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Jacobs Urges All Drivers to Join the It Can Wait® Movement

Jacobs Urges All Drivers to Join the It Can Wait® Movement

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is asking all motorists, especially young drivers to keep both hands on the wheel and to take part in AT&T’s “It Can Wait” movement on September 19th. “As County Clerk, I am responsible for the administration of local auto bureaus which issue all drivers’ licenses. I encourage all drivers to take the Safe Driving/No-Texting Pledge and then share it with their friends and family.”

The Clerk’s Safe Driving Pledge can be found at any of the Erie County Auto Bureaus or on-line at ww.erie.gov/clerk, is signed by the parent and their teen driver, and states that while driving the teen will not send or receive text messages or use handheld electronic devices. It ensures that the teen understands that if he/she violates any of the rules, it may result in the loss of driving privileges which the parent reserves the right to deny.

Health Foundation for Western & Central New York Awards Grant to Catholic Charities Senior Programs

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $52,466 grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (HFWCNY) Ready or Not Initiative to support its older adult programs serving seniors in Erie, Genesee and Orleans counties.

The HFWCNY is a nonprofit, private foundation whose mission is to improve the health and health care of the people of Western and Central New York.

The funding will allow Catholic Charities to create and implement a plan to respond to current economic and legislative changes impacting access to care for the senior population, including Medicaid redesign and the Affordable Care Act.  

County Clerk Jacobs and AAA of WNY offer “Passports on the Move” Outreach Event

County Clerk Jacobs and AAA of WNY offer “Passports on the Move” Outreach Event

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is going that extra mile and teaming up with the AAA of Western and Central New York to offer a “Passports on the Move” outreach event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18th at the AAA Travel & Insurance Center located at 1737 Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.

“I encourage anyone planning their upcoming vacation or a college student planning a semester abroad to come to our outreach and apply for their passport,” said County Clerk Jacobs. “My office is pleased to host this outreach event with the AAA in order to make obtaining a passport more convenient for all our customers.”

Those who attend the outreach will be able to apply for a passport card and/or passport book can expect to receive their passport in approximately four to six weeks for routine service. If necessary, the County Clerk’s Office offers an expedited service which reduces the processing time down to 3 days.

VCA Receives Nearly $1.5 Million in Grant Awards

VCA Receives Nearly $1.5 Million in Grant Awards

The Valley Community Association (VCA) has announced the receipt of roughly $1.5 million in local foundation, non-profit, and state government grants to support ongoing senior and youth services, waterfront revitalization, and “Striving for Excellence” Program initiatives.

These awards include a $5,000 allotment from the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, a $5,000 contribution from the Buffalo Bills Foundation, a $10,000 award from CSX, a $22,000 commitment from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a $160,000 (for two years) provision from the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, a $250,000 grant secured by NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, and a $300,000 (for three years) allocation from the NYS Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.

Jacobs to host "Passports on the Move" Outreach Event

Jacobs to host "Passports on the Move" Outreach Event

 County Clerk’s Office provides convenient Passport service

Erie County, NY- As a service to Erie County residents, County Clerk Chris Jacobs will be offering additional “Passports on the Move” outreach events the second Tuesday of each month. The next event will be held on Tuesday, September 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Erie County Auto Bureau, located in the Northtown Plaza, 3095 Sheridan Drive in Amherst.

“The Clerk’s Office is pleased to make this service available in order to meet the growing demand for passports,” said County Clerk Jacobs. “I want to make County government more customer-centered, including offering convenient alternatives for our customers to obtain passports.”

Family Traditions Stir the Pot at The Pasta Peddler

Family Traditions Stir the Pot at The Pasta Peddler

Mike Sedia has fond memories of days that have long since passed, when he would watch his mother and grandmother prepare homemade ravioli by hand to feed their hungry family. 

“We’re Italian, and that’s what we would do on a Sunday,” recalled Mike. “Everyone loved that pasta. We always said that we should sell their pasta and sauce.”

Little did Mike know that he was predicting the future. Today, he is the proud co-owner — along with his son-in-law Eric Amodeo — of The Pasta Peddler, a business that has now been in the family since 1994.

Attorneys from Harter Secrest & Emery Honored as Industry's Best

Attorneys from Harter Secrest & Emery Honored as Industry's Best

The law firm of Harter Secrest & Emery LLP is pleased to announce that nine of HSE’s Buffalo attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). HSE’s Buffalo attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers® include:

Kenneth W. Africano ‒ Commercial Litigation

Phillip A. Delmont ‒ Corporate Law

Raymond L. Fink ‒ Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation/Bankruptcy

Carol E. Heckman ‒ Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Mediation

John G. Horn ‒ Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law

Thomas J. Hurley ‒ Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Anthony D. Mancinelli ‒ Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Public Finance Law

Samuel J. Palisano ‒ Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law