Andy says his accomplishments were behind the scenes. You must admit that like you, he has an enormous ego to go along with his condescending arrogance. The similarities are amazing. For Andy it’s been 20 years on the job and he has absolutely no legacy. The only difference with you is that it’s been over 30 years. Andy’s sole purpose has been to keep his thumb on elected officials and various board appointees so he can feed information to the group of 18 pompous blowhards who keep a lid on the community so they can enjoy the status quo which suits their pocketbooks just fine. You have used your newspaper to accomplish the same end.
The many good former employees who left the Partnership over the years say they left solely because of Andy’s tyrannical ways. They have nothing good to say about the man. Those who left the News say the same thing about how you interfere and editorialize.
Andy touts leadership but never led. He has purposely avoided the publication of a list of dues paying members, other than those who seek only medical coverage, because you can count them on your toes. Most small businesses have left. In the same respect your readership has declined significantly and if it wasn’t for the sports, classified and crossword puzzle you would have slipped into the abyss by now. Those car dealers and grocers will figure out eventually how disengaged from the News those in their 20s and 30s have become and how onerous your advertising rates are considering cost/benefit.
Andy also plays with numbers counting as members individual employees of key Executive Board members like Moag and National Grid which have financially propped up the pathetic organization to create the illusion that it represents a wide range of businesspeople in the community. He and his Executive Board of second string lackey yes-men like John Dandes have held the Partnership and Rudnick out as the representative and spokesperson of the private sector.
On the watch of you and Andy, Buffalo has become the second poorest city in the highest taxed state in the nation where the residents have been relegated to such a complacency and acceptance of failure that they sit idly by while our totally dysfunctional and incompetent Buffalo Board of Education, while spending over $26,400 per student per year—the 4th highest cost on the nation– deprives the great majority of 33,482 students of their right to an education.
Goodbye Andrew and goodbye Stan.

Comments:
From: Bill Anonymous
On December 28,2012 at 7:06 PM Bill wrote:
Carl,
I couldn’t agree more…goodbye and good riddance to Rudnick. His time during his helm should be characterized as the antithesis of legacy. I moved to Northern Virginia in 2000 and have watched our area become the fastest growing and richest county in the United States (Loudoun County) To see how much this area has grown in the short 13 years we have lived here is nothing short of amazing. There isn’t a day that goes by that I wish I could move back to Buffalo and have the professional opportunities we have here. One can only hope Rudnick’s replacement does more because as you and I both know, Buffalo is a special city and still has a lot of long-term potential. My best to you and your family.
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From: Gerry Anonymous
On December 19, 2012 at 5:02 PM
Can anyone tell us of their successes?
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From: Tim Anonymous
On December 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM
Excellent letter. And so sad to know that I live in the second poorest city in the highest taxed state…..Hello TEXAS! 🙂
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From: Mary
On December 19, 2012 at 6:21 PM
I knew I liked you, Carl! I’m still laughing! Good for you!
As my boys like to say– “Way to lay the smack down on the dirtbag!”
MK
From: Kristy Anonymous
On December 20, 2012
That was an amazing read Carl! Happy Holidays!!!!!
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From: Bina Anonymous
On December 19, 2012 at 7:52 PM
Good bye and good riddance, I guess there really is a Santa Claus!
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From: Brian Anonymous
On December 19, 2012 8:52 PM
Carl,
Only in Backwards Buffalo could Andrew Rudnick have a 20 year career. He has done nothing to move this area forward, only perpetuate the myth that he was doing anything at all while getting a fee pass from Stan Lipsey. When the NCAA basketball tournament came here we were a laughing stock. Has he ever been to other cities that have major events, like Indianapolis, Louisville, even the little league World Series has more to offer that we did under his tutelage. I say good riddance and take the toll booths with ya! Have a great Christmas!
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From: Mary Lucia Anonymous
On December 20, 2012 10:09 PM
Dear Carl,
Thanks so much for your emails. I am glad to get straight information.
I wish you and your loved ones a happy Christmas and New Year.
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From Ananymous
On December 19, 2012 4:48 PM
Amen! Amen! Let’s welcome in a new era!!
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From: Roxanne
On December 19, 2012 at 5:04 PM
It’s about time!
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From: David Anonymous
On December 19, 2012 1:21 PM
Well said.
Thank you!
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From: Matthew
On December 19, 2012 2:59 PM

Amen Carl. Good riddance to both. Andy has been an obstacle, do nothing for years. Thank God he is stepping or should I say slithering down.

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From: Chuck Anonymous
On December 19, 2012 12:41PM

Carl—I do not know Stan Lipsey & have never met him. That said, I have met “Andy” and you could not be more spot on. As you know, I am a big fan of your even though I may differ from time to time on some of your thoughts. But on this subject, the GBP, I stand by your side.

I have a friend who left the Partnership because of his arrogance. It happened that one day she said hello to him first without his initial acknowledgement. He told her that she was not to address him unless he initiated the interchange. So, good riddance for our Region, and hope that some day he will get it.

The Merriest of Christmas to you and your family. Please continue to be our ombudsman in the face of what is not right.

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From: Joe Anonymous
On December 19, 2012 12:53 PM

Right on Carl. Keep it up.

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From: Kimberly Anonymous
On December 19, 2012 12:00 PM

Thank you for the forward Carl and Happy Holidays!

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From: Carole Anonymous
On December 17, 2012 5:37 PM

Thank you for sending this to me. I passed it along! Well done as per usual. Have a Merry Christmas and a great 2013….
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From: Mark
On December 19, 2012 11:44 AM

Carl,
Right on!

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From: Dorothy
On December 19, 2012 11:29 AM

Carl,
Thanks I believe my son in law will agree….thx…..

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From: Bill
On December 19, 2012 11:32 AM

Carl,
I agree 100%. I have never understood what this group did and it will be interesting to see if the Partnership actually does anything in the future.

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From: John Anonymous
On December 10, 2012 11:41 AM

I couldn’t agree more! Except for the death notices, there’s nothing in the Snooze that interests me.