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Kennedy, Ryan Welcome Homeowner to Renovated 19th Street Home; Announce Housing Grant for West Side

Kennedy, Ryan Welcome Homeowner to Renovated 19th Street Home; Announce Housing Grant for West Side

Lawmakers announce $175,000 in state funds from NYS Affordable Housing Corporation to help rehab five more homes for ownership opportunities in 19th Street neighborhood.

New homeowner Gary Damon Jr. accepts the keys to his 19th Street home, which Homefront Inc. recently rehabilitated, in a ceremonial key presentation.

Kennedy: Homeownership has always been at the heart of the American Dream, and this state funding will help local families live the American Dream right here on Buffalo’s West Side.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblyman Sean Ryan today announced a major state grant award to substantially rehabilitate several vacant houses on Buffalo’s West Side. The New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) will invest $175,000 to renovate five vacant homes in the 19th Street neighborhood – which will, in turn, open up five new affordable opportunities for local families to purchase their own homes.

Jacobs to Deliver Nearly $8 Million to Local Governments

Jacobs to Deliver Nearly $8 Million to Local Governments

Says Mortgage Tax Collections up 16.8% Over Same Period Last Year

Erie County, NY-Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced his office will soon distribute to local governments throughout the County their share of the Erie County Mortgage Tax collections based off of real estate transactions recorded in the Clerk’s Office.  The total to be distributed on May 15th is $7,896,969.86 and covers the six month period October 1, 2012-March 31, 2013.  This amount is 16.8% higher than the same period last year.

“Record low interest rates have fueled both refinancing and home purchases throughout Western New York.  This is a positive development for Erie County’s municipal governments since mortgage tax distributions are a major source of revenue for many of the County’s cities, towns and villages,” stated County Clerk Jacobs.

Mark Hamister Reflects on the Partnership's 20 Years of expertise@work

Mark Hamister Reflects on the Partnership's 20 Years of expertise@work

As the Buffalo Niagara Partnership marks the 20th anniversary of its 1993 formation, we’re catching up with former Partnership board chairs to get their thoughts on the organization’s role in Buffalo Niagara’s evolving economy.   Today, we’re sitting down with Mark Hamister, who served as Partnership board chair from 2001-2003.  This is the second part in our series which will run throughout 2013.

Name: Mark Hamister, Chairman & CEO, the Hamister Group, Inc.

Term as Board Chair: 2001-2003

Marsha Henderson Reflects on Buffalo Niagara Partnership's Past, Future

Marsha Henderson Reflects on Buffalo Niagara Partnership's Past, Future

As the Buffalo Niagara Partnership marks the 20th anniversary of its 1993 formation, we’re catching up with former Partnership board chairs to get their thoughts on the organization’s leading role in Buffalo Niagara’s evolving economy.   Today, we’re sitting down with Marsha Henderson, who served as Partnership board chair from 2003-2005 while she was WNY district president at KeyBank.  This is the first part in our series which will run throughout 2013.

How did you first become involved with the Partnership?

Expert on Millennial Workers the Latest to Join Accelerate Upstate 2.0

Expert on Millennial Workers the Latest to Join Accelerate Upstate 2.0

BUFFALO, N.Y.– Joan Synder Kuhl, workplace talent consultant and millennial expert, is the latest speaker to sign on for Accelerate Upstate 2.0, the economic development summit being hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership on January 29 in Buffalo.  M&T Bank serves as the title sponsor for Accelerate Upstate 2.0, while Mrs. Kuhl’s address is sponsored by Bryant & Stratton College, Performance Management Partners, and Spicer Group. 

“Accelerate Upstate 2.0 is all about realistic opportunities for sustained economic growth in Upstate New York,” said Andrew J. Rudnick, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.  “Joan Synder Kuhl, as the event’s opening speaker will challenge Upstate employers and economic development leaders to refine their workforce development tactics to be leading edge.”

Exclusive Tour of Buffalo's New $140 Million Federal Courthouse

Exclusive Tour of Buffalo's New $140 Million Federal Courthouse

JOIN THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE OF WESTERN NEW YORK’S YOUNG LEADERS GROUP FOR AN EXCLUSIVE TOUR OF BUFFALO’S NEW $140 MILLION FEDERAL COURTHOUSE

Tour will be led by the Honorable William M. Skretny, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, and will focus on the construction and architectural design

WHO: The Urban Land Institute’s Young Leaders Group of Western New York (ULI YLG of WNY), a subsidiary of the global nonprofit research and education organization, the Urban Land Institute, and the Honorable William M. Skretny, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court.

Grisanti Bill Exempts Buffalo Contractors From Asbestos Project Notification Fees For Demolitions

Grisanti Bill Exempts Buffalo Contractors From Asbestos Project Notification Fees For Demolitions

Senator Mark Grisanti (R-60) today announced that the Senate has passed his bill S.6248 to help Buffalo fight its vacant building problem by passing a labor law exemption for contractors employed by the City of Buffalo from payment of asbestos project notification fees for demolitions.  

The cost of an asbestos notification fee can be more than $4,000.  This fee is ultimately paid by the city and the taxpayers in the City of Buffalo.  Since July of 2008, over half of all demolitions in Buffalo have required an asbestos notification fee.  When a project is large, subdivided and has a garage, it is often viewed to be multiple projects thus requiring the submission of several notification fees to the state.