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State of the Town Speech

State of the Town Speech

State of the Town Speech

(Amherst, NY---) Amherst Supervisor Barry Weinstein announces that the text of the State of the Town speech for 2011 is located at www.amherst.ny.us  and there is an additional link to the Youtube video as well.

 Any questions regarding the speech should be directed to bweinstein@amherst.ny.us or you may call 631-7032.

 

 

 

 

Amherst Chamber Comments on County Executive's Medicaid Plan

Amherst Chamber Comments on County Executive's Medicaid Plan

“The Amherst Chamber of Commerce supports the County Executive’s efforts for Medicaid reform in New York State through ‘opt-out’ legislation,” said Colleen DiPirro, President/CEO of the Chamber.  “State Medicaid costs put yet another burden on our struggling local businesses whose property tax rates often affect their bottom line.  By allowing local governments to ‘opt-out’ of non-mandated services, residents and business owners alike could begin to see drastic reductions in their property taxes.  The Chamber fully supports the County Executive’s request of the Western New York Delegation to introduce and advance this legislation in 2011.”

Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams Reaffirms County Commitment to the Library

Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams Reaffirms County Commitment to the Library

 Buffalo, NY –  Erie County Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo, 3rd District) reaffirmed her personal commitment to the libraries today. 

 “The funding of the library system is vital to the economic vitality of Erie County.  I, for one, am committed to moving the process forward and making sure we fund the libraries to the fullest extent possible,” Miller-Williams said.  “there is a process that guides us when we are spending county money and we have to make sure we are completely accountable to the taxpayers of the county.  Right now the process is running its course and I feel confident that the funding for Library will be dedicated to them before the end of the year.”

Amherst Chamber of Commerce Takes Position Against Prevailing Wage Legislation

Amherst Chamber of Commerce Takes Position Against Prevailing Wage Legislation

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, representing over 2,500 members, actively takes positions on public policy issues which affect the well-being of the business community.  When legislation requiring the payment of providing prevailing wages for utilities and other service workers first came to the floor of the State Legislature, the Amherst Chamber took a strong position against it.

During a special session of the New York State Legislature on Monday, November 29, 2010, the New York State Assembly passed legislation requiring the payment of prevailing wages by any utility or party contracting with or for the benefit of a public agency for service workers (i.e. janitors, security guards, handymen, etc.).  The legislation, which had previously passed the New York State Senate, will now go to Governor Patterson for signature.

Amherst Chamber Takes Position on District Council Members

The Board of Directors of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce has unanimously approved the following position concerning district council members in the Town of Amherst:

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, representing over 2,500 members, adamantly opposes Ward Council Positions, whereby, individuals run for a seat on the Amherst Town Council, representing a particular district rather than the town at-large.

This issue has been brought to the voters multiple times in the past twenty years and has always been defeated.  Statistics from communities with district rather than at-large representation support our position that taxes go up, collaboration evaporates and a community vs. community mentality prevails when this form of government is enacted.

Amherst Chamber to Host Downsizing Dialogue Tonight

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce is holding a “Downsizing Dialogue” tonight with members of the Amherst Town Board and town residents who are interested in expressing their thoughts on the issue of downsizing the Town Board. 

The discussion will take place at the Amherst Chamber’s office located at 350 Essjay Rd., Suite 200 in Williamsville from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  The event will be an opportunity to discuss the impact of downsizing on taxes and services provided not only for residents of the Town, but the business community as well.  The “Downsizing Dialogue” is free and open to all town residents and community members.

Coalition for Economic Justice Queries State Senate Candidates

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Coalition for Economic Justice is a Buffalo-based non-profit organization that runs local and statewide campaigns for quality jobs and greater accountability in economic development.

As an extension of our campaign programming we engage in public education efforts and also register new voters, encourage occasional voters to become more active participants in our democracy, and provide all voters with information about where candidates stand on our issues.

We are a non-partisan organization and do not endorse or oppose candidates but do seek to promote active, open public discussion on critical issues facing our community and the state of New York.