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Jacobs’ Office Responsible for 50% of County Surplus

Jacobs’ Office Responsible for 50% of County Surplus

       Says proud of role Clerk’s office plays to support critical services while keeping down taxes

Erie County, NY – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs reported today that his office accounted for 50% of the overall county surplus.  Jacobs’ is referring to the County Comptroller’s report released yesterday which shows an overall budget surplus of $4.27 Million, and  “roughly 50% of the county’s entire operating surplus,” came from the County Clerk  said the Erie County Comptroller in his budget close-out report.

“We were proud to report our over $2 million dollar surplus several months ago but the fact that we contributed such a large percentage to the County’s overall surplus is quite significant,” said Jacobs. The Clerk’s Office represents only 4% of the County’s work force but is responsible for one-half of the 2012 County’s surplus.

County Clerk Creates Web-Link for New Gun Law Privacy Provision

County Clerk Creates Web-Link for New Gun Law Privacy Provision

                                            Designed to distribute “Opt-Out” form directly to permit holders

Erie County, NY –New York State’s recently passed gun law “NY SAFE ACT” allows pistol permit holders to request that their information be kept private and confidential.  The law directs the New York State Police to create an application to allow permit holders to be exempt or “opt-out” from public disclosure. 

Jacobs Ends Year with $2.1 Million Surplus in Clerk’s Office

Jacobs Ends Year with $2.1 Million Surplus in Clerk’s Office

Erie County, NY- Chris Jacobs is ending his first year as County Clerk earning $2.1 million dollars extra for Erie County taxpayers he announced today. “This additional money does not stay with the Clerk’s Office but goes into the County’s General Fund,” said Jacobs.

Jacobs credits the implementation of management reforms that resolved the massive paperwork backlog he inherited in the Land Records Division, which resulted in depositing over $3 million dollars in un-cashed checks. Additionally, the surplus was helped by a robust real estate market and a stepped up campaign to urge Erie County residents to renew their automobile registrations locally to keep critical fee revenue in Erie County versus it all going to Albany.

Amherst Chamber Luncheon to Feature State of the Town Address

Amherst Chamber Luncheon to Feature State of the Town Address

On Friday, January 18, 2013 the Amherst Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2013 Annual Luncheon at Classics V Banquet Center on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst.  Registration will begin at 11:30 am and the lunch program will start promptly at 12:00 noon.  The Chamber’s Annual Luncheon features the swearing-in of the 2013 Board of Directors by New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer, the State of the Town Address by Amherst Supervisor Barry Weinstein and the presentation of the Chamber’s 2013 Legislative Agenda.

David Donovan, Vice President of Sales at Independent Health, will be installed as Chairman of the 2013 Board of Directors along with the entire 43 member Board.  Additional officers include Earl Wells, III of e3communications – First Vice Chair and Chair of the Public Affairs Council; Richard Cahlstadt of M&T Bank – Treasurer; and David Flynn, Partner with Phillips Lytle LLP – Immediate Past Chair.

New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

New Yorkers Deserve Good Insurance Options

Three years ago, a New York public school custodian, returning from his coffee break, was hit by an underinsured driver while crossing the street and left permanently disabled. He was in a training program and on his way to becoming a chief custodian but instead was left disabled, requiring significant physical therapy to even walk again.  While he thought the insurance he purchased would provide some financial relief for the fact he could no longer perform his job, he was left high and dry.

Assemblyman Ryan: Thruway Authority Should Abandon Plan For Massive Toll Hike

Assemblyman Ryan: Thruway Authority Should Abandon Plan For Massive Toll Hike

As Public Hearings Begin On Proposed 45% Toll Hike For Trucks, Ryan Urges Thruway Authority To Get Their Fiscal House In Order And Abandon Misguided Plan To Increase Tolls 

BUFFALO – Today, August 16, 2012, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan urged the NYS Thruway Authority to abandon their plan for a proposed 45% toll hike for trucks and commercial vehicles. The Thruway Authority begins their public hearing process on the proposed increase tonight in Buffalo.

New York State Thruway Toll Increases are Bad for Business

New York State Thruway Toll Increases are Bad for Business

It is no secret that our families and local businesses are fighting to pull themselves out of a downed economy. That is why I am strongly opposing the Thruway Authority’s proposed plan to raise tolls on large trucks by almost 45 percent starting Sept. 30.

This toll increase would have the most direct hit on our region’s small businesses that transport goods around New York State. The 45 percent increase would mean large trucks that now pay $88 to travel from Buffalo to New York City would have to pay $127 per one-way trip. It would increase a truck’s cost to travel from Buffalo to Albany from $20 per trip to $44.70.