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Village of Little Valley Board Notes: May 22
Among the highlights of the Village of Little Valley Board meeting on May 22 from 7:00-8:30 PM:
- Trustee Annette Andrew asked village clerk Peggy Root for receipts regarding various bills paid to a Sam's Club; Root obliged.
- A group of about four village residents (Bruce Kuhaneck, Jean Kuhaneck, Darrell Mosher and Town Justice Joe Dry) entered into a  heated discussion regarding a dilapidated property on 4th St. The residents believe that the building is a health hazard and that the situation should be taken care of as soon as humanly possible. Marsh insisted that due process be taken and that the village take care of the investigating themselves. Ann Haulings also addressed the board on a similar but separate issue.
- This was the last meeting in which Robert Milks served as Public Works Superintendent; he was absent. His term expires June 6, when he will be replaced by Dave Reynolds. Contract for the treasurer was renewed.
- End of fiscal year negotiations took place; Audrey Snow was given a contract and Peggy Root was extended. (5/22)
Notes from my meeting with Rep. Randy Kuhl 5/31
I was among four people to attend the meeting with Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-29NY) to discuss various items pertaining to federal policy.
- Virginia Banner asked about Medicare Part D. Kuhl explained that the process is going well and that competition is helping keep prices down. He also said that New York's EPIC program is better than Medicare D in most cases. She also inquired about federal response to gas prices; Kuhl stated that they have implemented energy incentives. Kuhl has said that he is open to ethanol production although he believes the future of fuel is in hydrogen.
- Jerry Titus, of the town board, discussed the issues pertaining to the Seneca Nation of Indians. Titus voiced his opposition to the land claims being given to various Indian nations across the country, including a port in Seattle. He went on record opposing the Native Hawaii proposition (which I found a bit unusual). Then Titus discussed the Senecas and the Interstates. Both Titus and I explained to Kuhl that there is a significant federal interest in this situation given the interstate highways' importance as corridors in the area, and that the federal government should keep its eyes on Maurice John because he has a history of defying authority.
- Mayor Norman Marsh came to address the issue of outsourcing, in the context of Bush Industries. Marsh stated that he was in favor of imposing tariffs on China to level the playing field. Kuhl was leery of the idea and said he was more in favor of free trade agreements, such as CAFTA, which he cast the deciding vote for in its passing. Kuhl believed that free trade was the fairest trade available, although he would consider tariffs since China was very manipulative when handling the markets.
- Finally, I left a note for Kuhl in opposition to the "comprehensive immigration reform" bill currently in the House. (5/31)
This isn't the spot where I list the new shows the networks debuted. It's a spot where I list all the shows that were kept and cancelled.
NBC (2007-08 schedule released 5/14):
Cancelled: Studio 60 (big flop, was too much like 30 Rock, which stayed), 20 Good Years (no surprise), Kidnapped, Crossing Jordan (I guess it just wore out-- the only long-running series to be cancelled).
Kept: Heroes, 1 vs. 100, Deal or No Deal, Friday Night Lights.
Review: Despite their 4th place finish, NBC is starting to rebuild around some solid franchises. While the sitcom is going out of style, the game show is making a comeback.
ABC (Schedule released 5/15): Wow. I don't even recognize this schedule. All of its sitcoms are gone, including the longstanding "According to Jim" and "George Lopez." Also gone are What About Brian, Six Degrees and The Nine (as well as the last's replacement, Day Break).  Brothers and Sisters, Ugly Betty, and Men in Trees will return.
Review: Wow, talk about carnage. While ABC seems to be structuring around some of their bigger hits, very few of this past season's new shows made it a full season. The lack of sitcoms is eerily reminiscent of the "rural purge" of 1971 CBS fame. It's not looking good for the increasingly top-heavy Alphabet Network.
CBS: (Schedule released 5/16): Cancelled were The Class (I saw this one coming, but apparently the ga-ga press didn't; it wasn't that good), Jericho, and Close to Home. King of Queens has left on its own accord. Kept were Rules of Engagement, New Adventures of Old Christine (will return midseason), and Shark.
Review: By far the most stable of the networks thus far, CBS appears to be very comfortable at #1. It has introduced very few new shows and has kept most of their old ones.
FOX (released 5/17): I really don't watch Fox all that much (course of habit - I grew up with 2 4 and 7, and that was it), but they too look very comfortable with their current lineup. They kept "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" and "'Til Death" while dropping "The War at Home" (that show SUCKED). Drive, Happy Hour, Vanished, Justice, and The Rich List all were cancelled. The OC was cancelled but was allowed a series finale.
Review: Fox is banking on its current slate of generally established programming. Interestingly enough, they're breaking the three-hour sitcom block on Sunday night and instead airing a Terminator spinoff in the 9:00 slot.
CW (released 5/17): CW seems to be overhauling its Sunday lineup after the departure of WB/CW mainstay 7th Heaven. CW is suffering from the loss of several long-running dramas: Heaven, Gilmore Girls, also a WB staple, and Veronica Mars, a UPN fixture. Not having debuted many shows last year due to the merger, CW only had one new cancellation (Runaway) and one new Keep (The Game). Also cancelled were All of Us and Reba.
5/23 UPDATE:
The rallies begin (WESB Bradford) Are the tire fires next?
5/18 UPDATE:
Cha-¢hing! Senecas to bill New York State $1 for every car passing through Seneca territory, State will refuse to pay (Dunkirk Observer)
5/10 UPDATE:
Senecas board a bus to NYC (Salamanca Press)
Senecas declare NYS "in default" with I-86
We knew it was a matter of time. The Seneca Nation, complaining it didn't get enough special treatment, has declared I-86 a property of its own as if they have a right to just say it's theirs after they give it up. They say they can do this because the state didn't give them enough perks. Classy. You want goods but don't want to pay for them with TAXES!
Also, they're threatening to hold up Route 219. (So what? They'll just steer it around and route it through Olean or Jamestown instead.)
Andrew Cuomo: War on Internet sales continues by attacking middleman (WESB)
Andrew Cuomo continued the work of his predecessor by "negotiating" a deal with another electronic processor to refuse service to patrons who purchase from Internet cigarette vendors. The move deliberately targeted Seneca retailers in Salamanca.
(As you can probably infer, I've never been a fan of the Senecas and their tactics. However, this is a tactic with which I have never agreed. The State of New York has no business investigating what clients and businesses you choose to patronize. --Myrle)
4/29 UPDATE:
Senecas take out ad space on Albany transit buses (Jamestown Post-Journal)
4/26 UPDATE:
Senecas, Spitzer agree to meeting (Sharon Turano)
4/25 UPDATE:
Lawmakers hopeful for direct negotiations, propose revenue sharing (Rick Miller, Olean Times Herald)
Tom Precious: Senecas consider opening its own toll booth on I-90
Patrick Fanelli, Post-Journal: I-86 fate unclear
Seneca Nation leaders voted yesterday to rescind their 1954 agreement to allow the New York State Thruway to pass through the Seneca Nation. (Thoughts: 1. No wonder they call them "Indian givers." 2. It's too late to rescind now, the thruway's already built. 3. This looks like they're taking the legal recourse to set up their tire fires again. 4. The Interstate Highway System is not New York property; it's federal property. 5. (and most notable) If they can rescind their thruway agreement, why doesn't New York State rescind their tax exemption treaties? --Myrle) (4/19)
MORE: Sharon Turano, Dunkirk Observer
MORE: Tom Precious, Buffalo News