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Congressman Higgins Announces New 'Congress On Your Corner' Locations

Congressman Higgins Announces New 'Congress On Your Corner' Locations

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the June schedule for his Erie County edition of the Congress on Your Corner program, which provides local residents with access to the Congressman’s office through satellite office hours at locations in the district.   Over 600 Congress on Your Corner events have been held over the last five years and another 135 outreach events are scheduled for 2011.

This summer, members of Congressman Higgins staff plan to visit locations across Erie County to provide specialized assistance with various federal agencies.  In addition, staff will visit several public libraries throughout Erie County to provide constituents with computer literacy training for those interested in navigating federal agency websites.

Mark's Minute: May 18th, 2011

Mark's Minute: May 18th, 2011

Dear Constituent,

In my continued efforts to reach out to my constituents, I have set up a few Tele-town hall meetings. These meetings will be done over the phone and as always, at no expense to the taxpayers. I encourage you to stay on the line when we call so that I can answer any questions you might have.


Tele-Town Hall Dates and Times: 
Monday, May 23rd at 7pm
Wednesday, June 1st at 7pm


"Listening Session" #6- Niagara Falls
Thursday May 19 at 6:00pm-7:30pm
Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara 
1555 Fashion Outlet Blvd 
Town of Niagara, NY 14304


This event is free and open to the public.  Voice your questions and concerns. Tours of Opportunities Unlimited will be available after the event* 

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Assemblywoman Peoples Stands Up for Superintendent Williams

Assemblywoman Peoples Stands Up for Superintendent Williams

On May 11th, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes called a 1:30 press conference in support of Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools James A. Williams, in front of Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium on Buffalo's East Side.

Joined by present and past Buffalo Board of Education members, parents, community members and a few local polititions, including Councilman Demone Smith, who acts as education chairman for the Buffalo Common Council, Assemblywoman Stokes called up Dr. Williams accomplishments, while questioning those who would detract from them.

"Dr. Williams has been working tirelessly to garner results to improve the system," Peoples-Stokes stated. "[He] is proof that sometimes aggressive plans that are focused on putting children first can thrive under the right administration.  We must support him to ensure that it does happen; putting children first and foremost in the district's agenda."

ART Community Dialog: The Voices of Western New York Artists

ART Community Dialog:  The Voices of Western New York Artists

In keeping with the mission statement of community support, American Repertory Theater of Western New York has created a website and Facebook Page dedicated to opening up online forums to discuss issues facing WNY Artists. This new Website Public Forum page is entitled "The Voices of Western New York Artists."

These public forums are designed for all members of WNY Cultural Groups, media, individual artists and anyone with an opinion that faces Artists in Western New York.

Those visiting The Voices of WNY Artists website and the Facebook page are encouraged to post opinions, offer links to blogs & websites, announce upcoming shows and, most importantly, utilize their voices for the sole purposes of creating dialog and being heard.

Redistricting Community Meetings Scheduled In The 3rd District

Redistricting Community Meetings Scheduled In The 3rd District

Buffalo, NY - Erie County Legislative Chair Barbara Miller-Williams (DBuffalo, 3rd District) will hold two Community Meetings in the 3rd District for the purpose of hearing comments from 3rd District residents on the Erie County Redistricting Process.

The Public Meetings will be held at Community Centers throughout the 3rd District and all interested Individuals and Community Groups are encouraged to attend. Interested parties will be encouraged to speak about their priorities regarding the redrawing of the 3rd District boundary lines.

The Meetings are scheduled as follows:

• Tuesday, May 3, 2011: Delavan Grider Community Center, 877 E. Delavan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

• Tuesday, May 10, 2011: C.R.U.C.I.A.L. Human Services Center, 230 Moselle Street, Buffalo, NY 14211 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

For more information, please contact Ms. TuWanner Cleveland, Legislative Assistant, 3rd District, at 716-842-0490.

Meeting Summary for April 19th, 2011

Meeting Summary for April 19th, 2011

Meeting Video at this link: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14140052

Build Health Sciences Center at Erie Community College’s City Campus—The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by North District Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr. and Ellicott District Council Member Darius G. Pridgen supporting the construction of the Erie Community College (“ECC”) Health Sciences Center for Excellence at the ECC City Campus. Erie County Executive Chris Collins has proposed building a $30 million Health Sciences Center for Excellence at ECC’s North Campus in Amherst, New York. This upgrade to ECC’s campus facilities will benefit all Erie County students and can be a vital improvement that helps rebrand the college and attract and retain top-notch talent.

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

 Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere 

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of the Caipirinha Foundation, which supports projects to secure peace with justice.