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Examining the Freedom of Information Act

Examining the Freedom of Information Act

 

The website www.FOIA.gov describes the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as the “law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.”  

In today’s part one of a three-part series of posts, we’ll be discussing what types of information can be requested and disclosed and what information the government is prohibited from releasing. Parts two and three of this series will take a closer look at FOIA requests for Citizenship and Immigration Services and Customs and Border Protection. 

What You Need to Know to Pass Your Naturalization Test

What You Need to Know to Pass Your Naturalization Test

 

Imagine this scenario: You have been a green card holder for the past five years and have made sure to spend less than six months a year outside of the United States. You can now finally apply to become a U.S. citizen! 

After submitting your application to USCIS and attending your biometrics appointment, you have been scheduled for your final naturalization interview. You’ve heard that the tests are fairly easy and did not think you would need to study. You’re shocked when the interviewing officer asks you question after question that you do not know the answer to. You sadly do not pass the naturalization test that day. 

AT&T Announces More Than 150 Jobs Available in New York

AT&T Announces More Than 150 Jobs  Available in New York

Filled More Than 375 Positions Statewide First Half of 2014

AT&T today announced that the company is seeking applicants for more than 150 jobs in New York.  The new hirings will be primarily focused on technical and retail positions and are a result of AT&T’s continued investment in the network and delivering a first-class sales experience.

“AT&T continues to expand its customer base in New York and invest in our network to ensure we are providing the high level of service customers have come to expect, said Marissa Shorenstein, New York President, AT&T. “As part our commitment to this level of customer service and to support our growth in the Empire State we are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome more than 150 residents to the AT&T family.”

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino to Sponsor National Buffalo Wing Festival and Offer Pre-Sale Tickets

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino to Sponsor National Buffalo Wing Festival and Offer Pre-Sale Tickets

Pre-sale under way; Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel additional location
for exclusive pre-sale tickets to Buffalo’s “hottest” festival in August

 

What are My Options if I Can’t Attend My Biometrics Appointment?

What are My Options if I Can’t Attend My Biometrics Appointment?

 

Most applicants seeking immigration benefits must undergo a records check. This records check is often initiated through a scheduled biometrics appointment held at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC). During the appointment, your fingerprints will be taken and electronically submitted to various government agencies’ databases. Your biometric information is captured in order to conduct a criminal background check and to also ensure that you are the same person who submitted the application for immigration benefits. 

Catholic Charities Awarded $100,000 Grant from Ralph C. Wilson Foundation

Catholic Charities Awarded $100,000 Grant from  Ralph C. Wilson Foundation

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $100,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to support case management service coordination for military members and their families throughout the eight counties of Western New York. The grant reflects a commitment of $100,000 over the next three years.

The Ralph C. Wilson Foundation provides support to charitable and educational purposes with a mission to support non-profit organizations that make a tangible positive impact on people's lives.

Catholic Charities sought the funds in its effort to ensure that the organization is responding to the needs of the many current and past military members and their families in our communities. A Vision Military committee was begun more than a year ago and this support will help to further the group’s goal that clients and the community see Catholic Charities as responsive to the needs of servicemen and servicewomen.

The Pasta Peddler, Blackbird Sweets to Occupy Larger Hertel Avenue Location

The Pasta Peddler, Blackbird Sweets to Occupy Larger Hertel Avenue Location

 

The Pasta Peddler and Blackbird Sweets, two family owned businesses that operate side-by-side, will move to a larger location at 1547 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, in early August. The businesses currently operate in the Horsefeathers Building at 346 Connecticut St. 

“Our businesses are growing, and as a result we have outgrown our current 650-square-foot operation,” said Eric Amodeo, co-owner of The Pasta Peddler. “Our new location will offer approximately 3,000 square feet of retail and production space. We also hope to add lunch and dinner service and an outdoor patio in the future.”