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Legislator Rath to Leave Legislature at the End of the Year

Legislator Rath to Leave Legislature at the End of the Year

Erie County Legislator Edward A. Rath III released the following statement on Tuesday, August 09, 2011 pertaining to his future with the Erie County Legislature:

“With gratitude to my constituents and respect for the political process, I will be leaving the Erie County Legislature at the end of the year. First and foremost, I greatly look forward to spending more time with my wife Amy and our three children, “ Legislator Rath stated. “I did not choose to leave the County Legislature, the reapportionment decision drastically changed the map, leaving me without a district. As a champion of downsizing I was fully aware of this risk, and I believe that a smaller Legislature is in the best interests of Erie County.”

Alzheimer’s Association National Alzheimer’s Plan Public Input Session

Alzheimer’s Association National Alzheimer’s Plan Public Input Session

On August 11, 2011, the Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter will hold a public input session to solicit views, comments and perspectives from stakeholders in the Alzheimer’s community to inform the development of a successful National Alzheimer’s Plan.

Three Erie County Companies Receive ECIDA Funds

Three Erie County Companies Receive ECIDA Funds

A Statement Released by the Erie County Executive’s Office and Travers Collins & Company

Buffalo, NY A trio of Erie County businesses have seen growth spurts courtesy of a new Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) loan program which targets established companies that have difficulties obtaining traditional bank financing due to increasingly strict lending policies.

The Business Stimulus Loan Fund has provided more than $800,000 to three fast-growing Erie County firms since its establishment last fall, leading to expansion of their workforces and client rosters.

NY Beefing Up Laws Protecting Children: The Fallout of Casey Anthony Trial

NY Beefing Up Laws Protecting Children: The Fallout of Casey Anthony Trial

NYS is trying to beef up its laws on many areas concerning children.  In a bill sponsored by five NYS Senator’s, Mark Grisanti (R, North Buffalo) is one of them, “Protecting Our Children Act” makes sweeping changes to the state’s child protection laws to help protect children from cruel and repeated abuse.

While other states have passed bills to make failing to report a child missing a crime, the bill in the NYS senate goes much further in fact there are more than two dozen provisions within the sponsored bill. Probably the most notable is creating the crime of aggravated murder of a child with a sentence of life without parole. Another notable change is an expansion of the existing law of aggravated abuse of a child which makes recklessly causing physical injury to a child under 14 a crime. The current law applies only to day care providers. The new bill would make it a crime for parents, guardians, and persons in a position of trust.

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Program on Human Trafficking: Speaker from the International Institute of Buffalo

Join us in a fascinating program as Elizabeth McIntyre of the International Institute of Buffalo speaks about the practice of human trafficking locally. In addition, Historical Society Director of Collections Walter Mayer will present an artifact and story from the 1870s. The program takes place on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

According to the International Institute of Buffalo, even today, in the twenty-first century, and even here, in Western New York, there are slaves. Every day and everywhere there are people who have been tricked or forced to leave their homes and then find themselves in jobs where they are paid little or nothing, held captive, unable to be self-sufficient, abused and exploited. These people are modern-day slaves. They are victims of human trafficking, the exploitation of people for others’ financial profit. They escape or are rescued often with nothing but the clothes on their back.

Tea Party Coalition Calls for Republican Chairman to Resign

Tea Party Coalition Calls for Republican Chairman to Resign

A Statement by Allen Coniglio of the Tea Party Coalition of WNY

What Was Turnout Like at Your Polling Place?

What Was Turnout Like at Your Polling Place?

The special election for the 26th Congressional District is under way and WGRZ-2 On Your Side wants to know:

If you voted today, what was turnout like at your polling place?

Use the Comments section below for your response.

 

For complete coverage of the election, tune into WGRZ-2 On Your Side at 5, 6, 10 and 11 p.m. tonight.

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