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Senator Grisanti Nominates Loraine O’Donnell For NY Senate’s 15th Annual Women of Distinction Award

Senator Grisanti Nominates Loraine O’Donnell For NY Senate’s 15th Annual Women of Distinction Award

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced his nominee for the NY Senate’s Women of Distinction Award is Loraine O’Donnell.   The award recognizes a distinguished woman from our area who contributes to making our community better, our families stronger and serves as an example to others.

Loraine O’Donnell has been chosen for all that she does to support the arts, fight for equal rights for all, protect children from bullying and volunteer to support important groups in our community.  Her work on stage and in radio and TV has given a voice to those who do not have a microphone.   She has demonstrated that she can rally people behind a cause and get things accomplished whether it is by signing a petition or getting people to attend an event.  Never one to shy away from a fight, Loraine is a bull dog for the arts and artists in our area.

Grisanti Resolution Designates May As Motorcycle Safety And Awareness Month

Grisanti Resolution Designates May As Motorcycle Safety And Awareness Month

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that by order of a resolution passed by the New York State Senate and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, May shall be designated as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.  As the number of motorcyclist increases there becomes a greater need to teach riders how to operate their machines safely and the general public needs to become more aware of the proper ways to safely share the road with bikers. This resolution is designed to remind the public that another riding season has started and that they should be alert to the presence of motorcycles on the streets and highways. 

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%.

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

Senator Grisanti Applauds NYACCE Student Of The Year- Elizabeth Jackson

Senator Grisanti Applauds NYACCE Student Of The Year- Elizabeth Jackson

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that an adult student in his district, Elizabeth Jackson, received the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE) Student of the Year designation for 2011. This award recognizes a student who has an excellent work ethic along with academic achievements.  Elizabeth Jackson has completed her GED as well as her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification in courses at the Buffalo Public Schools Adult Education Division. The award was presented at gala dinner in the State Capitol on March 13.

Clamp-Down on Under-21 Nights, and Other News from March 20 Meeting

Clamp-Down on Under-21 Nights, and Other News from March 20 Meeting

Meeting Summary

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MARCH 20, 2012

Authorizing Resolution – The Council approved a resolution sponsored by Majority Leader and Masten District Council Member Demone A. Smith authorizing an amendment and restatement of a ground lease for certain educational facilities to the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (“ECIDA”). The resolution also authorizes other matters related to certain bonds issued by the ECIDA for financing the refunding of Series 2004 Bonds, determining the terms and conditions of such agreements, and other matters in connection therewith.  It is the Council’s position that these actions will be beneficial to the City and will promote educational opportunities for City residents.