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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.

Senator Kennedy Rallies for Minimum Wage Increase, Urges Albany to Raise the People’s Pay

Senator Kennedy Rallies for Minimum Wage Increase, Urges Albany to Raise the People’s Pay

Over 100 people joined Kennedy at Friday’s rally at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. Kennedy launches online petition to raise the minimum wage.

State lawmakers Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes, Ryan support measures to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 an hour and linking future increases to the Consumer Price Index.

Kennedy: Now’s the Time to Raise the Minimum Wage, and Stop Playing Paycheck Roulette by Linking Future Increases to CPI.

ReCharge NY Allocates Power to Lancaster Business

ReCharge NY Allocates Power to Lancaster Business

Assemblymember Dennis H. Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) announced today Jiffy-tite, a business in the 143rd Assembly district, was awarded 240 kilowatts of power during the 4th round of the 2012 allocations from ReCharge NY.

ReCharge NY was created by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2011 to help the state’s economy by providing low-cost power to businesses and job creating entities. In total, 39 total businesses across New York were awarded funding. This allocation round is expected to spur over $680 million in economic activity across the state.

“Jiffy-tite was started in a garage over 40 years ago and has grown into a successful company that is an integral part of the Western New York economy,” Assemblyman Gabryszak said. “I commend the New York Power Authority for allocating power to Jiffy-Tite and other businesses upstate. With this power allocation, Jiffy-tite and other area businesses have a greater opportunity to expand in our region.”

Assemblyman Gabryszak and Senator Grisanti Create New Safety Requirements For Firefighters- Governor

Assemblyman Gabryszak and Senator Grisanti Create New Safety Requirements For Firefighters- Governor

Assemblyman Dennis Gabryzak (D-Cheektowaga) and Senator Mark Grisanti (R-North Buffalo) today announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law legislation that would require cities and employers of firefighters to provide emergency escape systems for all firefighters.

Under bills passed in both houses (A10677, S 7677), cities or other employers of fighter fighters are required to identity if a firefighter is at risk for becoming trapped at higher elevations, and if the firefighters could need to be prepared to escape a fire.  This gives the firefighter community the ability to better evaluate their escape routes and plan accordingly to different situations that may be potentially hazardous due to height and differing equipment.

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.