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SUNY Undergrad Tuition to Jump 30 Percent Over Five Years

SUNY Undergrad Tuition to Jump 30 Percent Over Five Years

 

By CARA MATTHEWS

   Gannett Albany Bureau

   ALBANY -- Legislative leaders announced Tuesday they have a tentative deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a bill that would allow State University of New York campuses to increase tuition $300 annually for five years.

   The hikes would raise annual undergraduate tuition a total of 30 percent over five years, from $4,970 to $6,470.

   "They need money, but we have to keep it (tuition) affordable," said Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, D-Cohoes, Albany County, the chamber's second-in-command. "I think this is a good compromise."

   The agreement would permit a 10 percent a year tuition increase for out-of-state students, who currently pay $13,380 to attend SUNY.

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:

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Join us in a fascinating program as Elizabeth McIntyre of the International Institute of Buffalo speaks about the practice of human trafficking locally. In addition, Historical Society Director of Collections Walter Mayer will present an artifact and story from the 1870s. The program takes place on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the International Institute of Buffalo, even today, in the twenty-first century, and even here, in Western New York, there are slaves. Every day and everywhere there are people who have been tricked or forced to leave their homes and then find themselves in jobs where they are paid little or nothing, held captive, unable to be self-sufficient, abused and exploited. These people are modern-day slaves. They are victims of human trafficking, the exploitation of people for others’ financial profit. They escape or are rescued often with nothing but the clothes on their back.

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: