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Assembly Passes On-Time Budget for 2nd Year

Assembly Passes On-Time Budget for 2nd Year

“Today, I helped the Assembly pass budget that closes a $3.5 billion deficit without any new taxes or fees. Several areas of the budget are focused toward our region of the state. The Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board will
appropriate money specifically for economic development in Western New York. This budget also provides an increase in education funding which will help provide our children with the scholastic resources they deserve. In addition, we provided the first increase to community colleges in 5 years, which will help many continue their education. I will continue to fight for the hardworking people of Cheektowaga and Lancaster”

Hochul Calls on EPA to Speed 18-Mile Creek Superfund Decision

Hochul Calls on EPA to Speed 18-Mile Creek Superfund Decision

LOCKPORT, N.Y. – Congresswoman Kathy Hochul today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson requesting she expedite the determination of inclusion of the Eighteen Mile Creek Corridor on the EPA Superfund National Priorities List (NPL).

“After nearly 25 years, the EPA recently proposed adding Eighteen Mile Creek to the Superfund National Priorities List as one of the nation’s most hazardous waste sites,” said Congresswoman Hochul.  “Now, four months after the conclusion of the comment period, it’s time for the EPA to end its review process and finally add Eighteen Mile to the Superfund List.  The people of Lockport have waited long enough for us to clean up this site.”

Bill to Create Green Jobs, Revitalize WNY Economy

Bill to Create Green Jobs, Revitalize WNY Economy

Assemblymember Gabryszak: Bill would help create new green jobs and revitalize WNY’s economic development  

Assemblymember Dennis H. Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) announced the Assembly passed a bill he authored that would create the New York State Innovative Energy and Environmental Technology Program, an initiative that would provide capital grants to small businesses to encourage and support the growth of innovative energy and environmental technology (A.5149-B).

“The success and development of innovative energy and environmental technology-oriented businesses is essential to building our economy right here in Western New York,” Assemblymember Gabryszak said. “By providing financial assistance to companies working to create good-paying jobs in green technology, we can attract more businesses to our region, and in turn help boost our local economy.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo today travelled to the City of Buffalo to outline his 2012-2013 Executive Budget and Reform Plan.

 

Assemblymember Gabryszak: Governor’s budget proposal includes several projects to stimulate growth

Assemblymember Gabryszak:  Governor’s budget proposal includes several projects to stimulate growth

Recently, Governor Cuomo proposed his 2012-13 budget. The main focus this year is to revitalize our state, attract new businesses and create thousands of jobs for our hardworking families with a $15 billion investment in infrastructure projects and new economic activity. In the coming months, I will work to pass an on-time budget focused on re-establishing prosperity in Western New York. 

A multi-year $1 billion economic development package for Buffalo is included in the proposal. For this year, the proposal includes $75 million for the Buffalo Regional Innovation Cluster to work toward bringing $5 billion in new economic activity to Buffalo, giving the area a much-needed boost to train our workers for new jobs, improving our infrastructure and encouraging private sector re-investment. As new businesses set up shop in our region, countless opportunities for Western New York families are sure to be created. 

Lancaster Student Attends State of the State Address

Lancaster Student Attends State of the State Address

High school seniors enrolled in the Erie 1 BOCES Legal Academy attended the State of the State address on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at the invitation of Sam Hoyt, senior vice president for Regional Economic Development at the Empire State Development Corporation. Paige Viera, a senior from Lancaster High School, was among the attendees. The students, who attend Erie 1 BOCES in a cooperative program supported by six local school districts and one non-public high school, were the representatives of western New York high school students at the annual event.

Assemblymember Gabryszak: EmPower NY Helps Low-income Families Lower Energy Costs

Assemblymember Gabryszak: EmPower NY Helps Low-income Families Lower Energy Costs

Winter can be one of the most difficult times of year for many people living in our
region. In Western New York, winter usually means snow, ice and freezing temperatures,
which can become a grave concern for some households. Low temperatures make home
heating important during the winter months. But many low-income families do not have
the money for the winter months rising heating costs.


This winter, heating affordability could become more pronounced, as federal
funding was reduced for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), possibly leaving
some families in Western New York with the dilemma of whether to pay for food or pay
for heating. However, there are alternative programs available to reduce energy use and
stay warm this winter for those who may not get the funding they need through HEAP.