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New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

Three years ago, a New York public school custodian, returning from his coffee break, was hit by an underinsured driver while crossing the street and left permanently disabled. He was in a training program and on his way to becoming a chief custodian but instead was left disabled, requiring significant physical therapy to even walk again.  While he thought the insurance he purchased would provide some financial relief for the fact he could no longer perform his job, he was left high and dry.

Applications Now Available For Mayor Brown's Citizens' Participation Academy Spring 2012

Applications Now Available For Mayor Brown's Citizens' Participation Academy Spring 2012

A Statement Released by The City of Buffalo

 Mayor Byron W. Brown is pleased to announce that applications for the Citizens’ Participation Academy are now available for interested citizens.  Classes for this session are scheduled every Thursday from June 14th 2012 – August 9th 2012, with an additional Saturday and Tuesday.

Live from Cairo: From Tahrir to the Muslim Brotherhood

Live from Cairo: From Tahrir to the Muslim Brotherhood

On Tuesday, January 25, 2011, the people of Egypt led a campaign of non violent civil resistance against the 30 year regime of dictator, President Hosni Mubarak.

Hany Ghoraba, a journalist, businessman and political analyst in Cairo, describes on live audio, the years preceding, during and up to present Egypt, focusing on The Egyptian Revolution:


Live from Cairo: From Tahrir to the Muslim Brotherhood

 

Ahmed Salah, an Egyptian activist, public speaker and advocate of non violent resistance,  shared his account through photos HERE.
 

Grisanti Bill to Reclassify Buffalo River as Inland Waterway Passes Senate

Grisanti Bill to Reclassify Buffalo River as Inland Waterway Passes Senate

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced passage in the New York Senate of his bill S-6646 that amends the executive law to make the Buffalo River classified an inland waterway paving the way for the application of federal funds to assist with the restoration and protection of the river.

The Buffalo River is the river that empties into the eastern end of Lake Erie between the United States Coast Guard Station and the Erie Basin Marina.  It is the Buffalo Creek until it reaches the western border of the Town of West Seneca as it receives the contents of the Cayuga and Cazenovia Creeks.  The Buffalo Harbor includes a series of federal navigation channels designed so that deep-draft commercial vessels can safely navigate the harbor. 

Homeless Alliance of Western New York Releases 2011 Data

Homeless Alliance of Western New York Releases 2011 Data

The Homeless Alliance of WNY has released the results of their State of Homelessness 2011 for the federal reporting year October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011.  The data used to create this report were compiled from the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) as well as the annual Point in Time count, Housing Inventory Chart, Unsheltered Street Count, and the Erie County Department of Social Services and Veterans Administration.

Throughout the year of 2011, there were an estimated 5,050 people who experienced homelessness in Erie County and on any given night there were approximately 1,000 homeless people.  These figures include people in Emergency Housing, Transitional Housing, Safe Havens, the unsheltered, and those taking part in the Code Blue Warming Center beds.  Although the majority of homeless persons are single, the number of homeless families increased by 4% from 2010 to 29%.

West Seneca East Students to Host Roundtable with Local Lawmakers

West Seneca East Students to Host Roundtable with Local Lawmakers

West Seneca East Senior High School Participation in Government students will host a roundtable discussion with several local lawmakers at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 23 in the school auditorium, 4760 Seneca St.

Elected officials slated to take part represent all levels of government, from town to federal office. Participants include Rep. Brian Higgins, D-27th District; state Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-58th District; and Sheila Meegan, West Seneca town supervisor.

Students have been studying public policy and will develop questions based on issues facing the community. Questions will be directed to the appropriate elected official. Fifteen students will be asking the questions, and three have been selected to serve as moderators. These students are Zack Giacobello, Courtney McDermott and Alex Martin. 

The City of Buffalo Common Council Announces a Vancancy in the South Common Council District

The City of Buffalo Common Council Announces a Vancancy in the South Common Council District

 

BUFFALO, NY—The City of Buffalo Common Council hereby advertises the vacancy for the position of South District Common Council Member.

Pursuant to Section 3-6 of the City of Buffalo Charter, “In the case of a vacancy in the office of District Council Member, otherwise than by expiration of the term, the remaining members of the Council shall appoint a qualified resident of the same political party and district as the Council Member whose place is vacant to fill such vacancy until the first day of January following the next general election at which a District Council Member may, pursuant to law, be chosen for the balance of the term.”

The Common Council is seeking to obtain a current resume and letter requesting appointment to the vacancy from any qualified resident seeking consideration for the appointment.

Interested applicants should deliver the required documents (in person or by mail, email will not be accepted) to the Cit