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JACOBS SUBMITS RESOLUTION OPPOSING UNFUNDED MANDATE CAUSED BY NY SAFE ACT

JACOBS SUBMITS RESOLUTION OPPOSING UNFUNDED MANDATE CAUSED BY NY SAFE ACT

Urges New York State to provide funds to cover costs to local government for implementing law

Erie County, NY – Although his term as Chair of the eight County Western Region of the New York State County Clerks Association (NYSACC) does not begin until January, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs is already working on behalf of the  Western Region County Clerks who have been financially impacted through the NY SAFE Act.

“Albany repeatedly said this new gun law would not be an unfunded mandate on local governments, unfortunately that is not the case,” said Jacobs.  Jacobs is delivering a resolution approved by the Western Region Clerk’s to the Statewide County Clerk’s Association meeting next week in Lake Placid stating that the Western New York Counties alone have incurred over $100,000 in additional costs because of the Safe Act.

No Frills Buffalo Plans Authors’ Night Featuring Local Writers

No Frills Buffalo Plans Authors’ Night Featuring Local Writers

 

An Authors’ Night event featuring readings by several Buffalo area writers will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the American Repertory Theater, 16 Linwood Ave., Buffalo. The event is presented by local publishing company No Frills Buffalo.

Veterans Day – A Day of Honor – A Day to Honor

Veterans Day – A Day of Honor – A Day to Honor

“Thank-A-Vet” Program Honors Veterans

To each and every American who has worn the uniform of the United States, I simply say “Thank you for your service”   ~Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs

On Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who have served our nation, both in war and in peace; the men and women who answered the call to defend our nation. The United States rose to greatness on the strength of their service and their stories are woven into the fabric of our nation’s history. More than 26 million veterans are alive today, one million of which have been wounded and many of whom receive treatment for battlefield injuries and mental trauma suffered in battles few of us remember but they will never forget. 

Annunciation School Nurse Earns Excellence in School Nursing Award

Annunciation School Nurse Earns Excellence in School Nursing Award

 

Debbie Kampff, RN, the school nurse at Annunciation School in Elma, was recently awarded the 2013 Excellence in School Nursing Award by the New York State Association of School Nurses. Kampff, who also serves as zone representative for the Western New York Association of School Nurses, was nominated by the local organization.

At Annunciation, Nurse Debbie is involved in everything from putting bandages on playground scrapes to helping develop classroom curriculum for the school’s innovative Center for Health Science. She has served as school nurse at Annunciation for 18 years.

MQA’s Michael Wojcicki to Receive Diocesan Award

MQA’s Michael Wojcicki to Receive Diocesan Award

 

Michael Wojcicki, athletic director, physical education teacher and coach at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga, has been named the recipient of the annual Tim Russert/Sister Lucille Socciarelli/Father John Sturm Making a Difference Award. The honor, presented by the Diocese of Buffalo, will be awarded to “Coach Mike” at the 2014 Making a Difference Dinner taking place on Jan. 30 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The Making a Difference Dinner is a celebration of Catholic schools and an opportunity to honor those who serve Catholic school students in Western New York. Wojcicki was nominated for the award by Mary Queen of Angels Principal MaryAlice Bagwell.

Buffalo Native and Piano Great Mike Jones Releases ‘Plays Well With Others’

Buffalo Native and Piano Great Mike Jones Releases ‘Plays Well With Others’

 

Buffalo native Mike Jones is what used to be called a “two handed pianist.” Not as obvious as it sounds, the term actually applies to jazz pianists who make full use of the entire range of the instrument and whose left hand prowess matches that of their right. 

Pre-war jazz styles such as Stride and classic Swing are prime meat for such virtuosic pianists, and, when it comes to most effectively demonstrating the durable beauty of these idioms, Jones might well be the modern day master.

Jacobs to deliver over $8.5 Million to Local Municipalities

Jacobs to deliver over $8.5 Million to Local Municipalities

Says Mortgage Tax Collections up 8.9% Over Same Period Last Year

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced local governments will soon receive 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 November 15th is $8,623,740.49 and covers the six month period April 1, 2013-September 30, 2013.  This amount is 8.9% higher than the same period last year.

“Record low interest rates earlier this year 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.