Tag Archives: Cheektowaga

Racist Assault at a Cheektowaga Dollar General (Update)

4 Jun

Do you know this woman? 

She’s got some interesting views on race. Put another way, this is on the front page of Reddit as of Wednesday morning. 

My favorite part is when she’s on the phone (depicted above) with, ostensibly, her husband and rhetorically asks, (around 2:30) “oh, he knows the cops? How many cops have I stripped for? “

This woman is not only allowed to walk the streets of Cheektowaga, she’s got two kids in front of whom she’s yelling “ni**er” at a Black man whose only offense was to start his car when her boy was nearby, apparently startling him. 

Maybe we can set aside the facile Buffalo exceptionalism for a moment and revisit the idea that our people are no better or worse, necessarily, than those anywhere else in the United States. Perhaps instead of “everything is awesome”, we can use incidents such as these to identify and treat a racist cancer plaguing a place that has acute resentments borne out of ignorance and economic hardship. 

This woman is a symptom of a much larger problem that our #Buffalove tends too often to brush aside. 

UPDATE: She called in to WBLK to defend herself. We learn: 

1. Her name is “Janelle Ambrosia”; 

2. She’s having a very bad day; 

3. The man who took the video “almost hit” her kid with his car, but did not hit anyone with anything; 

4. The man who took the video allegedly called her a “crackhead cracker”; 

5. She thinks that someone shouldn’t be able to post videos – “ex-specially” of her kids – on YouTube; and

6. She is unapologetic – “what am I supposed to do? Apologize?” 


How Not to Marinate Cat

11 Aug

I know when my cat acts up, the first thing I think of is to drive around town with the cat in the trunk. I also instantly consider marinating the cat in a nice hot pepper & onions, because I do all my marinating in the trunk of the car. Also, I “marinate” meat while it’s still alive, skin, bones, guts, and fur all still intact. Why, just the other day, I had a live chicken sitting in the trunk of my car marinating in some mojo criollo while I drove around town, whistling a happy tune. It wasn’t a particularly effective technique, seeing as how all that happened is that the chicken got mojo all over its feathers.

Now, it’s time for me to return to the asylum.

Random Thought

8 Oct

Do you think the popular image and reputation of Cheektowaga, Tonawanda, and Lackawanna would be different if they were instead named Appleton, Swiftwater and Limestone Hill?

NT Erie Canal

Does the name of the town equal its destiny & brand? Do you think more people would want to move to an address in a trendy-named town, rather than a respectful but funny sounding (to modern ears) Seneca name? Is it a coincidence that Buffalo’s (funny name itself) fastest growing suburbs are named Amherst and Clarence? Just sayin’.

Cheektowaga Does Something Unprecedented

10 Nov

This may be as significant as Kevin Gaughan’s proposal that town boards reduce in size. In Cheektowaga, the town board has instead elected to reduce its pay by 9% in an effort to control costs, lead by example, and to keep tax increases as low as possible. Here is the press release, and frankly it’s something that every elected official in the State of New York – which is facing economic crisis – can take a hint from. Here’s the press release:



The Cheektowaga Town Board will be meeting this Wednesday to look into new ways to reduce the 2009 budget and minimize the proposed increase to the tax rate.

Council Members James Rogowski, Richard Zydel and Stanley Kaznowski have signed onto taking some of the pain themselves – they will propose to roll back the salaries of town board elected officials to 2000 levels, about a 9% decrease in pay. This would apply to the six Council Members and would be in addition to a previously announced proposal to eliminate the Town Supervisor’s stipend of Budget Director.

“We believe that this is a move without precedent anywhere here in Western New York” said Council Member James Rogowski. “Where else do you hear about elected officials actually cutting their own pay? And furthermore, this is not some sort of gimmick. We are sending a strong message that the current cycle of compensation for those working in the public sector has become unaffordable for many of our tax payers.

Along with Rogowski, Council Members Richard Zydel and Stanley Kaznowski have signed on to the proposal. “We are sending a strong budget message to our five labor units and to other employees” said Council Member Richard Zydel. “The salaries and benefits paid out to our employees is unsustainable, given today’s economic realities. We appreciate the valuable service and dedication our policemen, highway Parks, Sewer, and sanitation crew, our office staff and others perform in service to the taxpayers every day. We need to work in partnership with every one of them to find ways to do more with less. That will be the mandate as we move forward.”

Council Member Stan Kaznowski added that the only way the town board can go to the bargaining table and ask for meaningful changes in its labor agreements is by setting an example of leadership. “I can’t look an employee in the face and ask them to take less pay or curtail a fringe benefit if I can’t demonstrate that I am doing the same to my own salary. This is a demonstration of sacrifice that we hope our employees can understand and take seriously. Simply put, our taxpayers are stretched to the limit and can not absorb any more increases.”

The three Council Members has put together an additional package of cuts, including elimination of full time and part time positions in a number of departments, and curtailing of raises for part time employees on the town’s zoning board, planning board and bingo inspectors. With the reduction in their own salaries, this translates into over $273,000 in additional cuts.

“We recognize that this is only a proposal” said Rogowski. “We know that our town board colleagues share in the goal of producing a meaningful budget that blunts any more burden on the taxpayers who are already stretched to the limit in these tough times.”

“Furthermore, we want to send a strong message to our fellow elected officials at all levels of government. To the state legislature – this is no time for your honorable body to be considering pay raises for yourselves. To our peer municipal jurisdictions – perhaps now is the time to take a long hard look at your own pay levels and see if perhaps you can make do with less, and in doing so send a message to your own employees and your own constituencies that you mean business in making meaningful long term reductions to the cost of government and still be able to deliver first class municipal services” Rogowski concluded.

Tim Russert Buffalo International Airport

17 Jun

If you’re down with the NFTA naming the city’s international gateway after one of its most prominent and well-respected native sons, click here.

Buffalopundit PSA

5 Dec

If you’re on your way to the police office to run an errand, it’s best not to carjack someone on the way there.