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Congressman Higgins & Legislator Kennedy Announce Additional HEAP Funding

Feds Release $12 Million to Help NY Seniors, Residents Afford Heating Bills

 

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Erie County Legislator Tim Kennedy announced New York will receive $12,793,718 in emergency energy assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funding to NYS is formula based and will be distributed to eligible county applicants on a first come first serve basis. 

This funding is directed to low-income families and seniors to help them heat their homes.  During the 2009-2010 HEAP season, the program provided 203,237 benefits totaling $51.9 million in assistance to residents in Erie County. 

“With the end of summer here and the colder months approaching, this is timely good news for local seniors living on a tight, fixed income,” Congressman Higgins said. 

Kaleida Health Invites Women to the Entertaining and Informational Spirit Girls’ Night Out

Women can discover secrets to better breast health, vascular health and better rest at this year’s entertaining and informational Spirit Girls’ Night Out SM  hosted by Kaleida Health in partnership with Reader’s Digest, ResMed and the Vascular Disease Foundation on Thursday, October 7 from 6-9pm in the courtyard at the Millennium Hotel at 2040 Walden Avenue, Buffalo 14225. 

Health education, health screenings, and fun activities including a fashion show, great food, and giveaways will be woven throughout the evening to emphasize the importance of awareness of all of the health issues affecting women today. This event is specifically designed to offer women valuable information about:

 

March of Dimes Celebrates Annual Signature Chefs Auction

The March of Dimes, Western New York Division presents the 2010 Signature Chefs Auction, “Feathers & Flair, A March of Dimes Monte Carlo Affair” on Friday, October 8 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. Western New York’s finest chefs will offer their signature dishes coupled with wine tastings from regional wineries and accompanied by an array of unique live and silent auction items and entertainment. Everyone is invited to attend the evening, which raises money and awareness to save babies from prematurity, birth defects and infant mortality.

This year’s event promises to be an elegant night with some of the best restaurants in town. Featured dishes will be prepared by Alex’s Place, Blue Buffalo, Chef’s Restaurant, Fiamma Steak House, Harry’s Harbour Place Grille, Koi, La Scala, My Tomato Pie, Protocol Restaurant and Rich Renaissance Catering. Wine selections will be offered by Merritt Estate Winery.

Center for Hospice and Palliative Care Announces CEO’s Resignation

CHEEKTOWAGA, NY – The Board of Trustees of The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care today announced the resignation of President and CEO William E. Finn and the immediate start of a thorough search for his successor.

Finn, 49, spent 28 years at Hospice Buffalo, eight of them as CEO. He told the board that he will seek new opportunities in the hospice and health care fields elsewhere in the country.

“The entire Hospice family thanks Bill for his years of service and leadership,” said Board Chairman Louis A. Izzo, Jr. “Bill and his executive team have helped establish Hospice Buffalo and its programs as national leaders in end-of-life decisions and care. Bill’s legacy will guide us as our organization continues to grow and prosper while helping those in need.”

Board Trustee Flint D. Besecker agreed to serve as interim CEO until the search is complete.

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for SAFER Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the application window for grants provided through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program is now open.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing a department’s ability to comply with federal standards that ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.  This year Congress appropriated approximately $420 million for the SAFER program. 

“I encourage local companies to apply for funding through this federal grant to help support outreach and recruitment of the next generation of first responders,” said Higgins. 

HEALTHeLINK Unveils $16.1 Million Beacon Community Initiative to Fight Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In June 2010, HEALTHeLINK received the largest Beacon Community Award in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Beacon Project was created to help communities use health information technology to forge cooperation and use resources effectively toward local priority health goals.

HEALTHeLINK was joined today by Dr. David Blumenthal, the point person for the national health information technology initiative, as well as other dignitaries, including Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F.