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Mayor Brown Releases 2011-12 City Budget

Mayor Brown Releases 2011-12 City Budget

$462 Million Spending Plan Provides Tax Certainty, A Business Tax Cut, Funding for New Police and Firefighter Classes, and Maintains City Service Levels

BUFFALO–Mayor Byron W. Brown today released his recommended 2011-12 City Budget, which will be delivered to the Buffalo Common Council.

At a total of $462,329,677, the Mayor’s recommended budget is an increase of just 1.0% over 2010-11 budgeted levels, provides property tax relief and resources for youth employment; enhanced public safety; neighborhood stabilization and revitalization; arts and cultural organizations; and environmental sustainability.

“This budget reflects my continued commitment to prudent and conservative budgeting, which is enabling Buffalo to financially withstand a series of extensive fiscal challenges caused by a deep national recession and slow economic recovery, as well as the state fiscal crisis,” said Mayor Brown.

Hochul Raises $350,000+ in First Quarter of 2011

Hochul Raises $350,000+ in First Quarter of 2011

ERIE COUNTY – Kathy Hochul, candidate for New York’s 26th Congressional District, reports raising more than $350,000 in the first quarter of 2011. 

In the report -- filed with the Federal Elections Commission earlier this month -- Hochul will show having more than $300,000 in the bank.  There were nearly 450 individual donors who contributed to the campaign, more than 90% of whom are residents of New York State.

“Our supporters are excited and committed to helping us win on May 24th,” said Fabien Levy, Communications Director for Kathy Hochul for Congress.  “More than 50% of the donations were at $250 or below, which shows we have strong grassroots support in this race.  Western New Yorkers are sending a strong message that they want a fighter to represent them in Congress.”

More information about Kathy Hochul can be found at http://www.kat

Meeting Summary for April 19th, 2011

Meeting Summary for April 19th, 2011

Meeting Video at this link: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/14140052

Build Health Sciences Center at Erie Community College’s City Campus—The Council adopted a resolution sponsored by North District Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr. and Ellicott District Council Member Darius G. Pridgen supporting the construction of the Erie Community College (“ECC”) Health Sciences Center for Excellence at the ECC City Campus. Erie County Executive Chris Collins has proposed building a $30 million Health Sciences Center for Excellence at ECC’s North Campus in Amherst, New York. This upgrade to ECC’s campus facilities will benefit all Erie County students and can be a vital improvement that helps rebrand the college and attract and retain top-notch talent.

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere

 Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere 

Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story. CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder of the Caipirinha Foundation, which supports projects to secure peace with justice.

Grisanti Votes to Restore Funding

Grisanti Votes to Restore Funding

Breaking Budget News as of 3/31/11, 10:50pm

According to a Statement from Senator Markl Grisanti, New York State 60th District

"Senator Grisanti has voted to restore education funding to the "4201" schools, Roswell cancer institution and the EPIC program.

Congressman Higgins Meets with U.S. Secretary of Transportation to Discuss Peace Bridge

Congressman Higgins Meets with U.S. Secretary of Transportation to Discuss Peace Bridge

On Wednesday, March 30 Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), a member of the House Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security Committees, met with United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to discuss the Peace Bridge project in Western New York. 

Congressman Higgins released the following statement detailing the meeting:

“Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit with Transportation Secretary LaHood and share with him directly how critically important the Peace Bridge is to integrating Western New York’s economy with booming Southern Ontario, relaying the essential link this project provides to jobs and growth at our educational, cultural, sports, airports, medical and retail destinations.   

“There is a new level of commitment from the federal government never before seen on the Peace Bridge project.  Secretary LaHood, his staff and the Administration are informed and engaged with a clear understanding of how important this project is for

Ben Gardane Ras El Jedire: Libya Needs Our Help

Ben Gardane Ras El Jedire: Libya Needs Our Help

 

by Susan Marie and Hind Houas

 

Ben Gardane is a town in southeast Tunisia, close to the Libyan border, Ras El Jedire.  In 2011, during The Libyan Uprising, two entities became government of Libya. Muammar Gaddafi controlling Tripoli and Western Libya and Mustafa Abdul Jalail in Benghazi, controlling Eastern Libya.  Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa and 17th largest in the world.  Libya is one of the world's 10 richest oil-producing countries.