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Assemblyman Smardz Sponsors "Christmas in July"

Assemblyman Smardz Sponsors "Christmas in July"

Assemblyman Kevin Smardz (R,I-Hamburg) today kicked-off his annual “Christmas in July” toy drive with a ceremony at Women and Children’s Hospital. Smardz announced that the event will run from now through July 21st, concluding with a holiday party and a visit from Santa Claus and other special guests at Children’s Hospital.

           

Grassroots, Inc. Joins Effort to Unite Democratic Party

Grassroots, Inc. Joins Effort to Unite Democratic Party

From a Statement By Grassroots, Inc:

Grassroots, Inc. Joins Effort to Unite Erie County Democratic Party

Buffalo, NY- Grassroots, Inc., a leading civic and political organization is embracing efforts by Charlie King, Executive Director of the NYS Democratic Party and Governor Andrew Cuomo to bring unity to the local Democratic Party serving Buffalo and Erie County.   Erie County has the largest number of democratic voters outside of New York City and its suburbs. 

Grassroots, Inc. Announces Candidate Interviews

Grassroots, Inc. Announces Candidate Interviews

From a Statement By Grassroots, Inc:

Buffalo, NY- Grassroots, Inc. will host a series of interviews for Candidates who are currently circulating Nominating Petitions for Supreme Court, Family Court, City Court, Buffalo Common Council, City of Buffalo Comptroller, Erie County Legislature, Erie County Clerk & Erie County Executive. The Nominating Committee will meet with candidates beginning on Wednesday, June 23rd from 6:00-8:00pm and continuing until the process is complete.

The decision of the Nominating Committee will be based on the candidate’s ability to meet certain pre-established criteria that will evaluate their level of expertise and qualifications to meet the requirements for the job.

Please call 716.245-5273 for more information and to scheudle an interview or you can send your request via email to:  grassrootsofbuffalo@gmail.com

Grassroots, Inc. Makes First Round of Candidate Edorsements

Grassroots, Inc. Makes First Round of Candidate Edorsements

From a Statement by Grassroots, Inc:

The decision of the Nominating Committee is  based on the candidate’s ability to meet the following criteria: 1- knowledge and opinion of how the municipal body they represent operates, expertise and involvement in community & constituent related activities, 2- top platform issues and if they are realistic and attainable,   3- ability to deliver resources, success, build coalitions and meet regularly with community stakeholders now and after election, 4- the candidates electability and commitment to improving the functioning  and operation of the  municipal body they represent and finally 5- the candidates record of supporting issues of grave concern that attribute to the growth and development of this community.  After a series of meetings and in-depth discussions with several local candidates Grassroots, Inc. is proud to announce the following endorsements to date:

Congressman Higgins Announces Grant Workshops for Local Firefighters

 Congressman Higgins Announces Grant Workshops for Local Firefighters

This year Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) will host two workshops for local firefighters interested in applying for federal fire grant funding through the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).   At the workshop, participants are invited to learn first-hand from a DHS Fire Grant Specialist how to put together a qualifying application.  All applications are then submitted to DHS and go through a non-partisan, merit based review ranked by factors established by a panel of fire service professionals. 

“The federal fire grant process is highly competitive and will get more so as resources become limited,” said Higgins, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.  “Our workshops give local firefighters the best opportunity to try to bring these federal dollars home.”’

Nothing is Sacred: Saleem Shahzad

Nothing is Sacred:  Saleem Shahzad

What is truth? According to Merriam-Webster, truth is defined as: fact, the body of real things, an idea that is true or accepted as true, and reality.  What then is a journalist? A journalist is a writer who aims at a mass audience through the medium of journalism. Journalism is writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or a description of events without an attempt at interpretation. This means a journalist is a writer that writes truth without personal opinion based upon fact and reality.

Syed Saleem Shahzad was the Pakistan Bureau Chief of Asia Times Online, covering issues of global security, focusing on Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Shahzad has reported on Islamist movements, taking him to Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, Syria and the UAE.

Shahzad introduced the world to Al-Qaeda and Sheikh Essa  His interviews include:

Common Council Report for May 31st, 2011

Common Council Report for May 31st, 2011

Designating the Cross-Border Niagara Region as an International Corridor of Peace—The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Council Members Michael J. LoCurto, Michael P. Kearns, Joseph Golombek, Jr., David A. Rivera, and David A. Franczyk designating the cross-border Niagara region as an International Corridor of Peace and Cooperation. The cross-border region was at the frontline of the War of 1812, a seminal period in the process of nation building in both the United States and Canada. Within this region, many decisive battles were fought, reporting the greatest number of casualties and the longest continual period of conflict. The War of 1812 significantly affected civilian populations on both sides of the Niagara River, especially when the flames of war burned British-Canadian, American and Tuscarora settlements along the Niagara River in December of 1813.