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Mark Twain at the Buffalo Express - 1869

Mark Twain at the Buffalo Express - 1869

"Salutatory" Mark Twain's First Signed Commentary in The Buffalo Express - August 21 1869

    Being a stranger it would be modest and unbecoming in me, to suddenly and violently assume the associate editorship of the Buffalo Express without a single explanatory word of comfort or encouragement to the unoffending patrons of the paper, who are about to be exposed to constant attacks of my wisdom and learning.  But this explanatory word shall be as brief as possible.  I only wish to assure parties having a friendly interest in the Journal, that I am not going to hurt the paper deliberately and intentionally at any time.  I am not going to introduce any startling reforms, or in any way attempt to make trouble.

Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams Reaffirms County Commitment to the Library

Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams Reaffirms County Commitment to the Library

 Buffalo, NY –  Erie County Legislature Chair Barbara Miller-Williams (D-Buffalo, 3rd District) reaffirmed her personal commitment to the libraries today. 

 “The funding of the library system is vital to the economic vitality of Erie County.  I, for one, am committed to moving the process forward and making sure we fund the libraries to the fullest extent possible,” Miller-Williams said.  “there is a process that guides us when we are spending county money and we have to make sure we are completely accountable to the taxpayers of the county.  Right now the process is running its course and I feel confident that the funding for Library will be dedicated to them before the end of the year.”

The Erie County Legislature Welcomes Legislator Timothy J. Whalen

The Erie County Legislature Welcomes Legislator Timothy J. Whalen

Buffalo, NY –  The Erie County Legislature’s Democratic Caucus was pleased to welcome the newest member of the Legislature to their ranks at his swearing-in ceremony on December 14th in the Legislative Chambers.

Timothy J. Whalen (D-Buffalo, 2nd District) replaces Tim Kennedy who was elected to the New York State Senate in November. 

Erie County Legislature Democrats Say 'No' New Taxes

Erie County Legislature Democrats Say 'No' New Taxes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Democratic Members of the Erie County Legislature held a press conference on Monday to discuss the amendments to the 2011 budget that were passed by the Legislature on November 30.

County Executive Chris Collins has contended, through the media, that the Amendments which were proposed by the Democrats and passed by the Legislature would cause a tax increase if they are upheld in the final budget. Democrats on Friday released a document outlining each of the cuts they made and the reason they do not, in fact, create a tax increase. That document was discussed at a meeting of the Finance and Management Committee meeting that was held Monday in the Chambers of the Legislature.

The cuts are intended to be used to restore money to the library, the cultural organizations, Operation Primetime and some jobs in the Comptroller's office and other county departments.

Higgins Shocked by House Vote Denying $250 Cost Relief for Seniors on Social Security

Higgins Shocked by House Vote Denying $250 Cost Relief for Seniors on Social Security

On Wednesday Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted for H.R. 5987, the Seniors Protection Act but the bill failed to receive the over two-thirds support needed for approval. The legislation, cosponsored by Higgins, would have provided a one-time $250 payment to seniors on Social Security to compensate for an automatic formula that calculates no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2011.

“I am saddened to see partisan Washington politics win out at the expense of seniors in Western New York and across the nation,” said Congressman Higgins.

“For Social Security recipients in this community that $250 payment, while not exorbitant, certainly goes a long way toward paying heating bills or prescription costs. The issue of making sure our seniors have the most basic of necessities should not be one that divides but instead a national priority we can all unite behind.”

GBCA: “The Arts are Not a Special Interest Group”

GBCA:  “The Arts are Not a Special Interest Group”

BUFFALO, NY – The Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance will hold a press conference Friday afternoon to present its position on the situation of arts funding in Erie County.

The GBCA contends that “the arts are not a special interest group, but an expansive and dynamic contributor to the quality of life in Erie County, and that funding for the arts should not require a tax increase for residents.”

All Erie County Legislators are invited to the press conference, which will be held in the lobby of the Market Arcade Building.

The GBCA is a grassroots organization formed to give voice to a Western New York Community that values arts and culture and the integral role they play in the quality of life and the economic development of our region.

Herman Hollerith - PEOPLE COUNT

  Herman Hollerith, American inventor, born February 29, 1860 in Buffalo, New York, and educated at Columbia University, devised a system of encoding data on cards through a series of punched holes. This system proved useful in statistical work and was important in the development of the digital computer. Hollerith's machine, used in the 1890 U.S. census, "read" the cards by passing them through electrical contacts. Closed circuits, which indicated hole positions, could then be selected and counted. His Tabulating Machine Company (1896) was a predecessor to the International Business Machines Corporation.