Posts Tagged ‘Buffalo’

Women Are Better Lawyers Than Men

June 1, 2008

Schroder Joseph AssociatesFrom AdRANTs by Steve Hall May 30, 2008>>read more.          Ever notice how women, when in conflict with another, or with a man for that matter, discuss the issue at great length until every last feeling is expressed? Ever notice how men, when in conflict with another (but not a woman), just punch each other, offer up a fist bump or brush it off with a “no worries, dude?” Though some might debate the point, that’s not sexist. It’s just a natural difference in the way men and women deal with confrontation and disagreement.          So perhaps an ad from 100 percent women-owned Buffalo law firm Schroder, Joseph Associates, LLC with the headline, “Ever Argue With A Woman,” is compelling since arguing legal issues requires ad nauseum debate to the point of excruciating insanity. In the courtroom, that’s a good thing. Not so much when you’re at home and just want to sit down with a beer and watch the game.

Frank Lloyd Wright House open to guests

May 6, 2008

Derek Gee/Buffalo News Russell Maxwell, who owns the Davidson House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, marvels at the living room featuring a stunning, two-story-tall bank of windows that fills the east wall, reaching from the floor up to the cathedral ceiling. Guests will get a chance to experience fully what it’s like to live in a Prairie-style home
From The Buffalo News By Sharon Linstedt Updated: 05/05/08 7:52 AM>>read more.     GO INSIDE THE Walter V. Davidson House in an audio slideshow.     Architecture buffs who have dreamed of living in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home will soon have the opportunity to sleep under a Wright roof in Buffalo.     Starting in June, the Walter V. Davidson House, at 57 Tillinghast Place, will join a handful of Wright residences that welcome overnight guests.     “It’s a rare chance to experience Frank Lloyd Wright architecture as he intended,” said Davidson House owner Russell Maxwell. “Guests will have the whole home to themselves to enjoy.”      Built in 1908 for Larkin Company executive Davidson and his family, it is one of Wright’s Prairie-style homes with a pale stucco facade, dark trim and low-slung eaves. The 4,400-square-foot dwelling features more than 60 diamond-patterned glass windows The fireplace in the living room offers a cozy setting for guests to relax.that ring the structure.     A stunning, two-story-tall bank of windows fills the east wall of the living room, reaching from the floor up to the cathedral ceiling.     “The windows become even more spectacular when you’re here for a full day and watch the way the light moves through the house. That’s something you can’t experience on a 20-minute, museum-like tour,” Maxwell said.     The three-bedroom, fully furnished home will be available for a two-night minimum stay, at a rate of $295 per night. Guests are on their own for meals, choosing whether to cook meals in the Davidson kitchen.     The first guests will be a British couple planning a June vacation in the United States. They’ve reserved the house with old friends from Pittsburgh.     “They found it on the Internet and thought it would be a great place to meet up with their American friends. They’re planning to use it as a base for exploring the Buffalo area,” Maxwell said.     The reservation book also includes a New York City man who is bringing his family to Buffalo in November to celebrate Thanksgiving with his fiance’s family. The group plans to hold Thanksgiving dinner in the Davidson dining room.     Maxwell purchased the house in late 2004 without an immediate plan for its future. He worked out a deal with the prior owner, Dr. Jules Constant, that allowed the cardiologist to continue living in the house through 2007.      “In researching the house and Wright, I started to think about opening it up to the public. It seemed to be a great fit with Buffalo’s growth in Wright-linked tourism,” he said.     It is located just a few blocks from Wright’s recently restored Darwin D. Martin House Complex, and Maxwell said it should be a hit with visitors who want to create the ultimate Wright experience.     “They’ll be able to build an all-Wright itinerary that includes the Martin House, Heath House, Graycliff, the new boathouse and then go home to the Davidson. That’s a tremendous package,” he said.     Howard A. Zemsky, a past president of the Martin House Restoration Corp., agrees.     “It’s pretty easy to imagine someone wanting to visit here for that purpose and taking advantage of the opportunity to stay in a Wright house, around the corner to the Martin House,” Zemsky said.      Michael and Sarah Petersdorf have been welcoming guests into their Wright-designed Illinois country home for the past three years, with an increasing number of bookings.     “Ninety-five percent of our guests are Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts, and they just love it,” said Michael Petersdorf, owner of Muirhead Farmhouse B&B in Hampshire, Ill.     “There are so many nuances of these houses you can’t get from photos or even a tour. You have to spend time in them to really understand how the design and the function come together. It’s very special,” he added.     An upcoming article on the Davidson House in the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation newsletter is expected to spark bookings by Wright lovers. The house is also being promoted through the Buffalo Convention & Tourism Bureau’s “Wright in Buffalo” marketing effort.    While Maxwell is throwing out the welcome mat in just over a month, he is warning his first batch of visitors that the Davidson House is a work in progress. A kitchen restoration is still in the planning stages, and the exterior of the house will get a major dose of stucco repair, painting and a complete relandscaping over the next several months.     Detailed information on the Davidson House and how to book a stay is available at

Buffalo Bills getting $78 million for eight games in Toronto

May 1, 2008

Bills fans in Toronto will be able to cheer on their team close to home, while the Bills double their take from the game. Team’s take is double what it grosses at home
From The Buffalo News By Mark Gaughan Updated: 04/30/08 8:29 AM >>read more. The Buffalo Bills will be paid an average of $9.75 million a game from their new Toronto business partners, financial statements released in Canada revealed Tuesday.     The Bills’ eight games in Canada over the next five years will earn the National Football League team a total of $78 million, Rogers Communications stated in its quarterly report. It was the first time the cost of the deal was made public.     The gross revenue is roughly double what the Bills garner in gross revenues for a home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.     The Bills essentially are leasing the game to Rogers Communications. The team is being paid a flat fee for the games, and Rogers is handling virtually all of the game operations. Rogers is one of Canada’s largest communications companies, with revenues of about $10 billion a year. —Curious how much of the money will make it to the local economy.

Luxury Living Downtown Buffalo—who knew?

April 10, 2008

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“Tony bag-of-doughnuts” is alive and well, beating people up in Buffalo

April 10, 2008

Buffalo, “Supranos” Style   U.S. ATTORNEY TERRANCE P. FLYNN: Racketeering is called bludgeon of Local 17’s regime; 12 union leaders face federal charges “They had a negative financial impact on almost every major construction project … over the past 10 years.” Posted on The Buffalo News By Dan Herbeck and Phil Fairbanks Updated: 04/09/08 9:11 AM     Leaders of a powerful construction union local are accused of a decade-long run of extortion and labor racketeering that federal authorities say added millions of dollars to the cost of projects throughout Western New York.     The allegations include death threats, stabbings, assaults and extreme acts of vandalism against construction company executives and their families.     Federal authorities made the accusations against Operating Engineers Local 17, a union that represents operators of heavy equipment and has been involved in some of the biggest construction projects in the area, including those at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Ralph Wilson Stadium.     “They victimized people at small construction sites and large sites, including many that were publicly funded,” U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn said. “We believe they had a negative financial impact on almost every major construction project in Western New York over the past 10 years.”     The crimes ranged from throwing scalding coffee at non-union workers to destroying expensive machinery by pouring sand into the transmissions and gas tanks, according to Flynn.     Twelve union officials are accused of felony counts of labor racketeering and extortion. They were arrested at their homes by federal agents and state police, who began a roundup at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.     Authorities described union organizers Carl A. Larson, 43, and James L. Minter III, 36, and the local’s president and business manager, Mark N. Kirsch, 48, as the leaders of the “Local 17 Criminal Enterprise.”     Their alleged attacks were intended to force construction companies into hiring Local 17 workers and punishing those who refused.     The charges against Kirsch, who has been highly regarded in the region’s labor community, were especially surprising to some of his colleagues.     “I’m shocked,” said Michael H. Hoffert, president of the Buffalo AFL-CIO. “Those aren’t the [Local 17] guys I know.”     But an official at one of the companies that was allegedly targeted saw it differently.     “There is such a thing as justice,” said Norman R. Merriman, president of Tom Greenauer Development, whose company equipment was heavily damaged after the firm refused to hire Local 17 workers.     Officials at the 2,100-member union local, headquartered in Lake View in the Town of Hamburg, had no comment. Attorney Paul J. Cambria, whose law firm represents the local, also declined to comment.     Some of the language in a 62-page government indictment reads like a script for the former “Sopranos” television show.     According to prosecutor Charles B. Wydysh, Larson had a conversation in 2003 with an official of a construction firm, STS. The conversation took place about two months after a union member had stabbed the owner of STS in the neck in an Orchard Park bar.     The STS representative is quoted in court papers asking Larson what his company would gain by hiring members of the union.     “What are the positives?” the company official asked Larson. “You guys slash my tires, stab me in the neck, try to beat me up in a bar. What are the positives in signing? There are only negatives.”     Much of the activity took place at major publicly funded construction projects, including the expansion of Roswell Park Cancer Institute and renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo State College and the Buffalo Sewer Authority’s treatment plant on Bird Island, prosecutors said.     One of the disturbing aspects to the case, in Flynn’s view, is that members of the local repeatedly used the Web site of the state Department of Motor Vehicles to find out the addresses of people they intended to harass.     Union members went to construction sites and took photos of the license plates of vehicles used by construction company executives or non-union workers, Flynn said.     “Then, they would use that information to find out where these people lived, and where their families lived,” Flynn said. “They would then make threats against people, mentioning their home addresses.”     Allegations of union thuggery Some of the federal charges filed against Operating Engineers Local 17:  Roswell Park Cancer Institute construction site: Owner of a company who declined to hire Local 17 workers for the project was stabbed in the neck by a union official in a local bar.  Ralph Wilson Stadium: Truck driver from a non- union company suffered facial cuts when a Local 17 member smashed a window in his vehicle in 1999. The company was later replaced by a union contractor.  Uniland Development office building, 285 Delaware Ave.: Pickets told a Uniland official they were going to go to his home and sexually assault his wife.  Town of Hamburg soccer fields: Sand was poured into engines of 18 pieces of construction equipment owned by non- union companies, causing $ 330,000 damage.     Source: Indictment filed by Assistant U. S. Attorney Charles B. Wydysh and     Read more.