Niagara Gazette — Also, Mammuliti said it would be important for Ford’s colleagues to assure him that he would not lose his job just because he seeks that kind of help.
WHAT’S TO DECLARE?: Former Buffalo Sabres player Pat LaFontaine told on himself Wednesday about crossing the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge on his trip to Toronto.
At the border, the customs inspector checking LaFontaine’s photo ID card quickly recognized him as the ex-NHL star. “You should be coaching the Sabres now,” the inspector said. The mild-mannered and soft-spoken former Sabre replied: “Well, maybe some day.” In less than 24 hours, he was named director of hockey operations for the Buffalo franchise.
MIXED EMOTIONS: That’s when you’re filling up at the service station under the sign $3.55 per gallon (regular unleaded) and the national average is $3.18. Now they’re saying that national figure could drop below $3 a gallon soon for the first time since 2010. Don’t look for any such reduction in the Buffalo-Niagara area. Analysts cite one major factor for the steady slide in prices: the increased supply of low-price crude. It’s time for U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer to call another Sunday press conference and announce that he’s looking into the situation.
TRIBAL MOVE: As you can imagine, residents of Martha’s Vineyard, an island resort area in Massachusetts, are less than enthusiastic that a Native American tribe claims it has won federal approval to open a small casino there. A spokesman for the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah said Wednesday that its campaign for a casino was cleared by a legal opinion issued from the National Indian Gaming Commission. Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, tribal chairwoman, confirmed it has approval for a facility that will include slot machines, bingo and poker. It could become the first casino in the Bay State.