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Congressman Higgins Outlines: What Health Care Repeal Means for WNY

Congressman Higgins Outlines: What Health Care Repeal Means for WNY

“Today I will vote against the effort to repeal health care reform.   Health reform needed the start we gave it and we should be working together to build on that momentum.  No one thinks the Affordable Care Act is perfect, but tearing down what has been done is destructive not constructive.”

“Most would agree health care costs are devastating businesses and families but finding long-term solutions to complex problems doesn’t come when you press the delete key, it happens when we collectively put in the hard work necessary to continue the process of delivering meaningful change - that is what the American people want and that is what they deserve.”

 

What Does Repeal Mean for WNY?

Cutting Job Opportunities and Discovery Along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

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.”

The Erie County Legislature Welcomes Legislator Timothy J. Whalen

The Erie County Legislature Welcomes Legislator Timothy J. Whalen

Buffalo, NY –  The Erie County Legislature’s Democratic Caucus was pleased to welcome the newest member of the Legislature to their ranks at his swearing-in ceremony on December 14th in the Legislative Chambers.

Timothy J. Whalen (D-Buffalo, 2nd District) replaces Tim Kennedy who was elected to the New York State Senate in November. 

Higgins Shocked by House Vote Denying $250 Cost Relief for Seniors on Social Security

Higgins Shocked by House Vote Denying $250 Cost Relief for Seniors on Social Security

On Wednesday Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted for H.R. 5987, the Seniors Protection Act but the bill failed to receive the over two-thirds support needed for approval. The legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, would have provided a one-time $250 payment to seniors on Social Security to compensate for an automatic formula that calculates no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2011.

“I am saddened to see partisan Washington politics win out at the expense of seniors in Western New York and across the nation,” said Congressman Higgins.

“For Social Security recipients in this community that $250 payment, while not exorbitant, certainly goes a long way toward paying heating bills or prescription costs. The issue of making sure our seniors have the most basic of necessities should not be one that divides but instead a national priority we can all unite behind.”

Herman Hollerith - PEOPLE COUNT

  Herman Hollerith, American inventor, born February 29, 1860 in Buffalo, New York, and educated at Columbia University, devised a system of encoding data on cards through a series of punched holes. This system proved useful in statistical work and was important in the development of the digital computer. Hollerith's machine, used in the 1890 U.S. census, "read" the cards by passing them through electrical contacts. Closed circuits, which indicated hole positions, could then be selected and counted. His Tabulating Machine Company (1896) was a predecessor to the International Business Machines Corporation.

Kennedy, Quinn to Participate in Debate at West Seneca East Senior

West Seneca East Senior High School is proud to host a debate between the two major party candidates for the 58th District New York State Senate seat.

Democrat Tim Kennedy and Republican Jack Quinn III will square off in their only public debate on Monday, Oct. 18, in the East Senior High School auditorium, located at 4760 Seneca St., West Seneca.

The debate will be run by East Senior Participation in Government (PIG) students, with the assistance of teachers Nadine Ocasio and Peggy Santillo, along with assistant principal Jason Winnicki. The teachers organized this debate with the goal of giving students a firsthand experience of what it means to be a part of the political process, as well as providing community members an opportunity to make an educated decision when they head to the polls on Nov.

HEALTHeLINK Unveils $16.1 Million Beacon Community Initiative to Fight Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In June 2010, HEALTHeLINK received the largest Beacon Community Award in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Beacon Project was created to help communities use health information technology to forge cooperation and use resources effectively toward local priority health goals.

HEALTHeLINK was joined today by Dr. David Blumenthal, the point person for the national health information technology initiative, as well as other dignitaries, including Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F.