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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v12n12 (03/21/2013) » Section: Week in Review

Pridgen Calls Out UB

Since last week, Ellicott District Councilman Darius Pridgen has publicly changed his tone toward the University at Buffalo regarding the proposed purchase of McCarley Gardens for $15 million by one of the myriad private charitable foundations that have multiplied around the public university. These entities control something in the neighborhood of three quarters of a billion dollars. At Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, Pridgen said a letter was hand-delivered to UB president Satish Tripathi earlier that day, requesting his presence at a 1pm Council meeting on April 23.

Trico Landmark on the Table Again

This week, Buffalo’s Preservation Board renewed its effort to designate the vacant Trico Plant #1 as a local landmark.

Nate Buckley Prepares to Sue NFTA

Nathaniel “Nate” Buckley, the 26-year-old Buffalo man whose trespassing and governmental obstruction case was thrown out of City Court by Judge John Fiorella in December, filed notice of a claim against the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Thursday. Buckley was arrested by NFTA police outside the M&T Bank’s Fountain Plaza offices in April 2011 during a political protest, and charged with refusing to leave bank property when asked, “trespass,” “obstructing governmental administration,” and “resisting arrest.” Both amateur pedestrian video and, as Fiorella noted in his decision, images from the bank’s own cameras, showed Buckley was on a public sidewalk when confronted by NFTA police, and then struck and pepper-sprayed by the arresting officers. Fiorella’s decision stated that the conduct of these officers was “repugnant to this court’s sense of justice.”

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