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County Clerk now offering motorists additional locations and hours

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is proud to announce that the Erie County Auto Bureau is offering additional locations and hours through the On-Site Mobile Unit. Jacobs has successfully teamed up with the AAA of Western and Central New York and Supervisor Sheila Meegan, Town of West Seneca, to make auto bureau services more convenient.

“I pledged to restructure and improve the hours and location sites of the Erie County Auto Bureau”, said Clerk Jacobs. “We are working with our partners in government and the private sector to expand office operations and enhance hours for area motorists.”



Makes motion for vote at statewide County Clerk's Meeting

Erie County, NY - Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs made a motion at the New York State County Clerk's Association (NYSACC) meeting calling for the State Legislature to pass legislation to keep the information of pistol permit holders protected from public disclosure.

"The SAFE Act kept the State Police Pistol Permit Database protected from public disclosure yet county pistol permits are not; we are asking for consistent protection of our citizens across-the-board,” said Jacobs. The vote of the statewide County Clerk's Association, representing Clerks from the 62 Counties across the State, was nearly unanimous at today's meeting which laid out the 2014 Legislative Agenda for NYSACC.

Delving Deeper into H-1Bs for Specialized Workers

Delving Deeper into H-1Bs for Specialized Workers


In our last blog we took a look at the H-1B category, the nonimmigrant category for specialized workers. In this blog we are going to delve deeper into the category. We’ll discuss some of the necessary components of the application, like the prevailing wage, the Labor Condition Application and the Public Access File. 

The H-1B Process

Prior to filing an H-1B petition, there are a number of requirements an employer must fulfill. Specifically, a Prevailing Wage Determination must be made in accordance with U.S. Department of Labor regulations, and the Labor Certification Application must then be filed.  

‘Canalside Tale’ is Latest Book From No Frills Buffalo

‘Canalside Tale’ is Latest Book From No Frills Buffalo

Local book publishing company No Frills Buffalo announces the release of its latest book, “Canalside Tale” by John Grandits. A former official with the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Homeland Security, Grandits is a graduate of Bishop Timon High School and Niagara University. He currently makes his home in Buffalo. 


Amherst Police Still Probing Child Death

AMHERST, NY - Police said they had no new developments to report on Tuesday evening, in the case of a child who died over the weekend.

They are treating the case as a homicide, because the medical examiner says Mayouna Smith, 3, died of blunt force trauma, and that there were signs she had been both physically, and sexually abused prior to Saturday, when she was found non-responsive in an apartment on Allenhurst Road.

Erie County officials have also been investigating whether the child had been the subject of any prior reports to Child Protective Services (CPS).

NYS Senator Tim Kennedy (D-63rd District) has begun asking state officials to see if they knew of any prior child abuse reports regarding the girl.

Death of 3 Year Old Investigated In Amherst

TOWN OF AMHERST, N.Y. -- Amherst Police say a three-year-old girl died over the weekend from blunt force trauma; according to an autopsy report.

Police say the report also revealed that Mayounna Smith also had signs of past physical and sexual abuse.

According to authorities, the child's mother called 911 Saturday morning reporting that her daughter was unresponsive and not breathing.

CPR was performed when she was found, the toddler was taken to ECMC where she was pronounced dead.

The child was found at an apartment on Allenhurst Road, which is a block east of Niagara Falls Boulevard in the southwest part of town.

Amherst police say they had no prior contacts with the couple.

The mother spoke with police, but when they questioned the boyfriend he put a stop to his interview by saying he wanted a lawyer.

Attention Employers: Don’t Delay! H-1B Season is Upon Us

Attention Employers: Don’t Delay! H-1B Season is Upon Us


It’s that time of year again! H-1B season is once again upon us. H-1B petitions for the U.S. government’s 2015 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2014, should be filed by April 1. Berardi Immigration Law assists numerous clients each year with the preparation and filing of these petitions and encourages any employers who wish to be ready to file by April 1 to start the process now.

What is the H-1B category?