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"fifty' by Ryki Zuckerman [In Honor of JFK]

"fifty' by Ryki Zuckerman [In Honor of JFK]

 

fifty

the crackle of the overhead speaker,
usually mute after morning announcements,
interrupted our lesson.
someone must have thought
we should know what had happened in dallas.

what happened in dallas
that sent us streaming into the halls,
sobbing and confused,
leaning against the shoulders
of teachers and friends,
pained and numb all at once.

pained and numb all at once
that he was gone, not yet
knowing it would all change now,
the bright future diminished, and our eyes
fixed on tv screens for days after,

tv screens during the day,
usually verboten until after dinner,
while history played out in front of us
inside the little black and white box:
the bloody pink suit, the riderless horse, the casket
lying in state

JACOBS SUBMITS RESOLUTION OPPOSING UNFUNDED MANDATE CAUSED BY NY SAFE ACT

JACOBS SUBMITS RESOLUTION OPPOSING UNFUNDED MANDATE CAUSED BY NY SAFE ACT

Urges New York State to provide funds to cover costs to local government for implementing law

Erie County, NY – Although his term as Chair of the eight County Western Region of the New York State County Clerks Association (NYSACC) does not begin until January, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is already working on behalf of the  Western Region County Clerks who have been financially impacted through the NY SAFE Act.

“Albany repeatedly said this new gun law would not be an unfunded mandate on local governments, unfortunately that is not the case,” said Jacobs.  Jacobs is delivering a resolution approved by the Western Region Clerk’s to the Statewide County Clerk’s Association meeting next week in Lake Placid stating that the Western New York Counties alone have incurred over $100,000 in additional costs because of the Safe Act.

Senator Mark Grisanti Receives ‘Boys And Girls Town of Italy’ Man Of The Year Award

Senator Mark Grisanti Receives ‘Boys And Girls Town of Italy’ Man Of The Year Award

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti has been named the Boys and Girls Town of Italy 2013 Man of the Year award recipient.

Senator Grisanti was recently honored for his dedication to charitable causes and for his support of Boys and Girls Town of Italy WNY Chapter at the organization’s 50th annual gala at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.

Senator Grisanti Named ‘Men Moving Forward’ Award Recipient

Senator Grisanti Named ‘Men Moving Forward’ Award Recipient

The Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, which annually honors men from Western New York for their contributions to their community, has named New York State Senator Mark Grisanti (60th District) as a “Men Moving Forward” award recipient.

According to Calvary CME Church Pastor Shirley Billps Bell and general chairpersons Bonnie Conerly and Shelby Pittman, the purpose of the celebration is “to ensure that young men in our community can seek out these high profile men as their role model.

Grisanti Delivers For Orchard Park: Secures $200,000 For Green Dam Reconstruction

Grisanti Delivers For Orchard Park: Secures $200,000 For Green Dam Reconstruction

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti, who serves as Chairman of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee, announced today that after working with town officials in Orchard Park he has been able to secure $200,000 to help replace Green Lake Dam.

Green Lake Dam was recently reclassified by the state Department of Environmental Conservation from an intermediate hazard to a high hazard, which drew concerns from many residents and community stakeholders in Orchard Park.

“The re-classification of Green Lake Dam is troubling for the residents of Orchard Park,” said Senator Grisanti. “Green Lake Dam needs to be reconstructed immediately. The funds I was able to secure from the Environmental Protection Fund will help do just that.”

Grisanti Delivers for Hamburg: $75,000 In Environmental Protection Funds Secured For Woodlawn

Grisanti Delivers for Hamburg: $75,000 In Environmental Protection Funds Secured For Woodlawn

Senator Mark Grisanti (R,I) announced today that Woodlawn State Beach Park will be receiving $75,000 from the Environmental Protection Fund to help with the Town of Hamburg’s pump station conversion project.

Senator Grisanti, who chairs the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee said: Woodlawn State Beach Park is a top issue of mine. I am always looking for ways to help clean up the water so that the residents of Hamburg and other Western New Yorkers can enjoy this great beach.”

Grisanti Announces $250,000 In Funding For Town Of Evans

Grisanti Announces $250,000 In Funding For Town Of Evans

Senator Mark Grisanti (R, I-60) announced today that he has secured funding for the Town of Evans that will be used for environmental, public safety and parks and recreation projects that will enhance and improve conditions in the community while at the same time accomplish budgetary relief and increase efficiency.