles Carter •Buffalo Mayor: Incumbent Mayor Byron W. Brown; India R. Walton; LeCandice M. Durham; Scott J. Wilson Jr. •County Legislature: Incumbent Howard J. Johnson Jr.; Samuel. A. Herbert; Dominique Calhoun. No other Democratic Legislators - including incumbent Chairwoman Legislator April N. McCants-Baskin, are expected to face a Democratic opponent in the primary. The deadline to register to vote is May 28 for the Primary Election which is June 22. You can register at the Erie County Board of Elections, 134 West Eagle St. Call 8588891 for more information.

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University District Council Member Rasheed Wyatt has heard more than his share of complaints from constituents about the city’s poorly implemented School-Zone Safety Program. One of the most recent involved a cancer patient who had to use funds from her stimulus check to pay fines for breaking the 15 mile per hour limit. “It a messed up program” he lamented. And the young lawmaker hopes that his recenly introduced legislation will fix it. Other council members he shared, are also getting complaints. “This is the 3rd poorest city in the country Council Member Wyatt and we’re giving out speed tickets like candy,” he said. “A $50 ticket can bankrupt a family already struggling, and most of us are dealing with poor people in our district.” Wyatt ‘s resolution calls the camera program “a failure” and wants the council to rescind the 2019 approval of the contract for the program. “Our focus is definitely on children's safety,” he continued. “We never thought about it as something to raise money for the city.” His three-page proposal calls for replacing the cameras with speed bumps and “SCHOOL” pavement markings in school zones and completely marked crosswalks in areas found to be unsafe. He also wants the speed limit to change from 15 mph to 20 mph He made reference to a current lawsuit calling for the same because of the potentially dangerous condition the current 15mph limit creates. The School Zone Safety program he concluded, was poorly implementd from the start -from disproportionate placement of the cameras in high poverty communities to poor signage and over extended speed zone hours. “People were just going into traps…I would have never thought in 100 years that this thing would have been done so backwards.” The proposal will come up at Tuesday’s council meeting where it will be sent to the Legislative Committee he said, because it involves changing an ordinance. We have to look closely at how we legislate to make sure that the least of us is taken care of… It’s a must!” he concluded.

“FLAWED REFORM”! Activist Say Buffalo Commission on Police Reform Recommendation Process is Flawed

Advocates and community leaders with Free the People WNY, Buffalo Police Advisory Board, VOICE Buffalo, Citizen Action of Western New York, Black Love Resists in the Rust (BLRR), Partnership for the Public Good, Vocal-NY, Prisoners Are People Too, Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Slow Roll, Fair Fines and Fees Coalition held a press conference to speak out about Buffalo’s police reform recommendations that does not do justice to the lives lost to police violence and those who experienced police brutality. The commission’s proposed solutions fall far short of achieving the community’s goals for greater police transparency, reducing the budget and scope of police departments, and investing those resources in alternative community infrastructure that keeps us safe. Advocates also point to a lack of public hearings on the recommendations and said residents have not had enough time to weigh in. Today is the last day for Buffalo residents to comment on the commission’s recommendations on police reform. The Buffalo police department has until the end of the month to finalize its reform plan and submit it to the state. “The commission's report claims that it is reimagining. We, Voice Buffalo, the interfaith A statement from Miles Gresham, Sam White, and John Elmore, co-chairs of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York Criminal Justice Reform Task Force, said, “The recommendations in the Buffalo Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Report fall far short of the substantive change needed to establish equal justice under the law in Buffalo. The extreme brevity of the report, and the apparent lack of input from the community and the public, also raise serious questions about the process through which the report was generated."

Voter Surppression is Nothing New... The Poll Tax began in the 1890s as a legal way to keep African Americans from voting in southern states. Poll taxes were essentially a voting fee. Eligible voters were required to pay their poll tax before they could cast a ballot. A “grandfather clause” excused some poor Whites from payment if they had an ancestor who voted before the Civil War, but there were no exemptions for African Americans. In 1964 the Twenty-Fourth amendment prohibited the use of poll taxes for federal elections. Five states enforced payment of poll taxes for state elections until 1966, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared them unconstitutional.

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BUILDING COMMUNITY AMID Positive Examples of Working Together Within Our Communities To Support Ourselves And Our Neighbors During The Covid-19 Crisis

My Vaccine Experience

By Samuel A. Herbert n Friday March 19, 2021 I stopped at the Jericho Road Clinic Ministries 1021 Broadway in the plaza and received my first (of two) Moderna vaccine shots . To my surprise I didn’t need an appointment I was able to walk right in and receive the vaccine. My next shot is scheduled for April 19 . I decided to get the shot now because the summertime is coming and I want to travel instead of waiting for my birthday (June 30). Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today, because tomorrow is not promised to anyone. I encourage everyone, especially young folks 25 to 30 and older and folks with underlying health conditions to get vaccinated. Let us all get inoculated and protected from this killer COVID-19 Virus. It’s about the science. I’m a 1953 Polio survivor. A 30-year retired cancer research technician in the bio physics department at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Join me in staying alive in 2021 folks!

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Brandye Merriweather is New President of the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation Brandye Merriweather made history earlier this week when Mayor Byron Brown announced that she would serve as the new president of the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), making her the first Black woman to lead an economic development agency in the City Buffalo. She will replace Peter Cammarata who is retiring after 14 years as president of the agency. “I am honored to serve as President of the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation. I look forward to furthering the incredible groundwork that has been laid through Pete Cammarata’s tenure at BUDC and infusing new innovations that will reflect Buffalo’s diversity and carry our City into the future,” said Merriweather. Since joining BUDC in 2013, Ms. Merriweather, who formerly served as Vice President - Downtown Development for BUDC, has been responsible for the Buffalo Building Reuse Project and also spearheaded the Queen City Pop Up Project, downtown’s first pop up retail program. Most recently, she has begun the implementation of Buffalo’s Race For Place initiative. Brandye Merriweather In addition, Brandye has worked closely with the City of Buffalo on securing millions in funding for infrastructure projects and has worked to develop and implement strategies to further the redevelopment of Buffalo’s downtown area and waterfront. She received a Master of Business Administration from Medaille College. Mayor Brown, who also serves as chairman of the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation’s Board of Directors, also announcned that Rebecca Gandour is the Corporation’s new Executive Vice President. Ms. Gandour joined BUDC in 2020 after serving as the city’s director of development, bringing with her almost 10 years of real estate finance and development experience. “Their promotions (Merriweather and Gandour) highlight my commitment to diversity and inclusion, especially in leadership, as these two women serve as integral members of the city’s development team,” said Brown. In addition, he announced the promotion of Art Hall to Senior Project Manager for the Northland Corridor redevelopment project. BUDC will conduct a search for a Director of Project Development, focusing on the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park project which begins construction next year, as well as the continued expansion of the Northland Corridor.

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Marijuana Expungement Clinics Set Majority Leader Crystal D. PeoplesStokes announced that she will host WNY’s Inaugural Marijuana Expungement Clinics this spring. The 2019 Marijuana Expungement bill allows for the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana and destroy the records of those with low-level conviction records of Penal Law 221.05 and Penal Law 221.10. The clinics are designed to explain automatic expungement as it pertains to this law. The first will take place on Saturday, April 10 and April 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gerard Place, 2515 Bailey Avenue and Thursday, April 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Buffalo and Erie County Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Face masks are required. All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required by calling (716) 897-9714. As one method of empowering disproportionately disenfranchised communities, Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes’ Office is collaborating with the following community partners: Daemen College Paralegal Department, University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association, Neighborhood Legal Services, Legal Aid of Buffalo, Minority Bar Foundation, Center for Elder Law and Justice and local attorneys and paralegals. It has been estimated that there are roughly 5,000 residents in the City of Buffalo impacted by these convictions. Each person that pre-registers for a session will have the opportunity to be a “client for the day,” sitting down with a licensed attorney to be briefed on the law’s benefits and to make an informed decision on whether to apply for destruction of said records. Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes said, “I’m proud to be able to bring this service to City of Buffalo residents and would like to thank all of our legal partners for making these clinics possible." Each individual’s case and circumstances are unique, so it’s important that everyone be informed of their rights under this law because they should have the opportunity to decide whether having their marijuana conviction records destroyed is the right call for them.”

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The Marijuana Bill Govenor Mario Cuomo Signs Bill Making New York the 15th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

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ew York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes announced last week that state lawmakers voted to legalize, tax, and regulate adultuse cannabis. The bill, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, was carried in the Senate by Senator Liz Krueger. On Wednesday Gov. Mario Como signed the bill, making New York the 15th state to legalize recreational marijuana. “I am thrilled to announce that there was a threeway agreement to pass the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act. The final bill provides long awaited marijuana justice for New Yorkers and makes significant steps and investments to begin to address the generational devastation caused

Now That It’s Legalized, Here are Some of The Weed Rules...... *How old will you have to be to legally possess weed? Age 21 or older. It will be illegal to possess, purchase or use marijuana if you are under 21

*How much weed will you be able to legally possess?

Up to three ounces of cannabis and up to 24 grams of concentrated cannabis

*Where will you be able to legally buy marijuana from?

Retail dispensaries - essentially storefronts. Adult-use consumption sites, i.e. lounge like locations where you purchase and use the weed on site. And it will be taxed - at a rate of 13%.

*So what will make a sale illegal?

Anyone who sells cannabis without a license.

*Will I be able to grow marijuana in my home?

Yes. As long as you are over 21 you can grow up to three mature and three immature plants at a time. *Can I smoke marijuana in public? The rule basically makes it ok to smoke in the same places where you smoke tobacco. But local governments can also regulate where you can smoke cannabis, like they do for tobacco , for example, Buffalo does not allow smoking in parks and Erie County restricts smoking at bus stops. If you break the rules it will be considered a civil penalty - not a crime and you can be hit with a fine up to $25 and community service (no more than 20 hours).

*Can I smoke in my car?

No. Y’all can’t drive around smoking weed or eating THCinfused gummies - that includes the driver and passengers (just like you’re not allowed to drink and drive. ) If caught that will get you a ticket.

by marijuana prohibition and mass incarceration,” said Assembly Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes. “Cannabis legalization in New York will be centered on equity, community reinvestment and economic opportunities for historically disenfranchised people, health-based research, education, and public safety. I am honored to sponsor this legislation and excited to see the positive impact it will have for so many New Yorkers.” "I am very proud to say that we were able to reach an agreement on legalizing adult-use cannabis in a way that foregrounds racial justice, while balancing safety with economic growth, encouraging new small businesses, and significantly diminishing the illegal market," said Senator Krueger. "My goal in carrying this legislation has always been to end the racially disparate enforcement of marijuana prohibition that has taken such a toll on communities of color across our state, and to use the economic windfall of legalization to help heal and repair those same communities. I believe we have achieved that in this bill, as well as addressing the concerns and input of stakeholders across the board. Now that this bill has become law, New York is poised to implement a nation-leading model for what marijuana legalization can look like." The final legislation was the culmination of an eight years-long effort by Assembly Majority Leader Peoples-Stokes, Senator Krueger, and countless advocates. “For me, this is about a lot more than just raising revenue. It’s about investing in the lives of the people that have been damaged,” Peoples-Stokes commented. Her historic legislation was an effort to make amends for decades of unjust marijuana prohibition. Key provisions of the bill will begin to repair the heavily discriminatory impact that enforcement of prohibition has had

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on communities of color in New York State. These provisions include: 1.Dedicating 40% of revenue to reinvestment in communities disproportionately impacted by the drug war, as well as for drug treatment and public education. 2.Equity programs providing loans, grants, and incubator programs to ensure broad opportunities for participation in the new legal industry by people from disproportionately impacted communities as well as by small farmers. 3.A goal of 50% of licenses going to equity applicants. 4.Elimination of penalties for possession of less than three ounces of cannabis. 5.Automatic expungement of records for people with previous convictions for activities that are no longer criminalized. 6.Establishment of a wellregulated industry to ensure consumers know exactly what they are getting when they purchase cannabis. The bill establishes the framework to build a wellregulated industry that will replace the illegal market, prevent domination by large existing players, and ensure that consumers know exactly what they are getting when they purchase cannabis. Peoples-Stokes concluded, “This is a rare opportunity to participate on the ground floor of a brand new industry and create generational wealth for your family. With New York State’s cannabis market not anticipated to be ready until 2023, now is the time to begin figuring out how and where you fit in.”


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Remembering Calvary on Good Friday

t is our desire that the saints of God residing in Buffalo, New York, the United States of America and beyond remind the WORLD that CALVARY made the difference in our lives. Instructions: 1.Decide to participate 2.Get a willing partner or group to stand with you 3.Make or design a cross that you will use on Good Friday 4.Prayerfully select a location where you would stand to be a witness of what took place over 2000 years ago at Calvary 5.Don't feel intimidated stand proudly to proclaim victory in Jesus. 6.Choose a time throughout the day that works for you. Starting 6:00am - ending 6:00pm 7.Holding your cross, wave, sing, pray or just stand. 8.Sponsored by: The Body of Christ @ Buffalo, New York. Coordinated by: Saints who are commissioned to be a witness for Christ 9.Share this message may it go viral

*For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life *For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-18

To every born again Child of God "Join us" Good Friday, April 2, 2021 Remembering Calvary It's personal but not private Submitted by Roshelle Deas Roberson

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"Making Strange": Tiffany Gaines Debuts Project as the First Black In-House Curator for the Buchfield Penney Art Center by Schondra Aytch In late 2019, the current acting director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Scott Propeack, reached out to a select group of curators and artists to curate an exhibition highlighting community voices. The chosen group made up of Katharine Gaudy, Zainab Saleh, Dana Tyrrell, Rebecca Wing, and Tiffany Gaines - took on the project and made the collaborative effort to showcase a diverse set of contemporary artists reflecting the times through their art.

general focus. Eager to highlight artists that hadn’t had as much exposure and give light to different narratives, Gaines and her fellow co-curators let the many happenings of 2020 fuel the discussions they had with prospective artists for the exhibition. Also conducting the phases of research and art viewing in quarantine, virtually, made clear the present disconnection and distortion of reality the group wanted to uncover and translate through the selected art. “We really wanted the work to speak and the work to lead what the show had to say,” Gaines added.

The resulting exhibition from the group’s year worth of work, Making Strange, is also making history- the show is Tiffany Gaines’s debut project as the first, Black in-house curator for the art museum. A proud born and raised Brooklyn, NY native, and Buffalo State alumna, Gaines has been making major contributions to the Burchfield Penney since she started working there in 2017, but her recent promotion as a full-time writer, content creator, and curator for the art center has brought the rising creative opportunities to diversify narratives through art presented at the museum, and Making Strange does just that. “The work in the show really focuses on the distortion of bodies, places, and faces,” Gaines explained. “This distortion of narrative and how in these distorted perspectives... identities are shaped and how identities are

Tiffany Gains / image courtesy of Adrian Javon

formed...and how that leads to larger social, political and environmental issues. Looking at things from a new perspective or looking at a narrative from a new point of view can open up the possibility for reflection. It can open up the possibility for understanding of another experience that you may not be familiar with.” Before the unraveling of the Covid pandemic, the resurgence of social justice movements, and political unrest, the earliest ideas for Making Strange were to reflect the realities and modern art communities Gaines and her team were a part of. As curators, their primary goal is to take

the works of selected artists and create a narrative around it; to educate and give context to artwork for a general audience. Using their talents to display and cover diverse representations was of the utmost importance for the group. “You’re getting exhibitions that are coming from the same people and after a while the themes that are explored, the perspectives that are being explored, and the way that the work is presented- there’s a similarity there,” added Gaines. In many ways, the preparation, process, and execution of curating Making Strange echoed the curatorial group’s

Now open, Making Strange features 10 artists who all have strong connections to Western New York - Tara Najd Ahmadi, Alice Alexandrescu, Cecily Culver, Jason Livingston, SV Randall, Masha Sha, Abiose Spriggs, Margaret Schrecongost, Annette Daniels Taylor, and Frederick Wright Jones and their responsive artwork to the times. From standard canvas to films to sculptures, the installations highlight the many different perspectives and reactions to the current “omni-crisis.” Providing further commentary and public discussions about the exhibit since it opened, Gaines’s enthusiasm and passion for the show is one of fruition and the result of her hard work. Prior to moving into her curatorial position, the rising creative was already making strides as a part-time worker for the art museum. Initially, working in the museum store and the front desk of the gallery, Gaines became interest-

ed in contributing her journalism skills. Crediting her first opportunity to Heather Gring, the museum’s archivist, Gaines wrote a biographical essay in 2018 on the notable artist and former Buffalo socialite, Jennifer Regan- which quickly caught the attention of the administrative staff. Making gradual efforts and receiving gradual opportunities from the museum to not only write biographies but assist with exhibitions, Gaines took on a larger role as a part-time contributor for the Burchfield Penney. A major turning point for Gaines was the year’s worth of writing and editing she did for the center’s 2019 catalog, In the Fullness Of Time, Painting in Buffalo. Writing most of the 86 artist biographies for the 240-page hardcover covering important works and painters from Buffalo between 1832 and 1972 was a big undertaking and even bigger success. Continued Page 9


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"MAKING STRANGE": TIFFANY GAINES “Having the opportunity to do the research, to write so many of those bios - it was really informative to understanding the history of not just painting, but just art in general here in the region... I learned so much about how much of a thriving art community Buffalo is,” explained Gaines. Joining the Burchfield Penney full-time in January of 2020 as a Curatorial and Digital Content Associate, Gaines’s work and visibility in her new position are both inspiring and influential. Embracing Buffalo’s art scene for her own, the rising culture writer and content creator is already dipping her talents across the city. Initiated into the Buffalo Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 2019, Gaines is an active member in the Communications, Arts and Letters, and Heritage and

Burchfield Penney Art Center

Archive committees for the sorority where she’s able to highlight works of Black artists with connections to Buffalo. Also planning her first freelance curatorial show for The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art (BICA), showcasing rising photographer DJ Carr’s work on the Westside’s bike culture, Tiffany Gaines’s ultimate goal is to minimize the proximity between the public and the art world.

“Growing up, I never believed that as a young, Black,

woman from Brooklyn, NY that I would be where I’m at right now, working in a museum. Like that was never... in my scope. And so, I think it starts with not just knowing that there’s space for us, but also seeing it,” Gaines concluded. Making Strange is on view until May 16 at Burchfield Penney Art Center. The arts center is located at 1300 Elmwood Ave at Buffalo State Collge. (see ad this page.) Hours of operation are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10AM - 4PM, (early entry hours of 10 AM - 11 AM reserved for members and those at increased risk), and Sundays from 12PM - 4 PM. A full list of protocols in place to protect visitors and staff can be found on the Safety First information page. For more info to www.burchfieldpenney.org

Just Buffalo Literary Center and Wakanda Alliance Virtual Comic Book Discussion On April 10 from 1-3p.m. there will be Group Reading Visualization Exercises, Afrofuturist Thought Shaping. This Collaborative reading comprehension event presented by Just Buffalo Literary Center and Wakanda Alliance is the precursor event tot the JBLC Babel discussion with Tanehisi Coates. Coates ongoing run on Marvel’s Black Panther was inspiration for starting the Wakanda Alliance and led us to develop deeper conversations around blackness, sci-fi and afrofuturism. Register for this event on @ justbuffalo social pages.

Rediscover. Reconnect. Never be the same.

Our doors are open. Experience this work— a vivid, cinematic observation of an East Side neighborhood—by playwright, poet, author, actor, and filmmaker Annette Daniels Taylor in Making Strange. On view through May 16.

Annette Daniels Taylor, The Fillmore Strip (still frame) detail, 2018

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Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest Winners The Buffalo Association Erie County Legislator and Chairwoman April of Black Social Workers N.M. Baskin Congratulates Winners of the Announced

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he Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier congratulates the winners of the 44th Annual Carter G. Woodson Essay Contest.

This year's theme was "What Does Black Lives Matter Mean To Me?" Winners were awarded certificates and monetary prizes. In addition their essays will be published in the Spring Issue of the Association's newsletter, Historically Speaking.

BIRTHDAY BOY!

Zion Lyons-Latimer Glenn turned 4 on March 29. Zion is super strong willed, compassionate, a great actor and a soon to be big brother! He's the son of proud mom Kunjané Lyons-Latimer and dad Eric Glenn. Happy Birthday Zion!

The Zoo is Open! The Buffalo Zoo has announced that they are now be open 7 days a week between 10 am and 4 pm. You will still need to make reservations online. For more information go to https://buffalozoo.org/tickets/visitor-info/#zoo-map

Grades 4-6 1st Place - Aisha Ganga, grade 5 Sheridan Hill Elementary Grades 7-9 1st Place - ShweZine Aung, grade 8 Buffalo Elementary School of Technology #6 2nd place - Rabina Gotamey, grade 8 Buffalo Elementary School of Technology #6 3rd place - Jemimah Ibari, grade 7 Buffalo Elementary School of Technology #6 Grades 10-12 1st place - Jazarrah Johnson, grade 12 East Community High School 2nd place - Makiya Sanders, grade 12 East Community High School 3rd place - D'yemond Willis, grade 12 East Community High School W. Charles Brandy is President of the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier. Sharon Holley is Essay Chairperson. Committee members are: Sharon Amos, PhD, Sandra Williams Bush and Kristen Elmore, Esquire.

Scholaships Announced

The Buffalo Association of Black Social Workers’, Inc. has two scholarship opportunities available for graduate and undergraduate college students studying in the field of Social Work and Human Services. The first scholarship is for students currently enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester and registered for the Fall 2021 semester. The second scholarship is for graduate students in their final year of the Master’s of Social Work (MSW) program that are applying for their social work licensure. Scholarship applications are available upon request by email to buffaloabsw@ gmail.com. You can also contact us on our social media sites: Twitter (@BuffaloABSW) and Facebook (Buffalo Chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers). The deadline to submit all applications is May 15, 2021.

Buffalo Black History Bee

Legislator April Baskin announces the following teams and individuals as winners of her annual Buffalo Black History Bee and the Eva M. Doyle Black History Bee Trophy: Junior Division Championship Family - Schwartz Family - Pierson Schwartz (7th grade homeschooled) Senior Division Championship Family - Cobb/Whyte Family - Liam Cobb (10th grade City Honors) “This year’s event, while different in format, was still a tremendous success. I am so grateful to our special guest speaker, Dr. Eva Doyle, for her words of inspiration and her support, year after year," said Legislator Baskin. " Also, I wish to extend a special thanks to our partners and sponsors: the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier Inc., Buffalo History Museum, Say Yes Buffalo, Buffalo Public Schools - Office of Parent and Family Engagement, Without the help of these organizations, this event would not have been possible." The judges from the Kappa Upsilon Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc and the Gamma Phi Omega Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. also donated their time and expertise. "This collaboration is a true testament to the rich and vibrant community we live in where Black history isn’t just preserved but celebrated,” stated Chairwoman Baskin. Teams took part in a Zoom based competition which was live-streamed on Facebook for all to watch. This year, families were allowed to participate with contestants. All families received a Bronze Metal and County Legislature certificate for participation; winning families received a gift basket from the Buffalo History Museum, a $50 gift certificate to a local Black owned restaurant, and the Eva Doyle Black History Bee Trophy. Congratulatins All!

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Kim Beaty Thanks Supporters: 97Rock Buffalo Please Note Turns in Over 1,800 Signatures

Demand Justice for George Floyd! “I can’t breathe,” were the words George Floyd uttered with his hands handcuffed behind his back, while a police officer kneeled directly on his neck, refusing to move for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. When the police officer - Derek Chauvin - finally removed his knee from George’s neck, George’s body was unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. George Floyd was an unarmed Black man. Earlier, a grocery clerk had called the police thinking George had tried to use a forged currency in the store, but that phone call proved to be fatal when the police arrived. If the police hadn’t used force unlawfully, George would still be alive today. Now, more than nine months later, Chauvin is on trial - the first of the four cops to face a jury and second-degree unintentional murder and manslaughter charges. Pending the outcome of this trial, the remaining three cops are expected to be tried later this summer. However, anyone who has been paying attention knows that will likely not happen if Chauvin is acquitted, given that Chauvin is seen as the officer most culpable in Floyd’s death. The thought that Chauvin and the other officers could walk free weighs heavily on the minds of Black residents of Minneapolis, the surrounding Twin Cities and the nation. Although some may believe that the damning video of Floyd’s murder will definitely result in a conviction, those who have been paying attention know that an acquittal is possible. No officer in recent history, if ever, has been convicted of killing a Black person in the state of Minnesota. George’s death came in the wake of a series of acts of racist violence against Black Americans that illustrates astounding levels of violence and discrimination in the USA. This includes the killing of a Black man who was out jogging, Ahmaud Arbery; the killing of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was sleeping in her apartment when the police opened fire on her, and so many more. The police commit human rights violations at a shockingly frequent rate, particularly against racial and ethnic minorities, and especially Black Americans. In 2019 alone, the police were involved in the deaths of over 1,000 people in the USA. Those aren’t just numbers, but a person's life: someone's parent, sibling, cousin, nephew, spouse, child. George’s family and community are calling for all those responsible to be held accountable and for guarantees that this will not happen again. We join them in this call for justice! All of those responsible in the death of George Floydmust be held accountable!

Dear Editor: I am writing to thank Betty Jean Grant, Katrinna Martin-Bordeaux, and Nelson Mason for their unwavering appeal for the community to stand up for what is fair and proper. The three spearheaded a petitioning campaign and created a platform for Erie County residents Kimberly Beaty to make noise and provide an opportunity for everyone to respect the democratic process to chose who the new Erie County Sheriff will be. I appreciate their hard work and commitment and that of their assistants and supporters. The push was so great that my family and members of the faith-based community joined in the effort! We made a lot of new friends and confirmed that the groundswell of support is there. After much thought and prayerful consideration, I re-entered the race for Erie County Sheriff. I greatly thank every person that carried and signed the petitions to place my name on the ballot to run in the June 22 primary. Let's work together by voting Beaty for Sheriff to reimagine the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Kimberly Beaty Candidate for Erie County Sheriff

Seeking God's Kingdom: From The Desert To The Promised Land

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By Kelvin Seay

Kelvin Seay am bringing a praise report to my communitya testimony of God's greatness and faithfulness. I have been homeless in my hometown (Buffalo, New York) since January 20 and the journey came to an end March 12, 2021. God has blessed me with an apartment fully furnished, in a secure building with amenities. It is the largest, cleanest, best and least expensive place I've had in my life thus far. I am believing God for big things in 21-this is just the beginning. The day I received the keys to the apartment amidst being overwhelmed and overjoyed I lost my cell phone. I was later told that someone found it and is attempting to return it to me. God has commanded blessings to chase me around my hometown (lol). Make no mistake; God is positioning me for a predestined location which I believe is public office in my hometown. Buffalo New York is steep in corruption from top to bottom. I pray that " The God I Serve" will use me to address this matter and others as well. Should I run for public office it may very well be the Mayor's seat which has been diabolically used for decades. I have recently registered to vote as a member of the Theocratic Party- Theos (Greek Origin)- An administration and government under the authority and guidance of God alone. To the collective churches in Buffalo as well as all who desires God's Presence to reside in and preside over Buffalo, New York I urge you to register to vote as a theocratic party voter. For this and every other community to be great, God and His Word must be Top Priority. Buffalo is on the clock. This November must be like no other. I want to thank and send a shout out to all God's people who have held me up in prayer throughout- those who know how to get a prayer through the local entities and their staffing who were aggressive in helping me obtain housing(You Know Who You Are) ,those in the community who have often refreshed me as needed and to my family- The Homeless Community of Buffalo whom I love with everything in me. I will always be here with and for you and always fight with and for you. Continued next column

Colorism is Racism

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radio show host for the Buffalo -based 97 Rock was fired, and two others suspended, after they took part in a racist on-air exchange. When I heard the recording of the insensitive words of the former 97Rock Buffalo DJ, they immediately led to memories of growing up as a very brown girl in the south. This was a time when beauty was portrayed and etched in our minds as White women with long blond hair and blue eyes. I had neither. The power of imJennifer ages and words are real. This standard was PARKER embraced by many including people of color. I am saddened that this thinking continues. What we have experienced by the 97Rock incident was damaging and hurtful racism. Those words offended every woman of color. I will always remember an older very lighter African American neighbor sharing with me that he was able to “pass” in America’s segregated military during World War II. This story demonstrated the deep history of valuing people based upon skin color. My dear neighbor made the decision to keep quiet because it elevated his status and guaranteed better treatment. As we prepare for the future this racist division based upon shades of color must end. However, this cannot happen without the right issues being defined and discussed. Let us begin with the word colorism. According to a 2016 Time magazine article colorism was first used by author and activist Alice Walker in an essay that appeared in her 1983 book, In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens. Walker defined colorism as “prejudicial or preferential treatment of samerace people based solely on their color.” Two more words that must be defined and researched are the words Mulatto and Systemic Racism. Mulatto, a term that reinforces America’s focus on White superiority is a defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary as a person of mixed White and Black ancestry, especially a person with one White and one Black parent. Today this term is considered offensive because of its historic connection to slavery. In a June 15, 2020 USA TODAY article, NAACP President Derrick Johnson defined systemic racism, also called structural racism or institutional racism, as "systems and structures that have procedures or processes that disadvantage African Americans." The damage of racism and slavery became clear to me as I read a book years ago entitled My Kind of People. Wow! The book included a story of how one lady was raised by the family housekeeper because she was born too dark into a family that was passing as a Caucasian family. America we must do better! We can do better!The calls for conversations cannot be successful without all embracing the deep history of racism in America and in our own towns. Signed a Dark & Lovely Brown Woman. Jennifer J. Parker

To my hometown of Buffalo, New York Hear This- There is no adversity, trial, addiction, criminal record, corrupt individuals nor their opposition , the devil, those on his payroll and volunteer roster who is gonna halt or abort God' s Plan for my life! READY OR NOT: HERE IT COMES!

Mr. Seay has submitted articles in the past on behalf of Buffalo’s homeless population. He ca be reached at seay_kelvin@yahoo. com


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EMPLOYMENT CDPAS- HR Personal Assistant Onboarding Specialist.

Perform onboarding activities for Personal Assistants (PAs) for Taking Control program. Assist Consumers/Employers, or their Designated Representatives (DRs), in the recruiting of individuals for employment. Perform backup duties as part of the PA Specialist Team. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $34K to $36K. Buffalo.

CDPAS: Taking Control Customer Service Specialist. Answer incoming department calls & direct them to the appropriate staff. Assist program staff w/documentation management and processing. Perform general office duties. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $33K to $35K. Buffalo. ILC- Open Doors Transition Specialist. Assists individuals in re-entry from institutional settings to the community. Facilitate and coordinate, for individuals residing in institutions, a comprehensive plan to re-enter the community. www.wnyil. org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $33K to $35K. Buffalo. ILGR- Taking Control Consumer Administrator. Coordinate, monitor, & enroll individuals as consumers/employers in the Taking Control program in the ILGR regional service area. Promote the expansion and positive impacts of the Consumer Directed Personal Assistant Service (CDPAS) within the region. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $40K to $44K. Batavia. ILNC- NY Connects Independent Living Outreach Specialist. Work with the NY Connects Team in participating county(ies) to connect aging or disabled individuals & their families to established support programs, critical pathways to providers to help facilitate access to needed home and community based supports and services, & streamline access to public benefits & application assistance. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $33K to $37K. Buffalo. MHPC- Peer Support Specialist- Renewal Center. Parttime. Work w/in the Renewal Center, serving guests of the living space, in overcoming immediate, emotional crisis, of which may alternatively result in emergency room visits. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $17/hr. to $18/hr. Buffalo. MHPC- Peer Support Specialist. To provide peer support to individuals, w/lived mental health experiences, in obtaining their goals related to Independent Living, vocations, and improve Quality of Life. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $30K- $33K. Buffalo.

WNYIL- Youth Peer Advocate. Provide peer support in person and online. Coordinate independent living skills, evaluations, & trainings for transition-age youth w/ disabilities w/in Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans & Wyoming Counties. www.wnyil.org EEOC employment@wnyil.org $15/hr. - $17/ hr. Buffalo.

Legal Notice Notice to Bidders Newstead, NY Notice is hereby given that sealed bid proposals will be received until 10:00 a.m. EST on Friday April 23, 2021 and considered by the Town Board of the Town of Newstead, County of Erie, State of New York, on Monday April 26, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. EST for the Following: Upgrade of the Newstead Senior Center restrooms as per specification set forth in the bid package. This contract will be funded wholly or partially with federal funds, and as such, is subject to all federal rules and regulations pertinent thereto, including, but not limited to, federal policy of encouraging the participation of minority and women business enterprises as sources of suppliers, equipment, construction and services. Bid specifications and bid packet can be found on our website at: www.erie.gov/newstead Envelopes containing bid proposals must be sealed and address to: Town of Newstead, Attn: Town Clerk, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron, NY 14001. Any questions, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at (716) 542-4573, option 2. Dated: March 22, 2021 Dawn D. Izydorczak Newstead Town Clerk

LEGAL NOTICE Bids will be received by RP Oak Hill Building Co., Inc. for the Erie County Health Lab CC Renovations – Phase 2 Project on 4/6/2021 at 10am. Please fax bids (716-822-4367) or email (bids@rpoakhill.com) prior to 10:00 am. The scope of work includes demolition, asbestos abatement, masonry, millwork, roofing, doors/frames/hardware, carpentry, flooring, painting & specialties etc. The contract documents may be examined at Construction Exchange or can be purchased at Avalon Printing, (P: 716-995-7777). This project is prevailing wage. ***W/M/DBE participation is encouraged.

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE Request for Proposal For System Coordinator March 31, 2021 The Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. is accepting proposals for a consultant to coordinate the service delivery of system partners and service providers across its career center system. Proposals clearly labeled RFP for System Coordinator must be received at 726 Exchange Street, Suite 630, Buffalo, New York 14210, no later than 2 p.m. ET on April 19, 2021. Those interested in submitting a proposal may download this RFP at www.workforcebuffalo.org. Funding for this RFP is under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, 29 U.S.C. 3101 et. seq., (EEO/AAE).

Women’s Business Center Covid Recovery Programs To Help Women-Owned Businesses The Women’s Business Center (WBC) at Canisius College recently launched the “ReConnect. ReStart. ReGrow” COVID Recovery Programs to help women-owned businesses improve their finances – whether they are struggling to keep an already existing business going, hoping to launch a new business or managing fast-paced growth as a result of the pandemic. The Center, with funding from the CARES Act provided through the Small Business Administration, has created a task force of support which will offer free classes and “Office Hour” appointments for 12 full months to help them recover their businesses. Interested participants can learn more about the programs offered and register for classes or office hours online: thewomensbusinesscenter.com/covid-recovery-programs.

LEGAL NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF EIGHT-YEAR REVIEW AND CONSOLIDATION OF MARILLA AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT NO. 5, WALES AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT NO. 12, AND ELMA AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT NO. 13 INTO THE CENTRAL CONSOLIDATED DISTRICT; AND NOTICE OF 30-DAY PERIOD FOR PUBLIC REVIEW OF MARILLA AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT NO. 5, WALES AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT NO. 12, AND ELMA AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT NO. 13, PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 25-AA OF THE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that Agricultural District No. 5, which encompasses approximately 15,187.4 acres within the County of Erie in the Town of Marilla and was originally established on December 4, 1973, pursuant to Article 25-AA of the Agriculture and Markets Law. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that Agricultural District No. 12, which encompasses approximately 18,466.7 acres within the County of Erie in the Towns of Wales and Aurora and was originally established on November 9, 1978, pursuant to Article 25-AA of the Agriculture and Markets Law. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that Agricultural District No. 13, which encompasses approximately 8,932.6 acres within the County of Erie in the Towns of Elma, Aurora, and Orchard Park and was originally established on June 20, 1979, pursuant to Article 25-AA of the Agriculture and Markets Law. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that under Section 303-a (1) of the Agriculture and Markets Law, the County Legislature is required to review a district eight years after its creation and every eight years thereafter. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that under Section 303c of the Agriculture and Markets Law, the County Legislature is authorized to consolidate existing agricultural districts undergoing review. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that from April 7, 2021 to May 7, 2021, a map of the District will be on file and open to the public in the office of the County Clerk, at the Department of Environment and Planning, and online at www.erie.gov/environment, and during this period any municipality whose territory encompasses the above Agricultural District, any State Agency, or any landowner within or adjacent to the District, may propose a modification to the District. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that any proposed modification must be submitted to the County Department of Environment and Planning within thirty days of the date of this notice. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that modification requests can be submitted online, by mail, or sent electronically to agriculture@erie.gov. Contact: Sarah Gatti, Senior Planner Erie County Department of Environment & Planning 95 Franklin Street, 10th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202 716-858-6014 or agriculture@erie.gov ROBERT GRABER, Clerk of the Erie County Legislature Dated: April 1, 2021

Attention! Women who Are Interested in Careers in Carpentry

The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters (NASRCC) Sisters in the Brotherhood program will be holding the second of three virtual information sessions for women who are interested in pursuing a career in carpentry. Held on the second Mondays of the month with remaining dates in April, and May, these info sessions provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the 4-week pre-apprentice program that will run in July at carpenter’s training centers across New York State. Registration is open now until April 5 for the April 12 session. Space is Limited . Registration is open now until April 5 for the April 12 session. For more information or to register for an information session, visit: www.nectf.org LEGAL NOTICE BID ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed bids for Project Nos. 45849-C, 45849-H and 45849-E, comprising separate contracts for Construction Work, HVAC Work, and Electrical Work, Provide Facility-wide CCTV/Audio Monitoring System & Provide Recording Room, Wende Correctional Facility, 3040 Wende Road, Alden (Erie County) NY, will be received by the Office of General Services (OGS), Design & Construction Group (D&C), Division of Contract Management, 35th Fl., Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242, on behalf of the Department of Correctional Services, until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 when they will be publicly opened and read. Each bid must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders and must be accompanied by a bid security (i.e. certified check, bank check, or bid bond in the amount of $13,700 for C, $10,300 for H, and $233,000 for E). All successful bidders will be required to furnish a Performance Bond and a Labor and Material Bond pursuant to Sections 136 and 137 of the State Finance Law, each for 100% of the amount of the Contract estimated to be between $100,000 and $250,000 for C, between $100,000 and $250,000 for H, and between $9,000,000 and $1,000,000 for E. The substantial completion date for this project is 783 days after the Agreement is approved by the Comptroller. Pursuant to Public Buildings Law § 8(6), effective January 11, 2020, for any projects where the project design commenced on or after January 1, 2020 and for any contracts over $5,000 for the work of construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, or improvement of any State building, a responsible and reliable NYS-certified Minority or Women-Owned Business Enterprise that submits a bid within ten percent of the lowest bid will be deemed the apparent low bidder provided that the bid is $1,400,000 or less, as adjusted annually for inflation beginning January 1, 2020. If more than one responsible and reliable MWBE firm meets these requirements, the MWBE firm with the lowest bid will be deemed the apparent low bidder. XX Project commenced design before January 1, 2020. Not subject to provision. _____Project commenced design on or after January 1, 2020. Subject to provision. Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Article 15-A and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, OGS is required to promote opportunities for the maximum feasible participation of New York State-certified Minorityand Women-owned Business Enterprises (“MWBEs”) and the employment of minority group members and women in the performance of OGS contracts. All bidders are expected to cooperate in implementing this policy. OGS hereby establishes an overall goal of 30% for MWBE participation, 15% for Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (“MBE”) participation and 15% for WomenOwned Business Enterprises (“WBE”) participation (based on the current availability of qualified MBEs and WBEs) for Construction Work, HVAC Work and Electrical Work. The total contract goal can be obtained by utilizing any combination of MBE and /or WBE participation for subcontracting and supplies acquired under this Contract. The Office of General Services reserves the right to reject any or all bids. The Bidding and Contract Documents for this Project are available on compact disc (CD) only, and may be obtained for an $8.00 deposit per set, plus a $2.00 per set shipping and handling fee. Pursuant to State Finance Law § 143(1), effective January 11, 2020, the required deposit will be waived upon request by any Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise certified pursuant to Article 15-A of the Executive Law or any Service-Disabled VeteranOwned Business Enterprise certified pursuant to Article 17-B of the Executive Law. Contractors and other interested parties can order CD’s on-line through a secure web interface available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please use the following link at the OGS website for ordering and payment instructions: https://online.ogs.ny.gov/dnc/contractorConsultant/esb/ESBPlansAvailableIndex.asp. For questions about purchase of bid documents, please send an e-mail to DCPlans@ogs.ny.gov, or call (518) 474-0203. For additional information on this project, please use the link below and then click on the project number: https://online.ogs.ny.gov/dnc/contractorConsultant/esb/ESBPlansAvailableIndex.asp. John D. Lewyckyj, C.S.I., C.D.T. Deputy Director, OGS Design & Construction Group


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Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company

Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

NataniaBParker, LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/15/21. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1339 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. March 18,25 April 1,8,15,22

Name of LLC: NRG Officiating LLC. Date of filing of Art. Of Org. filed Secretary of State (SSNY) 9/28/20 office of the LLC: Erie County. SSNY designated as process agent. Process Service Address: 84 Avery Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216. Purpose of LLC: any lawful act or activity. March 11,18,25 April 1,8,15

R&D Hospitality Services, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/4/21. Office in Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 195 Glenwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company

Primordial Waters Live, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the NY Dept of State on 12/23/2020. Office in Erie County. NYSS has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 955 Glenwood Ave, Buffalo NY 14211. Purpose: Any lawful purpose permitted for LLCs under NY Limited Liability Company Act. March 11,18,25 April 1,8,15

Highland Springs LLC, filed its Articles of Organization with NY Dept of State: January 21, 2021 The office of the LLC: will be located at 10430 Allen Road, East Concord, NY 14055 in Erie County. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at the above named office.The LLC was formed with the intention of creating an agricultural business. The LLC is managed by Sarah Schneider. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29

Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company Name of LLC: RNCW of LLC. Date of filing of Art. Of Org. filed Secretary of State (SSNY) 1/26/21 office of the LLC: Erie County. SSNY designated as process agent. Process Service Address: 61 Treehaven, Rd, Buffalo, NY 14215. Purpose of LLC: any lawful act or activity. March 11,18,25 April 1,8,15 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Formation of BNNY Associates LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/17/2021. Office loc.: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The address SSNY shall mail process to 303 W. Lancaster Ave., #290, Wayne, PA 19087. Purpose: Any lawful activity. March 11,18,25 April 1,8,15

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company Name of LLC: 716Artists, LLC filed Articles of Organization with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/26/2021. Office location: Erie County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 154 Blaine Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14208. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. March 18,25, April 1, 8,15,22 Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company PR Creations and Vending, LLC. The Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 7/10/2020. Office: Erie County. The SSNY is the designated agent to receive service of process. A copy of process should be mailed to: PR Creations and Vending, LLC, 141 Calvin Ct North, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. March 18,25 April 1,8,15, 22

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company The P.Wave Music Production LLC, Art,of Org. Filed with the SSNY on 1-5-21 office:Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of The LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of Process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC 1967 Wehrle Drive, suite 1#086 Buffalo NY 14221, Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose March 4,11,18,25 April 1,8

Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company THE EDWOODS GROUP, LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/04/2021. Office: Erie County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 2012 Bailey ave, Buffalo, NY 14211. Purpose: any lawful purpose. March 25 April 1,8,15,22, 29

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Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Central OUR BUFFALO, Terminal will hold a public meeting OUR BUFFALO, In recognition of Women’s History Month, OUR TERMINAL. via Zoom on Thursday, April 8, 2021, OUR TERMINAL. I salute Black Women Judges in WNY Past & at 6:00 p.m. to share a vision and rePresent - Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden development strategy for the terminal and grounds, created in partnership with our local community. The meeting is free and open to all, and preHon. Lenora Foote Beavers registration is requested. To register, please visit www.buffaloterminalplan. org. PUBLIC VIRTUAL MEETING “This meeting is a celebration of Hon. Debra Givens nearly 10 months of dedicated and inclusive work with the community on a Master Plan for the Buffalo Central Terminal,” said Ujijji Davis, project manager with SmithGroup, the lead consultant for the Master Plan. “Together we will launch the Master Plan as a vision for the future.” Concepts for the future of the Terminal building and Hon. Jaharr Pridgen grounds will be presented, and the final Master Plan will be shaped using public input gathered at the meeting. The Master Plan is being funded by a $400,000 grant through Phase II We Women Judges of Color, together with our sister of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion.(See their ad page 16) judges, represent Women’s History in WNY. JOIN US AS WE REFLECT ON

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The Michigan Street African American Heri­tage Corridor Commission and The East Side Garden Walk will host their final 'Freedom Wall Stake-holders Meeting" April 8 at 4:30 p.m.via Zoom. The public is invited to discuss ideas for improvement such as gardens and lighting. Interested parties can register at www.michiganstreetbuffalo.org/freedom-wall to be added to the stakeholders meeting list and receive the Zoom invitation. (image from albright knox archive)

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