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Council Report for July 26th, 2011

Council Report for July 26th, 2011


Congressman Higgins Pushes for Termination of National Flood Insurance Program

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined fellow House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee member Candice Miller (MI-10) in introducing an amendment to H.R. 1309, the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011, which would terminate the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). 

“The Flood Insurance Program is fundamentally flawed and economically broken,” said Higgins.  “In Western New York and other communities across the nation it levies a mandatory flood tax on homeowners who are at virtually no risk of flooding and see absolutely no benefit.  It hinders small business growth, negatively impacts property values and is driving up our national debt.  We need to lead with common sense and eliminate, rather than extend, this unfair program.”

Congressmen Reed & Higgins Offer Amendment to Restore Funding for West Valley Clean-Up

Congressmen Reed & Higgins Offer Amendment to Restore Funding for West Valley Clean-Up

WNY Members Say Investments Now Save In the Long-Term


U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (NY-29) and Brian Higgins (NY-27) have together introduced an amendment to increase funding designated for clean-up efforts at the West Valley site, a move aimed at protecting the greater Western New York community and saving money over the long-term.  The Reed-Higgins Amendment would restore $41 million to the non-defense environmental cleanup fund in H.R. 2354, the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. 

Comptroller DiNapoli Prevents $3.4 Million in Overpayments

Comptroller DiNapoli Prevents $3.4 Million in Overpayments

From a statement by the office of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli:

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s auditors prevented more than $3.4 million in workers’ compensation overpayments during calendar year 2010 according to a report released today.  DiNapoli’s auditors serve onsite at the Workers Compensation Board and audit payments made out of the five funds used to pay certain workers’ wage compensation and medical claims. During the last four years, the Comptroller’s staff saved the state more than $65 million by preventing board overpayments.

“These payments impact the workers’ compensation rates paid by every business in the state,” DiNapoli said.  “The board has made progress over the years to reduce payment errors. But in this economic climate, businesses can’t afford any government mistakes.”

Pakistan: A New Perspective (3D)

Pakistan: A New Perspective (3D)

*Click the links in bold below for a 3D experience of Pakistan*

“Let us trust each other,” roared the Governor-general designate and added; “Let us judge by results, not by theories. With the help of every section –I see that every class is represented in this huge gathering –let us work in double shift if necessary to make the Sovereign State of Pakistan really happy, really united and really powerful.” 

-  Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Speech at a Dinner Party given by the late Mr. Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah at the Karachi Club on 9th August, 1947.

Independence: All Men Are Created Equal?

Independence:  All Men Are Created Equal?

Righteous:  acting in accord with divine or moral law.

Rightful:  having a just or legally established claim.

© Merriam Webster 2011


"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

- Preamble, The United States Declaration of Independence, 1776 


Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is a celebration [and federal holiday] in the United States to recognize the Declaration of Independence of 1776.  A statement adopted by the Continental Congress declaring that thirteen American colonies [then at war with Great Britain], were now independent states, no longer a part of the British Empire.

SUNY Undergrad Tuition to Jump 30 Percent Over Five Years

SUNY Undergrad Tuition to Jump 30 Percent Over Five Years



   Gannett Albany Bureau

   ALBANY -- Legislative leaders announced Tuesday they have a tentative deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a bill that would allow State University of New York campuses to increase tuition $300 annually for five years.

   The hikes would raise annual undergraduate tuition a total of 30 percent over five years, from $4,970 to $6,470.

   "They need money, but we have to keep it (tuition) affordable," said Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, D-Cohoes, Albany County, the chamber's second-in-command. "I think this is a good compromise."

   The agreement would permit a 10 percent a year tuition increase for out-of-state students, who currently pay $13,380 to attend SUNY.