Niagara Gazette

May 1, 2014

GLYNN: Cox wants probe of Cuomo's meddling

By DON GLYNN don.glynn@niagara-gazette.com
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — State Republican Chairman Ed Cox wants the U.S. attorney and the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to look into the possibility that Gov. Cuomo crossed the line in meddling with the Moreland Commission that he appointed to probe corruption on Capitol Hill in Albany. 

In a recent article in Crain’s New York, Cuomo was quoted as describing the Moreland panel as “my commission.” Cuomo’s reply to Cox’s charges “It’s my commission. Was I interfering? I can’t interfer with it because it is mine. It is controlled by me.” The governor sounds more like the boss of Tammany Hall that the state Chief Executive.

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BATTLE FOR VIEWERS: Countless Western New York residents fondly remember Buffalo native Tim Russert who dominated the Sunday morning news ratings as moderator of the once-popular “Meet the Press” on the NBC network. He often claimed an audience 40 percent larger than his rivals until his shocking death in 2008.

Russert’s successor, David Gregory, is struggling with his show, ranked third in the top networks. In his first place now is CBS’s “Face the Nation,” with host Bob Schieffer, 77, who might be described as a disciple of Walter Cronkite, the legendary anchor man who died at age 92 in 2009. In second place is “This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

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A GOOD TIME: Looking for something both adults and the kids can do this weekend? Visit the Erie Canal Discovery Center, 24 Church St., Lockport, where “1825 Family Fun” will be held Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. It’s all part of the opening of the Erie Canal and the Lockport Locks for the season. Admission to the museum is $6 (adults), $5 (senior citizens).

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HELPING HANDS DEPT.: Don’t forget Saturday is “I Love My Park” day where volunteers are needed to help spruce up regional state parks and trails. If interested, visit: ptny.org/ilovemypark. Maybe the weather will even help for a change.

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CONTEST OPEN: “Sensational Saturday: Staying Safe in the Sun,” a free poster competition, will be held at the Power Vista, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to participate in the contest that encourages precautions to deal with the sun’s harmful rays as summer approaches. Entrants can draw, paint or use photography to deliver a sun-safe message. Posters may be dropped off a the Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road, any time prior to the event. All entries will be displayed that Saturday, with winners announced at 3 p..m.

The top three winning posters will be exhibited at Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Sunflower Cafe, Elm Street, Buffalo, from May 13 to May 30, in observance of Melanoma Awareness Month.

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OFF THE PRESS: “The Civil War: Told by Those Who Lived It,” edited by Brooks D. Simpson, Stephen W. Sears, and Aaron Sheenan-Dean (Library of America, 3,624 pages, 4 volumes, $157.50. Even the ardent Civil War buffs may suffer sticker shock when they spot that price at the bookstore.

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FALLS NATIVE: Word was recently received here that Leopold (”Leep”) Zelones, a former commercial photographer in the Niagara Falls area, died at his home in Orlando, Fla. He first worked as a news photographer for the Niagara Falls Gazette at age 15. In 1964, he sold his studio here and moved to Florida where he was a staff photographer with the Orlando Sentinel before opening his own commercial photography business. His clients included Disney, Circus World and SeaWorld.

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TRIVIA QUIZ: What former U.S. president ended up trapped in his bathroom and had to be rescued by White House staffers. A locked door was not the problem. (Answer Sunday)

Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.

Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.