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New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

Three years ago, a New York public school custodian, returning from his coffee break, was hit by an underinsured driver while crossing the street and left permanently disabled. He was in a training program and on his way to becoming a chief custodian but instead was left disabled, requiring significant physical therapy to even walk again.  While he thought the insurance he purchased would provide some financial relief for the fact he could no longer perform his job, he was left high and dry.

Amherst Chamber of Commerce Issues Statement on Outer Harbor Control

Amherst Chamber of Commerce Issues Statement on Outer Harbor Control

At their May Business Meeting, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors approved the following position and statement regarding the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation’s proposed takeover of the Outer Harbor:

Grisanti Proposes Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NY

Grisanti Proposes Bill to Increase Number of Green Homes Built In NY

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced his sponsorship of bill (S-6664) to establish a real property tax exemption of thirty five percent for a period of no longer than twenty years for homes that meet certain specific National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.  The goal of this legislation is to incentivize builders to invest in green homes which are typically more expensive to build.

Builders will have to ensure that the lot is located near mass transit, protects high value vegetation, soil improved with organic mulch, low flow showers and toilets mandated, energy star rating of 3.0 or higher, at least one renewable energy for the house, rain barrels provided at no less than 2 downspouts and over fifty percent of the internal components must be green certified products. These are some but not all of the requirements spelled out in the legislation.

Hochul Calls on EPA to Speed 18-Mile Creek Superfund Decision

Hochul Calls on EPA to Speed 18-Mile Creek Superfund Decision

LOCKPORT, N.Y. – Congresswoman Kathy Hochul today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting she expedite the determination of inclusion of the Eighteen Mile Creek Corridor on the EPA Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).

“After nearly 25 years, the EPA recently proposed adding Eighteen Mile Creek to the Superfund National Priorities List as one of the nation’s most hazardous waste sites,” said Congresswoman Hochul.  “Now, four months after the conclusion of the comment period, it’s time for the EPA to end its review process and finally add Eighteen Mile to the Superfund List.  The people of Lockport have waited long enough for us to clean up this site.”

Mayor Honors Academy of Science Charter School Students

Mayor Honors Academy of Science Charter School Students

Students from the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School’s eighth and ninth grades were honored this morning by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown for their medaling in the regional New York State Science Olympiad.

Mayor Brown congratulated the students on their win, and spoke about the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and how the students' math and science-based education can be applied to opportunities there and at other organizations in Buffalo.

The students received three gold and one silver medal in the competition held on Saturday, February 11, in Red Creek, N.Y.

Amherst Chamber of Commerce Releases Statement on 2012-2013 Executive Budget

Amherst Chamber of Commerce Releases Statement on 2012-2013 Executive Budget

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce is greatly encouraged by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012-2013 budget proposal. Today’s plan is a positive second step following first year’s successful budget proposal and passage.

The Chamber is especially pleased by the governor’s inclusion of mandate relief measures for county costs on Medicaid. The organization today also announced its support of Senate Bill 5889 sponsored by Senators Gallivan and McDonald.

Amherst Student Attends State of the State Address

Amherst Student Attends State of the State Address

High school seniors enrolled in the Erie 1 BOCES Legal Academy attended the State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the invitation of Sam Hoyt, senior vice president for Regional Economic Development at the Empire State Development Corporation. Arisha Roberts, a senior from Amherst High School, was among the attendees. The students, who attend Erie 1 BOCES in a cooperative program supported by six local school districts and one non-public high school, were the representatives of western New York high school students at the annual event.