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Three Erie County Companies Receive ECIDA Funds

Three Erie County Companies Receive ECIDA Funds

A Statement Released by the Erie County Executive’s Office and Travers Collins & Company

Buffalo, NY A trio of Erie County businesses have seen growth spurts courtesy of a new Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) loan program which targets established companies that have difficulties obtaining traditional bank financing due to increasingly strict lending policies.

The Business Stimulus Loan Fund has provided more than $800,000 to three fast-growing Erie County firms since its establishment last fall, leading to expansion of their workforces and client rosters.

First Regional Council Meeting Coming to UB Wednesday

First Regional Council Meeting Coming to UB Wednesday

A Statement Released by the New York State Executive Chamber

No Frackin' Wait--Watch 'Gasland' Immediately

No Frackin' Wait--Watch 'Gasland' Immediately

As the hydrofracking moratorium in New York state comes to an end, Josh Fox's 2010 documentary Gasland is only growing more relevant. Barring overwhelming negative public response during the coming 60-day public comment period, hydrofracking will come to New York in a big way.

Desperate to solve the state's budget crisis, an influx of energy industry dollars is proving too tantalizing to pass up for most legislators. Unfortunately, it seems the process is inherently catastrophic to the environment, those living in the area, and most unnervingly the supply of potable water. A large portion of the Marcellus Shale system, the planned site of extensive drilling operations, underlies the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the Delaware River Basin.

Congressman Higgins Commemorates Life of Jim Molloy in Tribute on House Floor

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) celebrated the life of James T. Molloy, a South Buffalo resident who served as House of Representatives Doorkeeper, in a speech delivered July 27 on the House floor. 

Below is the text of Congressman Higgins’ remarks:

Mr. Speaker, I rise to celebrate the memory of James T. Molloy.  Many in Washington know Jim as the former, and last, Doorkeeper of the House.  Western New Yorkers know Jim as proud, third generation Irish-American and a proud career public servant.

Council Report for July 26th, 2011

Council Report for July 26th, 2011

 

County Democratic Slate Files Over 14,000 Petition Signatures

County Democratic Slate Files Over 14,000 Petition Signatures

BUFFALO, NY -- Over 14,000 signatures were filed today at the Erie County Board of Elections by the democratic slate of candidates for county-wide office: County Executive Candidate Mark Poloncarz, County Clerk Candidate Maria Whyte and Family Court Judge Candidate Sharon LoVallo

"The huge number of signatures is a strong statement that democratic voters want change in Erie County. They are tired of being ruled over and not being given a say in their own futures. These petitions are an early indication that come this fall, democratic voters will be out in full force to elect Mark, Maria and Sharon," said Len Lenihan, chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

Only 2,000 signatures were required to qualify the candidates, but through a large volunteer effort, more than 14,000 signatures of democratic voters were collected.

Poloncarz Statement on the County Executive’s 2011 Budget Status Report

Poloncarz Statement on the County Executive’s 2011 Budget Status Report

ERIE COUNTY, NY—Today, Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz released the following statement in response to Erie County Executive Chris Collins’ status report on the 2011 Budget.

“Although it appears as though Erie County will see a nominal surplus for 2011, everything is not as bright and sunny as the county executive would lead you to believe.  Without the nearly $27 million in one-shot revenue streams the County has reaped this year, the $13 million surplus the county executive is predicting, looks more like $14 million deficit.”

“As has been the case over the past few years, this surplus has nothing to do with ‘running Erie County like a business,’ and everything to do with approximately $26.8 million in one-shot revenue streams that we will not have next year and greater than anticipated sales tax revenues thus far.