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Amherst Chamber of Commerce Takes Position Against Prevailing Wage Legislation

Amherst Chamber of Commerce Takes Position Against Prevailing Wage Legislation

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, representing over 2,500 members, actively takes positions on public policy issues which affect the well-being of the business community.  When legislation requiring the payment of providing prevailing wages for utilities and other service workers first came to the floor of the State Legislature, the Amherst Chamber took a strong position against it.

During a special session of the New York State Legislature on Monday, November 29, 2010, the New York State Assembly passed legislation requiring the payment of prevailing wages by any utility or party contracting with or for the benefit of a public agency for service workers (i.e. janitors, security guards, handymen, etc.).  The legislation, which had previously passed the New York State Senate, will now go to Governor Patterson for signature.

Maelstrom in WNY: We Are Who We Are Because of Veterans

How can we pay back Veterans for what they have given the United States? You often hear that question on this day as the various ceremonies around the community celebrate and honor those who served for their country. For some the debt owed is greater than others.

There are those Veterans who served in WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Dessert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan. Men and women who were in the heart of the action and have images that will haunt them until the day they die.

We have all watched the films, TV shows and read the books. There are stories of great heroism and tragic outcomes. Young men, barely out of high school put into situations that would test any ones heart and soul. Many left behind in graveyards bearing names we could not even pronounce. Then there are those who returned but left much of their selves behind.