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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.

Comptroller DiNapoli Revokes SUNY Quick Pay Priviliges

Comptroller DiNapoli Revokes SUNY Quick Pay Priviliges

From a statement by the office of New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli:

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today ordered payment requests from the State University of New York (SUNY) to undergo additional scrutiny following SUNY’s decision to award a $270,000 consultant contract without competitively bidding the study or justifying a single-source award.

“New York’s procurement laws exist to make sure taxpayers get the most for their money,” DiNapoli said. “SUNY circumvented those laws at the same time it was lobbying for greater procurement flexibility.  My office will put SUNY’s future payment requests under an even sharper microscope to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

“This procurement produced a good report that will help SUNY repair some serious problems.  But the end product doesn’t justify the means.  SUNY went down the wrong road on this procurement.”

SUNY Undergrad Tuition to Jump 30 Percent Over Five Years

SUNY Undergrad Tuition to Jump 30 Percent Over Five Years

 

By CARA MATTHEWS

   Gannett Albany Bureau

   ALBANY -- Legislative leaders announced Tuesday they have a tentative deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a bill that would allow State University of New York campuses to increase tuition $300 annually for five years.

   The hikes would raise annual undergraduate tuition a total of 30 percent over five years, from $4,970 to $6,470.

   "They need money, but we have to keep it (tuition) affordable," said Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, D-Cohoes, Albany County, the chamber's second-in-command. "I think this is a good compromise."

   The agreement would permit a 10 percent a year tuition increase for out-of-state students, who currently pay $13,380 to attend SUNY.

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Join us in a fascinating program as Elizabeth McIntyre of the International Institute of Buffalo speaks about the practice of human trafficking locally. In addition, Historical Society Director of Collections Walter Mayer will present an artifact and story from the 1870s. The program takes place on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the International Institute of Buffalo, even today, in the twenty-first century, and even here, in Western New York, there are slaves. Every day and everywhere there are people who have been tricked or forced to leave their homes and then find themselves in jobs where they are paid little or nothing, held captive, unable to be self-sufficient, abused and exploited. These people are modern-day slaves. They are victims of human trafficking, the exploitation of people for others’ financial profit. They escape or are rescued often with nothing but the clothes on their back.

Tea Party Coalition Calls for Republican Chairman to Resign

Tea Party Coalition Calls for Republican Chairman to Resign

A Statement by Allen Coniglio of the Tea Party Coalition of WNY

What Was Turnout Like at Your Polling Place?

What Was Turnout Like at Your Polling Place?

The special election for the 26th Congressional District is under way and WGRZ-2 On Your Side wants to know:

If you voted today, what was turnout like at your polling place?

Use the Comments section below for your response.

 

For complete coverage of the election, tune into WGRZ-2 On Your Side at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m. tonight.

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