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Common Council Report for May 31st, 2011

Common Council Report for May 31st, 2011

Designating the Cross-Border Niagara Region as an International Corridor of Peace—The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by Council Members Michael J. LoCurto, Michael P. Kearns, Joseph Golombek, Jr., David A. Rivera, and David A. Franczyk designating the cross-border Niagara region as an International Corridor of Peace and Cooperation. The cross-border region was at the frontline of the War of 1812, a seminal period in the process of nation building in both the United States and Canada. Within this region, many decisive battles were fought, reporting the greatest number of casualties and the longest continual period of conflict. The War of 1812 significantly affected civilian populations on both sides of the Niagara River, especially when the flames of war burned British-Canadian, American and Tuscarora settlements along the Niagara River in December of 1813.

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* 

Press and News

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.

Fredonia Man Circulating Petition to Divide New York State

Fredonia Man Circulating Petition to Divide New York State

BUFFALO, NY – A local Fredonia man is calling upon his fellow New Yorkers to aid him in his cause this week as he seeks to divide New York State into two separate states.

Circulating a petition through emails, social networking sites, and on a website solely dedicated to his cause, the man who chooses to remain nameless on the site is seeking to divide Upstate and Downstate New York from each other in a legal and federal capacity.

In an email that is circulating the area, the gentleman writes:

“Upstate and Downstate New York are sufficiently different both culturally and politically as to cause unnecessary strife, it is time for the two New York’s Upstate and Downstate to dissolve the political bands which have connected them. The current New York State is forced to implement a tax code that attempts to balance two wildly disparate economies.

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.