Niagara Gazette

May 16, 2013

GLYNN: Cuomo puts a different spin on Albany meetings

By Don Glynn don.glynn@niagara-gazette.com
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Like him or not, Gov. Andrew Cuomo can never be criticized for not thinking outside the box.

Take his strategy, for example, to host important an gathering in Albany. It deserves a lofty label, in his mind, something much more than just a one-day meeting or conference. Cuomo prefers “summit,” as in international peace talks. It’s the kind of term that conjures up thoughts of the White House or 10 Downing St.

In case you didn’t hear, the “Tourism Summit” at which he presided last week was the third in a series that he has held  in the last nine months, according to the New York Times. Guests were treated to a wide range of goodies including the popular biscotti from DiCamillo’s Bakery in the Cataract City. Before the tourist industry officials, including John Percy of the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp., descended on the capital, scores of people were invited to a ‘Yogurt Summit,’ to discuss that industry’s issues in the Empire State. (The governor had to be embarrassed when they ran out of spoons at the freebie). Next on the agenda was the Wine Beer and Spirits Summit in October, complete with a happy hour at the Executive Mansion. One upstate newspaper headlined the story with “Booze Summit Serves Up Ideas.” 

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POPULAR SPOT: Niagara County products have a significant presence at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market in Buffalo that opened Saturday. The market at Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway will be open every Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Dec. 21, rain or shine.

Tom Tower’s Farm, Lockport Road, Youngstown (Rt. 93) is featured in the introduction to the market’s Web page. Other growers and vendors from tis ounty include the Dan Tower Market, Lake Road; Niagara Landing & Wine Cellar, Cambria; and the O’Connor Family Greenhouse, Lake Road, Ransomville. Coordinated by the Elmwood Village Association, it is a producer-only market, requiring all vendors to grow or produce what they sell. 

It’s unfortunate that the Niagara Falls City Market off Pine Avenue cannot attract more area farmers. Obviously it would help boost that overall business district. 

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LOCAL LINKS: Keith Radford and Joanna Pasceri, co-anchors on WKBW-TV (Ch. 7) have deep ties to Niagara County as illustrated in the promotional spots currently airing on that station. Both of them reflect a genuine hometown image.

Radford, the dean of Western New York news anchors, is a longtime Lewiston resident. In the brief promo, he touts the advantages of living in the scenic village close to the Niagara River and its attractions. In his 15 years with Channel 7, he has won numerous awards His assignments have run the gamut from covering local Air Force reservists in the Persian Gulf War and Hurricane Andrew in Florida to O.J. Simpson double murder story in Los Angeles and traveling with the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls.

Pasceri, a Lockport native, spent six years as an anchor, reporter and producer in Elmira, before joining the Eyewitness News team in Buffalo, where she was promoted to a reporter and anchor in 1997. Among her honors, the Associated Press cited her for “Best Spot News Coverage” and “Best Continuing Coverage.” The Pasceri family also operates a business in the Lock City.

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IN SHINING ARMOR?: Not everyone was elated this past week when Prince Harry of the British royal family toured the Boardwalk at Seaside Heights, N.J., with Gov. Chris Christie. They visited sites along the Jersey Shore battered last year by Hurricane Sandy. At one point, the prince helped a 7-year-old girl win a dart-throwing contest. She was not impressed. “If he’s a real prince, then where’s his cape or at least his sword,” she asked. 

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QUICKIE QUIZ: Albert and Henry Hauser owned this men’s clothing store for many years on old Falls Street, near the Strand and Cataract theaters. A clue: The Hausers’ sales efforts were so  high pressured was virtually impossible to get out of the store without buying something. Answer Sunday.

Contact reporter Don Glynnat 282-2311, ext. 2246.

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