Swanson Says He’ll Run Again For Chautauqua County District Attorney

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),He was my assistant D.A.for a stalking/sexual assault case.Never met him,never talked with him on the phone;&my perp got a misdemeanor and I got a 5yr restraining order. It SHOULD HAVE BEEN MANY CHARGES,INCLUDING FELONIES….but like my salvation army advocate said,”they dont call it criminal justice for nothing”. I’d strongly advise voting for his opponent…. MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson will be seeking his second term as Chautauqua County’s Chief Prosecutor. Swanson confirmed his bid to WNYNewsNow Wednesday. The Chautauqua County Board of Elections website indicates that Swanson, a Democrat, submitted his petitions recently to both the county’s Working Families and Independence Parties. Both Parties accepted and authorized the petitions.Swanson says his numbers for petitions for the Democratic Party are “where they need to be.” The Board of Elections website, as of Wednesday, indicated that the Party hasn’t officially accepted and authorized the petitions.Nobody has, to his knowledge, declared a primary challenge, says Swanson. The incumbent said he’s planned to run for District Attorney for some time.“I intended to (run) all along,” Swanson said. “I haven’t felt it was the right time to announce it yet (with the ongoing Coronavirus global pandemic).” Swanson adds that he was awaiting the collection of petitions.“A period of four years is a pretty short period of time to get what you want done,” Swanson said. “We’ve begun to move the office in a direction that is a more structured, professional type office where you have areas carved out for people with unique skills to handle kinds of cases where their strengths seem to fall.”Swanson says his office is working on educating the community on what his office is working on. Swanson additionally told WNYNewsNow that his office is hoping to rebuild the public’s trust in the criminal justice system, something that he says has “eroded” over the last decade-plus.Staffing has been an issue since Swanson was elected to his first term in 2016, according to Swanson. The Fredonia native says one of his biggest goals, if re-elected, is to obtain a bigger staff.“As I settled in, I realized the office needed a bigger foot print. We needed more people,” Swanson said. “I’m going to continue to push for a right-sized staff.” Swanson says that’s very important as his office continues to adjust to the recent criminal justice reform in New York State, along with what he says is a high crime rate here in Chautauqua County.WNYNewsNow asked Swanson what point he wants voters to consider during election season. He says he hopes people can see how him and his office have worked to face various challenges, such as criminal justice reform and the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.“You need somebody in the position that has a feel for what’s going on,” Swanson said. “The criminal justice system has undergone an amount of change over the last four years that’s unprecedented….I hope the voters see we’ve managed these things very well. We’ve put our office in a position to meet the challenges that have been imposed with all of these changes.”“That’s not easy to do, and that comes from leadership. I’ve got a great staff that I’ve amassed. We do a lot of brainstorming to do the right thing.”The Chautauqua County Democratic Party announced in February that they’d endorsed Swanson for a second term. The following is a quote from Swanson that the Democratic Party released:“I have spent the last decade serving Western New York as a prosecutor because I believe in the higher calling of public service and I have a vision for the justice system. The District Attorney’s office is the front line of most of our County’s most pressing challenges such as domestic violence, illegal guns, and illegal drugs.”“But it’s also an opportunity to make a true impact on people’s lives, which is why I’ve been committed to taking on difficult cases on behalf of crime victims, creating a School Safety Team, fighting for needed office crime fighting resources and prioritizing treatment for people with substance abuse disorder. There is much more work to do to make our county safer and our justice system fairer.”Swanson was previously appointed as the acting District Attorney in 2016 after former DA David Foley was elected as a Chautauqua County Court Judge. He has served in the County DA’s office since 2012. Before that, he worked in the Erie County DA’s Office for a year-and-a-half.last_img read more

FDA Advisory Panel Votes In Favor Of Pfizer’s Coronavirus Vaccine

first_imgPfizer Image.WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s panel of outside advisors voted the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine benefits outweigh its risk for use in individuals 16 years of age and older, effectively endorsing Pfizer’s Coronavirus vaccine for emergency use authorization approval by the FDA in the United States.The FDA is expected to follow the recommendation issued Thursday by its expert advisers. A final FDA decision is expected within days.The panel called Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee consists of independent external experts. The FDA released its review of the vaccine earlier this week, ahead of the Thursday meeting.Thursday afternoon, the panel began discussing the voting question: “Based on the totality of scientific evidence available, do the benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine outweigh its risks for use in individuals 16 years of age and older?” 17 of the panel members voted in favor of the question, four voted against and one person abstained from voting.Once the vaccine is cleared, Pfizer has said it has an ethical responsibility to tell participants if the vaccine is available to them outside of the trial. It has asked the FDA to allow it to give the vaccine to volunteers who had been in the placebo group that request it.The concern, expressed by both the FDA and members of the advisory panel, is that “unblinding” the trial will make it harder to continue collecting data on long-term safety and effectiveness, and would make it more challenging for companies still testing vaccines to conduct blinded trials, in which people do not know if they got the experimental vaccine or a placebo.Some vaccine trial participants have complained of sore arms and minor aches and pains. Doctors in the U.K. report two vaccine recipients – who both suffer from severe allergies – had allergic reactions to the vaccine. British regulators are now advising those with severe allergic reactions to avoid being vaccinated. It’s not yet clear what caused the reactions.FDA Commissioner Steven Hahn, ahead of Thursday’s meeting, said the agency was carefully reviewing all the data on Pfizer’s vaccine, including potential allergic reactions following the UK warning. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

See Matt Doyle in Deadland!

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 13, 2014 Jasper in Deadland Related Shows What does it mean to die and what does it mean to be truly alive? Tickets are now available to see Matt Doyle explore this in Jasper in Deadland off-Broadway. Directed by Brandon Ivie, the show will play March 16 through April 13, with opening night set for March 26 at the West End Theatre at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew. View Comments Joining Doyle as Jasper in the cast will be Allison Scagliotti as Gretchen and Ben Crawford as Mr. Lethe. The tuner will be choreographed by Lorin Latarro, with set design by Patrick Rizzotti, costume design by Bobby Pearce, lighting designer by Herrick Goldman and sound design by Ed Chapman. Star Files With music and lyrics by Ryan Scott Oliver and a book by Oliver and Hunter Foster, the musical takes you on a mythological thrill-ride through a hybrid underworld with 17-year-old Jasper, as he faces down demons, gods, and monsters in search of his best friend Agnes. Matt Doylelast_img read more

Watch Cyndi Lauper & Billy Porter Share a Kinky Love Fest

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 View Comments Billy Porter Star Files Related Shows Kinky Boots recently celebrated its one year anniversary on Broadway and composer Cyndi Lauper and star Billy Porter, who both won Tonys for their work on the production, stopped by Today on April 16 to chat with Kathie Lee and Hoda about the impact that the show has had on their careers. It wasn’t before long the interview became an all-out love fest. Porter called Lauper the “godmother of individuality,” adding, “we found each other because we’re very much kindred spirits.” Lauper returned the serve, saying, “I heard his voice…I thought…oh my God! How do we get him? We have to get him!” There’s just too much love to go around! Maybe, just maybe, you two should work on another show together? In the meantime, we’ll have Porter’s new album, Billy’s Back On Broadway, which features Lauper (naturally!) to keep us occupied. Kinky Bootslast_img read more

Fun Home, Here Lies Love & More Honored at the 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards

first_img Outstanding Choreographer Sonya Tayeh, Kung Fu In addition to the 18 competitive awards, special awards were presented to producer Robyn Goodman (Lifetime Achievement Award) and Richard Nelson (Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee). A complete list of winners follows: The 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards took place on May 4, honoring the best of off-Broadway theater. Here Lies Love led the pack of winners with five awards, but losing out in the category of Outstanding Musical to Fun Home, which won a total of three awards. Husband and wife duo and Annapurna stars Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman hosted the ceremony at NYU’s Skirball Center. View Comments Outstanding Sound Design M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, Here Lies Love Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play Tracee Chimo, Bad Jews Outstanding Director Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love Outstanding Play  The Open House by Will Eno (produced by Signature Theatre) Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical Michael Cerveris, Fun Home Outstanding Solo Show Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins Outstanding Revival Good Person of Szechwan (produced by The Foundry Theatre) Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Jeremy Shamos, Dinner With Friends Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Judy Kuhn, Fun Home Outstanding Musical Fun Home – music by Jeanine Tesori; book & lyrics by Lisa Kron; based on the Alison Bechdel book (produced by the Public Theater) Outstanding Scenic Design Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Outstanding Costume Design (tie) Clint Ramos, Here Lies Love & Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 Outstanding Lighting Design Justin Townsend, Here Lies Love Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play Steven Boyer, Hand to God Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical Ruthie Ann Miles, Here Lies Love Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Lisa Kron, Good Person of Szechwan Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812last_img read more

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding Will Shutter Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 31, 2014 Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding The cast also features Chloë Patellis, Sam Masotto, Emily Dinova, Gregory Cioffi, Marissa Perry, Chris Lazzaro, Denise Fennell, John T. Lynes, Gus Theodoro, Silvana Mastrolia, Courtney Brooke Lauria, Rick Pasqualone, Debbie Pingitore, Annie Rachele Lanzillotto, Brad Martocello and Tim Monaghan. View Comments Breaking up is hard to do. Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, which officially opened on April 28, will shutter off-Broadway on May 31. The interactive show stars Marilia Angeline and Joe Ferraro as the Bride and Groom, Valentina Lynne Nunzio and Anthony Angelo Nunzio (roles originated by the shows’ creators, Nancy Cassaro and Mark Nasser). In the two-part event, audience members take on the roles of family and friends of the bride and groom. As with the original production, which was New York’s longest-running comedy, the show begins with a ceremony, now held at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School. The bridal party then escorts their family and friends through the heart of Times Square and Shubert Alley to Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar. Once at Guy’s American, guests enjoy an Italian-style buffet dinner, as well as cocktails and dancing all-night-long to DJ Donny Dulce. Related Showslast_img read more

After Midnight Dominates the Astaire Awards

first_img The Astaire Awards is the only awards show to honor excellence in dance and choreography on Broadway and in film. They were first started in 1982 by the late Fred Astaire and Douglas Watt. The ceremony was held at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. As previously announced, choreographer Pat Birch received the Douglas Watt Lifetime Achievement Award, while dancer and dance instructor Luigi was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in the Preservation of Musical Theatre Award. Legendary director Hal Prince, Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth, Emmy winner Valerie Harper, Joe Morton, Sandy Duncan and Maksim Chmerkovskiy served as presenters. Tony nominee After Midnight swept the 32nd Annual Fred & Adele Astaire Awards on June 2. The tuner’s Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards and Karine Plantadit were a tie for Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show, while Jared Grimes won for Outstanding Male Dancer in a Broadway Show and Warren Carlyle took home the honors for Outstanding Choreographer for a Broadway Show.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Sam Shepard’s A Particle of Dread Begins Previews Off-Broadway

first_img A Particle of Dread is a dark, modern-day take on Oedipus Rex. The play premiered in Ireland and is presented as part of Signature’s Legacy program, which features works of past Signature Playwrights-in-Residence. The cast will also include Lloyd Hutchinson, Jason Kolotouros, Matthew Rausch, Aidan Redmond and Judith Roddy. View Comments A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 The U.S. premiere of Sam Shepard’s A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations), begins off-Broadway previews on November 11. Directed by Nancy Meckler, the production stars Oscar nominee Stephen Rea and Tony winner Brid Brennan and will officially open on November 23. The show will run through January 4, 2015 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Related Showslast_img read more

Jennifer Laura Thompson & More to Join Ben Platt for Dear Evan Hansen

first_img View Comments Jennifer Laura Thompson, Rachel Bay Jones and more will appear alongside Ben Platt in the previously announced world premiere of Dear Evan Hansen. The Arena Stage production will begin performances at Washington, D.C.’s Mead Center on July 10. Michael Greif directs the musical, which features a score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a book by Steven Levenson.The show follows Evan Hansen (Platt), who’s about to get everything he’s ever wanted: his dream girl, a perfect family and a chance to fit in. He just has to hope that his chance to connect isn’t ruined by the secrets he’s hiding. In addition to Platt, Thompson and Jones, the cast will feature Laura Dreyfuss, Mike Faist, Alexis Molnar, Michael Park and Will Roland.Thompson most recently appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It; her additional credits include a Tony-nominated turn in Urinetown, Wicked and Footloose. Jones has appeared on Broadway in Pippin, Hair and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Dreyfuss’ Great White Way credits include Hair and Once. Faist made his Broadway debut in Newsies. Molnar has appeared off-Broadway in Harbor. Park recently appeared in the world premiere production of Tuck Everlasting; prior to that, he appeared in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, How to Succeed… and Carousel on Broadway. Roland is a resident artist and board member at Studio42.The production will feature sets by David Korins, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Clive Goodwin and projection design by Peter Nigrini.Dear Evan Hansen will run through August 23. Star Filescenter_img Ben Plattlast_img read more

Josh Groban Will Perform at 2015 Tony Awards

first_img Star Files View Comments Josh Groban is another step closer to the Great White Way! Broadway.com has confirmed that the crooner has joined the star-studded lineup for the 69th Annual Tony Awards. Hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, the telecast will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS on Sunday, June 7.There’s no word yet on what Groban will be singing, but he recently released a theater-centric album, Stages, where he sang tunes from Chess, Sunday in the Park with George, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, as well as a special Carousel duet with six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald.Other previously reported performers and presenters at this year’s ceremony include 2015 Tony nominee Bradley Cooper, Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris, 2015 Tony nominee Chenoweth and the cast of On the Twentieth Century, Vanessa Hudgens and the cast of Gigi, Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and the cast of Finding Neverland, and many more!center_img Josh Grobanlast_img read more