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Sam Hoyt

William Ballard "Sam" Hoyt III is an American politician from New York. A Democrat, Hoyt is an economic development professional and was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1992 to 2011, he represented the 144th Assembly district, consisting of part of Buffalo, New York, all of Grand Island, New York, from 1992 to 2011. Hoyt was first elected to succeed his late father, William Hoyt, he resigned from office in 2011 after a sexual harassment suit and he was the subject of an ethics investigation in 2008 concerning a two-year sexual relationship with a 23-year-old assembly intern. He was appointed to an economic development position as Regional President of the Empire State Development Corporation in New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's administration, he is Interim Chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, Vice Chairman of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority. Hoyt grew up on Buffalo's west side and attended area schools, graduating from The Park School of Buffalo, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Buffalo State College in 1992.

He attended Ohio Wesleyan University. Prior to entering elected office, Hoyt served as Western New York regional director for U. S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, was marketing and promotions director for the Buffalo Bisons minor league baseball team, he represented the 144th Assembly District, encompassing part of Buffalo, New York, all of Grand Island, New York from 1992 to 2011. Hoyt was first elected in a 1992 special election following the death of his father, William B. Hoyt, who held the office prior to him. From 1992 to 2010, Hoyt won all elections for his assembly seat with voting percentages between 51% to 79% in his favor. Hoyt's complete electoral history has been tracked, online, at Our Campaigns, a portion of it is reflected here. There were 31 write-in votes in this election, accounting for 0.10%. Hoyt received votes on both the Independent and Working Family lines in this election. Hoyt ran on the Liberal ticket in this election. In the Assembly, Hoyt served as Majority Whip; as a senior member of the Assembly, he chaired several Assembly committees.

In 2007, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver appointed Hoyt as the Chairman of the Assembly Local Governments Committee. Prior to becoming chairman of this committee, Hoyt was the Chairman of the Assembly Oversight and Investigations Committee, he is both a former Chairman of the Assembly Task Force on Demographics and Reapportionment, the Assembly Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee. He co-chaired both the Anti-Flipping and High Speed Rail Task Forces. Hoyt was a member of the following committees: Ways and Means; some of Hoyt's political interests have included making state and local governments more efficient and accountable to taxpayers. Hoyt concentrated on the redevelopment of Upstate New York cities; the passage of the Smart Growth Public Infrastructure Policy Act. In 2009, Hoyt sponsored legislation, passed to allow the City of Buffalo school district to start the fourth phase of its Joint Schools reconstruction project; as a lifelong environmentalist, in 2008, Hoyt passed a new law to protect old growth forests.

The same year, Hoyt sponsored a new law that passed to fund bike paths across New York State, has worked for their protection. An advocate of marriage equality, Hoyt supported the Marriage Equality Act, passed in June 2011; this Act granted same-sex couples in New York State the freedom to marry under the law, as well as hundreds of rights and protections, limited to married couples of the opposite sex. In 2006, Hoyt proposed that a land-locked area between the Peace Bridge to Canada and Porter Avenue be transformed into a park; the strip of land was owned by the New York State Thruway Authority, its scenic value had been lost due to the development of both the Peace Bridge toll plaza and Interstate-190. That area of land had been part of Front Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Of his proposed creation of the park, Sam was quoted in an October 9, 2006 McClatchy - Tribune Business News article by Sharon Linstedt, stating: This would not only offer fantastic views of the waterfront, the Canadian shoreline and sunsets, it will be a great vantage point for watching West Side Rowing Club regattas.

It will be like a natural grandstand. Hoyt proposed in 2004 that a community-based group be created regarding the restoration of the H. H. Richardson Complex, historic buildings that are part of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, for use as a center for cultural and educational activities. Hoyt proposed that $100 million be put toward the restoration, supported by New York State Governor George Pataki. In 2009, in relation to interests of Buffalo State College in desiring land use expansion of the psychiatric center grounds and vacant buildings, Hoyt stated that Buffalo was famous for its historic architecture. In 2000, an advocate of college students, urged University at Buffalo leaders Bill Greiner and Dennis Black to work with staff of the student newspaper, The Spectrum, after students were twice-arrested by campus police for remaining in the newspaper offices after hours to work; the involvement of Hoyt and UB English Department Chairwoman Barbara Bono succeeded in opening communications

Tom Mason (Scottish politician)

Thomas Gee Mason is a Scottish Conservative politician, a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the North East Scotland region. Mason was sworn in on 20 June 2017, following the resignation of Ross Thomson, he was educated at the Cranfield School of Management. Mason is a councillor on Aberdeen City Council. Mason stood unsuccessfully for the Scottish Parliament as the Conservative candidate in the Aberdeen Central constituency in 1999 and 2016. In the 2017 Aberdeen council election he was elected as a councillor became depute Provost

Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue (Paul Carrack album)

Old, New and Blue is the eleventh solo studio album by the English singer-songwriter Paul Carrack. It was released in 2007 on Carrack's own Carrack-UK label; as the title implies, the album is a mixture of recordings of various vintages -- some old, some new -- cover songs, songs that have a soul or blues influence. Two songs are re-mixes of Carrack originals from his 1996 album Blue Views. Track 4 was recorded with the Belgian jazz duo Gare du Nord and issued on their 2007 album Sex'N' Jazz. Other songs are outtakes from earlier album projects, songs recorded for tribute albums, newly recorded tracks. Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. Paul Carrack – lead vocals, guitars, drums Steve Beightonsaxophone on 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9 Ed Collinstrumpet on 2, 6, 7, 9 Gare du Nord – guitars and keyboards on 4 Emiel van Rijthoven – keyboards on 4 Nigel Batesguitar on 3 Bob Lovedayviolin on 13 Lindsay Dracass – duet vocal on 8 Little Chris – guitar on 8 Roberto Mercurio – bass guitar on 8 Joris Peeters – drums on 8 Hervé Martens – keyboards on 8Production teamPaul Carrack – producer Hervé Martens – producer on 8 Peter Van Hooke – original production on 9 and 12 Gare du Nord – producer on 4 Old, Borrowed, And Blue at Discogs

Mike McGrath

Michael "Mike" McGrath serves as the Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court. He was elected in 2008, he served as Montana Attorney General from 2000-2008. He was elected in November 2000, was unopposed for his second term in 2004, he is a member of the Democratic Party. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force. A native of Butte, Montana, McGrath graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration in 1970 and received his Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1975, he was a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow in Reno, Nevada from 1975 to 1976, Montana's Assistant Attorney General from 1976 to 1982. He served as County Attorney for Lewis and Clark County for five terms spanning 1982 to 2000. In his 18 years as a prosecutor, McGrath focused on family violence issues, including domestic abuse and sexual assault of children, he ran for Governor of Montana in 1992, but lost in the Democratic primary to former State Representative Dorothy Bradley, who in turn lost the general election to Marc Racicot.

He is a former chair of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and served as president of the Montana County Attorneys' Association. Michael McGrath's opposition to the release of an innocent man was a case study in the common human behavior of denial. In a 249 page deposition he unsuccessfully argued against the exoneration of a convicted rapist despite DNA evidence proving his innocence, he and his wife Joy have two sons and Chris, one granddaughter, Alexis. Baxter v. Montana Chief Justice Mike McGrath Biography Mike McGrath ] at Project Vote Smart Montana Department of Justice Wikipedia article on McGrath term start/end dates


Campanulariidae is a family of animals in the phylum Cnidaria, or stinging-celled animals. Campanulariidae is composed of hydroids, a Greek term meaning "water animals" applied to the plant-like polyp colonies of the class Hydrozoa. All species of the Campanulariidae are aquatic in habitat inhabiting coastal regions and tidal pools. Obelia contains the most well-known species of this phylum, include four species. All are around 20–35 cm in height with a series of branches carrying the individual polyps. One species, Obelia longissima, is unique for its ability to produce obelin, a photoprotein which allows for bioluminescence; the genus Laomedea includes such species as Laomedea angulata and Laomedea flexuosa, which are similar in appearance to the Obelia, though they are smaller and lack a medusa stage present in Obelia. The following genera are classified in the family Campanulariidae: Campanularia Clytia Gastroblasta Gonothyraea Hartlaubella Laomedea Obelia Orthopyxis Rhizocaulus Silicularia Zelounies Clytia gregaria Campanulariidae.

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