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FAA Opposes Repub. Backed Amendment That Endangers Airline Passengers & Insults Flight 3407 Families

FAA Opposes Repub. Backed Amendment That Endangers Airline Passengers & Insults Flight 3407 Families

Hochul again calls on Corwin to rescind fundraising invitation to Speaker Boehner

ERIE COUNTY – Kathy Hochul, candidate for New York’s 26th Congressional District, today reiterated her opposition to the Shuster amendment after the Federal Aviation Administration yesterday announced their opposition to the Republican-backed amendment that would unravel two years of work to reform the airline industry.  

In a statement yesterday, the FAA said they had “concerns” that the Shuster amendment protects “a set of procedural hoops that could have the effect of slowing down rulemaking projects under way and in the future.”

Jane Corwin Follows Republicans to Decimate Medicare

Jane Corwin Follows Republicans to Decimate Medicare

The following is a statement from Fabien Levy, Director of Communications for Kathy Hochul for Congress:

“On April 15, after a week of prodding, Assemblymember Jane Corwin finally admitted she supports the Republican’s 2012 budget that would end Medicare as we know it and give massive tax breaks to America’s corporate giants – the same corporate giants that paid absolutely nothing in income taxes last year. 

“Jane Corwin talks a lot about cutting spending, closing corporate loopholes, coming up with alternative energy plans, and protecting our seniors, but the truth is Jane Corwin is all talk and no action.  She says she has a ‘plan’ that would ‘fight to begin getting our national addiction to spending under control.’  Well that plan is a point-by-point copy of the Republican budget, which does none of those things. 

“Assemblymember Corwin has publicly supported a budget that cuts taxes on majo

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.