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Board OKs permit for fireworks

There were no fireworks in Clarence this year over Daniel Snyder's plan for a Fourth of July celebration.

The Town Board on Wednesday approved Snyder's request for a permit for a fireworks display on his Newhouse Road property. The vote was 4-0, with one recusal.

Snyder's permit request last year -- first for a July 4 display and then for Labor Day weekend -- turned into an extended debate involving an unhappy neighbor who owned horses, the Right to Farm law, free speech and a threatened lawsuit.

Snyder, through his representatives, clashed with then-Town Councilman Joseph Weiss and ended up heavily funding a campaign to defeat Weiss at the polls.

There was no such acrimony over the permit request this time around.

"I think we pretty much did all the legwork the last two times, and we've addressed every concern the Town Board had," said David Saleh, an attorney for Snyder. "And I think it's pretty clear we have a legal right to the permit, we're meeting all the requirements."

Also Wednesday, Town Board members at their work session heard about plans for a first-time event, called "Buffalo Night in America," this summer in the Eastern Hills Mall parking lot. The Town Board will decide whether to approve a special-event permit after some additional steps.

A flier calls the event a "celebration of everything Buffalo." It is expected to run from 3 to 11 p.m. July 21, featuring local restaurants and merchants, music and kids' attractions. WBBZ-TV will conduct a live broadcast from 8 to 11 p.m. at its studio in the mall. Plans also call for "Buffalo parties" in cities around the country, with live feeds via Skype.

Paul DiLella of Adam Bomb Productions is handling the permit request for the event. DiLella served as site coordinator and production manager for a barbecue event held last August at the same location.

In other business:

The Town Board scheduled a public hearing for May 23 on a draft version of the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan.