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Buffalo’s Economic Resurgence Focus of Mayor’s Daemen Lecture

Buffalo’s Economic Resurgence Focus of Mayor’s Daemen Lecture

Mayor Byron W. Brown, a staunch advocate for economic development in Buffalo, will discuss the city’s economic resurgence and revitalization efforts as featured speaker in the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series that will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

Currently serving a third term as mayor of New York State’s second largest city, Brown’s talk, “Buffalo on the Move: For Our Region, Our State,” will focus on the city’s economic development initiatives over the past decade and the positive impact this growth has had both regionally and statewide.

CBP Announces New Mobile Passport Control App

CBP Announces New Mobile Passport Control App

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced the launch of the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s entry process into the U.S. The app, Mobile Passport Control, or MPC, will allow eligible travelers to submit their passport information and customs declaration form via a Smartphone or tablet prior to CBP inspection. 

The app was developed by Airside Mobile and Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) in partnership with CBP as part of a pilot program at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The app became available to eligible travelers arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International on Aug. 13. MPC is expected to expand to more airports later this year. 

Village of Lancaster residents deal with sewage backup into homes


VILLAGE OF LANCASTER, N.Y. -- Five homeowners have been cleaning up after raw sewage backed up into their basements last week, and they believe work being done by the village is to blame.

The residents live near the corner of Richmond and Oxford, which is near Como Park Elementary School.

Last week, village crews used a jet pump to clear out a blockage in the sewer lines. Sharon Zimpfer says that's when the sewage backed into her basement.

"It was awful," she said of the smell. "It was just like you're imagining."

Across the street, the same thing happened in the basement of Cindy Schuler. She was in Florida attending a funeral, and didn't know of the problem for days.

"You could smell it as soon as you walked up my sidewalk to the back of my house," Schuler said. "I didn't even have to open my doors."

Heed Immigration Rules When Hiring Foreign Employees

Heed Immigration Rules When Hiring Foreign Employees

 

A recent influx of jobs into the Western New York marketplace has left Buffalo area businesses in an interesting position — trying to find enough qualified employees to fill those openings. As a result, a number of companies, especially those needing to fill high-tech positions, may expand their search beyond U.S. borders.

That, however, can create unanticipated problems for companies not familiar with the process for filling positions with foreign nationals. In a nutshell, the process can be both complicated and expensive.

Jennifer Behm Named Partner at Berardi Immigration Law

Jennifer Behm Named Partner at Berardi Immigration Law

Berardi Immigration Law is pleased to announce that Jennifer Behm has been named Partner.

Behm joined Berardi Immigration Law as an Associate Attorney in 2011. She advises multinational companies and individual clients in all aspects of immigration law, including nonimmigrant visas, NAFTA matters, family and employment-based green cards, criminal waivers, consular processing and naturalization. A native of Phoenixville, PA, and current resident of Amherst, NY, she received her Juris Doctor from the SUNY Buffalo Law School in 2011 and a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008.  

U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs Releases Information Regarding CCD Performance Issues

U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs Releases Information Regarding CCD Performance Issues

 

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs has recently answered some questions regarding the worldwide Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) problems that have delayed many from receiving their U.S. passports and visas. Consular Affairs is reporting that significant progress has been made in addressing the problem and most of the backlogged nonimmigrant visas have been issued. 

However, efforts are still being made to bring the CCD back up to its full operational capacity. Visa applicants are advised that they might still experience delays of up to one week in additional processing times and should take this into consideration when making travel plans. 

Daemen Grant to Establish Fitness Program for Individuals With Disabilities, Educate Trainers

Daemen Grant to Establish Fitness Program for Individuals With Disabilities, Educate Trainers

A fitness initiative for individuals with disabilities and specialized instruction for trainers will be offered at Daemen College through a $50,000 Inclusive Fitness Field-Related Grant from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). Daemen is one of only three organizations statewide to receive the grant, which is renewable for an additional two years based on the program’s success.

“We are very excited about this project and grateful to the DDPC for providing the funding for such an important endeavor,” said Dr. Michael Brogan, Daemen vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. “With this grant, Daemen can have a real impact on promoting regular exercise as a key element to a healthy lifestyle among individuals with disabilities.”