Plans for a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at 2106 Elmwood Ave. call for the popular fried chicken chain to open at the end of October, though not enough Planning Board members attended today's meeting to approve the plans.
The restaurant will be located in front of Aldi, and will have a drive-thru. Board members said they didn't expect any reason why the board wouldn't approve the project when it meets in two weeks, presumably with enough board members to take a vote.
Butterwood Sweet and Savory and Pan-American Grill, both at the Hotel @ Lafayette, made requests for outdoor patios, and the board seemed inclined to approve them. Savoy, at 149 Elmwood Ave., between North and Allen streets, made a similar request.
Mount Aaron Baptist Church, at 540 Genesee St., is planning an expansion to accomodate its growing congregation. Board members said they think the improvements will be good for the neighborhood, which is southeast of Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Council committees also meet today, with light agendas.
A legal challenge to the 2012 election of Jeremy J. Zellner as chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee has been dismissed by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court.
The suit, brought by supporters of unsuccessful chairman candidate Frank C. Max Jr. -- chairman of Cheektowaga Democrats -- was found to be without merit by the Rochester panel after a similar decision in Buffalo. Max had contended that the vote at last September's reorganizational meeting was unfairly weighted toward Zellner after improper
redistricting in the Town of Amherst engineered by Democratic Elections
Commissioner Dennis E. Ward, the town's former Democratic chairman.
elections commissioner used an arcane provision of election law to redistrict in
Amherst to his advantage," attorney Peter Reese said in filing the appeal last October.
Zellner was elected by a wide
margin, with about 57 percent of the vote to Max's 43 percent. In a statement, he reiterated his contention that he is the legally elected chairman of the Erie County party.
"This ruling confirms the overwhelming vote by the duly elected committee members of the Erie County Democratic Committee," Zellner said. "At the time of the vote, both candidates for chair stated publicly that they were going to unite behind the winner. It is time for the Democratic Party in Erie County to move forward together and unite behind our strong ticket."
Max said Monday no decision has been made regarding taking the case to the Court of Appeals.
Gov. Cuomo has had a busy week that included two trips to the Buffalo Niagara region. The News' Bob McCarthy talks with Brian Meyer about the end of a casino feud and about ongoing tensions involving the Peace Bridge:
Erie County Democrats may be looking for a new candidate to face Republican incumbent Stefan I. Mychajliw for county comptroller this fall.
Chairman Jeremy J. Zellner said Tuesday that health problems could force Lynn Szalkowski of Hamburg from the race. He added Szalkowski is privately dealing with a health issue, and that while she has not withdrawn, it is possible the party may eventually have to find a replacement candidate.
"I'm definitely concerned," Zellner said. "Hopefully, this thing will turn around or we can find someone else."
Szalkowski, 39, is a certified public accountant employed by the Seneca Construction Management Corp. She was unavailable for comment.
Her possible departure from the race could prove a major disappointment to local Democrats. Her ethnic last name and financial credentials were expected to be touted against Mychajliw, a former television reporter.
A native of Schenectady, Robert J. McCarthy came to The Buffalo News in 1982 following a six-year stint at the Olean Times Herald. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and has been covering local, state and national politics since 1992.
Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.
Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.