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Jacobs to Deliver Nearly $8 Million to Local Governments

Jacobs to Deliver Nearly $8 Million to Local Governments

Says Mortgage Tax Collections up 16.8% Over Same Period Last Year

Erie County, NY-Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced his office will soon distribute to local governments throughout the County their share of the Erie County Mortgage Tax collections based off of real estate transactions recorded in the Clerk’s Office.  The total to be distributed on May 15th is $7,896,969.86 and covers the six month period October 1, 2012-March 31, 2013.  This amount is 16.8% higher than the same period last year.

“Record low interest rates have fueled both refinancing and home purchases throughout Western New York.  This is a positive development for Erie County’s municipal governments since mortgage tax distributions are a major source of revenue for many of the County’s cities, towns and villages,” stated County Clerk Jacobs.

Enabling Buffalo Niagara’s Workforce to Change with the Times

Enabling Buffalo Niagara’s Workforce to Change with the Times

Buffalo Niagara employers say finding workers who are ready to step into jobs is one of their most pressing challenges, year in and year out.  Despite a robust network of colleges and universities and the dated notion that “there are no jobs out there,” the problem of finding skilled and reliable talent is a very real challenge for employers across the region.

Thousands of people in looking for work in Buffalo Niagara, but hundreds of employers still have difficulty filling vacant jobs.  

The good news?  Several programs are in place to help Buffalo Niagara build the workforce necessary for the region to succeed in 2014, 2015, and beyond.  

Jacobs’ Office Responsible for 50% of County Surplus

Jacobs’ Office Responsible for 50% of County Surplus

       Says proud of role Clerk’s office plays to support critical services while keeping down taxes

Erie County, NY – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs reported today that his office accounted for 50% of the overall county surplus.  Jacobs’ is referring to the County Comptroller’s report released yesterday which shows an overall budget surplus of $4.27 Million, and  “roughly 50% of the county’s entire operating surplus,” came from the County Clerk  said the Erie County Comptroller in his budget close-out report.

“We were proud to report our over $2 million dollar surplus several months ago but the fact that we contributed such a large percentage to the County’s overall surplus is quite significant,” said Jacobs. The Clerk’s Office represents only 4% of the County’s work force but is responsible for one-half of the 2012 County’s surplus.

County Clerk Creates Web-Link for New Gun Law Privacy Provision

County Clerk Creates Web-Link for New Gun Law Privacy Provision

                                            Designed to distribute “Opt-Out” form directly to permit holders

Erie County, NY –New York State’s recently passed gun law “NY SAFE ACT” allows pistol permit holders to request that their information be kept private and confidential.  The law directs the New York State Police to create an application to allow permit holders to be exempt or “opt-out” from public disclosure. 

Expert on Millennial Workers the Latest to Join Accelerate Upstate 2.0

Expert on Millennial Workers the Latest to Join Accelerate Upstate 2.0

BUFFALO, N.Y.– Joan Synder Kuhl, workplace talent consultant and millennial expert, is the latest speaker to sign on for Accelerate Upstate 2.0, the economic development summit being hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership on January 29 in Buffalo.  M&T Bank serves as the title sponsor for Accelerate Upstate 2.0, while Mrs. Kuhl’s address is sponsored by Bryant & Stratton College, Performance Management Partners, and Spicer Group. 

“Accelerate Upstate 2.0 is all about realistic opportunities for sustained economic growth in Upstate New York,” said Andrew J. Rudnick, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.  “Joan Synder Kuhl, as the event’s opening speaker will challenge Upstate employers and economic development leaders to refine their workforce development tactics to be leading edge.”

Jacobs Ends Year with $2.1 Million Surplus in Clerk’s Office

Jacobs Ends Year with $2.1 Million Surplus in Clerk’s Office

Erie County, NY- Chris Jacobs is ending his first year as County Clerk earning $2.1 million dollars extra for Erie County taxpayers he announced today. “This additional money does not stay with the Clerk’s Office but goes into the County’s General Fund,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs credits the implementation of management reforms that resolved the massive paperwork backlog he inherited in the Land Records Division, which resulted in depositing over $3 million dollars in un-cashed checks. Additionally, the surplus was helped by a robust real estate market and a stepped up campaign to urge Erie County residents to renew their automobile registrations locally to keep critical fee revenue in Erie County versus it all going to Albany.

Amherst Chamber Luncheon to Feature State of the Town Address

Amherst Chamber Luncheon to Feature State of the Town Address

On Friday, January 18, 2013 the Amherst Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2013 Annual Luncheon at Classics V Banquet Center on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst.  Registration will begin at 11:30 am and the lunch program will start promptly at 12:00 noon.  The Chamber’s Annual Luncheon features the swearing-in of the 2013 Board of Directors by New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, the State of the Town Address by Amherst Supervisor Barry Weinstein and the presentation of the Chamber’s 2013 Legislative Agenda.

David Donovan, Vice President of Sales at Independent Health, will be installed as Chairman of the 2013 Board of Directors along with the entire 43 member Board.  Additional officers include Earl Wells, III of e3communications – First Vice Chair and Chair of the Public Affairs Council; Richard Cahlstadt of M&T Bank – Treasurer; and David Flynn, Partner with Phillips Lytle LLP – Immediate Past Chair.