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Councilmember Marlette Recommends Barriers to Improve Public Safety

Councilmember Marlette Recommends Barriers to Improve Public Safety

(Amherst, NY)---In light of the recent tragedy at a local Amherst restaurant, Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette has created a resolution to the Amherst Town Board which directs the Planning Director to draft a Local Law to amend site plan regulations to require protective structures be placed between the parking lot and the place of assembly (such as a restaurant) where required, as a matter of public safety.

Mr. Marlette states “There are many types of barriers that can add protection where there is public assembly. It is imperative that our Building and Planning Departments examine this area of site plan regulations.”

Mr. Marlette’s resolution goes before the Amherst Town Board Monday, September 26, 2011 at 7PM.

Chamber Experiences Success with 2011 Legislative Agenda

Chamber Experiences Success with 2011 Legislative Agenda

In January of this year, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce released its 2011 Legislative Agenda with public policy positions on a variety of issues at each level of government (federal, state, regional and local).  The Chamber is proud to announce that this year’s agenda was a resounding success, specifically on the State level.

All five issues presented as important from the business community to the Western New York Delegation and Governor Cuomo saw movement, with four having legislation passed.  UB2020 (now NY2020), a Property Tax Cap, Power for Jobs (now Recharge NY) and legislation on Reverse Vending Machines in retail stores all saw positive action in line with the Chamber’s position and have been, or will be, signed into law by Governor Cuomo.  The fifth item, the Marcellus Shale, has also seen movement and positive steps toward allowing hydraulic fracturing to occur, providing a boost to New York’s flagging economy.

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