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12/19/05 12:31- ID#24160

Back in the -lo

It has been a while since I've posted. The last few weeks of classes were a bit rough but I am done now and enjoying doing as little as possible in the B-lo

I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the party on Saturday night. Thanks (e:PMT) for throwing the party. Happy bday (e:hodown), I hope you had a good night, and it was nice meeting and hanging out with all the (e:peeps).

Also, I found out that one of my friends from the year I went to Starpoint died. I was just flipping through the news and happened to be reading the obits and there was one for him there. He died the other day in a car crash cause of the weather. I haven't spoken to him since 9th grade. It is weird when I find things like that in the news because I rarely read the obits and just happened to be flipping through.

Well that is all.

-Jesse
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Category: school

11/19/05 09:27 - 34ºF - ID#24159

Fuck You John Hughes

Last night my friends here threw me a birthday party. It was really nice. I was kind of a surprise in that it was originally going to be an 80s teen movie night (it still was an 80s teen movie night too). So I didn't know until my friend picked me up and asked me to hold my birthday cake. I am really glad I came here. Though I cannot go on the racist tyrades I could at AU, I am feeling more comfortable with and really like the people here, even if some of them drive me up the wall sometimes. (thanks for talking me out of that one (e:maureen)).

At the party we watched Pretty in Pink and part of another movie (Say Anything?). This was the first time I have watch Pretty in Pink and I was pissed. I really related to duckie in the movie and felt he got fucked. He was the only one with real balls. Fuck the pretty boy. Plus the pretty boy broke the number 1 rule of friendship - bros over hos. I am very bitter in how the nerd gets screwed in these 80s teen movies. Like at the end of Breakfast Club when they all pair up except Anthony Michael Hall who has to write the paper. That's fucking BS. Fuck you John Hughes. At least we have revenge of the Nerds.
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Category: politics

11/12/05 01:17 - 37ºF - ID#24158

Business isnt the only one who buys pols

For all of those who think that evil big businesses are the only ones who buy politicians should read this article in the Buffalo News.

Unions donate $108,000 to Brown (11% of his campaign fund) and the first thing Brown does is ask for the resignation of the nonpolitical commissioner that heads the civil service who still has three years left on his contract (this is due to state law that staggers the appointment of the commissioner so they can't just hire all of the newly elected mayor's cronies). This commissioner is who negotiates the union contracts and has been very unpopular with the city's unions lately.

Guess you get what you pay for.

-Jesse
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Category: school

11/10/05 07:00 - 41ºF - ID#24157

TGIT

Hello All,
Thank god its the weekend and thank god for veterans day 11-11. I was so ready to get done with this week. I had two midterms. The stats midterm I took today was really rough. After working on it for a while, I opted to not be graded on it and have its points be shifted onto the final. I really need to pay more attention in the class. I just kept getting confused over what formulas are used for what. Oh well, it is done.

I just wanted to add some more pic from Halloween. On the first set of pics, my friend Jess commented that I reminded her of Buffalo Bill from Silence of the lambs. Unfortunately, I never saw the movie though I have read the book and seen both the sequel and prequel (Remember seeing Red Dragon (e:Maureen)) and I couldn't find an image of him on the internet, so I guess I will just have to rent it to see. Here are the pics:


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-Jesse
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11/08/05 12:13 - 50ºF - ID#24156

VOTE

Get out and vote. Polls are open today from 6am - 9pm. Make your voice heard.
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Category: politics

11/06/05 01:00- ID#24155

Election

Today I filled out my absentee ballot for the electing this Tuesday and will give the rundown of who I voted for and why. If you have any comments, questions, or would like me to justify or debate my choices leave a comment or email me. No matter who you support or don't, you should get out and vote this tuesday. Polls are open until 9 at night. Make your voice heard.

Before I get to who I voted for, I will address the Buffalo Mayor's race. Regrettably, I cannot vote in the race yet as I do not yet live in the city proper. But the importance of the Buffalo mayor's race cannot be overlooked. For the first time, in a long time, we will get a chance to have a choice and elect someone who is not an incumbent (I still think the Republican were cowards for not running anyone against Masiello last time). This race will determine the direction of the city in the next critical 4 years when it is undergoing the changes of the control board. It is vital we elect someone who sets out a strong vision for the city.

It is for this reason that I made my first ever political contribution this month to his campaign and why I strongly support Kevin Helfer for mayor. Buffalo has been plagued by mayor after mayor with no strong vision or strong stances on issues. They all have been spineless cowards who do nothing but hold a press conference on how bad something is after the Buffalo News runs a story on it. Brown follows that tradition of status quo. He plays it safe and doesn't want to shake things up. Buffalo needs someone to shake things up and Kevin Helfer will do just that. For more info, here is a Helfer podcast on Buffalo Rising which has done a good job covering the race if you want to read up more about it. Nancy Naples has also endorsed him as has the Buffalo News. )

On to the other races. I voted for the following and on which party line:
Justice of the Supreme Court:
Write-in: Blank. (New York State's system of electing supreme court justices is corrupt and requires candidates to suck up to party leaders and make donations. I will not vote for any endorsed candidate until it is reformed)

County Judge:
Independence: Shelia A. DiTullio (co-endorsed by all parties. I like to vote for judges on the independence line. I know it is a party. Maybe I should just write in for judges next time)

Sheriff:
Independence: Charles T. Fiermasca Jr. (co-endorsed by Democrat. Many of Tim Howard's top administrators have take home vehicles and recieve lots of money over their base salary. Fiermasca on Howard's policy "Four or five chiefs at a Buffalo Bills football game getting nine or 10 hours overtime is absolutely theft as far as I'm concerned." I have to agree and support his fiscal responsibility. For more info here is the buffalo news story on their debate )

County Comptroller:
Republican: John J. Canavan (co-endorsed by Reform. A position near and dear to my heart. Canavan said the magic words that got him my vote - performance measures. What the system does is require that departments be accountable for what they spent with results. It is something that I am study and working on and is a great idea, so I strongly support it. For more info on the race: )

County Legislator:
Republican: Brian H. Krauss (co-endorsed by Conservative and Reform. I am proud to be in a district with one of the more visible county legislator races and as Erie County's fiscal crisis has shown, these legislators are vital to the success or failure of the county. I intially was going to vote for Marinelli because she gave the unheard objection to the adoption of the bs budget, but once I read that Krauss is an accountant, he had to get my vote. I am a technocrat fan and the county could clearly use someone who knows how to add and subtract. For more info on the race )

Town of Tonawanda Councilman:
Republican: Joseph M. Shiah, Raymond E. Sinclair, and David H. Rider (co-endorsed by Conservative. On town elections I tend to support conservative candidates, especially in a town like tonawanda where there are few social services, in an effort to keep the government small and with no reason to not vote for them, they get my vote)

Town of Tonawanda Superintendent of Highways:
Republican: Bradley A. Rowles (Co-endorsed by Independence and Conservative. There is no other candidate, so he wins)

That is all. Remember to vote.
-Jesse
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Category: school

11/01/05 07:25 - 50ºF - ID#24154

Halloween Party

The Public Administration, International Relations, and Law School departments/schools at Syracuse had a halloween party at a club. It was a lot of fun. I don't have a camera so I stole these pics from others. I am also a narcissist so they are all of me.

Note on the outfit, the jacket was mine, but I had to buy the skirt and tank top. It is very awkward going into dressing rooms to try women's clothes on. Especially at old navy, when they insist on taking the clothes from you and hanging them up in your changing room. They also kept walking by when I was in there asking if I need another size. Good customer service.

-Jesse

Getting ready for the ball. Look at those legs.
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Looking hot even though the frame went with someone else's costume. The person next to me is in my program and an alderman in Ithaca
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Still looking hot
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The belles of the ball
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Partying
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Partying (or rape)
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Category: old school

10/27/05 09:42 - 40ºF - ID#24153

Mr. Cornell

To all my peeps from Kenmore West, look at what our favorite ass-shaking teacher has been up to. This was the lead story in today's Buffalo news:



A mandate with money to remake the waterfront

Funded by the Power Project, a special panel is developing a plan to link communities along the Niagara River

By NANCY A. FISCHER
NEWS NIAGARA BUREAU
10/27/2005
    
Greenway Commissioner Paul Dyster sits on a wall abutting Robert Moses Parkway that separates neighborhoods and tourist areas from scenic overlooks.

As Buffalo and Erie County continue to fight for more relicensing money from the state Power Authority, a new group already is at work, armed with at least $7 million a year from the Niagara Power Project and a mandate to remake the waterfront from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie.

Front and center on the agenda is a 36-mile park and trail that connects Youngstown to Buffalo.

And that is just the start.

The Niagara River Greenway Commission, a volunteer group that is being given tens of millions of dollars, will dedicate the next two years to developing a plan to link communities along the Niagara River for environmental protection and economic development. The commission was established by the state.

The commission's vision is expected to include:

Ferry service between Youngstown and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Greater access to the Niagara Gorge.

Revitalized islands and pocket parks along the Niagara River that draw both Western New Yorkers and eco-tourists.

More protection and better views of bird nesting sites along the river.

Better use of and access to the inner and outer harbors in Buffalo.

Many of these ideas have been around for more than a century, since Frederick Law Olmsted laid eyes on the riverfront, then laid out his vision.

"It's not that we're stupid. We're just poor," Greenway Commissioner Paul Dyster said of the riverside visionaries.

If the current planned relicensing of the Niagara Power Project is approved by federal regulators, all that will change. The Greenway will serve as a channel for a portion of the money the Power Authority will set aside during the next half-century in return for a 50-year relicensing to operate its hydroelectric plants along the Niagara River.

Proposed annual payments to the commission over the term of the license include $1 million earmarked for ecological and environmental purposes in Erie and Niagara counties; $3 million through host members of the Niagara Power Coalition, made up of municipalities and school districts in the Niagara Falls area; $3 million through state parks; and a yet-to-be-determined settlement from Buffalo and Erie County.

Dyster suggested the money could be used as seed money, especially for poorer communities that cannot afford to cover matching grants from other sources.

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, who wrote the legislation to establish a greenway commission, said the Niagara River is the region's greatest asset.

"We have a magnificent waterfront," the Buffalo Democrat said. "It was our intent to establish an entity to coordinate efforts to best utilize the waterfront, with an emphasis on connectivity and improved access."

A dozen or more projects are already started, but Hoyt said that a commission will develop a master plan so communities are working together.

"Naval and Servicemen's Park has seen dramatic improvement as a tourist destination, but the Outer Harbor is undeveloped and inaccessible," Hoyt said. "It's definitely our goal to make the waterfront more people-friendly."

The Power Authority has offered $2 million a year for the Erie County portion of the Greenway.

But the main advocate for a bigger relicensing settlement for Buffalo and Erie County Rep. Brian M. Higgins, D-Buffalo said the Greenway money is just a start to rebuilding Buffalo's waterfront. He's pushing for $1 billion in Power Authority money over 50 years to fully redevelop the inner and outer harbors and build bridges to connect the two.

"The Greenway provides minimal resources for a continuous public-access promenade along the waterfront," Higgins said. "But if anybody thinks $2 million a year is going to accomplish [waterfront redevelopment] in a meaningful way, they're kidding themselves."

The commission will breathe new life into Olmsted's vision of connected parks, according to John Giardino, a Greenway commissioner and a member of the Olmsted Conservancy.

"It's amazing the way we return to good ideas," Giardino said. "We are preserving nature for our future. Olmsted believed that parks were a way for common people to get away from the harshness of urban life."

Dyster, a former Niagara Falls councilman, worked on a plan to open up public access to the Niagara Gorge several years ago. It's a plan that has yet to be realized.

He sat on a fence recently, overlooking the Robert Moses Parkway, which separates neighborhoods and tourist areas from scenic overlooks. He lamented that the spectacular view is only available to those willing to break the law and hop a fence.

Worn trails and carved out steps show that many already have made their own access to the gorge. "People in the City of Niagara Falls have put up with this for two generations," Dyster said of the parkway. "In that time, the Berlin Wall came down, and we still can't get to the waterfront."

Village of Lewiston Mayor Richard F. Soluri is leading the Niagara River Greenway Commission as vice chairman until a chairman is appointed.

He said the relicensing money has brought out all kinds of wish lists, but the commission will offer a master plan and try to connect these ideas.

A hallmark of the commission is local control and local leadership, said Commissioner Michael Cornell, a North Tonawanda resident and a social studies teacher at Kenmore West High School.

"This is a tipping point," Cornell said. "We finally have some momentum."


The major legislative mandate for the commission is to protect the environment and improve public access.

"This [Niagara River Corridor] is a globally significant area," said Commissioner Paul Leuchner, an environmental scientist who lives in Grand Island. "We have not done enough for eco-tourism. It's not just about setting up sites, but also providing signs, tours and telling people why it's there." The division oft funding from this Erie-Niagara Commission, when its 50-year plan begins in 2007, already has some people trying to protect their share of the pie. Some have suggested that the downtown Buffalo waterfront not be included in Greenway funding, but several commissioners reject that thinking.

"This region will grow and prosper when we think about ourselves as a connected community," Giardino said. "Every one of these parks serves our community and enriches the entire community."

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Category: old school

10/24/05 04:27 - 44ºF - ID#24152

JB in DC

Right now I am posting from the library of AU. I have been visiting DC since thursday and am going home tonight. It really has been nice seeing everyone again.

Thursday night was my Leadership Alumni reception. It was great seeing everyone and hearing how the program was going. Apparently all the freshmen knew who I was because in the invitation sent out it said, "Jesse is going to be there." (you know I loved the ego-stroking) I know I am wierd for planning my visit to DC around an organization that I graduated from, but it was only fair for all the times I harped on the Leadership people to go to Leadership events that I go to a leadersip event. Thursday night, I then went out with Jess, whom I stayed with that night, and my old roommate Dum. It was nice to hang out and catch up.

Friday, I visited two my old professors in the morning. It was nice to see them and I wish I would have had more time to talk with them. I then went out for sushi with Jess and Dum. It was the first time I have had sushi. It was pretty good. I also worked on my personal statement for some applications (thanks for your help (e:maureen)). Then I got my left nipple repierced. It actually hurt the least out of any time I got pierced. That probably has something to do with the scar tissue from when I had to take my left nipple piercing out before. The place I went is the same one I got my right nipple pierced at. I figured after having the problems matching my piercings the first time. I should go to the same place that I did before. They did a really good job and I am now balanced once again. That night I stayed with my friend Ilona and we saw the movie Good Night and Good Luck . It was an okay movie. Not great but good.

Saturday, I got to go to Chipotle for the first time in a while. I was craving it sooooo much. It did not disappoint. That night I went to see Bob Dole speak at AU. He was really funny but was pretty bad at answering questions. He never really answered any of them. To be fair there were some quality questions. One question was the exact same question and the one before it (What advice would you have for people who want to get into politics). And the final question was a mother asking for an autograph for her son who is a freshman at AU (how embarassing would that be). Saturday night I went to a going away party for my friend Evan. It was quite fun and amusing. I didn't get to bed til late that night cause I was crashing with my friend Marc who lives with Evan.

Sunday, I went out to breakfast with Marc, his roommate, and my friend Joe. Later, I met up with my friend Heather and we talked about what was going on with leadership. I got updated on the gossip and gave my two cents. Then later that night I went and met with my friend amy and also talked leadership gossip and caught up with her. Sunday night I again stayed with Marc.

Today I went to lunch with Evan. All you can eat Indian. Now I am just checking my email and hanging out on campus. They opened a new art center and my school so I might go and check that out. Our senior gift was a lounge in the center so maybe I will see if it was worth my $20.05.

Overall, DC has been fun, but I do feel like an outsider looking in now. The adjective that best fits how it feels to be back her is intrusive. That is not anything my hosts did. They were all awesome and made me feel soooo welcome in their homes. It just feels like I don't belong here anymore. I guess it is good that I am not there anymore.

Well, I fly home tonight and have to start and finish my Stats homework that is due 8:00 tomorrow morning. Should be fun

-Jesse
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Category: internship

10/17/05 07:47- ID#24151

Internship

I had a bunch of interesting posts, but I never ended up posting so, so much for that.

Things have been good lately but busy. I just got an internship with the Onondaga County Division of Management and Budget. As it is what I want to do when I "grow up" it is a good fit for me. My boss is pretty cool. She goes a million miles a minute. It is interesting being an intern as a graduate student rather than an undergrad. They trust you with a lot more responsibility. They actually give you stuff to do off the bat rather than copying and answering phones for the first month. The project I'm working on is pretty neat. It is funny because the professor I am a graduate assistant for did some consulting work for them and made the project I am working on. It should be good.

Also, I am starting to have to figure out what I am doing next year. My life seems like an endless stream of applications and personal statements. I am trying to get some letters of reccomendation out of old professors, but they are not responding. It is annoying but how can I hunt them down. I might try the "my email isn't working" trick to email them again without seeming hounding. But I need to know. I am okay with no jsut tell me. Arrrrggghhh. I hate asking for letter of reccommendation.

I am going to DC thursday. I can't wait. There is a Leadership alumni reception and some people who I didn't think who would be there are going to. It makes me happy. I will also get to see all my friends that I haven't seen since may. It will be nice to hang out with them.

Also, I heard a really good song on npr the other day. Morning Edition profiled this band called Antony and the Johnsons. The singer's voice is amazing. Really haunting. If you go to the npr page you can hear the whole song. Click on "Hope there's someone"

That is all for now. I am such a slacker and need to do work.

-Jesse
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