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Surprise Meeting by Redistricting Task Force

Surprise Meeting by Redistricting Task Force

From a Statement by NYPIRG

The New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment  (LATFOR), the legislative committee tasked with redrawing New York’s legislative and congressional district lines, will be holding their Western New York public hearing tomorrow at 10 a.m. inside City Hall ... but who knew?

Legislator Rath to Leave Legislature at the End of the Year

Legislator Rath to Leave Legislature at the End of the Year

Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III released the following statement on Tuesday, August 09, 2011 pertaining to his future with the Erie County Legislature:

“With gratitude to my constituents and respect for the political process, I will be leaving the Erie County Legislature at the end of the year. First and foremost, I greatly look forward to spending more time with my wife Amy and our three children, “ Legislator Rath stated. “I did not choose to leave the County Legislature, the reapportionment decision drastically changed the map, leaving me without a district. As a champion of downsizing I was fully aware of this risk, and I believe that a smaller Legislature is in the best interests of Erie County.”

Alzheimer’s Association National Alzheimer’s Plan Public Input Session

Alzheimer’s Association National Alzheimer’s Plan Public Input Session

On August 11, 2011, the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter will hold a public input session to solicit views, comments and perspectives from stakeholders in the Alzheimer’s community to inform the development of a successful National Alzheimer’s Plan.

Three Erie County Companies Receive ECIDA Funds

Three Erie County Companies Receive ECIDA Funds

A Statement Released by the Erie County Executive’s Office and Travers Collins & Company

Buffalo, NY A trio of Erie County businesses have seen growth spurts courtesy of a new Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) loan program which targets established companies that have difficulties obtaining traditional bank financing due to increasingly strict lending policies.

The Business Stimulus Loan Fund has provided more than $800,000 to three fast-growing Erie County firms since its establishment last fall, leading to expansion of their workforces and client rosters.

First Regional Council Meeting Coming to UB Wednesday

First Regional Council Meeting Coming to UB Wednesday

A Statement Released by the New York State Executive Chamber

NY Beefing Up Laws Protecting Children: The Fallout of Casey Anthony Trial

NY Beefing Up Laws Protecting Children: The Fallout of Casey Anthony Trial

NYS is trying to beef up its laws on many areas concerning children.  In a bill sponsored by five NYS Senator’s, Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo) is one of them, “Protecting Our Children Act” makes sweeping changes to the state’s child protection laws to help protect children from cruel and repeated abuse.

While other states have passed bills to make failing to report a child missing a crime, the bill in the NYS senate goes much further in fact there are more than two dozen provisions within the sponsored bill. Probably the most notable is creating the crime of aggravated murder of a child with a sentence of life without parole. Another notable change is an expansion of the existing law of aggravated abuse of a child which makes recklessly causing physical injury to a child under 14 a crime. The current law applies only to day care providers. The new bill would make it a crime for parents, guardians, and persons in a position of trust.

Poloncarz Statement on the County Executive’s 2011 Budget Status Report

Poloncarz Statement on the County Executive’s 2011 Budget Status Report

ERIE COUNTY, NY—Today, Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz released the following statement in response to Erie County Executive Chris Collins’ status report on the 2011 Budget.

“Although it appears as though Erie County will see a nominal surplus for 2011, everything is not as bright and sunny as the county executive would lead you to believe.  Without the nearly $27 million in one-shot revenue streams the County has reaped this year, the $13 million surplus the county executive is predicting, looks more like $14 million deficit.”

“As has been the case over the past few years, this surplus has nothing to do with ‘running Erie County like a business,’ and everything to do with approximately $26.8 million in one-shot revenue streams that we will not have next year and greater than anticipated sales tax revenues thus far.